Normally around this time of year, the sports TV listings would be stuffed with NBA and NHL playoff games along with the MLB regular season. None of that is happening, obviously, because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this weekend's offerings show that the sports world is starting to crawl back. There's top-shelf European soccer, MMA, golf and auto racing, all held under heavy restrictions with no fans present. We're still far from normal, but dang if we aren't approaching normalcy for the first time in a long while this weekend.
Here's the TV lineup.
German soccer is the world's first major team-sport league to return from its hiatus, and the Fox Sports networks will air several Bundesliga matches in the U.S. this weekend and on Monday.
Dortmund vs. Schalke, 8:30 a.m., Fox Sports 1; Leipzig vs. Freiburg, 8:30 a.m., Fox Sports 2; Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg, 8:30 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus; Frankfurt vs. Monchengladbach, 11:30 a.m., Fox Sports 1
Cologne vs. Mainz, 8:30 a.m., Fox Sports 1; Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich, 11 a.m., Fox Sports 1
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 1:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 8 P.M. SATURDAY, ESPN
UFC will have fights in Jacksonville for the second straight Saturday, this time headlined by a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris, who were scheduled to meet in December before Harris had to pull out because of the kidnapping and murder of his stepdaughter.
CHARITY SKINS GAME 1 P.M. SUNDAY NBC, NBCSN, GOLF CHANNEL
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will team up against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff for a four-ball skins match at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, with the proceeds going to help people affected by the pandemic.
CUP SERIES AT DARLINGTON 2:30 P.M. SUNDAY, FOX
NASCAR had run four races this season when it was suspended. Among the storylines to watch is whether the three drivers for Team Penske — Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski — can continue their early run of success. Logano has won two of the four races.