Jordan Spieth comes out of the bunker on the first hole in the first round of the 122nd US Open Thursday at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License picture

MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) — The 2022 Stanley Cup Final and the US Open, the third major tournament of the golf season, are the main sporting events scheduled for this weekend.

A possible Game 7 of the NBA Finals, College World Series baseball games, dozens of MLB and MLS regular season games and a Formula 1 race in Montreal are also scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

Combat sports fans can tune in Saturday for a bunch of UFC fights and boxing bouts.

But the Colorado Avalanche’s attempt to dethrone the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the main event this weekend.

The Avalanche, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, are favored in the best-of-seven series. The Lightning are trying to become the first team since the New York Islanders of the 1980s to win three consecutive titles.

Stanley Cup

The Avalanche needed overtime to pass the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in Denver. They will look to take a 2-0 series lead when they host Lighting in Game 2 at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday at the Ball Arena.

All Stanley Cup Finals games will be broadcast on ABC.

“Any time you lose Game 1, you don’t feel good,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters Wednesday.

“We dipped our toes in the water and dug ourselves a hole. There were parts of the game where I liked what we were doing and parts I didn’t like. … There are positive signs for us, but the right team won the game.”

The series will travel to Tampa for Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Wednesday. The Avalanche should host Games 5 and 7, if necessary. The lighting could accommodate game 6.

“It’s good,” Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews told NHL.com. “Getting first is obviously huge, especially in our own building. … It’s going to be tough to stay committed to our game.”

U.S. Open

The US Open kicked off Thursday at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Rory McIlroy, the No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Rankings is the favorite.

The four-round tournament will air through Sunday on USA Network and NBC. Round two coverage will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT Friday on USA Network. The round will continue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC.

Saturday’s third round will air from noon to 8 p.m. on NBC. The final round will air from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday on USA Network and noon to 7 p.m. on NBC.

No. 5 Justin Thomas, No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and No. 6 Cameron Smith are favorites to win. No. 10 Jordan Spieth, No. 12 Xander Schauffele, No. 18 Matt Fitzpatrick, No. 4 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Sam Burns and No. 14 Will Zalatoris are among the other expected contenders.

Seven of the 17 golfers suspended by the PGA Tour for their participation in the LIV Golf Invitational Series are also in Brookline’s group of 156 players.

Rahm is the defending champion. No. 19 Brooks Koepka has won two of the last five US Open titles. Scheffler won the first major title of the year in April at the Masters. Thomas won the PGA Championship last month in Tulsa, Okla.

Scheffler, Burns, Thomas, McIlroy and Smith top the FedExCup season standings.

Weekend schedule (every hour EDT)



US Open: Second round from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on USA Network; from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC


White Sox at Astros at 8 p.m. on Apple TV+

Guardians at Dodgers at 10 p.m. on Apple TV+



US Open: Third round from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on NBC


MLS: LAFC at Seattle at 3 p.m. on ABC

MLS: Portland at Los Angeles Galaxy at 5 p.m. on ESPN

MLS: Toronto at New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

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

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

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

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

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

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

MLS: San Jose at Salt Lake at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+


Rangers at Tigers at 4 p.m. on FS1

Guardians at Dodgers at 7 p.m. on Fox

Cardinals at the Red Sox at 7 p.m. on Fox

UFC Fight Night on ESPN+

Julian Marquez vs. Gregory Rodrigues at 7 p.m.

Damir Ismagulov vs Guram Kutateladze after the first fight

Joaquin Buckley against Albert Duraev after the second fight

Tim Means vs. Kevin Holland after the third fight

Donald Cerrone against Joe Lauzon after a fourth fight

Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett after the fifth fight

Stanley Cup Final

Game 3: Lightning at Avalanche at 8 p.m. on ABC


Joe Smith Jr. vs. Arthur Beterbiev: Main card starts at 10 p.m. on ESPN+



US Open: Final round from 10 a.m. to noon on USA Network; from noon to 7 p.m. on NBC


Phillies at Nationals at Noon on Peacock

White Sox at Astros at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Formula 1

Canadian Grand Prix at 1 p.m. on ABC


MLS: Miami at Atlanta at 3 p.m. on ESPN2

MLS: Minnesota at New England at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Colorado at NYCFC at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Kansas City at Nashville at 6 p.m. on FS1

NBA Finals

Game 7 (if needed): Celtics at Warriors at 8 p.m. on ABC

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach shot from the rough on the 15th hole of the first round of the US Open Championship at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. on June 16, 2022. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License picture