Preseason for broadcasters

The third week of the NFL preseason is usually time for the starters to get their extended playing time before the season openers.
Broadcasters need their warmup work, and get it this weekend.
NBC takes to the air Thursday at 8 p.m., when Miami hosts the Falcons.
CBS offers the Browns and Buccaneers Friday at 8 p.m. and Raiders hosting the Titans Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s a pair of games on Fox Sunday afternoon, with the Chargers visiting the Vikings at 1 p.m. and Cardinals-Texans at 4 p.m. NBC practices in its Sunday night slot with the Bengals battling the Jaguars.
Comcast brings the Redskins’ game with the Bills Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the Ravens tangle with the Lions Saturday at 7 p.m.
The college football season starts in Australia Friday at 10 p.m., as Hawaii meets California in Sydney on ESPN. Charleston Southern takes on North Dakota State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arena Football has its championship Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Philadelphia battling Arizona in the Arena Bowl.
North of the border, it’s British Columbia against Ottawa Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Saskatchewan facing Edmonton Friday at 10 p.m.
There’s high school football Saturday on ESPN – Pine-Richlands meeting St. Edward at noon and Saguaro from Arizona against Valor Christian at 3:30 p.m. Action moves to ESPN2 at 6 p.m. with IMG Academy clashing with Grayson, and the nightcap features Bishop Gorman of Nevada and Cedar Hill.
Florida football takes the stage Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with Trinity Christian taking on Cocoa.
The Orioles and Nationals close out their interleague series Thursday on MASN and MASN2. The Orioles visit the Yankees for the weekend on MASN while the Nationals host the Rockies on MASN2.
FoxSports1 brings Cubs-Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by the Angels taking on the Tigers. The Cubs and Dodgers play again on TBS Sunday at 4 p.m., with ESPN showing the Red Sox and Royals Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC. There are a pair of elimination games Thursday on ESPN, with South Korea against Mexico at 3 p.m. and Tennessee-Kentucky at 7:30 p.m.
The International final will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, followed by the United States matchup at 3:30 p.m. The third place game will be on ESPN Sunday at 10 a.m.
Michigan hosts the Sprint Cup series Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity Series goes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 7 p.m. with qualifying on CNBC Saturday at 8 p.m
The IndyCar circuit takes the track on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9 p.m.
The PGA tour’s playoff season begins at the Barclays Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN has a pair of MLS contests Sunday, with the Red Bulls facing the Revolution at 2:30 p.m. followed by Portland-Seattle. New York City battles Orlando FC Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox has Bundesliga Soccer between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the final two tournaments before the U.S. Open, with the Connecticut Open semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. before Saturday’s final at 4 p.m. There’s action from Winston-Salem with semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. and finals Saturday at 2 p.m.
Orange County faces San Diego in the finals of World Team Tennis Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Action on the Breeders Cup Challenge Series will be on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
There’s a pair of WNBA games on ESPN2 Sunday, as Seattle meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. before the Sparks battle the Mercury at 9 p.m.


See you in Tokyo

The youth of the world close out their time in South America this weekend.
2020_1Off to Tokyo for a repeat visit in 2020.
Coverage continues until the Closing Ceremonies Sunday on NBC.
Highlights of the last weekend include the men’s basketball gold medal game Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC and the women’s championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The men’s marathon runs Sunday, and the athletes gather one more time Sunday night before extinguishing the Olympic flame.
The Orioles faces the Astros in a four-game set starting Thursday on MASN2, while the Nationals take on the Braves on MASN.
The Giants host the Mets Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Yankees tangle with the Angels on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m. and it’s Red Sox-Tigers Sunday on TBS at 1:05 p.m.
The Little League World Series starts in Williamsport Thursday with Latin America taking on Mexico at 1 p.m. on ESPN. New York plays Rhode Island at 3 p.m., followed by Italy against Australia and Tennessee-Oregon at 7 p.m.
Friday’s play begins at 2 p.m. as Japan battles Canada on ESPN. It’s California taking on Iowa at 4 p.m. before South Korea meets Curacao. The first round of games concludes as Kentucky plays Texas at 8 p.m.
Play continues over the weekend, with games on ESPN Saturday at noon, 6 and 9 p.m. ABC has games Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., with other play on Sunday on ESPN at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. while ESPN2 brings the nightcap at 7 p.m.
The Junior League championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has the Redskins against the Jets Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Ravens meet the Colts Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Bristol for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m. USA brings the Xfinity Series Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Pocono hosts the Indy Car circuit Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits North Carolina for the Wyndham Championships on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States Amateur will be on Fox Sunday at 3 p.m., after semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 brings early round play Thursday at 3 p.m. and quarterfinals Friday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Western and Southern Open this weekend, with round of 16 play Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The quarterfinals are Friday at 1 and 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. The women’s championship will be Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s at 4 p.m.
In the MLS, New York City takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and D.C. United battles the Red Bulls Sunday at 3 p.m. Portland plays Seattle on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.


