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LAS VEGAS — Mark Few is the new face of college basketball. Once upon a time, Few was an underdog who coached Gonzaga teams that played the role of Cinderella in March, but the small-school, long-shot theme is an old storyline.

As a quirky, COVID-crazy season heads toward madness, Duke is dancing on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble and Kentucky has become a punch line. Blue-blood programs Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA are only flirting with relevance.

There is a new dominant team in blue. For the first time in Few’s two decades, Gonzaga should enter the NCAA field as the consensus favorite. BetMGM Nevada sportsbooks list the Zags as the +280 top choice, followed by Baylor at 3/1. Every other team on the futures board is getting double-digit odds.

“It’s a massive amount of Gonzaga and Baylor [futures] money,” William Hill sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich said. “Gonzaga has the most money and Baylor has the second-most money, and it’s by a country mile over the third-place team.”

Many college hoops bettors sweat out games on a daily basis. Few has not been forced to sweat a result in more than two months. The Zags (20-0) have won 17 consecutive games by double-digit margins as they coast through a weak West Coast Conference schedule. The Bears (17-0) have been tested a few times in the Big 12, arguably the strongest conference in the country. Those are the final two undefeated teams remaining. Is half of the Final Four a foregone conclusion?

Inspired by the public perception of a two-horse race, Bogdanovich recently posted a prop price on the NCAA basketball champion: Field -120; Gonzaga/Baylor +100. William Hill’s line on the field moved to -125 after Saturday’s initial wagering.

“I think there are more teams that can win it than you might think,” Bogdanovich said. “There are plenty of teams that could get hot.”

In the NBA playoffs, the superior team typically advances in a long series. The NCAA Tournament’s one-and-done format leads to more volatility.

A top-heavy futures board favoring the Zags and Bears means there should be odds value in some other teams that could heat up and spring a surprising run in March.

Bogdanovich cited Florida State, Houston, Illinois and Iowa as teams with “a puncher’s chance.” While every team has flaws, beauty is in the eye of the bet-holder. Who are the true contenders in the field?

Michigan (10/1): The Wolverines returned to action Sunday for the first time in 23 days and immediately showed why they are the Big Ten’s best hope to stop a 20-year national title drought. Senior guard Isaiah Livers scored 20 points and 7-foot-1 freshman Hunter Dickinson had 15 rebounds and five blocks in a 67-59 comeback win at Wisconsin.

Any team that ranks in the nation’s top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency fits the profile of a title contender, and Michigan ranks No. 7 in each category, according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (Kenpom.com). The Wolverines’ odds were as high as 30/1 in early January, but the secret is out. Ohio State (14/1) is another potential No. 1 seed from the Big Ten that’s worth a look.

Villanova (10/1): A 16-point loss at Creighton on Saturday exposed the Wildcats’ shortcomings. Villanova is elite in offensive efficiency (No. 5), but awful in defensive efficiency (No. 90). The upside is coach Jay Wright has another month to make things right. Veteran point guard Collin Gillespie and forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are talented enough to carry the team a long way. Villanova stock still can be bought at 16/1 odds at Circa Sports.

Alabama (16/1): Nate Oats has no fear. He publicly criticized Mike Krzyzewski in December, when the Duke coach whined about the wisdom of playing games during a pandemic, and Oats’ team plays with his bold attitude. The Crimson Tide defense is something Nick Saban would admire. Alabama is scoring 80.8 points per game and ranks No. 2 in defensive efficiency. Good guards win in March, and the Tide can roll with John Petty and Jaden Shackelford.

Virginia (20/1): The reigning NCAA champions from 2019 — there was no tournament last year — are not loaded with NBA prospects. The Cavaliers remain the top team in the ACC and rank in the top 15 in both offense and defense. Tony Bennett is a coaching master who imposes his will as Virginia forces opponents to play at its slow pace.

The Cavaliers are 11-1 since taking a 98-75 whipping from Gonzaga on Dec. 26. Few and the Zags do not want a rematch.

Oklahoma (50/1): The Sooners rank in the top 30 in offense and defense and own an impressive résumé that includes a win over Alabama, yet they remain underrated in the betting market. Lon Kruger is a quiet, underrated coach who has a track record of winning in March.

The Big 12 is loaded with contenders aside from Baylor. In an odd twist, Kansas is an afterthought. Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia are teams with the coaching, talent and toughness combination to reach the Final Four.

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Martin Truex Jr. has a chance to add yet another victory to his 2021 Cup Series campaign at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday.

Truex, the only multi-race winner this season (at Phoenix, Martinsville and Darlington), is the clear favorite ahead of the Drydene 400. The three-time winner at Dover is second in the Cup Series standings behind only Denny Hamlin. He also has top-two finishes in each of his last four races at the Monster Mile. Add to that his dominant race in Darlington last week — he led 248 of 293 laps — and it makes sense that he’s the betting favorite (7-2) at the 400-lap, 400-mile race.

Kyle Larson, who challenged Truex late in the Goodyear 400 and finished as the race’s runner-up, is probably his top challenger on Sunday; he has NASCAR’s highest average all-time finish at Dover, at 7.4. Of course, there’s also Hamlin, who despite having no wins this season has an absurd nine top-five finishes to give him the lead in the standings.

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Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the Drydene 400 at Dover International Raceway. Follow along below.

NASCAR at Dover live updates, highlights from Drydene 400

All times Eastern

2:29 p.m.: Caution 1 (Competition, Lap 35)

2:25 p.m.: Lots of movement at the top of the lineup while Fox Sports 1 was on a commercial break; Truex Jr. fell from first to fourth behind William byron (first), Larson (second) and Kevin Harvick (third). He’s roughly 5 seconds off the lead.

