Watch sum Hokees

Some college teams open the season against creampuffs. Virginia Tech takes on the best.
The Hokies battle top-ranked Alabama – the two-time national champions – Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Classic on ESPN at 5 p.m.
The teams met to open the 2009 in Atlanta, and the Crimson Tide won by 10 en route to the first of three national titles in the past four years.
What does 2013 hold for both teams? We’ll start seeing this weekend.
ESPN kicks off the slate Thursday at 6 p.m. when North Carolina visits South Carolina. Then it’s off to the SEC for Mississippi-Vanderbilt.
FoxSports1 opens its schedule with Utah State at Utah Thursday at 8 p.m.
Friday, ESPN has Texas Tech against SMU at 8 p.m. while North Dakota State meets Kansas State on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
Notre Dame football starts its season against Temple Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
ABC’s primetime schedule opens with Georgia-Clemson. In the afternoon, new ACC member Syracuse plays Penn State while other areas will see Mississippi State battle Oklahoma State. ESPN2 will air the contest you won’t have on ABC.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon when Buffalo faces Ohio State, and closes the night showing Northwestern-California at 10:30 p.m.
Texas A&M meets Rice at 1 p.m. on ESPN (you’ll have to wait until around 3 p.m. to see Johnny Football), and in primetime LSU takes on TCU at 9 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium.
West Virginia hosts William & Mary at noon on FoxSports1. Oregon meets Nicholls State at 4 p.m. and Boise State travels to Washington at 10 p.m.
Maryland opens its final ACC season Saturday at 12:30 p.m., taking on Florida International on Comcast.
MASN2 offers Wofford-Baylor Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mississippi Valley State plays Florida A&M at 11:45 a.m. before Louisville takes on Ohio at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The NFL preseason closes Thursday, and the Redskins visit Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles close out a series in Boston Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit the Yankees for the weekend. TBS offers coverage of Sunday’s game nationally.
The Nationals host Miami Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 before playing the Mets – Friday on MASN2, Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN and Sunday on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN for the next-to-last contest before the Chase for the Cup. The Nationwide drivers run on ESPN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit takes on the streets of Baltimore Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s the middle weekend of the U.S. Open. ESPN2 covers the action Thursday and Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. CBS has third round play Saturday at 11 a.m., and action continues Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m.
The Fed Ex playoffs continue on NBC Sunday and Monday with the Deutsche Bank championship.
NBC carries the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of games Saturday – Manchester City-Hull at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City-Everton – and two more Sunday morning. Liverpool faces Manchester United at 8:30 a.m. and Arsenal takes on Tottenham Hotspur at 11 a.m.
In the MLS, Portland visits Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network and D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 4 p.m.

NASCAR after dark

For racers battling for the last positions in the Chase for the Cup, they’re going to have to do it after dark.
The final three races before the Chase for the Cup happen in primetime, starting with Saturday’s at Bristol. ABC has coverage at 8 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson holds the top spot for the 12-member Chase for the Cup field, and Joey Logano stands just a few points out of the last wild card slot. FoxSports1 has practice Friday at noon
The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN after qualifying on FoxSports1 Friday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 8 a.m. after showing practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion this weekend. There’s two games Thursday, with Mexico meeting Panama at 4 p.m. on ESPN and Washington facing Connecticut at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The International final will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, with the United States championship at 3:30 p.m. ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 11 a.m., and Saturday’s winners meet Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC in the title game.
The Orioles continue their quest for a postseason spot against Oakland this weekend. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox coverage. Other parts of the country will get Red Sox at Dodgers or Tigers-Mets.
ESPN shows Boston facing the Dodgers Sunday night, while TBS has the Braves taking on the Cardinals Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
The Nationals close a series at Wrigley Field Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN, then visit Kansas City (Friday and Sunday on MASN2, Saturday on MASN).
The third week of NFL preseason contests starts Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Ravens hosting the Panthers on ESPN. Comcast has the Redskins’ game against Buffalo Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
CBS brings a pair of contests this weekend – Seahawks at Packers Friday at 8 p.m. followed by Rams-Broncos Saturday at 8 p.m. The Saints meet the Texans Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC shows Vikings-49ers Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, British Columbia meets Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 goes to the high school gridiron Friday at 10 p.m. with Mountain Pointe against Bishop Gorman of Nevada.
High school football kicks off on ESPN Saturday with three contests, starting with Apopka against Byrnes at noon. Florida against Georgia battles follow, with Lincoln against South Gwinnett at 3:30 p.m. and Booker T Washington taking on Norcross at 7 p.m. ESPN2 closes the day at 10 p.m. with Central of California against Colorado’s Valor Christian.
Sunday at 3 p.m., American Heritage plays Cypress Bay on ESPN after ESPN2 brings a Tennessee clash between Beech and Station Camp at noon.
The PGA tour begins its FedEx Cup playoffs Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Barclays from New Jersey.
The final stop of the U.S. Open series take place this weekend in New Haven and Winston-Salem. ESPN2 has action Thursday from New Haven at 1 p.m. and Winston-Salem 3 and 10 p.m., and the semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. from New Haven and 3 p.m. from Winston-Salem.
CBS has the final from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and the New Haven final begins at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC has Premier League action matching Aston Villa and Liverpool Saturday at noon. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday – Fulham against Arsenal at 7:45 a.m. followed by Sunderland-Southampton. Swansea City meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Kansas City meets Chicago in MLS play Friday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings Seattle-Portland Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the WNBA, Chicago plays Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, after Charlotte takes on Denver Saturday at 1 p.m. in one semifinal.
NBC continues the Summer at Saratoga series with the Travers Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The U.S.A. Pro Cycle Challenge airs on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has stages Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has the National Pro Fastpitch softball championship Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
The motorcycle racing heads to Lake Elsinore Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Another 1 to watch

