June 18 (UPI) — The U.S. Open golf tournament, Stanley Cup Conference Finals and NBA playoffs lead sports action this weekend. MLS and MLB regular season games and Nashville’s NASCAR Cup Series debut are among the other planned events.
Torrey Pines Golf Course is the main attraction in the sports world as the site of golf’s third major tournament of the season from Thursday through Sunday in San Diego. Jon Rahm opened as the tournament favorite.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau are among the other favorites to contend for the Claret Jug.
Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson won the first two major titles this season, at the Masters and PGA Championship, respectively. The 156-player field, which cuts down to the Top-60 scores and ties after the second round, is competing for a $2.25 million prize for first place.
The tournament airs on the Golf Channel and NBC. Second round coverage airs from 12:30 to 6 p.m. EDT Friday on the Golf Channel and 6 to 9 p.m. on NBC.
Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen shared the first round lead at 4-under par, when the round was suspended Thursday due to darkness.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Four teams remain in contention for the 2021 Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens host the Vegas Golden Knights in the first Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals matchup at 8 p.m. EDT Friday on USA.
That series is tied at 1-1 as it heads into Game 3. The Canadiens host the Golden Knights again for Game 4 at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBCSN.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders are in the other Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals matchup. The Islanders host the Lightning in Game 4 of that series at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday on USA.
Both of those series carry through next week and the Stanley Cup Finals will start in the final week of June.
The Lightning and Golden Knights are favored to advance. The Lightning are attempting to repeat as champions, but the Golden Knights are favored to win the title.
The NBA playoffs are also down to seven teams and this weekend could feature three Game 7s to determine who will meet in the Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals.
The Phoenix Suns already punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals. They await the winner of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers series, which the Clippers lead 3-2.
The Atlanta Hawks start the weekend with a home game against the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN. The Hawks lead that series 3-2. Game 7, if necessary, will be at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on TNT.
The Clippers host the Jazz in Game 6 of that series at 10 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN. Game 7 of that series is at 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday on ABC if the Jazz win Game 6 and tie the series at 3-3.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks managed to tie their series against the Brooklyn Nets at 3-3 with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Milwaukee. Game 7 of that series is at 8:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on TNT. The winner faces the Hawks or 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
U.S. Open: Second round from 12:30 to 6 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel, 6 to 9 p.m. EDT on NBC
Cardinals at Braves at 7:20 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
Marlins at Cubs at 8:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
Game 6: 76ers at Hawk at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Game 6: Jazz at Clippers at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Game 3: Golden Knights at Canadiens at 8 p.m. EDT on USA
Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at 8 p.m. EDT on FS1
Euro 2020: Slovakia vs. Sweden at 9 a.m. EDT on ESPN
Euro 2020: Croatia vs. Czech Republic at noon EST on ESPN
Euro 2020: England vs. Scotland at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN
MLS: Nashville at New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Vancouver at Salt Lake City at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
U.S. Open: Third round from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT on NBC
Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at 3:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Euro 2020: Hungary vs. France at 9 a.m. EDT on ESPN
Euro 2020: Portugal vs. Germany at noon EST on ESPN
Euro 2020: Spain vs. Poland at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC
MLS: Colorado at Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Chicago at Columbus at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: New England at NYCFC at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Orlando at Toronto at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Miami at D.C. United at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Minnesota at Dallas at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: San Jose at Austin at 9 p.m. EDT on UniMas/TUDN
MLS: Seattle at Los Angeles Galaxy at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Kansas City at Portland at 10:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
MLS: Houston at LAFC at 11 p.m. EDT on UniMas/TUDN
Athletics at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
Phillies at Giants at 4:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
Red Sox at Royals at 4:10 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
White Sox at Astros at 7:15 p.m. EDT on Fox
Reds at Padres at 7:15 p.m. EDT on Fox
Cardinals at Braves at 7:15 p.m. EDT on Fox
Tigers at Angels at 10:07 p.m. EDT on FS1
Game 4: Lightning at Islanders at 8 p.m. EDT on USA
Game 7: Bucks at Nets at 8:30 p.m. EDT on TNT
U.S. Open: Final round from 10 a.m. to noon EDT on Golf Channel, noon to 8 p.m. EDT on NBC
Game 7 (If necessary): Clippers at Jazz at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
Game 7 (If necessary): Hawks at 76ers at 8 p.m. EDT on TNT
Athletics at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. EDT on TBS (Out of market only)
Reds at Padres at 4:10 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)
Cardinals at Braves at 7:08 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Euro 2020: Italy vs. Wales at noon EDT on ESPN2
Euro 2020: Switzerland vs. Turkey at noon EDT on ESPN
MLS: Philadelphia at Atlanta at 2 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Cup Series Ally 400 at 3:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Game 4: Golden Knights at Canadiens at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Matt Fitzpatrick waits to tee off from the 18th hole Thursday at the U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI |