Ryder Cup time

The best golfers in the world gather in Illinois this week for the latest edition of the Ryder Cup.
Tiger Woods and the American team try to keep the Cup on American soil for only the second time since 2000.
Action begins on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., then NBC takes on Saturday at 9 a.m. The final day’s individual matches start Sunday at noon.
It’s the final weekend of the baseball regular season. The Orioles host Boston in a weekend series on MASN, while the Nationals try to clinch the top National League seed with games at Philadelphia Thursday on MASN and in St. Louis over the weekend on MASN2.
The White Sox try to hang onto the AL Central with games against Tampa Bay Saturday on Fox and Sunday afternoon on TBS. Fox also show the Angels at Rangers and Twins taking on the Tigers.
The Ravens open the NFL weekend, facing the winless Browns on NFL network at 8:20 p.m. The Giants face Philadelphia Sunday night on NBC, while the Bears head to Dallas Monday on ESPN.
CBS in Washington shows the 1-2 Patriots against Buffalo at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fox has 49ers-Jets as the early game. RGIII and the Redskins head to Tampa in the late game Sunday afternoon on Fox, while most of the country watches the Packers and Saints battle to stay out of the cellar.
The college football weekend begins on ESPN on the west coast, with Stanford taking on Washington Thursday at 9 p.m. Hawaii meets BYU Friday at 8 p.m.
ABC features the Big Ten Saturday, with Ohio State against Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. and Wisconsin-Nebraska in primetime.
CBS shows Tennessee at Georgia Saturday at 3:30 p.m. while Fox brings Texas facing Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.
Duke heads to Wake Forest on the ACC network Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Comcast offers a pair of ACC teams in non-conference clashes – Middle Tennessee-Georgia Tech at noon followed by Idaho against North Carolina – then brings a CAA contest between Georgia State and William & Mary at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Penn State-Illinois. Florida State meets South Florida at 6 p.m. before top-ranked Alabama plays Mississippi. ESPN2 has four games on the day, beginning with Minnesota-Iowa at noon. There’s an ACC contest between Clemson and Boston College at 3:30 p.m., followed by South Carolina tackling Kentucky. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 10:30 p.m. for Oregon-Washington State.
MASN offers Connecticut hosting Buffalo Saturday at noon.
West Virginia’s Big 12 conference opener against Baylor gets coverage on Fx Saturday at noon. At 4 p.m., Arizona State meets California.
It’s Ivy League time on NBC Sports network Saturday, with Penn heading to Dartmouth at noon. The Atlanta Football Classic brings together Southern and Florida A&M at 3:30 p.m.
With Jimmie Johnson atop the chase, NASCAR rolls into the Monster Mile at Dover this weekend. The Sprint Cup race goes Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers go on ESPN Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The WNBA playoffs start Thursday on ESPN2, with the Liberty facing Connecticut at 8 p.m. San Antonio visits Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Friday, Atlanta meets Indiana at 7 p.m. followed by Seattle-Minnesota. Game two of Atlanta-Indiana will be Sunday at 4 p.m.
D.C. United heads to Portland Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast. Chicago visits Kansas City Friday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, then Seattle takes on Vancouver Saturday at 9 p.m.


