The Chase is on

Sixteen drivers have a shot at the NASCAR Monster Series Cup championship.
One is going for title number eight.
Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the playoff contenders hit the track at Chicagoland Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Johnson won his seventh championship last year, joining Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. with that number. He opens the playoff season in fifth place after winning three times during the first 26 races.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network  and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles have a four-game set with the Yankees starting Thursday on MASN.
The Nationals close out a series with the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, then host the Dodgers for the weekend. There’s coverage on MASN2 Friday, moving to Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Fox also offers Mariners-Astros Saturday, and the Royals visit the Indians on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday with the Texans visiting the Bengals on NFL network.
The Ravens battle the Browns on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings two contests –  the Eagles facing the Chiefs at 1 p.m. and Redskins against Rams at 4:25 p.m.
The Falcons open their new stadium against the Packers on NBC Sunday night, with the Lions taking on the Giants on ESPN Monday night.
Boise State faces New Mexico Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend.
Illinois visits South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by Arizona-UTEP.
UCLA travels to Memphis Saturday at noon on ABC, then BYU meets Wisconsin.  In primetime, Louisville hosts Clemson.
Florida faces Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Fox offers Army-Ohio State at 4:30 p.m. followed by Texas-USC.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Oklahoma State’s visit to Pittsburgh. Notre Dame goes against Boston College at 3:30 p.m., then Mississippi State meets LSU at 7 p.m. Mississippi takes on California at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia clashes with Connecticut on ESPN2 at noon, followed by North Texas-Iowa. Top-ranked Alabama takes on Colorado State at 7 p.m. and its San Jose State against Utah in the nightcap.
Nebraska battles Northern Illinois at noon on FoxSports1.
Duke takes on Baylor on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour’s playoff field will reach 30 after this weekend’s tournament on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Europa League contest between Arsenal and Koln Thursday at 3 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Brighton & Hove Albion Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Crystal Palace clashes with Southampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m.
Manchester United meets Everton Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Mainz 05 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim faces Her
Comcast brings ACC soccer between Boston College and Clemson Friday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and there’s practice Friday at 8:30 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with practice Friday at 5 p.m.

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Week 1

It’s not fantasy – the reality of a new NFL season starts Thursday.
The 2017 season kicks off when the Super Bowl champion Patriots host the Chiefs on NBC.
The Patriots earned the right to host another season opener with their comeback win in Super Bowl LI. The Chiefs had the second-best record in the AFC last season before losing to the Steelers a week before the conference championship.
Fox has the first Sunday doubleheader of the season, with the Redskins hosting the Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Seahawks tangle with the Packers. CBS offers Ravens-Bengals at 1 p.m.
NBC begins its Sunday night coverage with Giants at Cowboys. ESPN has its season-opening twinbill on Monday night, with the Saints taking on Vikings at 7 p.m. followed by Chargers meeting the Broncos.
The college football weekend begins Friday when Oklahoma State takes on South Alabama on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Ohio meets Purdue on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s action on ABC starts at noon with Cincinnati-Michigan. Penn State battles with Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m., with Ohio State hosting Oklahoma in a top-10 contest at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
CBS starts its SEC coverage with Arkansas taking on TCU at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska heads to Oregon on Fox at 4:30 p.m., followed by Stanford-USC at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN begins its day at noon when Louisville visits North Carolina. In primetime, Auburn clashes with Clemson at 7 p.m. before Boise State meets Washington State.
Iowa and Iowa State tangle on ESPN2 at noon, then top-ranked Alabama takes on Fresno State. It’s South Carolina-Missouri at 7 p.m. with Utah’s contest with BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Oregon State hosts Minnesota at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Georgia Tech tangles with Jacksonsville State on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Charlotte’s clash with Kansas State. It’s Central Michigan against Kansas at 4 p.m. and Baylor battles Texas-San Antonio at 8 p.m.
The Orioles take on the Indians Friday on MASN, moving to Fox Saturday and ESPN Sunday night.
The Nationals host the Phillies for the weekend, with games on MASN Thursday, MASN2 Friday and moving back to MASN Saturday and Sunday.
Fox also shows Yankees-Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m., while TBS brings Dodgers against Rockies Sunday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR finalizes its Monster Cup playoff field at Richmond Saturday on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women taking the court Saturday at 4 p.m. and the men Sunday at 4 p.m. along with the women’s double title match Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s women’s semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and men’s semifinals Friday at 4 p.m., after doubles at noon on ESPN2.
Comcast has ACC soccer between Virginia Tech and Duke Friday at 7 p.m.
Manchester City meets Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it’s Arsenal-Bournemouth. Burnley battles Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Swansea City tangles with Newcastle United at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Freiburg faces Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Columbus clashes with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.


