50

It’s Peyton against Cam.
In a year without Roman numerals.
Super Bowl 50 dominates the sports weekend as usual, with hours of hype leading up to kickoff around 6:30 p.m.
It’s a day of game, food, and all those cool commercials.
Peyton Manning will be looking to tie his brother Eli with two Super Bowl championships, and to bring home a title to Denver after several years of close calls.
Cam Newton has two things Manning doesn’t – a Heisman Trophy and college national championship title – but will be trying for his first Super Bowl victory. The Panthers reached the big game once before, losing to New England XII years ago.
The NFL Honors Awards will be distributed Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
TNT offers Pistons-Knicks Thursday at 7 p.m., with Lakers against Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Hawks take on the Pacers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and it’s a Texas battle between San Antonio and Dallas at 9:30 p.m. The Thunder meet the Warriors Saturday at 9 p.m.
ABC has the Heat and Clippers Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Wizards host the 76ers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and visit Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN goes to the Big Ten Thursday, with Ohio State against Wisconsin at 7 p.m.
Vanderbilt meets Texas A&M Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Connecticut-Memphis with Utah taking on Oregon State in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
Colorado clashes with Oregon on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m., and Columbia faces Yale Friday at 5 p.m.
Northeastern takes on William & Mary Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In Conference USA, Florida International faces Alabama-Birmingham on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Southern Mississippi-North Texas. Penn plays Dartmouth Friday at 6 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State on CBS Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Florida-Kentucky. Fox features Arizona and Washington Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on the ACC network, along with Boston College-Louisville.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon when TCU takes on Kansas. Duke faces North Carolina State at 2 p.m., followed by Purdue-Maryland. The Gameday crew catches North Carolina against Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon when Cincinnati meets Memphis. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then Stanford faces California and Mississippi State battles LSU at 6 p.m. West Virginia hosts Baylor before Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 10 p.m. At midnight, it’s Gonzaga against Pepperdine.
Oregon battles Utah at 4 p.m. Sunday.
FoxSports1 has Marquette-Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Villanova against Providence. Western Kentucky takes on UTEP at 5 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Clemson Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and it’s Hofstra-James Madison Sunday at 3 p.m.
Davidson takes on Duquesne Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Delaware duels with William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. It’s St. Louis against St. Bonaventure Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN starts Saturday’s action at noon with Coastal Carolina’s visit to Radford, then Marshall meets Texas-San Antonio. There’s a pair of Atlantic 10 matchups – Dayton against George Mason at 6 p.m. and Rhode Island-LaSalle at 8 p.m. – before Missouri-Kansas City takes on Seattle at 10 p.m.
Southeast Missouri battles Eastern Illinois on MASN2 Saturday at noon, followed by DePaul-Creighton. It’s Butler against St. John’s at 4:30 p.m.
On the women’s court, Tennessee takes on Texas A&M Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Duke duels with Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m.
Providence meets Xavier Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s St. John’s-Seton Hall Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MASN has Princeton-Harvard Sunday at noon followed by St. Joseph’s facing George Mason. Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
The Capitals take on New Jersey Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and have their Super Bowl Sunday contest against the Flyers on NBC at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of games Thursday, with Capitals-Islanders at 7:30 p.m. and Ducks against Kings at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Lake Superior State heads to Michigan Tech on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the PGA’s Phoenix Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Manchester City meets Leicester City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Watford. Bournemouth battles Arsenal Sunday at 8:40 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Manchester United at 10:55 a.m.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and Canada Friday at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.


