Lebron comes to town

Lebron James left the Wizards’ division this offseason, but fans will get to catch the king in action Friday.
James and the Cavaliers come to Washington at 8 p.m., with coverage on Comcast and ESPN.
The Wizards hold the early lead in the NBA’s Southeast Division, ahead of James’ former team in Miami.
Lebron excited the Cleveland fan-base with his return, but the team dropped to 5-5 after Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs.
In the ESPN nightcap, the Bulls meet the Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
TNT’s Thursday doubleheader starts with the Clippers and Heat at 8 p.m., followed by Bulls-Kings.
NFL Network shows the Chiefs at the winless Raiders Thursday at 8:20 p.m., and the Cowboys visit the Giants on NBC Sunday night.
The Ravens return to the Superdome Monday night, meeting the Saints on ESPN.
Fox offers the Lions at Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with the Titans at Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head west against the 49ers.
The college football weekend kicks off Thursday when West Virginia hosts Kansas State at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and North Carolina battles Duke on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has Rice against Texas-El Paso Friday at 8 p.m. while ESPN shows San Jose State-Utah State at 9:30 p.m.
ACC newcomer Louisville faces Notre Dame on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida State hosts Boston College on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other areas getting Wisconsin-Iowa. ESPN2 shows the game not on-the-air in your area. In primetime, Southern Cal takes on UCLA.
CBS stays in the SEC West, with Mississippi playing Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. Baylor clashes with Oklahoma State on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to become bowl eligible, taking on Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Minnesota-Nebraska, then it’s Arizona against Utah. It’s off to the SEC East at 7:30 p.m., with Missouri meeting Tennessee.
Penn State takes on Illinois at noon on ESPN2. Virginia closes its home season at 7 p.m. with Miami before Boise State meets Wyoming at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas travels to Oklahoma at noon on FoxSports1 and Stanford goes against California at 4 p.m.
It’s Big South football on MASN at noon, with Gardner-Webb taking on Monmouth. MASN2 starts its day at noon with Western Kentucky facing Texas-San Antonio before Texas Tech travels to Iowa State at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings “The Game” – Harvard against Yale – at noon followed by CAA contests between New Hampshire and Maine at 3:30 p.m. before Richmond meets William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
James Madison takes on Elon on Comcast at noon, followed by Georgia State-Clemson.
North of the border, Montreal faces Hamilton in the CFL Eastern Division final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college hardcourt, Jacksonville meets North Carolina State on Comcast Thursday at 9 p.m. ESPN2 has three games on Thursday, starting with New Mexico against Boston College at 5 p.m. Texas faces Iowa at 7 p.m. before Syracuse battles California at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the championship of the 2K Classic Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday’s contests start at 2:30 p.m. with Notre Dame against Providence. It’s the third-place game of the Puerto Rico at 4:30 p.m. and the championship at 7 p.m. then the Charleston Classic final tips at 9 p.m.
MASN shows Harvard against Florida Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m., and it’s Morehead State-Louisiana Tech Friday at 8 p.m. Presbyterian meets Louisiana Tech Sunday at 5 p.m.
Kansas State takes on Long Beach State on MASN2 Friday at 10:30 p.m., and Marquette meets Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at 7 p.m. Oklahoma hosts Northwestern State Sunday at 3 p.m.
Creighton hosts North Carolina Central Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals take on Colorado on Comcast Thursday at 9 p.m., then host Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts UMass-Lowell in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS conference finals start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with the Red Bulls taking on the Revolution on NBC. The Galaxy and Sounders meet Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC shows Arsenal against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Chelsea clashes with West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Formula One circuit visits Abu Dhabi this weekend, with the race on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.


