Jock Watch: Fancy a Spot of Soccer With Your Royal Wedding Tea?

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Not sure which sporting event should catch your eye (or ear) this weekend? NewsFeed breaks down a few of the events that could shape the sports scene.

NFL: Just because the players are locked out—well, NewsFeed doesn’t have a law degree so we can’t tell just where the injunctions, stays and court rulings leave things officially—doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay attention. It’s draft time. With a record 25 players showing up in New York for the first round at 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, rounds two and three will take place at 6 p.m. Eastern on Friday and rounds four through seven at noon Eastern on Saturday. Read more about the draft — and why it could be disappointing — from NewsFeed’s Sean Gregory.

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NHL: With the first round of the NHL playoffs wrapped up, the league wastes no time—unlike the NBA—in getting the second round underway. The regular season’s top team, Vancouver, had more than a few heart-stopping moments after letting a 3-0 series lead on Chicago linger all the way until overtime of game seven before finishing off the defending Stanley Cup champions. Can the Canucks get with it in time for its 6 p.m. Pacific game at home against fifth-seeded Nashville on Thursday? You can bet all of Canada will tune in for the answer.

NBA: With a slate of first-round deciding game seven matchups possible for Saturday and Sunday, what to watch for in the NBA really starts tonight. With Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas all looking to close out the first round, the most intriguing game may be the Lakers at New Orleans at 7 p.m. Central. The Hornets have surprised the Lakers with two wins in the series, but L.A. took a 3-2 series lead with a convincing victory in game five. Home court gives New Orleans the chance to make this a wild game seven finish on Saturday.

Soccer: If you’re already in England for the royal wedding, slide on over to Manchester for the game of the week as the English Premier League’s top team, Manchester United, hosts third-place Arsenal. If you didn’t go to England for the wedding, check back to Jock Watch before your next England trip anyway. (And sorry, we hear Prince Harry has a girlfriend).

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