Please watch our All-Star games

It’s the weekend of NFL and NHL all-star games.
Do you plan to watch?
The leagues keep tinkering with the format, hoping you will.
Some of the NFL’s best – except for those injured or playing in the Super Bowl – gather in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Kickoff is Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Pro Bowl used to match AFC vs. NFC. Boring. Now team captains Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin pick their players four days ahead of the contest. Teammates playing against each other – feel the excitement.
The NHL began using 3-on-3 overtime this season, and brings that format to its All-Star game Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
With country singers as celebrity coaches – the game is in Nashville – there will be 20 minutes of action between the two divisions of the Eastern Conference. Then 20 minutes of the West. Winners of those segments will battle for the final 20 minutes.
Got that?
The All-Star skills competition will be Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
If you like college football the way it used to be, there’s the Senior Bowl on NFL network Saturday at 2:30 p.m. As in years past, you’ll be watching guys who’ll see on Sundays in the fall.
The Australian Open concludes with the men’s final Sunday at 3 a.m. and women’s final Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN. The second men’s semifinal will be Friday at 3:30 a.m.
TNT offers Knicks against Raptors Thursday at 8 p.m., with Bulls-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Cavaliers host San Antonio on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and the Bulls meet the Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards face Utah Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and visit Houston Saturday at 8 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa Thursday at 7 p.m. ESPN, followed by Michigan State-Northwestern.
Notre Dame battles Syracuse on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. and then it’s out west for a top 25 battle between Oregon and Arizona. VCU faces Davidson Friday at 6 p.m
FoxSports1 brings Alabama-Birmingham against Western Kentucky Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Washington battles UCLA at 10 p.m.
Virginia travels to Louisville Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Maryland against Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
St. John’s hosts Villanova Sunday at noon on Fox.
The ACC network offers Miami-North Carolina State Saturday at 3 p.m. and Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has a quartet of SEC-Big 12 battles Saturday, starting with West Virginia-Florida at noon. Iowa State faces Texas A&M at 2 p.m. with Oklahoma against LSU at 5 p.m. and Kentucky-Kansas at 7 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, with Vanderbilt against Texas getting things going at noon. Tennessee takes on TCU at 2 p.m. and it’s North Carolina against Boston College at 4 p.m. Georgia battles Baylor at 6 p.m., followed by Oklahoma State-Auburn and Pepperdine meeting BYU in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Butler faces Marquette on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon and it’s Providence-Georgetown at 8 p.m. California meets Colorado Sunday at 5 p.m.
Clemson takes on Florida State on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by Delaware-Towson and Hofstra meets Drexel at 4 p.m.
Richmond faces St. Bonaventure Sunday at 3 p.m. and James Madison plays William & Mary at 7 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Fordham Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, then LaSalle takes on Dayton at 2 p.m. George Washington faces George Mason Sunday at noon.
MASN has Charlotte against Florida International Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Tennessee State-Tennessee Tech.
Princeton plays Brown Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
On the women’s court, South Carolina faces Texas A&M on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.
Villanova clashes with Creighton Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast offers Richmond-St. Bonaventure Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it’s Delaware-Drexel at 5 p.m.
CBS starts its PGA slate with the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college ice, Colgate clashes with St. Lawrence Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN and North Dakota takes on Western Michigan Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s an FA Cup weekend, starting Friday at 2:30 p.m. when Darby County meets Manchester United on FoxSports1. Colchester United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Arsenal battles Burnley at 10 a.m. Milton Keynes clashes with Chelsea Sunday at 11 a.m.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and Iceland Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has downhill skiing Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and women’s giant slalom at 7 p.m. There’s women’s slalom racing Sunday at 6 a.m. and men’s giant slalom at 7:30 a.m.
ESPN has an X Games weekend, with action Friday on ESPN at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday starting at noon. ABC adds coverage Saturday at 1 p.m.


Who’s going to Super Bowl 50?

