TV picks: Weekend, March 23-25

From left: Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina star in "Luck."

DRAMA. What was initially meant to be the first season finale — and a thrilling one at that, involving a climatic race — has become the series conclusion of this fine David Milch/Michael Mann horseracing drama. The inner workings of the racetrack were on full view in this series; it’s sad that production was halted and ultimately cancelled following the death of a number of horses during the filming of what would have been Season 2.  
Series finale, Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO

“Ball Boys”
REALITY. Like “Pawn Stars” before it, this reality show from that hit series’ producers aims to draw interest in other people’s “junk” — but this time, the wares for sale are sports memorabilia.
Series premiere, Saturday, 3 p.m., ABC

“Leave it to Niecy”
REALITY. Is it a reality show? A documentary? A sitcom? “Leave it to Niecy,” following the antics of Niecy Nash and her family, claims to be a little of all those things. Unfortunately, the situations are so contrived, it fails at them all.
Series premiere, Sunday, 10 p.m., TLC

REALITY. Adam and Jamie are “abandoned” on a deserted island with only duct tape to aid in their survival.
Mid-season premiere, Sunday, 9 p.m., Discovery


Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.


VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.


New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.


Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…


Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.


MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.


James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…


Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400


This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…


Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…


Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…


Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…