Prime Peyton again

Did you know Peyton Manning’s back?
If not, he’s got another prime spot on the NFL schedule this week.
After a Sunday night debut and Monday night contest with the Falcons, Manning and the Broncos battle the undefeated Texans as the main late afternoon game on CBS. The Mid-Atlantic area gets the Steelers at Raiders.
The Redskins make one of their appearances on CBS, hosting the Bengals at 1 p.m. On Fox, the Eagles take on Arizona in a meeting of surprising unbeatens at 4 p.m.
The Ravens battle New England on NBC Sunday night, while the Packers visit Seattle Monday night on ESPN. Thursday on NFL network, the Giants take on Carolina at 8:20 p.m.
Boise State and BYU open the college football weekend on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. Baylor faces Louisiana-Monroe Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame goes primetime Saturday on NBC, hosting Michigan. ABC has the ACC clash between Clemson and Florida State at 8 p.m., while Fox heads to the Big 12 for Kansas State at Oklahoma.
ABC brings Temple at Penn State Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with Oregon State-UCLA on ESPN2 in the Mid-Atlantic. Other areas will see Oregon State-UCLA on ABC. CBS offers the SEC East contest between Missouri and South Carolina Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest hosts Army on the ACC game of the week Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The day on ESPN starts at noon with Virginia’s trip to TCU.  Second-ranked LSU travels to Auburn at 7 p.m., followed by third-ranked Oregon battling Arizona.
Wisconsin meets UTEP at noon on ESPN2. Vanderbilt faces Georgia at 7:45 p.m.
Fx has Maryland taking on West Virginia at noon and Colorado State plays Washington State at 4 p.m.
Comcast offers a pair of CAA games Saturday – New Hampshire at Old Dominion at noon and Delaware-William & Mary at 7 p.m. – along with Miami at Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. On Comcast-plus, Marshall plays Rice at 3:30 p.m. and Tennessee takes on Akron at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has South Florida meeting Ball State Saturday at 4:30 p.m., then Lehigh-Liberty will be joined in progress at the conclusion of the game.
NBC Sports network visits the Ivy League Saturday afternoon, with Yale-Cornell at 1 p.m. followed by Harvard against Brown. At 10:30 p.m., Nevada heads to Hawaii.
There’s high school football on ESPN2 Friday at 8:30 p.m. with Trinity of Kentucky against Cathedral of Indiana.
The Orioles continue their postseason quest this weekend in Boston on MASN. The Nationals face the Dodgers Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Brewers for a weekend series on MASN2.
The Dodgers head to Cincinnati for the weekend, on Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night. Fox also shows Braves-Phillies and Tigers against Twins on Saturday. The A’s take on the Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS.
The PGA tour closes the main part of its season with the FedEx Cup, bringing together the top 30 golfers. NBC has coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The second race in the Chase for the Cup takes place in New Hampshire on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide racers go to Kentucky Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United takes on Philadelphia Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, then faces Chivas USA Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network offers Portland-Salt Lake City at 8 p.m.


The Chase is on

There’s 10 races left in the NASCAR season, and only 12 drivers with a chance to claim the season’s crown.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with the top 12 and rest of the field at Chicagoland. Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne nabbed the final spots in the quest for the cup, joining Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson in the field. Defending champion Tony Stewart enters the fray tied with Johnson in second place, just behind Denny Hamlin.
The Nationwide drivers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Indycar racers head to California, starting Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles face the top two contenders for the wild-card berth this weekend.  They finish a series with Tampa Bay Thursday afternoon on MASN, then head to Oakland for three games (MASN2 on Friday and MASN Saturday and Sunday).
Washington’s quest for the playoffs continues in Atlanta this weekend – Friday on MASN, Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Rays’ contests with the Yankees are on Fox Saturday and TBS Sunday afternoon, with Tigers-Indians joining the Fox Saturday rotation.
The NFL’s run of Thursday night games starts on NFL Network with the Bears visiting the Packers at 8:30 p.m. NBC offers the Lions at 49ers Sunday night, while it’s more prime time for Peyton Manning with the Broncos heading to Atlanta on ESPN Monday night.
CBS has the Sunday afternoon doubleheader, with the Ravens meeting the Eagles before the Jets go to Pittsburgh. Fox will show the Redskins’ trip to St. Louis at 4:05 p.m.
The Big East kicks off the college football weekend Thursday, with Rutgers at South Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Washington State takes on UNLV Friday at 9 p.m.
Maryland takes on Connecticut on the ACC network – including NBC29 in Charlottesville and Fox5 in Washington – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ABC has another afternoon doubleheader Saturday, starting with California at Ohio State at noon. Penn State hosts Navy at 3:30 p.m. while North Carolina plays Louisville, with ESPN2 showing the game not on ABC. In primetime, Notre Dame travels to Michigan State.
CBS brings its coverage of SEC football Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Alabama battling Arkansas. Fox offers the PAC-12 at 7:30 p.m., with Southern California meeting Stanford.
ESPN starts Saturday in the ACC with Wake Forest against Florida State. Florida faces Tennessee at 6 p.m., followed by Texas-Mississippi. ESPN2 has four games Saturday, beginning at noon with Arkansas State taking on Nebraska. After the other game from ABC coverage at 3:30 p.m., Arizona State heads to Missouri. It’s BYU taking on Utah in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Clemson hosts Furman on Comcast Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by Florida Atlantic at Georgia. MASN has Liberty’s trip to Montana Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Fx brings TCU-Kansas at noon, then Portland State takes on Washington at 4 p.m.
Comcast-plus visits the CAA for Rhode Island against Villanova at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC Sports network also starts in the CAA with William & Mary against Towson at noon Saturday. Boise State hosts Miami of Ohio at 4 p.m.
On the high school gridiron, ESPN2 offers Don Bosco Prep against St. Thomas Aquinas in New Jersey at 8 p.m. Friday.
As the best of the PGA tour prepare for the Tour Championship, the women head across the ocean for the British Women’s Open. Thursday coverage starts 9 a.m. on ESPN2, along with Friday at 9 a.m. Third round is Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday’s final round at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has MLS action between Houston and Kansas City Friday at 8:30 p.m. NBC joins the action Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Portland hosts Seattle, and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. it’s a women’s international contest between Australia and the United States.