Among the Giants

For the third straight weekend, fans of the San Francisco Giants can see their team on the MASN networks.
The Giants host the Orioles for a three-game interleague set, after taking on the Nationals the past two weekends.
Games will be on MASN2.
Prior to visiting the Giants, the Orioles close out their series with the A’s Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on MASN.
The Nationals host the Braves on MASN for the weekend.
Fox carries A-Rod’s final game Friday at 7:30 p.m. as the Yankees meet the Rays.
The Indians meet the Angels Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS. It’s Pirates-Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., with the weekend ending on ESPN as the Cubs host the Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Olympics reach their middle weekend, with coverage across the NBC family of networks.
Comcast has the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Falcons Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Ravens take on the Panthers on Comcast-plus at 7:30 p.m.
Football returns to the L.A. Coliseum Saturday as the Rams host the Cowboys.
North of the border, Montreal meets Edmonton on ESPN2 Thursday at 9 p.m.
Philadelphia and Jacksonville battle for an Arena League Conference championship Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
While the Sprint Cup takes the weekend off, the Xfinity series goes at mid-Ohio Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on USA.
ESPN has Little League regional action, starting Thursday with five games. There’s a Midwest semifinal at 11 a.m., followed by the New England group at 1 p.m. and Northwest at 3 p.m. The Mid-Atlantic has a semifinal at 7 p.m. before the West region takes the field at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has a Great Lakes semifinal at 5 p.m.
There’s more semifinals Friday, starting at 11 a.m. in the Midwest. Play continues in New England at 1 p.m., then it’s the Northwest at 3 p.m. and Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. ESPN2 offers the second Great Lakes semifinal at 5 p.m. and a West semifinal at 9 p.m.
Six tickets to Williamsport will be punched Saturday. The Midwest Region plays at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by the New England and Northwest at 3 p.m. The action switches to ESPN2 at 5 p.m. at the Great Lakes regional, then it’s the Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
CBS brings the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States Senior Open tees off Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. Fox has the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Real Salt Lake battles Seattle on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Seville and Barcelona Sunday at 3:55 p.m.
Internazionale faces Celtic in the International Champions Cup Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s team tennis between Washington and Orange County Saturday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.


Let the Games begin

Time of the youth of the world to gather again – this time in South America.
rio 2016Rio welcomes the world with the 2016 Summer Olympics, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the opening ceremony on NBC.
There’s action on NBC throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, along with other members of the NBC family of networks and its web platform.
The United States men’s basketball team plays China Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles close their series with the Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit the White Sox for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals host the Giants on MASN for the weekend.
FoxSports1 has the Red Sox-Dodgers Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
NASCAR visits the Glen Sunday at 2 p.m. on USA, with the Xfinity Series on CNBC Saturday at 2 p.m.
The NFL preseason begins Sunday at 8 p.m. with the Packers meeting the Colts on ESPN in Canton, Ohio. The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and NFL network.
In CFL action, British Columbia visits Montreal Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 followed by Saskatchewan-Calgary.
Tampa Bay takes on Philadelphia in the Arena League Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
Grab your umbrellas for the Travelers Championships on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States women’s amateur golf championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 p.m. after the quarterfinals at 10 a.m., with the opening rounds Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Liverpool battles Barcelona in the International Champions Cup Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Portland plays Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 has Seattle facing Orlando Sunday at 7 p.m., followed by the Red Bulls against the Galaxy.
Little League baseball’s Senior League has its championship Saturday at noon on ESPN. The Intermediate League title game is Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Junior League Softball World Series finale will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with the Senior League final match Sunday at noon on ESPN and the Big League softball crown will be earned Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has the Atlanta Open semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. and final Sunday at 1 p.m.


