Thursday, April 16
Major league baseball, Florida at Atlanta (6 p.m., SportSouth/620 AM): The Braves aim to squish the Fish in an NL East showdown.
Friday, April 17
College baseball, Kentucky at Mississippi State (6:30 p.m., Starkville, 620 AM): The Bulldogs begin a weekend SEC series against Kentucky, where first-year State coach John Cohen coached before he left to take over at MSU.
Saturday, April 18
College football, Mississippi State Maroon & White Game (5:30 p.m., Starkville, CSS): The TV cameras and a host of fans will be on hand to see what new coach Dan Mullen can do with the Bulldogs. … Fans' expectations will be higher for the Ole Miss Grove Bowl (1 p.m., Oxford) and the Southern Miss Black & Gold Game (6 p.m., Hattiesburg). … NBA basketball, NBA playoffs (teams TBA, ESPN or TNT): The long, long road to the NBA Finals begins.
Sunday, April 19
College baseball, Trinity at Millsaps (noon, Jackson): The marauding Majors close out their SCAC series with the Tigers.
Monday, April 20
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Chattanooga (7:05 p.m., Chattanooga, Tenn., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves open a series in the mountains of Tennessee, the place where manager Phillip Wellman threw the tantrum that made him a YouTube legend.
Tuesday, April 21
College baseball, Delta State at Belhaven (6 p.m., Smith-Wills Stadium, Jackson): The Blazers try to protect their house from the Statesmen.
Wednesday, April 22
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Chattanooga (11 a.m., Chattanooga, Tenn., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves and Lookouts play some baseball during brunch.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S during his rare spare moments.