Brady vs. Peyton.
One more time, maybe for the last time.
Peyton Manning tries to hold back time Sunday, leading his Broncos into the AFC championship game against old nemesis Tom Brady and the Patriots. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on CBS.
Brady has four Super Bowl rings compared to one for Peyton, but Manning has won two of the three prior matchups in the conference final.
Brady holds the overall lead in matchups with 11 wins and five losses. The teams will meet again next season since both won their divisions, but Manning’s late season injury increases the odds it’s the last time the duo will take the field together.
In the nightcap, Carolina hosts Arizona for the NFC championship. Fox has coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.
Both teams have played and lost in a Super Bowl in recent years. Cam Newton has led the Panthers to a 15-1 regular season and last week’s victory over Seattle.
The Cardinals seek their first NFL title since 1947 in Chicago, two cities and 69 years ago.
NFL network has the East-West Shrine game Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN2 has the NFLPA all-star game Saturday at 6 p.m.
ABC begins its run of Saturday night NBA contests this week, with Bulls against Cavaliers at 8:30 p.m.
TNT offers Clippers-Cavaliers Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Spurs battling the Suns.
Miami meets Toronto on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Pacers-Warriors in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Jazz Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Kentucky takes on Arkansas on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Ohio State-Purdue.
Memphis meets Cincinnati Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Friday it’s George Washington-Rhode Island at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 goes out west Thursday, with Arizona State meeting California at 9 p.m. and Utah against Washington State at 11 p.m.
CBS has three contests Saturday, starting with Georgetown-Connecticut at noon. It’s off to the ACC for Duke against North Carolina State at 2 p.m. and UCLA faces Oregon at 4 p.m.
Villanova hosts Providence on Fox Saturday at noon.
Notre Dame takes on Boston College on the ACC network Saturday at noon, with some areas getting Miami-Wake Forest. Pittsburgh faces Florida State at 4 p.m.
ESPN’s Saturday schedule starts at noon with Syracuse-Virginia, weather permitting. Texas takes on Kansas at 2 p.m., followed by Kentucky against Vanderbilt. Maryland meets Michigan State at 6:40 p.m. before Arizona goes against California at 8:40 p.m.
Top-ranked Oklahoma battles Baylor Saturday at noon, then it’s Nebraska-Michigan and the ACC contest between Georgia Tech and Louisville at 4 p.m.
Butler battles Creighton Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Towson takes on College of Charleston Thursday at 6 p.m. on Comcast, then Hofstra battles Northeastern. Liberty battles High Point Saturday at noon and it’s William & Mary against Hofstra at 4 p.m.
MASN brings UT-Rio Grande Valley against Cal State-Bakersfield Thursday at 9 p.m.
Richmond hosts Davidson on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by St. Bonaventure-VCU.
On the women’s court, Ohio State takes on Rutgers on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by South Carolina-Mississippi State.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m. and it’s North Carolina-Duke at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
VCU faces Richmond Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Marquette Friday at 8 p.m. and Baylor battling Iowa State Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Ducks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and meet the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Kings tangle with the Sharks on Comcast Sunday at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Vermont faces Connecticut Friday at 8:30 p.m. on MASN.
ESPN2 brings action from the Australian Open Thursday at 11 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. Round of 16 play will be Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.
Norwich City tangles with Liverpool Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC has West Ham against Manchester City. Everton faces Swansea City Sunday 8:25 a.m. before Arsenal-Chelsea.
The United States women have a friendly matchup with Ireland Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday at 8 p.m.
There’s downhill skiing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and freestyle halfpipe Sunday at 2 p.m.