College football kickoff

For the three-day Labor Day Weekend, many will watch college football players begin their season’s labor.
The 2017 season gets going Thursday on ESPN when second-ranked Ohio State visits Indiana at 8 p.m. FoxSports1 offers Oklahoma State against Tulsa at 7:30 p.m.
Rutgers battles Washington on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Wisconsin-Utah on ESPN at 9 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama and third-ranked Alabama begin their season in Atlanta Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Penn State meets Akron at noon, with a top 25 battle between Florida and Michigan from Cowboys Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame faces Temple on NBC at 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma clashes with UTEP on Fox at 3:30 p.m. and Purdue plays Louisville at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Kent State-Clemson, then goes to Charlotte for South Carolina against N.C. State at 3 p.m. Georgia faces Appalachian State at 6:15 p.m., and the day closes with BYU-LSU at 9:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Texas on FoxSports1 at noon and it’s Washington State-Montana State at 10:30 p.m.
FedEx Field hosts Virginia Tech and West Virginia Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Texas A&M clashes with UCLA from the Rose Bowl on Fox at 7:30 p.m. South Carolina State faces Southern on ESPN2 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend closes Monday night when Tennessee takes on Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The NFL preseason closes Thursday, with the Redskins meeting Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles host the Blue Jays for a four-game set starting Thursday on MASN, while the Nationals visit Milwaukee on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers a pair of contests Saturday, with Cardinals-Giants at 4 p.m. followed by the Angels against Rangers. The Diamondbacks and Rockies battle on TBS Sunday at 3 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Yankees-Red Sox Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Darlington for Labor Day weekend, with the Southern 500 Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit heads to the Glen Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network carries the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 has middle rounds of the U.S. Open, with coverage Thursday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 7 p.m. The third round continues Saturday at 11 a.m., with round of 16 play Sunday at 7 p.m.
Netherlands meets Bulgaria in World Cup qualifying Sunday at 11:50 a.m. on ESPN2. FoxSport1 offers Portugal-Faroe Islands Thursday at 2 p.m. and Czechia against Germany Friday at 2:30 p.m.


Golf’s playoff time

The best 130 golfers of the season begin their battle for the top spot this weekend.
The four week of the PGA’s tour Fed Ex playoffs begin with the Northern Trust, with coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The top 130 in points since the season began got the invite to the Northern Trust. The field shrinks each week, down to the top 30 who participate in the final tournament to determine the championship.
Little League baseball crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC, matching the winners of the United States and International brackets.
The brackets have their finals Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The losers of those games play in the consolation contest at 10 a.m. on ESPN.
Thursday has loser’s bracket games on the international side at 3 p.m. on ESPN and United States side at 7:30 p.m. Winners of those games play winners of Wednesday’s games.
The Orioles head to Fenway Park for the weekend to meet the Red Sox on MASN.
The Nationals face the Astros Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Mets on MASN2 Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. FoxSports1 also has coverage of Saturday’s game and ESPN carries the series finale Sunday night.
The Indians take on the Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS has a pair of NFL preseason games this weekend, with the Chiefs clashing with the Seahawks Friday at 8 p.m. followed by the battle of Los Angeles between the Rams and Chargers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Bears tangle with the Titans Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, then the Redskins take on the Bengals. NBC carries the 49ers and Vikings Sunday at 8 p.m.
The college football season starts Saturday on ESPN when BYU hosts Portland State at 3 p.m. Stanford and Rice meet in Australia Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s high school football Friday at 9 p.m. between DeMatha and Bishop Gorman on ESPN. Tulsa Union takes on Broken Arrow of Oklahoma Saturday at noon on ESPN and ESPN2 shows Bartram Trail against Cartersville Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings Wayne of Ohio battling Pine-Richland Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
While NASCAR’s Monster Series takes the weekend off, the Xfinity Series visits Road America. NBC has the race Sunday at 3 p.m, after practice on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit goes Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network after qualifying at 7:30 p.m.
The Belgian Grand Prix runs on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Manchester City meets Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Newcastle clashes with West Ham. Leicester battles Manchester United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. and it’s Liverpool-Arsenal Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
FoxSports1 has Bundesliga action Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with Werder Bremen against Bayern Munich, followed by Dortmund-Hertha Berlin. Leipzig battles Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls and New York City FC tangle Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Montreal meets Toronto Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
There’s a pair of games on FoxSports1 Sunday, as the Galaxy take on San Jose at 7 p.m. before Portland plays Seattle.
The Sparks meet the Mercury in WNBA play Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 it’s the Lynx and the Sparks.
The U.S. Open Series continues with the Connecticut Open on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 7 p.m., and the semifinals from Winston-Salem are Friday at 9 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 3 p.m. on Connecticut and 5 p.m. on Winston-Salem.
NBC Sports network carries the Diamond League track and field meet Thursday at 2 p.m.