Four drivers, only one champion

NASCAR’s new Chase for the Cup format brings four top drivers together this weekend.
Whoever finishes best among them at Homestead wins the season’s crown. ESPN coverage starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Kevin Harvick nudged his way into the final four with a win at Phoenix last week. Denny Hamlin, Joey Lagano and Ryan Newman round out the contenders.
The rest of the field will be looking for a season-ending win as a stepping stone to win the Chase in 2015.
The Nationwide racers close their season Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series finale Friday at 8 p.m.
The Redskins host Tampa Bay Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, followed by the Packers against Eagles. CBS offers the Broncos at St. Louis at 1 p.m.
NFL network features the Bills and Dolphins Thursday night, then it’s Patriots-Colts on NBC Sunday night. The Steelers’ trip to Tennessee closes the week Monday night on ESPN.
The college football weekend begins Thursday on ESPN2 when East Carolina visits Cincinnati at 7 p.m. California battles Southern Cal at 9 p.m. on ESPN, and Friday it’s Tulsa-Central Florida on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s big game matches top-ranked Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
ABC offers three games, starting at noon with Ohio State-Minnesota. Nebraska tangles with Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m., then it’s off to the ACC for second-ranked Florida State taking on Miami.
Notre Dame hosts Northwestern on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings two games, with Washington facing Arizona at 4 p.m. before Texas and Oklahoma State clash at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson taking on Georgia Tech and Oklahoma heads to Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. Auburn tries to bounce back at Georgia at 7:15 p.m., and the night closes with Arizona State meeting Oregon State at 10:45 p.m.
Penn State plays Temple at noon on ESPN2, and LSU battles Arkansas at 8 p.m.
TCU aims to boost its chances to make the playoff field, traveling to Kansas at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. It’s North Texas against Texas-El Paso at 10 p.m.
ACC network offers Pittsburgh-North Carolina at 12:30 p.m.
In the CAA, James Madison visits Richmond on NBC Sports network at 12:30 p.m. while Towson takes on William & Mary at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN has a pair of games from the Big South, with Presbyterian against Gardner-Webb at noon followed by Charleston Southern visiting Liberty.
Marshall hosts Rice on MASN2 at 2:30 p.m.
Edmonton faces Saskatchewan in the CFL playoffs Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT has the Bulls’ trip to Toronto Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Nets at Golden State. The Spurs visit the Lakers Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN.
The Wizards take on the Magic Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The college basketball season gets going this weekend.  New ACC member Louisville faces Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN has Elon against Florida Atlantic Friday at 8 p.m., while MASN2 offers a pair of Big East teams facing non-conference foes – St. John’s meeting New Jersey Institute of Tech at 7 p.m. before Marquette meets UT-Martin at 9:30 p.m.
Georgetown faces Saturday at noon on MASN2, then Seton Hall battles Mercer Sunday at noon. Charlotte plays Elon at 5:30 p.m. on MASN.
Comcast has a pair of ACC teams against non-conference foes Sunday, with Samford-Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. and Virginia opening its home season against Norfolk State at 7 p.m.
Creighton clashes with Chicago State on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
London hosts the ATP World Tour finals this week, with coverage on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Comcast shows the Sharks and Lightning Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Capitals host New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m.
The United States meets Colombia in an international friendly on ESPN Friday at 2:30 p.m. Getting ready for Euro2016, Italy meets Croatia on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
MASN2 has the Conference USA men’s soccer championship game Sunday at 2 p.m.


Cowboys in London

The NFL has a special guest for its final London game in 2014.
The Cowboys face the Jaguars Sunday at Wembley Stadium, the first regular season appearance of America’s Team in the British capital. Fox has coverage of the contest at 1 p.m.
Dallas dropped its last two games after starting 6-1, and may have to play without Tony Romo for the second straight week.
The Ravens try to bounce back against Tennessee at 1 p.m. on CBS. Fox brings the Giants and Seahawks in the late afternoon slot.
NFL Network offers the Bengals and Browns Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Bears and Packers battle Sunday night on NBC, while ESPN shows Panthers and Eagles Monday at 8:30 p.m.
The college football weekend starts Thursday when Clemson takes on Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Utah State visits Wyoming on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m.
CBS offers a pair of big games in the SEC West Saturday, with Texas A&M-Auburn at 3:30 p.m. before LSU battles Alabama at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Arizona State on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with the Big Ten battle between Ohio State and Michigan State at 8 p.m.
TCU takes on Kansas State in a top 10 battle on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Georgia against Kentucky, then Virginia heads to Florida State at 6:30 p.m. Utah-Oregon caps the day at 10 p.m.
Minnesota meets Iowa at noon on ESPN2, and Michigan takes on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ACC foes battle when Louisville heads to Boston College at 7:15 p.m.
Baylor clashes with Oklahoma at noon on FoxSports1, then West Virginia visits Texas. UCLA faces Washington at 7 p.m.
The ACC network offers Georgia Tech against N.C. State at 12:30 p.m.
Duke takes on Syracuse at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast, followed by Elon against William & Mary.
In the Ivy League, Pennsylvania plays Princeton at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty hosts Monmouth at 3:30 p.m. on MASN. MASN2 offers Texas-San Antonio against Rice at noon before Iowa State takes on Kansas at 3:30 p.m.
Eight NASCAR drivers head to Phoenix and only four will be competing for the Sprint Cup championship the following week. ESPN has coverage at 3 p.m. Sunday, and the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 has the truck series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Formula One visits Brazil this week, with the race in Sao Paolo Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network covers practice Friday at 11 a.m.
TNT offers Spurs-Rockets at 8 p.m., followed by Mavericks taking on the Trail Blazers. The Grizzlies visit the wounded Thunder on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Cavaliers against Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Raptors Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and take on the Pacers Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the ice, the Capitals will be on Comcast-plus this weekend – against Chicago Friday at 8:30 p.m. and hosting the Hurricanes Saturday at 8 p.m.
Comcast shows San Jose against Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
Boston University and Boston College clash on the college ice Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
D.C. United meets the Red Bulls in their playoff series Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday, with New England facing Columbus at 5 p.m. and the Galaxy against Real Salt Lake at 7:15 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur faces Asteras Tripoli on FoxSports Thursday at 1 p.m. in Europa League play, followed by Everton-Lille Metropole.
NBC offers Queens Park Rangers against Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Liverpool faces Chelsea Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Crystal Palace. Sunderland meets Everton Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Swansea City takes on Arsenal at 11 a.m.
MASN2 has the Conference USA’s women’s soccer championship Sunday at 2 p.m. The Big East crowns its champion on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m. and the Big Ten has its finale at 4:30 p.m.