Best football weekend of the year

The four teams with the best regular season records.
The four teams that survived the elements and opposition on the road last weekend.
They meet with hopes of advancing to the league championship games.
The best NFL weekend of the year begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Chiefs visit the defending champion Patriots on CBS.
The Packers head back to the desert Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC, meeting the Cardinals a few weeks after losing big there.
NFC top seed Carolina hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Panthers’ 14-0 start included a come-from-behind win over the Seahawks early in the season.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on the wounded Steelers in the final contest at 4:40 p.m. on CBS. It will be the eighth postseason meeting between the squads, with the last one in 2011 ending with Tim Tebow’s overtime touchdown pass.
By Sunday night, we’ll be down to the final four teams.
The Cavaliers visit San Antonio on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Lakers-Warriors. Oklahoma City hosts the Timberwolves on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., then it’s Cavaliers-Rockets.
The Wizards head to Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. and host Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Michigan State meets Iowa on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Pittsburgh-Louisville. ESPN2 offers Connecticut against Tulsa at 7 p.m. Thursday before Gonzaga takes on BYU.
FoxSports1 goes to the Pac-12 Thursday, with Arizona-Washington at 9 p.m. and California clashing with Stanford at 11 p.m.
George Washington faces Dayton Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and it’s Evansville-Illinois State in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Villanova Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday it’s Michigan State-Wisconsin.
Wake Forest hosts Syracuse on the ACC network Saturday at noon and Miami meets Clemson at 2 p.m.
ESPN visits Tobacco Road Saturday at noon, with North Carolina taking on North Carolina State. TCU takes on Kansas at 2 p.m. and it’s Kentucky against Auburn at 4 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at noon with Maryland meeting Ohio State. Duke duels with Notre Dame at 2 p.m. and West Virginia looks for another big upset at Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Oklahoma State takes on Texas at 6 p.m., followed by Florida-Mississippi and San Diego State against Boise State in the nightcap.
The Big East has three contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Butler faces St. John’s at noon before Xavier meets Marquette and Seton Hall-Providence at 4:30 p.m. Creighton clashes with DePaul Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast brings three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech. Boston College battles Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Drexel taking on Towson.
Massachusetts meets Davidson Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by LaSalle-Rhode Island. George Mason tangles with St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m.
Southern Mississippi heads to Florida Atlantic on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Missouri-Kansas City against New Mexico State.
MASN starts Saturday in the Northeast Conference at noon, with Mount St. Mary’s facing St. Francis. Texas El-Paso tangles with Texas-San Antonio at 4 p.m., then it’s St. Bonaventure-Duquesne and Marshall meets Rice at 8 p.m.
Old Dominion hosts Middle Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2, with Xavier-Marquette at 8 p.m.
There’s high school basketball Saturday at 6 p.m. as Athlete Institute faces Findlay Prep on ESPN.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 offers South Carolina against Texas A&M at 1 p.m. and Baylor-Texas at 3 p.m.
William & Mary meets Hofstra on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida Atlantic against Southern Mississippi Thursday at 9 p.m. Oklahoma State faces Oklahoma on MASN2 Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN brings Campbell-High Point Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Lehigh against Holy Cross.
Butler battles DePaul Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals host Vancouver Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Rangers Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Blackhawks-Canadiens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Flyers against the Red Wings Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Stars take on the Sharks Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Merrimack meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Boston University battles Boston College on MASN Friday at 7 p.m.
Sunderland takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester United Sunday at 9 a.m. before Stoke City goes against Arsenal.
First round play starts at the Australian Open Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.


