Stanley Cup Final, College World Series, NASCAR Weekend Sports Program

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Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche need one more win in their Stanley Cup Finals series with the Tampa Bay Lightning to clinch the title. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License picture

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) — The 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, College World Series Finals and a trio of NASCAR races highlight the sporting events that will air this weekend. Dozens of games from international women’s soccer and MLS and MLB will also be broadcast.

Several boxing title fights will also take place from Friday to Sunday.

But the NHL’s Frozen Final will be the weekend’s main event. The Colorado Avalanche led the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in the best of seven Stanley Cup Finals.

The streak continues Friday in Denver, with the home side needing just one win to clinch the title and end the Lightning’s hopes of a hat-trick.

Stanley Cup Final

The Avalanche host the two-time defending champion Lightning in Game 5 at 8 p.m. EDT Friday at the Ball Arena. A Lightning victory would force a Game 6 Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Game 7, if necessary, would take place Tuesday in Denver. ABC will broadcast all games from the Stanley Cup Finals. Hockey fans can also stream the games on ESPN+.

The top-seeded Western Conference Avalanche won the first two games of the series in Denver. The Lightning won Game 3, but lost Game 4 in overtime.

Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen’s eight points are the most of any player. Rantanen has totaled eight assists in four games. Fellow Avalanche wingers Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog lead the series with two goals apiece.

Center Anthony Cirelli and left winger Ondrej Palat lead the Lighting with two goals each. Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper has saved 90% of the Lightning’s shot attempts in four games. He totaled 90 saves. Lightning star Andrei Vasilevskiy had 128 saves and saved 88.9% of the Avalanche’s shots.

University World Series

The college baseball national champion could be determined in the 2022 College World Series Finals this weekend in Omaha. Oklahoma qualified for the best-of-three title series with a victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday at the tournament site.

The Sooners will face Ole Miss or Arkansas in Game 1 of the Finals at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday at Charles Schwab Field. Game 2 will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. Both games will air on ESPN.

Game 3, if needed, will air at 7 p.m. Monday on the same network.

NASCAR

Three NASCAR races will be broadcast this weekend from the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 will begin action at 8 p.m. EDT Friday on FS1.

The Xfinity Tennessee Lottery 250 series airs at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on USA Network.

The Cup Series Ally 400, the weekend’s main event, kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBC. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are among the favorites to win the 300 lap event.

Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman are among the other expected suitors.

Daniel Suarez won last weekend at Sonoma Raceway and has victories in two of the last five events. Logano has won two of the last seven events. Elliott, Chastain, Busch, Blaney and Logano are the top 5 drivers in the Cup Series standings. Busch has a series-best 11 Top 10 finishes in 16 starts.

Chastain leads the Cup Series with seven Top 5 finishes. He is also tied with Logano, Hamlin and Byron for the series’ top two wins this season.

Weekend schedule (every hour EDT)

Friday

Golf

Travelers Championship: Second round from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Golf Channel

Soccer

MLS: Orlando at Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

NHL

Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Lightning at Avalanche at 8 p.m. on ABC

MLB

Cubs at Cardinals at 8 p.m. on Apple TV+

Tigers at Diamondbacks at 9:30 p.m. on Apple TV+

NASCAR

Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at 8 p.m. on FS1

Saturday

Golf

Travelers Championship: Third Round 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on CBS

Soccer

MLS: Kansas City at Seattle at 3 p.m. on ABC

MLS: Nashville at DC United at 5 p.m. on ESPN

MLS: Charlotte at Montreal at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Atlanta at Toronto at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Women’s International Friendly Match: Colombia vs. USWNT on FS1

MLS: Chicago at Houston at 8 p.m. on TUDN/Twitter

MLS: Minnesota at Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Dallas at Austin at 9 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Columbus at Real Salt Lake at 10 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose at 10 p.m. on TUDN/Twitter

MLS: Colorado at Portland at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN+

NASCAR

Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network

MLB

Nationals at Rangers at 4pm on FS1

Dodgers at Braves at 7 p.m. on Fox

Rockies at Twins at 7 p.m. on Fox

College baseball

College World Series Game 1: TBD vs. Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Boxing

The main card starts at 8 p.m. on DAZN

Nikita Ababiy vs. Noe Larios Jr.

Marc Castro vs Omar Castillo

Jessica McCaskill vs. Alma Ibarra

Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios

Julio Cesar Martinez v McWilliams Arroyo

Jesse Rodriguez Franco vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Sunday

Golf

Travelers Championship: Final from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on CBS

MLB

Put in Marlins at noon on Peacock

Mariners at Angels at 4 p.m. on FS1

Dodgers at Braves at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Soccer

MLS: New York Red Bulls at LAFC at 3 p.m. on ABC

MLS: NYCFC at Philadelphia at 6 p.m. on FS1

MLS: New England at Vancouver at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

College baseball

College World Series Game 2: TBD vs. Oklahoma at 3 p.m. on ESPN

NASCAR

Cup Series Ally 400 at 5 p.m. on NBC

NHL

Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 (if needed): Avalanche at Lightning at 8 p.m. on ABC

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