MIAMI, June 10 (UPI) – The NBA Finals, rival LIV Golf and PGA Tour tournaments, and the Stanley Cup playoffs lead this weekend’s sports schedule. The Belmont Stakes, final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will also air.
Two UFC title fights, dozens of MLB and professional soccer games, two NASCAR races and a Formula 1 race in Azerbaijan offer even more variety.
But the NBA’s postseason finale and the big horse race likely will be the most-watched events.
The Boston Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. They now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven game series.
The Celtics will host the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at 9 pm EDT Friday at TD Garden in Boston. ABC will air any remaining games.
The Celtics took control of the series when they won Game 1 in San Francisco. Their win Wednesday in Boston eliminated the Warriors’ home court advantage, if the series goes to seven games.
“We’re on the road in a must-win Game 4,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry told reporters Wednesday. “We had a must-win game after a tough one in Game 1. And we got Game 2. The flow, obviously we still feel like we can win the series. Got to come out with the right intensity and focus in Game 4. “
Curry leads all players with 31.3 points per game in the series. Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum averaged 22.7 and 22 points, respectively, through the first three games.
Game 5 will be Monday in San Francisco. Game 6, if necessary, will be Thursday in Boston. Game 7 could be held June 19 in San Francisco.
The Belmont Stakes, the finale of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will air Saturday on NBC. Early coverage and undercard races will air from 3 to 5 pm EDT on CNBC. NBC’s main broadcast is scheduled from 5 to 7 pm, with the race is expected to start at 6:44 pm
We the People, Mo Donegal and Rich Strike are among the favorites.
Rich Strike, the 2022 Kentucky Derby champion, skipped May’s Preakness to prepare for the Belmont. Nest and Creative Minister are the only other competitors with single-digit odds in the eight-horse field.
Skippylongstocking, Golden Glider and Barber Road will be the long-shot bets.
Rival golf tourneys
A unique weekend is set up for golf fans, with the PGA Tour and the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series hosting events at the same time.
The PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open teed off Thursday and will run through Sunday at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. The LIV Golf Invitational London also teed off Thursday, but will end Sunday at the Centurion Club in Hemel Hempstead, England.
Five of the Top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are in Toronto. Seven of the Top 100 golfers are in the 48-player LIV Golf field.
No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 6 Justin Thomas, No. 8 Rory McIlroy, No. 9 Sam Burns and No. 4 Cameron Smith are among the favorites to win the RBC Canadian Open. The winner of the four-day tournament will receive $ 1.56 million of the $ 8.7 million prize purse.
No. 15 Dustin Johnson is the favorite to win the LIV Golf event. No. 21 Louis Oosthuizen, No. 35 Talor Gooch, No. 34 Kevin Na and No. 57 Sergio Garcia are among the other expected contenders.
No. 72 Phil Mickelson is among the other top golfers who will compete for a $ 4 million prize for first place in the individual competition. He also is the captain for one of a dozen teams, which will compete for an additional $ 1 million prize in a competition between foursomes.
Seventeen players in the LIV Golf tournament were suspended Thursday by the PGA Tour for violating the league’s regulations.
The second round of the RBC Canadian Open will air from 3 to 7 pm EDT Friday on Golf Channel. Early third- and fourth-round coverage will air Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm on Golf Channel and continue from 3 to 6 pm on CBS.
LIV Golf London coverage will start at 9 am EDT Friday and Sunday and air on LIVGolf.com and on the league’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Weekend schedule (all times EDT)
LIV Golf London: Second round at 9 am on LIVGolf.com, Facebook, YouTube
RBC Canadian Open: Second round from 3 to 7 pm EDT on Golf Channel
Rays at Twins at 8 pm on Apple TV +
Mets at Angels at 9:30 pm on Apple TV +
Game 4: Warriors at Celtics at 9 pm on ABC
USMNT vs. Grenada at 10 pm on ESPN +
LIV Golf London: Final round at 9 am on LIVGolf.com, Facebook, YouTube
RBC Canadian Open: Third round from 1 to 3 pm on Golf Channel; from 3 to 6 pm on CBS
Belmont Stakes: Early coverage from 3 to 5 pm on CNBC; from 5 to 7 pm on NBC
MLS: New York Red Bulls at Charlotte at 3 pm on abc
MLS: San Jose at Nashville at 8 pm on Twitter / TUDN
Athletics at Guardians at 4 pm on FS1
Dodgers at Giants at 7 pm on Fox
Cubs at Yankees at 7 pm on Fox
Truck Series DoorDash 250 at 7:30 pm on FS1
Stanley Cup playoffs
Game 6: Rangers at Lightning at 8 pm on ESPN
UFC 275 on ESPN +
Maddalena vs. Jack Della Ramazan Emeev at 10 pm
Rogerio Bontorin Manel Kape after first fight
Zhang Weili Joanna Jedrzejczyk after second fight
Valentina Shevchenko Taila Santos after third fight
Glover Teixeira Vs. Jiri Prochazka after fourth fight
Azerbaijan Grand Prix at 5:30 am on ESPN
Athletics at Guardians at 11:30 am on Peacock
Mets at Angels at 7 pm on ESPN
RBC Canadian Open: Final round from 1 to 3 pm on Golf Channel; from 3 to 6 pm on CBS
MLS: New England at Kansas City at 3 pm on ABC
Cup Series Toyota / Save Mart 350 at 4 pm on FS1