Road to 50

Washington Redskins, NFC East champions.
Hard to believe.
Might they be playing February 7 in Santa Clara?
Thanks to a four-game winning streak to close the season, the Redskins get to host the Packers Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in the final game of the first playoff weekend. Fox has coverage of the contest.
The Packers started the season hotter, but fell into the wildcard slot after losing to the Vikings last Sunday. Washington will be making its first postseason appearance since 2012, and hoping for a first Super Bowl appearance since 1992.
ESPN has the opening game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.,  matching the Texans and the Chiefs. Kansas City snagged the wild-card berth by winning nine straight to end the season, while the Texans squeezed into the postseason at 9-7.
CBS has the Saturday prime time matchup between the Steelers and Bengals. They split their AFC North matchup this season, both winning on the road.
Minnesota hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC, as the Seahawks try to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
College football crowns its champion Monday on ESPN, as Alabama faces Clemson in the final of the College Football Playoff at 8:30 p.m.
The Championship Series title game matches North Dakota State and Jacksonville State Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Celtics visiting the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-Kings in the nightcap. The Cavaliers take on Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Thunder clashing with the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Toronto Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan State against Illinois. ESPN2 has Louisville-North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona’s battle with UCLA.
Valparaiso takes on Oakland Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Utah-Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Duke on ACC network Saturday at noon, then Virginia faces Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
CBS brings LSU-Florida Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Indiana takes on Ohio State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, and it’s North Carolina-Syracuse at 8 p.m.
There’s four games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting with Baylor-Iowa State at 3 p.m. Florida State meets Miami at 5 p.m., then it’s Memphis-Connecticut and Auburn against Missouri in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown meets DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton battling Seton Hall. It’s Princeton-Pennsylvania at 4:30 p.m. and Villanova faces Butler Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, with Louisville-Clemson Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network goes to the Atlantic 10 Sunday, starting at noon with Rhode Island-St. Joseph’s. Richmond faces Fordham at 2 p.m. followed by VCU-St. Louis.
UTEP meets Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by New Mexico State-Utah Valley.
It’s time for Conference USA on MASN Saturday, as Rice takes on North Texas at 2 p.m. before Texas-San Antonio goes against Middle Tennessee. Sunday at 1 p.m., Detroit battles Valparaiso.
St. John’s meets Marquette at 2 p.m. Saturday on MASN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut clashes with Houston Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and faces South Florida Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 offers Xavier-Creighton Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 brings North Carolina-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Maryland against Iowa.
Comcast has a pair of ACC women’s games Sunday, with North Carolina State-Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Georgia Tech against Florida State.
Old Dominion hosts Louisiana Tech on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. TCU takes on Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Alabama-Birmingham faces Texas-El Paso Sunday at 7 p.m.
MASN brings North Texas-Rice Sunday at 3 p.m. before St. Bonaventure battles Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
The Capitals head to Brooklyn Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast to meet the Islanders at their new home, then cross the river to meet the Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back home Sunday at 7 p.m. to play Ottawa.
NBC Sports network brings the Flyers’ visit to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m., and it’s Devils-Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Alaska meets Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings World Cup skiing this weekend, with ladies downhill Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s giant slalom at  7 a.m. There’s ladies Super G Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s slalom at 7 a.m.
It’s the third round of FA Cup matches, with Liverpool against Exeter City Friday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa faces Wycombe Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Sunderland.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting at 6:50 a.m. as Oxford United plays Swansea. Chelsea clashes with Scunthorpe at 10 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Leicester City at noon.
The United States meets Dominican Republic in women’s volleyball Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

