Week 17

The last two years, the Cowboys have lost in a final winner-take-all primetime contest.
They get another chance Sunday night.
NBC gets the Cowboys finale again, hosting the Eagles Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The winner advances to the playoffs as NFC East champion.
The last two NFC East champions finish up the season Sunday at 1 p.m., with the Redskins at Giants on Fox. The NFC North title comes down to Packers facing the Bears at 4:25 p.m.
CBS has the Ravens needing to beat the Bengals to get into the playoffs at 1 p.m. The Patriots look to clinch a first-round bye against the Bills in the nightcap.
The college bowl season continues Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN when Pittsburgh meets Bowling Green from Detroit (don’t forget your pizza, pizza). Utah State meets Northern Illinois in San Diego at 9:30 p.m.
Marshall meets Maryland in the Military Bowl Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Syracuse-Minnesota from Texas and BYU against Washington from San Francisco at 9:30 p.m.
There’s four more bowls on ESPN Saturday. From Yankee Stadium, Rutgers takes on Notre Dame at noon before North Carolina meets Cincinnati in Charlotte. Future ACC foes battle at 6:45 p.m. when Miami faces Louisville before Michigan takes on Kansas State. The restaurant will stay open until the game ends.
TNT brings Memphis at Houston Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Clippers in Portland.
The Wizards face the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college court, Nebraska takes on Cincinnati Saturday at noon on ESPN2 followed by Eastern Michigan-Duke. Missouri faces North Carolina State at 8 p.m., then Alabama meets UCLA at 10 p.m.
CBS brings a doubleheader Saturday, with Villanova against Syracuse at 2 p.m. before Louisville battles Kentucky.
Richmond hosts Old Dominion Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
TCU takes on Texas Southern Sunday at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
In women’s basketball, Illinois faces Georgia on Comcast Saturday at 4 p.m. while ESPN shows Cincinnati-Connecticut Sunday at 5 p.m.
There’s Boxing Day soccer on NBC Sports network, with Hull City against Manchester United at 7:30 a.m. West Ham United faces Arsenal before Manchester City meets Liverpool at 12:30 p.m. NBC brings Cardiff City-Sunderland Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Rangers Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then visit Buffalo Sunday at 5 p.m.
The road to Sochi continues Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Speed Skating trials. Canada plays the United States in women’s ice hockey Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN has the World Championship of Bowling Sunday at 1 p.m.


Let the bowls begin

You’ll be bowled over the next 17 days.
The college bowl season kicks off Saturday with four games. There’s only three days without a contest before Auburn and Florida State battle for the National Championship on January 6.
The New Mexico Bowl starts the action at 2 p.m. on ESPN, with Washington State meeting Colorado State. There’s a battle of top 25 teams on ABC at 3:30 p.m. with Fresno State against Southern Cal in Las Vegas.
It’s off to the blue turf for Buffalo-San Diego State in the Potato Bowl at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette meet in the New Orleans Bowl at 9 p.m.
New Hampshire heads to top-seeded North Dakota State in a semifinal for the FBS Division Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The best of Division II meet when Lenoir-Rhyne faces Northwest Missouri State Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
Candlestick hosts its last regular season game Monday when the 49ers take on the Falcons at 8:40 p.m. NBC used the flex to grab the Eagles’ game with the Bears Sunday night.
The Ravens and Patriots have the second game on CBS Sunday at 4:25 p.m., following Broncos-Texans. The Redskins and Cowboys play on Fox at 1 p.m.
TNT’s Thursday doubleheader starts at 8 p.m. when the Bulls visit Oklahoma City. San Antonio travels to Golden State in the nightcap. The Rockets visit Indiana Friday at 8 p.m. before the Timberwolves face the Lakers.
It’s a Saturday afternoon matchup for the Wizards and Celtics Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
CBS offers Michigan State facing Texas Saturday at 4 p.m.
Duke takes on UCLA Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Georgetown faces Kansas Saturday at noon.
ESPN2 has four contests Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m. with Gonzaga against Kansas State. Illinois plays Missouri at 5:30 p.m., followed by Notre Dame-Ohio State. Oklahoma State battles Colorado at 11:30 p.m.
St. John’s takes on Youngstown State Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Villanova hosts Rider. Sunday, Seton Hall meets Eastern Washington at 5 p.m. before California plays Creighton.
Comcast brings Houston against Rice Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Ohio-Richmond Sunday at 1 p.m.
Dayton hosts Iona Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. James Madison faces Hampton Saturday at 3 p.m. before Virginia Tech meets VCU.
Among the women, Connecticut clashes with California on ESPN Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN has high school basketball between Huntington Prep and West Arsenal Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
The Capitals play Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. The Flyers play Columbus Thursday at 7 p.m.
Getting ready for Sochi, the United States women play Canada Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NCAA crowns its volleyball champion this weekend. ESPN2 has the semifinals Thursday, with Wisconsin against Texas at 7:30 p.m. before Washington heads to Penn State at 10 p.m. The championship will be Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC Sports network offers Liverpool-Cardiff City at 7:45 a.m., followed by Manchester United against West Ham United. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m., then it’s Swansea City-Everton.
It’s the Scorpion Championship on the PBA tour Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.