How the West is won

There’s four berths in the new college football playoff.
150px-SEC_new_logoAnd three teams in the SEC West in the top four this week, vying for a playoff spot.
The real college playoffs begin Saturday, when No. 4 Mississippi seeks to bounce back from its’ first loss as No. 3 Auburn comes to town. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Top-ranked Mississippi State takes on Arkansas on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m. Alabama, ranked sixth in the first poll that will determine the January 1 semifinal matchups, has the weekend off before a big contest with LSU next week.
The top four contenders already have big plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Mississippi and Mississippi State will tangle in the Egg Bowl while Auburn-Alabama try to top last year’s Iron Bowl.
The college weekend starts Thursday in the ACC, with Florida State visiting Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Tulane takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8 p.m.
The Service Academies star in CBS’s triple-header Saturday. Army hosts Air Force at 11:30 a.m., and Navy faces Notre Dame at FedEx Field at 8 p.m. In between, Florida and Georgia battle at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.
ABC brings the Big 12 battle between TCU and West Virginia or Purdue-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with the game not seen over-the-air in your area on ESPN2. In primetime, it’s Oklahoma State-Kansas State or Illinois facing Ohio State.
Fifth-ranked Oregon faces Stanford on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back at home, facing Boston College at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Other areas will see North Carolina-Miami.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin visits Rutgers. Arizona travels to UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland makes its first Big Ten trip to Penn State at noon on ESPN2 and the night ends at 10:45 p.m. with Wyoming-Fresno State.
Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, then Kansas visits Baylor at 4 p.m. Action continues from the Big 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Texas takes on Texas Tech, then it’s off to the west coast at 11 p.m. for Utah against Arizona State.
Comcast starts its day at noon with Villanova against Richmond, then North Carolina State visits Syracuse at 3:30 p.m.
NFL Network begins the weekend with Saints-Panthers Thursday at 8:20 p.m. NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Ravens and Steelers Sunday at 8:20 p.m., and the Colts meet the New York Giants on ESPN Monday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins head to Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, while CBS shows Chargers against Dolphins at 1 p.m. and the Broncos-Patriots at 4:25 p.m.
It’s the first week of the NBA regular season – 82 games until the real action of the playoffs in April.  TNT offers Knicks- Cavaliers Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Thunder taking on the Clippers. ESPN has LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ trip to Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. and Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards continue a Florida road trip Thursday at 7 p.m., facing the Magic on Comcast. The home opener is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Bucks.
NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend. The flag drops on the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Formula One racers will also be in Texas, with the race Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC Sports network has the practice Friday at 3 p.m.
For another kind of horsepower, NBC has the Breeders’ Cup Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host the Coyotes Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Islanders visit San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Vermont Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS playoffs start Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, as the Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City meet in a conference knockout game. Seattle hosts Dallas Sunday at 9 p.m. in the Western Conference semifinals.
Liverpool faces Newcastle United at 8:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Queens Park Rangers. Sunday’s action starts with Manchester City battling Manchester United at 8:30 a.m., then Aston Villa takes on Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Clemson hosts North Carolina State Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Miami meets North Carolina State in women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 shows the New York City marathon Sunday at 9 a.m.