For two months, ESPN has been running the commercials – please plan on watching the College Football playoffs on Dec. 31.
Today’s the day.
The four teams battling for the national championship take the field today, with top-seeded Clemson against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the Cotton Bowl hosting Alabama-Michigan State at 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the title contest in Arizona Jan. 11.
Thursday begins in Atlanta, with Houston facing Florida State at noon. Eat more chikin while you watch.
New Year’s Day action starts at noon, with the Outback Bowl matching Northwestern and Tennessee on ESPN2. ABC offers the Citrus Bowl between Michigan and Florida at 1 p.m.
The Fiesta Bowl brings together Notre Dame and Ohio State on ESPN 1 p.m., followed by Iowa-Stanford in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma State and Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
There’s four more bowl games on ESPN Saturday. Penn State and Jacksonville battle in Jacksonville at noon, followed by the Liberty Bowl matchup of Kansas State-Arkansas. Oregon and TCU meet in the Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m., with West Virginia against Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
The NFL closes its regular season Sunday, and the Packers and Vikings battle for the NFC North crown on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The loser still advances to the playoffs as a wild-card.
Fox has NFC East winners Washington at Dallas Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Buccaneers. The Steelers try to survive and advance against the Browns on CBS, then the Broncos battle the Chargers in hopes of claiming the AFC West.
New Year’s Day means the NHL’s Winter Classic, with the Bruins meeting the Canadiens from the Patriots’ stadium on NBC at 1 p.m. NBC Sports network has the alumni game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals against the Hurricanes Thursday at 6 p.m. and visiting Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wizards host Orlando Friday at 7 p.m. and the Heat Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia opens ACC play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Michigan State meets Minnesota Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., then LSU takes on Vanderbilt before the nightcap matching Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Tennessee tangles with Auburn Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Baylor-Kansas.
James Madison takes on Delaware on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. and Duke-Boston College at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Big East doubleheader Thursday, with Xavier-Villanova at noon followed by St. John’s against Creighton. Washington hosts UCLA Friday at 11 p.m.
There’s five Big East games on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with DePaul-Seton Hall. Butler battles Xavier at 1 p.m., then it’s St John’s against Providence at 3:30 p.m. and Marquette-Georgetown. The night closes at 10 p.m. with Creighton against Villanova.
The Pac-12 takes the stage on Sunday, with Arizona-Arizona State at 2 p.m. and Oregon playing Oregon State at 7 p.m.
Conference USA takes the court Friday on MASN, as North Texas takes on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. before Rice faces UTEP.
Liberty hosts UNC-Asheville on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. while MASN2 brings UIC-Valparaiso.
Sunday offers five games from Conference USA. Marshall meets Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. on MASN, followed by Middle Tennessee against Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas tangling with UTEP at 5 p.m. MASN2 has Old Dominion clashing with Charlotte at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers three games from the Atlantic 10 on Saturday. Saint Joseph’s travels to Richmond at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Dayton-Duquesne and St. Louis taking on Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m.  There’s two more Sunday, with Massachusetts against LaSalle at 5 p.m. and Fordham facing George Washington at 7 p.m.
On the women’s court, Virginia hosts Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. while CBS has the Big Ten battle between Ohio State and Maryland Saturday at noon.
FoxSports1 has Oklahoma-Baylor Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
West Ham United faces Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Manchester United against Swansea City. Sunday opens with Crystal Palace clashing with Chelsea at 8:25 a.m. before Everton meets Tottenham Hotspur.


Sports under the Christmas tree

On Christmas Eve, Oakland Raider fans will hope for victory in the final home game of the 2015 season.
And wonder if it’s the last home game ever.
The Raiders and Chargers battle on NFL network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Next month, their owners may be battling for the right to move to Los Angeles.
The Redskins and Eagles meet on NFL network Saturday, while the Giants face the Vikings on NBC Sunday night. ESPN offers the Broncos and Bengals Monday night.
The Sunday slate starts on CBS at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Steelers. Fox brings Panthers-Falcons at 1 p.m. before the Packers tangle with the Cardinals in the late afternoon slot.
The college bowl season continues Thursday at noon on ESPN, with Middle Tennessee at Western Michigan in the Bahamas. San Diego State tangles with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. in Hawai’i.
ESPN has four bowl games Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with Marshall-Connecticut from the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium. Washington meets Southern Mississippi in Dallas at 2:20 p.m. and Frank Beamer closes his Virginia Tech career at the Independence Bowl against Tulsa at 5:45 p.m. In the nightcap, Nebraska faces UCLA at 9:15 p.m. from Santa Clara.
CBS offers the Sun Bowl matchup between Miami and Washington State at 2 p.m. Duke faces Indiana at Yankee Stadium on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
There’s five NBA games on Christmas Day, starting at noon with the Pelicans and Heat. The action goes to ABC at 2:30 p.m. when the Bulls battle the Thunder, then Cleveland heads to Golden State at 5 p.m
The Spurs face the Rockets at 8 p.m. back on ESPN, with Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Nets on Comcast Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kentucky meets Louisville on CBS Saturday at noon. Marquette hosts Presbyterian Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the third place game at the Diamond Head Classic Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the final at 9 p.m.
The Capitals host Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Boxing Day brings Premier League action to NBC Sports network, with Stoke City against Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Leicester City at 10 a.m.
NBC has a pair of contests, as Newcastle United meets Everton at 12:30 p.m. and Southampton tangles with Arsenal at 2:30 p.m.


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