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Friday, May 18th, 2018
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – MAY 18TH – MAY 20TH, 2018
(All times ET)
The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team. For live streaming information on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and the Golf Channel app, click here.
Friday May 18th
12 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis
3 p.m. on NBCSN – Preakness Black Eyed Susan
5 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold – Amgen Tour of California “Stage 6”
7 p.m. on Olympic Channel – TYR Pro Swim Series “Indianapolis”
7 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live
8 p.m. on NBCSN – Winnipeg at Vegas
Saturday May 19th
7:25 a.m. on NBCSN – Saracens v. Wasps
9:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premiership Rugby Live
10:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Exeter v. Newcastle
12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis
1:10 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Hangtown Classic Qualifiers
2 p.m. on NBC – US Diving National Championships
2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Preakness Prep
3 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold – Amgen Tour of California “Stage 7”
4 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Hangtown Classic Qualifiers 1 (250)
5 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Hangtown Classic Qualifiers 1 (450)
5 p.m. on NBC – Preakness Stakes
5 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis
6 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Hangtown Classic Qualifiers 2 (250)
7 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Hangtown Classic Qualifiers 2 (450)
7 p.m. on NBCSN – TYR Pro Swim Series “Indianapolis”
7:15 p.m. on NBC – Washington at Tampa Bay
8:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Hangtown Classic – 2nd Motos
10 p.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Men’s: India vs France – Bangkok, Thailand”
10:30 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold – Amgen Tour of California “Stage 7” (Encore)
Sunday May 20th
12:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis (Encore)
3 a.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Women’s: Thailand vs Germany – Bangkok, Thailand”
8 a.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Men’s: Thailand vs South Korea – Bangkok, Thailand”
1 p.m. on NBC – US Diving National Championships
1 p.m. on NBCSN – Adidas Boost Street Games
2 p.m. on NBC – Adidas Boost Street Games
2 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR K&N Series “South Boston 1”
3 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR K&N Series “South Boston 2”
3 p.m. on NBC – Vegas at Winnipeg
4 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis
8:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis
10 p.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Men’s: Malaysia vs Russia – Bangkok, Thailand”
Kentucky Derby winner Justify leads the field as NBC Sports Group presents the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, starting from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., today at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Preakness Prep will begin Saturday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Preakness Stakes coverage will be live at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Justify faces fellow Derby competitors Good Magic, who finished second in the “Run for the Roses,” Bravazo, and Lone Sailor, with Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip highlighting the “new shooters.”
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Preakness Stakes features hosts Bob Costas, a 28-time Emmy Award winner, and Mike Tirico; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Preakness Stakes winner; handicapper Eddie Olczyk; reporters Donna Brothers, Britney Eurton, Carolyn Manno, Laffit Pincay, III and Kenny Rice; and race caller Larry Collmus.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Mecum Auctions season rolls into Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend with more than 25 hours of coverage of the Spring Classic on NBCSN, including 14 hours of live coveragefrom the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Scott Hoke will host NBCSN’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site in Indianapolis alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, Bill Stephens and reporter Katie Osborne. Mecum Auctions is led by Dana Mecum, Founder and President of Mecum Auctions for the past 30 years.
NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues this weekend with Game 4 of the Western Conference Final tonightat 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights look to even the series against Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live. The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Winnipeg Jets for Game 5 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final will air Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Steven Stamkos and the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby season continues this weekend with live coverage of the league semifinal matches on NBCSN, highlighted by Saracens v. Wasps this Saturday at 7:25 a.m. ET.
NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 10:30 a.m. ET, when the defending Premiership Rugby champion Exeter Chiefs face Newcastle Falcons, who advance to the semifinal for the first time since winning the inaugural Premiership Rugby title in 1997-98.
NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage for both matches airing this weekend on NBCSN. He will be joined by analyst and former Premiership Rugby player Alex Corbisiero, who played for both the London Irish (2008-13) and Northampton Saints (2013-16), and former USA Rugby captain and Premiership Rugby player Dan Lyle.
The winners of these matches will advance to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday, May 26, which will air live on NBCSN at 9:30 a.m. ET.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
NBC Sports continues daily live coverage of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California throughout the week, culminating with the final stage on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. In addition, daily live coverage of the race will be streamed with NBC Sports Gold’s “Cycling Pass,” as well as on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Phil Liggett calls the action on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold joined by analysts Paul Sherwen and 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde. NBCSN’s coverage will also feature analyst and reporter Jens Voigt, who has three top-10 Amgen Tour of California finishes, reporter Bob Roll, and ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Steve Porino, who will report from aboard a motorcycle on the course, and offer updates on race situations.
TYR PRO SWIM SERIES
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky headlines live coverage of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series this week from Indianapolis, Ind., across NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and NBC Sports Group’s digital platforms. Coverage from the Indiana University Natatorium continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA before concluding this Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Ledecky is expected to compete every night.
US DIVING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
NBC presents live coverage of the 2018 U.S. Diving National Championships from Dallas, Texas, this weekend, beginning Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. ET and continuing Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. ET. Coverage will also be streamed live via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
NBC presents coverage of the individual platform events, with the women’s field highlighted by rising star Tarrin Gilliland, who won three national titles in 2017, Rio Olympian and eight-time national champion Jessica Parrato, and two-time reigning NCAA champion Olivia Rosendahl. Top contenders in the men’s field include 2017 NCAA champion and 2016 World Cup bronze medalist David Dinsmore and 2017 synchronized platform national champion Brandon Loschiavo.
Ted Robinson calls the action, joined by analyst and Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson and reporter Kelli Stavast.
ADIDAS BOOST STREET GAMES
NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the adidas Boost Boston Games this Sunday, May 20, from Boston, Mass., beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continuing at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” will live stream coverage commercial-free beginning on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Leigh Diffey handles the call on NBC and NBCSN, joined by analyst and four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon and reporter Lewis Johnson.