At the world’s fastest half-mile

NASCAR spends an exciting weekend in Bristol, with thousands of fans converging on the high-banked half-mile track.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the small track just across the border from Virginia, which draws thousands to the area and packs all hotels within miles.
The Sprint Cup teams pack the infield for their race Saturday night on ABC. The Nationwide racers get their chance to bang around the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Across the country, the Indy Cars are in Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on Versus.
Little League baseball crowns its champion this weekend. The International final will be set after Thursday’s 4 p.m. game on ESPN, then the local Pennsylvania team battles California at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC has the International final Saturday at noon, followed by the United States final at 3 p.m. The consolation game will be Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN, with the title game on ABC at 3 p.m.
FOX offers the choice of four games Saturday afternoon, as the Tigers face the Twins along with three National League contests – Pirates at Cardinals, Braves-Mets and Rockies taking on the Dodgers.  ESPN has the Angels meeting the Rangers Sunday night.
Pending Irene’s path, the Orioles will meet the Yankees on TBS Sunday afternoon and MASN. Prior to that, they have a Thursday afternoon game at Minnesota on MASN and games Friday and Saturday on MASN. The Nationals take on Arizona Thursday on MASN, then head to Cincinnati for the weekend on MASN2.
The third week of the NFL preseason opens with the Redskins taking on the Ravens Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. CBS offers a pair of contests – Packers at Colts Friday and Patriots visiting Detroit Saturday – before NBC closes the weekend with the Saints taking on Oakland.
The PGA tour starts its playoff run this weekend at the Barclays. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
It’s almost time for the U.S. Open, and top players prepare at the New Haven Open and Winston-Salem Open. ESPN2 heads to New Haven Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m., with the final showing Saturday at 5 p.m. CBS has the final from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., after ESPN2 goes with Friday’s play at 12:30 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Portland Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. The women’s soccer league holds its championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
In the WNBA, the Mystics host Phoenix Sunday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.


Little League – in 3D

Remember your days in Little League, with 3D cameras catching all the action?
Me neither.
But at this year’s Little League World Series, many of the games will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN3D.
Play begins Thursday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and there’s a 3D game between the champions of the Northwest and Midwest at 3 p.m. After another international game at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, the 3D cameras come out again at 8 p.m. as Southeast faces Southwest.
Friday has 3D games at 3 and 8 p.m, along with international games at 1 and 5 p.m. (ESPN2).
First game losers take the field Saturday – ESPN at noon and 6 p.m., while ABC shows a pair of American teams at 2 p.m. and ESPN goes 3D at 8 p.m. First game winners continues their quest for the title Sunday – 2 p.m. on ABC facing Thursday’s winners in the American pool while ESPN2 has games at noon, 6 and 8 p.m.
The tournament goes through August 28, when the best teams in each pool battle for the championship.
FOX has a Saturday afternoon appointment in Pittsburgh, as the Reds take on the Pirates. In another NL Central contest, the Cardinals play the Cubs Saturday on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. The Brewers’ game with the Mets is the other FOX game, while the Yankees take on the Twins Sunday afternoon on TBS.
The Orioles continue their west coast swing this weekend, playing the Angels on MASN2. The Nationals host the Reds Thursday on MASN, then play Philadelphia over the weekend.
The NFL preseason continues as the Redskins head to Indianapolis Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
Fox has a pair of games this weekend, with the Eagles at Pittsburgh Thursday at 8 p.m. and Atlanta at Jacksonville Friday at 8 p.m. NBC starts its preseason coverage with the Chargers at Dallas Sunday at 8 p.m., while ESPN offers the Bears taking on the Giants Monday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads back to Michigan, with ESPN coverage Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide drivers are in Montreal Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The week between the PGA championship and FedEx playoff stretch belongs to the Wyndham Championships. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC carries the U.S. Gymnastics championships Saturday at 8 p.m.
The women’s professional soccer league gets ready for its championship with a semifinal Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.


