Jim Williams: This is a big weekend for TV sports

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There's no question this will be a busy television weekend for sports.

First, 64 of the best golfers in the world -- including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson -- are taking part in the Match Play Championship at Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Play began Wednesday, though none of the 32 opening-round matches was finished because of snow. The matches Thursday and Friday will be seen on the Golf Channel.

Saturday's quarterfinals will be seen on the Golf Channel from noon to 2 p.m., at which point coverage switches to NBC until 6 p.m. Sunday will have the two semifinals and finals. The Golf Channel will start the broadcast day at 9 a.m. before things move over to NBC to finish off the tournament from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NASCAR opens the 2013 season at Daytona, and things get under way Thursday at 2 p.m. on Speed. Danica Patrick made history by becoming the first woman to claim the Daytona 500 pole, and Jeff Gordon will be on the front row at well. The rest of the field for the 500 will be decided in the twin Budweiser 150s on Thursday afternoon.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday 7:30 p.m. on Speed, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series opens Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN with the Drive4COPD 300. Sunday brings Speed Week to a close with the Daytona 500 at 1 p.m. on Fox. Radio coverage will be on both the Motor Racing Network and Sirius-XM with broadband coverage at

Washington Nationals fans will get to see the team's first spring training telecast Saturday at noon on the MLB Network. The Nats will travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to open the Grapefruit League season against the Mets. Washington will face Miami in Viera on Sunday, and that game will air on 106.7 the Fan with the voice of the Nationals, Charlie Slowes, calling the action along with partner Dave Jageler.

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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