Fall Classic

A wild World Series heads to the west coast this weekend.
world series 2014Wild cards Kansas City and San Francisco continue the Fall Classic from McCovey Cove Friday on Fox at 8 p.m. The teams split the first two games in Kansas City.
Eight played a big part for both teams entering the series. The Royals won their first eight games this postseason, while the Giants have won eight straight postseason series – including the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
How about those Cowboys? The Redskins will find out Monday night, when they visit the division leaders on ESPN.
The run of Thursday night games on CBS ends when the Chargers visit the Broncos at 8:20 p.m. NBC shows the Packers and Saints Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s breakfast-time football this Sunday, as the Lions meet the Falcons in London on Fox at 9:30 a.m. Most of Virginia will catch the 4 p.m. game between the Eagles and Cardinals, while the Fishersville area is scheduled to get Bears-Patriots.
The AFC North leading Ravens take on the Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Colts-Steelers.
Another Thursday night and another Hokie game – this time at home to Miami at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Cincinnati hosts South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and BYU battles Boise State at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon travels to California at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia looks to bounce back against North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Top-ranked Mississippi State heads to Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ABC spends the day in the Big Ten, with Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State visiting Penn State at 8 p.m.
Fox offers Texas Tech against TCU at 3:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has a Conference USA matchup between Marshall and Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. and a top-20 contest in the Pac-12 with USC against Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Texas travels to Kansas State, then West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Primetime starts at 7:15 p.m. with Mississippi-LSU before Arizona State and Washington close out the night at 10:45 p.m.
Rutgers meets Nebraska at noon on ESPN2 and Oregon State faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Alabama meets Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, with Maine-Rhode Island at noon before Charleston Southern meets Coastal Carolina. Rice faces North Texas at noon on MASN2.
Delaware faces William & Mary on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
On the high school gridiron, Cedar Hill battles Desoto at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2.
NASCAR is down to its final four races, with only eight contenders left for the championship. Martinsville hosts this week’s race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. The truck series takes the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Capitals continue their west coast swing, meeting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. and Vancouver Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Niagara Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the women’s World Cup in Canada next year continues on FoxSports1, as the United States meets Mexico in the semifinals of CONCACAF Friday at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 6 p.m., after the third place contest at 3 p.m.
It’s another day of matches in the Europa League on FoxSports1, with Everton against Lille Metropole at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur faces Asteras Napoli at 3 p.m.
NBC brings Leicester-Swansea Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Manchester United plays Chelsea Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network starts its Premier League action Saturday at 7:45 a.m. when West Ham United meets Manchester City. Sunderland plays Arsenal at 10 a.m. and Everton takes on Burnley Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle tangles with the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Houston clashes with Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia faces Wake Forest in men’s soccer on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in women’s soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In women’s volleyball, Syracuse meets Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Nebraska and Wisconsin clash on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast shows the Marine Corps marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.