Do you have a need for Speed Channel? Fox Sports doesn’t anymore.
Speed will be rebranded as Fox Sports1 on Saturday, and sister channel Fuel TV will become Fox Sports2.
UFC gets primetime coverage Saturday, after some practices before the NASCAR race in Michigan. There will be new studio shows as the new network gets ready for football season.
ESPN has the NASCAR race from Michigan Sunday at noon. The Nationwide racers are in mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a pair of preseason games this week on ESPN, as the Chargers meet the Bears on Thursday and the Redskins face the Steelers at Monday night.
Comcast shows the Ravens hosting the Falcons Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fox brings two contests, with Tampa Bay at New England Friday at 8 p.m. and the Colts facing the Giants Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Arena Football season ends Saturday with Philadelphia facing Arizona on CBS at 1 p.m.
The Nationals host San Francisco Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then travel to division-leading Atlanta for the weekend. The Orioles finish a two-week stretch against the NL West, facing Colorado on MASN2.
It’s another weekend of Yankees-Red Sox – Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also features Diamondbacks-Pirates and Cardinals taking on the Cubs. TBS shows the Dodgers in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.
Action begins in the Little League World Series Thursday at 1 p.m. with an international contest on ESPN. Washington plays Texas at 3 p.m., then it’s off to ESPN2 at 5 p.m. for Australia-Mexico before Tennessee meets the Connecticut entrant at 7 p.m.
Friday, there’s an international game on ESPN at 1 p.m. before California takes on Michigan at 3 p.m. ESPN2 shows the Czechs against Japan at 5 p.m., and it’s back to the big stadium at 8 p.m. for Delaware-Iowa.
Second contests will be on ESPN Saturday at noon, 6 and 8 p.m. (ABC has coverage at 3 p.m.), and action continues Sunday at 2 p.m. on ABC, 5 p.m. on ESPN, noon and 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Junior League softball crowns its champion Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and the Junior League baseball final will be Sunday at 10 a.m. The top Senior League teams meet Sunday at 2 p.m.
The English Premier League starts a new season this weekend, with three games on NBC Sports network and Swansea City vs. Manchester Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network starts Saturday with Liverpool against Stoke City at 7:45 a.m., and Sunday there’s Crystal Palace-Tottenham at 8:30 a.m. before Chelsea faces Hull City at 10:55 a.m.
D.C. United travels to Montreal Satuday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and NBC Sports network has Philadelphia against the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Wyndham Championships PGA event Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The top amateurs battle for the U.S. title Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC.
The tennis tour heads to Cincinnati ahead of the U.S. Open. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday at 1 and 9 p.m., then there’s quarterfinal play Friday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., then CBS has the men’s final Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ESPN2 brings the women’s final at 4 p.m.
The U.S. Gymnastics championships will be Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Competition continues Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC, with the final events Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Alabama and Sword Dancer Invitational Saturday at 5 p.m.
Motorcycle racers rev up the action from Utah Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Major excitement