Major squeeze

The major portion of the PGA schedule usually closes in August with the PGA championship.
But with golf as part of the Rio Olympic Games, the major schedule gets squeezed in 2016. So two weeks after the Open championship, top golfers will be trying to claim the final major of the year.
CBS has weekend coverage starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. TNT brings the first two rounds starting at 1 p.m., with early coverage Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Across the pond, NBC brings the Women’s British Open Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Orioles have a makeup game with the Twins Thursday at 7 p.m on MASN, then travel to Toronto for the weekend.
The Nationals have a four-game set with the Giants, with games on MASN2 and Saturday’s contest also on FoxSports1.
The Cardinals face the Marlins Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday on TBS. ESPN closes the weekend with the Mariners taking on the Cubs Sunday at 8 p.m.
Pocono hosts the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity Series will be in Iowa Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers the German Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m. The IndyCar circuit goes to Mid-Ohio Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on CNBC.
The MLS all-stars battle Arsenal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on  ESPN.
In the International Champions Cup, Celtic takes on Barcelona Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by Chelsea-Real Madrid on ESPN.
Edmonton and Winnipeg tangle north of the border Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. British Columbia faces Calgary on ESPN2 Friday at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has the round of 16 from the Rogers Cup Thursday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. The quarterfinals are Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., with semifinals Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and the finals Sunday.
NBC has the Haskell Invitational Sunday at 5 p.m.


Time to kiss the bricks

NASCAR visits Indy this weekend, with a big kiss planned by the winner at the end.
NBC Sports network has the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. Around 6 p.m., the winner, his crew and family will gather at the start/finish line to celebrate by kissing the bricks from the original track.
And plenty of pictures to remember the occasion.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying for both races Saturday at 11:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., after practice Friday starting at noon.
Then you’ll have to wait until next May for another visit to the famous oval.
NBC Sports network carries the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
The Tour de France closes its run on Sunday with the final race into Paris at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage 18 starts Thursday at 8 a.m., with more mountain stages Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m.
The Orioles close a series against the Yankees Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN before heading home to take on the Indians for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals face the Dodgers Thursday at noon on MASN2, then host the Padres on MASN for the weekend.
The Yankees host the Giants on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS. FoxSports1 features Rangers-Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. and the weekend closes with Dodgers facing the Cardinals on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Leicester City faces Celtic in the International Champions Cup Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Internazionale against Paris Saint Germain Sunday at 5 p.m.
Portland battles the Galaxy Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on ESPN and it’s Sporting Kansas City facing Seattle Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States women face Costa Rica in an international friendly Friday at 8:55 p.m. on ESPN.
The road to the Flushing Meadows begins with the Bank of the West Classic. The semifinals are Saturday at 5 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2, and championship Sunday at 5 p.m.
In Arena Football, Arizona hosts Cleveland Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.


Open up

Time for the British Open.
And a new location on the cable box.
The Open moves to NBC and the Golf Channel, with coverage starting Thursday at 1:30 a.m. on Golf Channel.
Mike Tirico also makes the move from ESPN to NBC for the event, as studio host in his first gig at his new broadcast home. NBC has weekend coverage starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles start the second half with a weekend trip to Tampa Bay on MASN2.
The Nationals take on the Pirates for the weekend on MASN.
It’s a Red Sox-Yankees weekend, with games on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers take on the Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS offers Rangers-Cubs Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Toronto, with coverage on CNBC Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 12 Thursday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The ride continues Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. with Sunday’s stage starting at 7 a.m.
In MLS action, Fox brings Seattle-Portland at 3 p.m. Sunday. Montreal meets New York City Sunday at 4:55 p.m. on ESPN while FoxSports1 has the Red Bulls against Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
CBS has the final round of the LPGA Marathon Classic Sunday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 carries the Celebration of the Life of Pat Summitt Thursday at 7 p.m.
In Arena Football, Philadelphia faces Tampa Bay Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NBA Summer League reaches its second round of competition Thursday, with games at 4:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. There’s games Friday at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on ESPN2, with quarterfinal play Saturday at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.
The semifinals are Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m.


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