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.

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