Talk about a big sports weekend. Tri-City sports fans will have plenty to follow.
First and foremost are the Tri-City Americans, who open play in the Western Hockey League finals at Calgary at 6:30 p.m. today.
Herald staffer Annie Fowler will be in attendance and will have a live blog at tri-cityherald.com for tonight's game.
Here's what else is going on:
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* The Tri-Cities Fever tries to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts the Alaska Wild at 7 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Center.
The Fever is 1-5 in the Indoor Football League, while the Wild, making its first trip to the Tri-Cities from Anchorage, is 2-6.
The Fever made a couple of moves this week, releasing defensive backs Kwame Agyeman and Devon Walker, and signing defensive back Lionell Singleton.
The status of Fever quarterback Andy Collins, who injured his shoulder in the team's loss against the Billings Outlaws last weekend, is unkown.
This is the first of three meetings between the two teams.
* The Columbia Basin College softball team has a busy weekend, with home games today, Saturday and Sunday.
The Hawks take on Blue Mountain at 2 p.m. today, Treasure Valley at noon Saturday, and at noon again Sunday against Treasure Valley to make up a twinbill that was snowed out earlier this month in Ontario, Ore.
CBC sits in third place in the East Region with a 9-7 record (18-12 overall).
* The final weekend of horse racing at Sun Downs runs both Saturday and Sunday, with post time both days at 1:30 p.m.
Race fans can bet on the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, while Sunday, the $20,000 AQHA Meriel Distaff Challenge at 400 yards will complete the meet.
* In preps, some of the best high school baseball is being played at Southridge today, where the Suns host intracity rival Kennewick in a CBBN Columbia doubleheader.