Road to Williamsport

The best young baseball teams in the world gather this weekend in Williamsport.
The Little League World Series gets going on ESPN Thursday at 1 p.m. when Latin America faces Mexico. It’s New Jersey-Connecticut at 3 p.m., followed by Italy meeting Canada and Michigan against Texas in the nightcap.
Friday’s play begins with Australia-Japan at 2 p.m., then Washington clashes with California. South Korea plays the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. and South Dakota battles North Carolina at 8 p.m.
There’s four games in the loser brackets Saturday, with one on ABC at 3 p.m. and the rest on ESPN. The winners of the first two days will play Sunday, hoping to advance to next Sunday’s final.
ESPN2 has the Junior League final Sunday at noon.
The Orioles return home to face the Angels this weekend on MASN.
The Nationals have a four-game set against the Padres, starting Thursday at 10 p.m. on MASN, and moving to MASN2 the rest of the weekend.
FoxSports1 has the Dodgers’ visit to Detroit Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS has Red Sox-Yankees Sunday afternoon. ESPN closes the weekend as the Cardinals face the Pirates.
NFL’s preseason continues as the Redskins host the Packers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
The Buccaneers tangle with the Jaguars Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and it’s Giants-Browns Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Bristol hosts its NASCAR night race Saturday, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Indy Car circuit visits Pocono Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Greensboro for the weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox brings the United States Amateur final Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at noon on Fox, after quarterfinals Friday and early round action Thursday at 6 p.m.
Swansea City battles Manchester United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Huddersfield Town takes on Newcastle United Sunday at 8:25 a.m., then it’s Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Schalke-Leipzig at noon on FoxSports1.
Freiburg takes on Eintracht Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before Koln meets B. M’gladbach on FoxSports1.
Seattle meets Minnesota Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series airs on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Gymnastics Championships Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has action from the Western and Southern Open, with finals Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. There’s semifinal play Saturday at noon, with earlier rounds Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m.


Preseason Battle of the Beltways

The NFL preseason gets going this weekend, with the rivalry between Baltimore and Washington getting things going for those teams.
The Ravens host the Redskins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Both teams are looking to improve after missing postseason play in 2016.
NFL network has several live games opening weekend, including the Cowboys facing the Rams Saturday at 9 p.m. and the Los Angeles Chargers’ first home preseason contest Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Seahawks.
North of the border, British Columbia clashes with Saskatchewan Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles take a west coast swing, meeting Oakland on MASN2 Thursday
The Nationals host the Marlins Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and the Giants come to town for the weekend on MASN.
The Yankees host the Red Sox Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS offers Indians-Rays Sunday afternoon.
Little League baseball’s road to Williamsport continues with six games on ESPN Thursday. The day starts with a Midwest regional semifinal at 11 a.m., then it’s off to New England at 1 p.m. and the Northwest at 3 p.m. The Great Lakes regional takes the field at 5 p.m., with Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
There’s six more games Friday on ESPN starting at 11 a.m., with six more Saturday at 11 a.m.
NASCAR’s Monster Series visits Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series rolls through Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It’s time for the final golf major championship of the year, with CBS covering the PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the United States’ women’s amateur championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 4 p.m., after quarterfinals Friday at 6 p.m. and earlier rounds Thursday at 6 p.m.
The new Premier League season gets going Friday at 3 p.m. with Arsenal taking on Leicester City on NBC Sports network. Watford faces Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Chelsea-Burnley. NBC has Manchester City meets Brighton and Hove Albion at 12:30 p.m.
Newcastle United battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:25 a.m. with Manchester United against West Ham United at 10:55 a.m.
Real Madrid battles Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Galaxy host New York City Saturday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
Phoenix meets Dallas in WNBA action Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open tennis tournament continues with the Rogers Cup Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more action Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. The finals are Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.


Are you ready for some football?

With the start of August, fans can look forward to some form of football on TV every weekend from now until Super Bowl LII in early February.
Assuming the turf in Canton cooperates.
The Cowboys and Cardinals meet in the NFL Hall of Fame Game Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The NFL moved the game from its former home on Sunday night this year. Last year’s contest got cancelled when due to field preparations troubles with paint on the artificial turf.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Saturday at 7 p.m. on NFL network and ESPN.
The Orioles host the Tigers in a four-game set, with games on MASN Thursday and Friday before moving to MASN2 Saturday and Sunday.
MASN has the Nationals’ series with the Cubs Friday through Sunday, and TBS carries the Sunday contest.
The Mets host the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Senior League baseball has its international final Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with the Intermediate championship game Sunday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Watkins Glen, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS has the World Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fox has the German Super Cup between Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s the MLS battle of New York Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by Kansas City-Atlanta on FoxSports1. ESPN shows the Timbers and Galaxy Sunday at 4 p.m.
There’s an international friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus Saturday at 12:25 p.m. on ESPN.
The United States women’s team faces Japan in an international friendly Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The championship of the $2 million Basketball Tournament will be on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 offers WNBA play between Atlanta and Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Mystics host the Mercury Sunday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Junior League softball holds its final Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s the Senior League title tilt Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the road to the U.S. Open, ESPN2 shows the Bank of the West Classic Sunday at 5 p.m.