Thursday night Hokies

Virginia Tech and Virginia both had byes last weekend, and head into the second half of the season 4-2.
Can they be contenders in the ACC’s Coastal Division?
The Hokies kick off the college weekend Thursday, visiting Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Both teams stand 1-1 in conference play, with losses in the division.
Virginia won its first two conference games, and heads to Duke Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network. The Cavaliers closed the first half with a win over Pittsburgh, while the Blue Devils – defending division champion – dropped their first conference tilt.
FoxSports1 has Pac-12 action Thursday at 10 p.m., as Utah faces Oregon State.
Boise State plays Fresno State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a big battle in Tallahassee Saturday at 8 p.m., with the Seminoles hosting Notre Dame on ABC. In the afternoon, the offerings are Rutgers-Ohio State or UCLA at California, with ESPN2 showing the game not over the air in your area.
Texas A&M travels to Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Kansas State against Oklahoma, and Indiana hosts Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Mississippi faces Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford against Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa on ESPN2 at noon. Missouri plays Florida at 7 p.m. before Nevada takes on BYU at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Baylor at noon on FoxSports1. Oklahoma State travels to TCU at 4 p.m. before Washington faces Oregon at 8 p.m.
Comcast offers Towson-Delaware at 12:30 p.m.
The Redskins host the Titans on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader action, with Falcons-Ravens early before the Giants take on the Cowboys.
CBS has the Patriots and Jets Thursday at 8:20 p.m., with Denver taking on the 49ers Sunday night on CBS. The Texans travel to Pittsburgh on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, Ottawa plays Hamilton Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Edmonton battles Saskatchewan Sunday at 4 p.m.
Kansas City clinched the American League berth in the World Series Wednesday, await the National League champ for Tuesday’s Game 1.
San Francisco hosts St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League championship series Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. If necessary, the series returns to Busch Stadium Saturday and Sunday.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup reaches the end of its second elimination round, with four more drivers ousted from the chase after Talladega Sunday. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 2 p.m. after Fox shows the Truck Series Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals host New Jersey Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Florida comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame plays Lake Superior State in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Portland plays Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network while Dallas battles Colorado Saturday at 3 p.m. ESPN2 offers Houston against New England Thursday at 8 p.m. and Galaxy-Sounders Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
In Premier League play, Manchester City meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. followed by Crystal Palace-Chelsea. There’s two more games on Sunday, as Queens Park Rangers faces Liverpool at 8:30 p.m. and Stoke City clashes with Swansea City at 11 a.m.
NBA preseason play continues Friday at 7 p.m. with Charlotte visiting the Wizards on Comcast.
Boston College meets Louisville in college field hockey Friday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Clemson hosts Pittsburgh in college volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.


Baseball’s Final Four

One series to go in each league until the World Series.
The American League championship series starts Friday at 8 p.m. on TBS, with the Orioles hosting Kansas City at Camden Yards. Neither team has been to the World Series since the mid-1980s, and the Royals are making their first postseason appearance since the championship season of 1985.
Game 2 will be Saturday at 4 p.m. The series shifts to Kansas City Monday at 8 p.m.
Action in the National League starts Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox, as the Cardinals host San Francisco. The teams have alternated making the World Series since 2010, with the Giants claiming two crowns and the Cardinals winning in 2011 before falling to the Red Sox last season.
Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox before heading to the Bay Area Tuesday.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday on CBS with the Colts visiting the Texans at 8:20 p.m. NBC brings the NFC East battle between the Giants and Eagles Sunday night, and the 49ers take on the Rams Monday on ESPN.
Sunday’s slate includes Ravens at Tampa Bay on CBS at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader, bringing the Packers at Miami at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head to the desert to battle the Cardinals at 4:25 p.m.
BYU visits Central Florida Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend. Stanford hosts Washington State Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame’s ACC schedule continues Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when North Carolina comes to town on NBC.
ABC brings the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at noon, and at 3:30 p.m. offers Michigan State-Purdue or TCU against Baylor. ESPN2 shows the game not seen over the air in your area.
It’s SEC doubleheader weekend on CBS, with Georgia against Missouri at noon before second-ranked Auburn battles Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. Fox offers Oregon against UCLA at 3:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Florida State visits Syracuse at noon on ESPN. Alabama tries to bounce back against Arkansas at 6 p.m. before Mississippi meets Texas A&M at 9 p.m.
Wisconsin hosts Illinois at noon on ESPN2. It’s back to the Big Ten at 7 p.m. when Penn State clashes with Michigan and Southern Cal travels to Arizona at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Oklahoma State visiting Kansas at 4 p.m.
Duke clashes with Georgia Tech on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast brings CAA action Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with Towson taking on James Madison. Boston College battles North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m.
William & Mary tackles New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR has its final night race, with ABC covering the Sprint Cup action from Charlotte Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with qualifying for the Sprint Cup race Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Formula One racers visit Russia Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. after practice Friday at 6 a.m.
Ice hockey season begins Thursday on Comcast, with the Capitals hosting Montreal at 7 p.m. The Capitals travel to Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Avalanche at Wild Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Wizards have a preseason contest with Detroit Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Vancouver visits Seattle in MLS play on NBC Sports network Friday at 10 p.m. Dallas takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Euro2016 continues Thursday at 2:30 p.m. when Spain faces Slovakia on ESPN2. There’s an international friendly between Honduras and Mexico Thursday at 8:55 p.m. on ESPN2, and the United States meets Ecuador Friday at 6:40 p.m. on ESPN. Mexico meets Panama on ESPN2 Sunday at 4:55 p.m.
Louisville takes on Florida State in ACC women’s volleyball Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


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