Are you ready for some football?

No more legal pads. Time for shoulder pads.
The NFL preseason kicks off Thursday when the Baltimore Ravens visit Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. The Redskins take their turn Friday at 7:30 p.m., hosting the Steelers on Comcast.

ESPN begins its coverage Thursday at 8 p.m. when the Seahawks visit San Diego. Friday, FOX has Tampa Bay heading to Kansas City at 8 p.m. and the Jets take on the Texans Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

No more lawyers and lockouts. Now it’s time for linebackers and blockers to take center stage.

The PGA tour has its final major of the season this weekend, with the PGA championship from outside Atlanta. TNT has coverage of the first two rounds, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Early birds can catch the start of the final two rounds at 11 a.m., while CBS takes over at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Pirates are on national TV this weekend, facing the Brewers on FOX. Other Saturday afternoon games are Rays at Yankees and the Rangers taking on Oakland. TBS shows the Rays-Yankees Sunday afternoon, while ESPN offers Colorado at St. Louis on Sunday night.

The Orioles close out a series with the White Sox Thursday on MASN, then host Detroit for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals take on the Cubs Thursday at 2 p.m before heading home to meet the Phillies for a weekend series on MASN.

Like your baseball with younger players? The road to the Little League World Series begins this weekend, with a Midwest semifinal Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has the second Midwest final at 6 p.m., along with the Southwest final at 8 p.m. and Northwest finals at 4 and 10 p.m.

 The Mid-Atlantic semifinals are on Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., then the Southeast final goes Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 heads West for semifinals at 5 and 11.

Four regions have their finals on ESPN Saturday, starting with the Great Lakes at 11 a.m.  At 5 p.m., the Northwest crowns its champion followed by the Midwest and West. New England’s representative to the Little League World Series comes out of the 1 p.m. game on ESPN2. The Mid-Atlantic title game is Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

NASCAR heads to upstate New York for the Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen. NASCAR coverage starts Sunday at 1 p.m, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 2 p.m.

The IndyCar racers are in New Hampshire Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with ABC at the Move that block.com 225. 

D.C. United hosts Vancouver Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.

The road to the U.S. Open continues with the Rogers Cup on ESPN2. Play begins Thursday and Friday at noon, then 3 p.m. on Saturday. The finals go Sunday at 1 p.m.

NBC has skateboarding from Portland as the Dew Tour offers the Skateboard Street finals Saturday and BMX Dirt finals Sunday.


Tiger’s back

Tiger golfing instead of tabloid-fodder? It’s about time.

Tiger Woods returns to the PGA tour this weekend for the World Golf Championship from Akron. He’s done well there in the past, giving him a good tune-up for next week’s PGA championship.

CBS will be on the air Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

It’s Yankee-Red Sox weekend again, with the teams on FOX Saturday afternoon and Sunday night on ESPN. The Phillies’ visit to San Francisco is the other FOX game, while the Braves take on the Mets on TBS Sunday afternoon.

The Orioles close out a series in Kansas City Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN, then host Toronto this weekend. The Nationals play the Rockies on MASN2 Thursday at 8:30 p.m. to start a four-game series.

NASCAR heads back to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers visit Iowa on ESPN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Indy cars are in Ohio for the Honda 200 on Versus Sunday at 2 p.m.

The NFL labor troubles meant the cancellation of the Hall of Fame preseason game. But this year’s class still goes in, and the induction will be on ESPN Saturday at 7 p.m.

The World Football Challenge closes its run Saturday on ESPN, with Barcelona taking on Club America at 4 p.m. from Cowboys Stadium.

It’s week three of six in the U.S. Open tennis series. ESPN2 has the Legg Mason Classic Friday at 7 p.m., with coverage continuing Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Mercury Insurance Open goes Friday at 11 p.m., followed by action Saturday at 10 p.m. and the finals Sunday at 5 p.m.

Comcast has Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m., with Chesapeake visiting Rochester.