Week 1

Two teams got a really early start, and the rest of the NFL is ready to go this weekend.
The 2012 NFL season starts – replacement referees or not – Sunday when RGIII and the Redskins visit the Saints at 1 p.m. on FOX. The 49ers head to Green Bay in the Fox nightcap, while CBS in Washington offers Patriots at Titans at 1 p.m.
NBC brings Peyton Manning’s home debut against the Steelers Sunday at 8 p.m. ESPN opens the campaign with a Monday night doubleheader – Bengals-Ravens at 7 p.m. followed by the Chargers meeting the Raiders.
Up north, NBC sports network shows the CFL contest between Calgary and Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
The second week of college football kicks off Thursday with a Big East contest between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati at 8 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 brings Utah against Utah State Friday at 8 p.m.
Virginia tries to go 2-0 when Penn State visits on ABC Saturday at noon. The second contest of the doubleheader offers either Southern Cal at Syracuse or Air Force-Michigan. The game that doesn’t air on ABC in your area will be on ESPN2.
Notre Dame returns from Ireland to face Purdue on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m. FOX heads west in primetime, as Nebraska goes to UCLA.
ESPN’s four games on Saturday start at noon with Auburn versus Mississippi State. Florida heads to Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m., followed by Washington’s trip to LSU at 7 p.m. The night concludes at 10:30 p.m. with Illinois heading to Arizona State.
ESPN2 offers Central Florida’s contest with Ohio State at noon, then new SEC member Missouri hosts Georgia at 7:45 p.m.
The ACC game of the week matches Ball State and Clemson at 12:30 p.m. on NBC29. Comcast presents the ACC battle between Wake Forest and North Carolina Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and Kentucky faces Kent State at 7:30 p.m.
MASN2 brings Big East football Saturday at noon with Connecticut hosting North Carolina State, followed by Howard-Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. Norfolk meets Liberty.
Fx has Miami taking on Kansas State at noon, followed by Wisconsin at Oregon State at 4 p.m.
The battle of Delaware gets shown on NBC Sports network Saturday, with Delaware State meeting the Blue Hens at 3:30 p.m. Army travels to San Diego State at 7:30 p.m.
It’s another big weekend series between the Orioles and Yankees, this time from Camden Yards starting Thursday on MASN. The Nationals host the Cubs Thursday on MASN2 before facing the Marlins for the weekend (Saturday afternoon on MASN).
The Dodgers face the Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m. and Fox Saturday at 4 p.m. Other Fox games are Royals-White Sox and Braves against the Mets. Orioles-Yankees gets featured Sunday afternoon on TBS for the second straight week.
NASCAR prepares for the Chase for the Cup with the final qualifying race at Richmond Saturday on ABC. The flag drops at 7 p.m., with one wild card spot on the line and 11 others gearing up for the final run. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The U.S. Open crowns its champions this weekend, weather permitting. ESPN2 has action from the men’s quarterfinals Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. CBS has the women’s semifinal and men’s double championship starting Friday at 12:30 p.m. The men’s semifinals are Saturday at noon, with the women’s title match at 8 p.m.
The best men go for the crown Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The PGA tour brings its top 70 golfers to the BMW championship this weekend, and only 30 advance to next week’s Tour Championship.
The Mystics host the Sparks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.