2:19 p.m.: Elliott has moved up 12 positions from 36, 11 laps into Stage 1.

2:15 p.m.: And there they go!

2:12 p.m.: Also of note: Josh Berry will make his Cup Series debut in the 77 car as a last-minute replacement for Justin Haley (who can’t race due to NASCAR’S COVID-19 protocols).

2:11 p.m.: Ryan Newman will join Chase Elliott (two failed pre-race inspections) at the back of the lineup due to unapproved adjustments:

2:02 p.m.: Some important race notes at Dover:

2 p.m.: The engines are revved at Dover. Green flag incoming.

1:30 p.m.: Things are getting heated in the Fox studio over barbecue.

NASCAR lineup at Dover

Here is the complete starting lineup for the Drydene 400 without qualifying:

Start pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
9 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
10 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
12 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
13 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
14 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
15 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
16 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
17 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
18 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
20 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
21 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
22 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
23 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
24 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
25 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
26 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
27 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
28 Josh Berry 77 Spire Motorsports
29 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
30 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
31 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
32 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
33 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
34 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
35 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
36 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
37 Chase Elliott* 9 Hendrick Motorsports

*Elliott, who would have started eighth in the lineup, will start at the back for failing two pre-race inspection.

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NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

Oh, baby! The best postseason is officially here.

Sixteen NHL teams will battle it out for the greatest trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup. How it’ll all play out is a little different in 2021: the four best teams in each division will face each other (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 in Round 1) and the eventual division champs will meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The last two teams standing will then go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2021, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NHL playoff games today

Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for today:

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.

STANLEY CUP PREDICTIONS: Sporting News’ 2021 NHL playoff picks

NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

  • TV (U.S.): NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, NHLN
  • TV (Canada):  Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNI
  • Stream (U.S.): NBC Sports.com | fuboTV (free trial)
  • Stream (Canada): SN Now, SN NOW+, NHL Live
  • Live scores: SN Scoreboard

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast games on the NHL’s road to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnet’s channels and CBC.

In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will describe the Maple Leafs-Canadiens series while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio anchors and will be joined by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

NBC will also employ a rotating crew that will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and analysts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko and Dominic Moore.

NHL playoff bracket 2021

(SN Illustration)

NHL schedule 2021

The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs started on Saturday, May 15, and, if it runs the full gamut, will end on Monday, May 31. 

*If necessary

Round 1

Saturday, May 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Bruins at Capitals 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Monday, May 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins at Capitals 7:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 1: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 1: Blues at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Penguins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 2: Wild at Golden Knights 10 p.m.ET  NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 1: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Blues at Avalanche 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning 6:30 p.m. ET USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 3: Penguins at Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 1: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Golden Knights at Wild 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sport

Friday, May 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Predators 7 p.m. ET USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 2: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Blues 9:30 p.m. ET USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning 12:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Penguins at Islanders 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 2: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI
Game 4: Golden Knights at Wild 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
Game 4: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
Game 4: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 5: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Monday, May 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
Game 4: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 5: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD
*Game 5: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 5: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD

Tuesday, May 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 5: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD
*Game 5: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 6: Capitals at Bruins TBD TBD

Wednesday, May 26

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD
*Game 6: Panthers at Lightning TBD TBD
*Game 6: Golden Knights at Wild TBD TBD
*Game 6: Penguins at Islanders TBD TBD

Thursday, May 27

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD
*Game 6: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 6: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
*Game 7: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Friday, May 28

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 7: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 7: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD
*Game 7: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD

Saturday, May 29

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 7: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 7: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD

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For those who are asking “What channel is today’s NASCAR race on?” the answer is the one that will be given over the next few weeks.

The TV channel for Sunday’s NASCAR race is FS1. The network will air the Drydene 400 from Dover International Speedway. The race is the 13th of the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season, and Fox or FS1 has been the channel for all 13 races.

Sunday’s race will start a bit earlier than the usual mid-afternoon time window for Cup Series events. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:11 p.m. ET. Dover does not have lights, although the weather is expected to cooperate and there should be enough time to complete the race before sunset.

Below is how to watch Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race, including the TV channel and live stream options:

MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What channel is NASCAR on today?

Fox and Fox Sports 1 will televise NASCAR races through the June 13 All-Star Race at Texas. FS1 will air Sunday’s race, the 13th of the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season. NBC and NBC Sports Network are scheduled to air all races after June 13, including the playoffs.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy will call the race along with analysts Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds. Jamie Little and Regan Smith will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR live stream for Dover race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR race at Dover live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports Go app.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are six OTT (over-the-top) TV streaming options that carry Fox and FS1 — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, Vidgo and YouTubeTV. Of the six, fuboTV, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free-trial options.

Below are links to each.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, May 16
  • Start time: 2 p.m. ET (TV time)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled to wave at 2:11 p.m. ET.

Weather conditions in Dover, Del., are expected to be ideal. The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies, light winds and temperatures in the low 70s on Sunday.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season and playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway 2 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 23 NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 p.m. FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 p.m. Fox PRN
June 6 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 p.m. FS1 PRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Open Texas Motor Speedway 6 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race Texas Motor Speedway 8 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 20 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 26 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-1 Pocono Raceway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 27 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-2 Pocono Raceway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
July 4 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Road America Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Aug. 8 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 15 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 1 p.m. NBC IMS
Aug. 22 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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