Time for the final major championship of 2013.
Will Tiger Woods win his 15th major this weekend?
The PGA championship tees off Thursday at 1 p.m. on TNT.  There’s more action Friday at 1 p.m., and the third round begins on TNT at 11 a.m. Saturday before CBS takes over at 2 p.m.  Sunday’s final round starts on TNT at 11 a.m., and moves to CBS from 2 p.m. until the trophy presentation.
Woods’ 61 in the second round at the World Golf championship last Friday heightened expectations as the best golfers gather at Oak Hill. Jack Nicklaus’ 18 career majors stands just beyond the horizon, but a Woods win to close out the 2013 season revs up the chase.
The NFL preseason kicks into high gear Thursday when the Bengals face the Falcons on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. Comcast has the Redskins’ opener against the Titans Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles continue their west coast swing in San Francisco, with games on MASN2 Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s game is on Fox, along with Rays-Dodgers and Twins against White Sox.
ESPN features Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Sunday night, while TBS offers Tigers-Yankees Sunday afternoon.
Washington hosts the Phillies for the weekend on MASN.
Little League baseball’s Road to Williamsport continues Thursday at 2 p.m. with a semifinal of the Great Lakes Region on ESPN. The second semifinal is on ESPN2 at 7 p.m., sandwiched between semifinals from the Northwest at 5 and 9 p.m.
There’s five games on ESPN Friday, starting at 11 a.m. with a Mid-Atlantic semifinal. The Midwest crowns its champion at 1 p.m. before the second Mid-Atlantic semifinal at 3 p.m. At 7 p.m., it’s the Southeast championship and the West semifinals are 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Four tickets punched for Williamsport on ESPN Saturday – Great Lakes at 1 p.m., Northwest at 5 p.m., New England at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Mid-Atlantic final Sunday at 6 p.m.
Other leagues hold their championships Saturday on ESPN – the Big League softball at 11 a.m. and Senior League softball at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Watkins Glen Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and the Nationwide racers will be on ABC Saturday at 2 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has CFL action between Saskatchewan and Calgary Friday at 9 p.m.
D.C. United travels to Philadelphia Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and ESPN2 shows Dallas against Los Angeles Sunday at 8 p.m.
The U.S. Open tennis series continues with the Rogers Cup on ESPN2. The quarterfinals are Friday at noon and 8 p.m. The women’s semifinal will be Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 and 8 p.m. The championship matches are Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
NBC has another race from Saratoga Saturday at 3 p.m. Coverage continues on NBC Sports network Sunday at 5 p.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, Chesapeake hosts Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.

Football time

The long drought since Super Bowl XLVII is over. The NFL returns this weekend.
After the newest class joins the NFL Hall of Fame (Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL network) in Canton, the Dolphins and Cowboys will meet on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Dolphins have new logos on their helmets. The Cowboys still have Tony Romo – playing for a series or two Sunday night before the rookies and others finish the night.
But it’s live football. And we’ll have it on TV – either NFL or college – every weekend until two teams reach the Super Bowl in New York February 2.
The Orioles host Houston Thursday on MASN before facing the Mariners over the weekend. The Nationals head to Milwaukee for three games on MASN2.
The Braves and Phillies get coverage on Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night. Other Fox contests are Dodgers at Cubs and Rangers-A’s, while TBS carries the Red Sox against Arizona Sunday afternoon.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide drivers will be in Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.The Indy Car drivers visit Mid-Ohio Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
CBS has the World Golf championships Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2, starting Thursday at 9 a.m. The second round will be Friday at 9 p.m., with the last two rounds beginning at 10 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and NBC Sports network brings the Red Bulls against Kansas City Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
From Munich, ESPN shows the Audi Cup Thursday. The third place game will be at noon, followed by the championship at 2:15 p.m.
Hamilton heads to Edmonton in CFL action Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the U.S. Open continues on ESPN2 with the Citi Open and Southern California Open out west. The quarterfinals of the Citi Open will be Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m. and final Sunday at 3 p.m. The action from California will be on Friday at 11 p.m., then Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has its final X Games weekend of the year, hosted by Los Angeles. ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m., then Saturday action will be at 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Coverage concludes Sunday on ABC at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC visits Saratoga for the Whitney Invitational Handicap Saturday at 5 p.m.