Army-Navy

There’s one final act to the college football regular season – Army vs. Navy.
army-navy-logoThe Cadets and Midshipmen will march into Lincoln Financial Field at Philadelphia before their mates battle in the 114th contest between the service academies. CBS has coverage beginning at 3 p.m.
Navy has won 11 straight games, including last year’s 17-13 triumph. The Middies will advance to a bowl game, and can claim the Commander-in-Chief trophy with a win.
Six of the top collegiate players gather in New York for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy Saturday at 8 p.m. The other awards will be given Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s eight teams left in the Bowl Championship Subdivision. ESPN2 has Towson’s visit to Eastern Illinois Friday at 8 p.m., while Coastal Carolina heads to North Dakota State Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos host San Diego Thursday on NFL Network at 8:25 p.m.
A pair of 2012 playoff teams finish out the string Sunday when the Redskins visit Atlanta at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Packers and Cowboys try to stay in the playoff hunt at 4:25 p.m., while CBS offers Jets-Panthers at 4 p.m.
NBC brings the Steelers and Bengals at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, then ESPN has Ravens-Lions Monday at 8:40 p.m.
The Clippers head to Brooklyn Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Rockets at TrailBlazers. The Thunder host the Lakers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the nightcap featuring the Rockets at Warriors.
The Clippers continue their road trip in Washington Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college court, Michigan hosts Arizona Saturday at noon on CBS.
Rivals clash on ESPN Saturday, with Notre Dame-Indiana at 3:15 p.m. before Kentucky takes on North Carolina.
ESPN2 brings five contests Saturday, starting at noon with Louisvile facing Western Kentucky. There’s Tennessee against Wichita State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Oakland and New Mexico facing Kansas. The night concludes with Illinois playing Oregon at 9 p.m.
DePaul battles Florida Atlantic on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m. It’s Marquette against IUPUI Saturday at 3 p.m., and Xavier takes on Cincinnati at 8 p.m.
After years of battling in the Big East, new ACC member Syracuse meets St. John’s Sunday at noon. Villanova host LaSalle at 2:30 p.m., then DePaul meets Chicago State at 4:30 p.m.
Comcast offers Pittsburgh against Youngstown State Saturday at noon, followed by Florida Atlantic-Maryland. Georgia Southern takes on UAB Sunday at 8 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Northern Illinois Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Oklahoma takes on Tulsa on MASN Saturday at 5 p.m., then Troy travels to Kansas State Sunday at 6 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Kentucky takes on DePaul Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s high school basketball on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. with Whitney Young faces Apple Valley.
The Capitals face Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Flyers Sunday at 3 p.m.
Wisconsin meets Colorado College Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers a trio of games from the Premier League Saturday. Manchester City faces Arsenal at 7:45 a.m., followed by Chelsea-Crystal Palace and Hull City against Stoke City at 12:30 p.m. There’s two more contests Sunday as Aston Villa battles Manchester United at 8:30 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool.
NBC brings the Franklin Templeton shootout Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Dew Tour hits the slopes Saturday and Sunday at noon on NBC.


Conference title time

Who’s going to be in the national championship game?
We’ll know for sure Sunday.
bcsIt’s a weekend of conference championship game leading up to the announcement of the final BCS title contest Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Next year, teams will be vying for a spot in the four-team national playoff.
The top two undefeated teams hit the field Saturday at 8 p.m. Top-ranked Florida State goes for the ACC championship against Duke on ABC, while second-ranked Ohio State plays Michigan State in the Big Ten title game on Fox.
The third and fourth-ranked teams – Auburn and Missouri – await their chance at the national championship game on CBS at 4 p.m.
Northern Illinois can claim a spot in one of the BCS games Friday at 8 p.m., facing Bowling Green in the MAC championship.
In Conference USA, Marshall faces Rice at noon on ESPN2, and Pac-12 decides its champion when Stanford visits Arizona State on 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.
The weekend begins Thursday on ESPN with Louisville against Cincinnati at 8 p.m.
The Big 12 closes its regular season Saturday with Oklahoma-Oklahoma State on ABC at noon. Fox has Texas-Baylor at 3 p.m. Other American Athletic Conference teams finish up Saturday with Central Florida at SMU on ESPN at noon and South Florida takes on Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC gets the benefit of a flex game Sunday night, with the Panthers’ trip to New Orleans moving to primetime.
Slumping teams not on a warpath meet Sunday, when the Chiefs meet the Redskins on CBS at 1 p.m. Fox brings Eagles-Lions at 1 p.m., and the 4:25 p.m. game features Seahawks-49ers.
NFL Network shows Texans-Jaguars Thursday at 8:30 p.m., and ESPN has Cowboys against Bears Monday night.
For the other football, ESPN2 shows the World Cup draw Friday at 11:30 a.m. Only six months until the games start in Brazil.
The MLS crowns its champion Saturday at 4 p.m., with Kansas City meets Real Salt Lake on ESPN.
There’s a trio of Premier League games on NBC Sports network Saturday. Manchester United plays Newcastle United at 7:45 a.m., followed by Southampton-Manchester City and Sunderland meeting Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m. Fulham faces Aston Villa at 8:30 a.m., then it’s Arsenal-Everton.
TNT has Knicks-Nets Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by the Heat against Bulls. It’s Nuggets visiting the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college court, CBS brings UCLA at Missouri Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The SEC and Big12 match up Thursday on ESPN2, with West Virginia against Missouri at 7 p.m. before Mississippi takes on Kansas State. Kentucky meets Baylor Friday on ESPN at 10 p.m.
Former conference foes meet Saturday at 3:15 p.m. with Kansas against Colorado, then UNLV meets Arizona.
FoxSports1 has Big East action Thursday, with Long Island facing Seton Hall at 7 p.m. before High Point battles Georgetown. Arizona State heads to DePaul Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s four games on Saturday, starting at noon with Colgate-Georgetown. Bowling Green visits Xavier at 2 p.m. before Florida Gulf Coast faces Florida International. The day closes at 6 p.m.  with North Dakota at Butler. Sunday at 6 p.m., Creighton hosts Nebraska.
Comcast offers Eastern Kentucky-VCU Thursday at 7 p.m. North Carolina State faces Long Beach Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Delaware and Notre Dame in the Gotham Classic. Sunday at 1:30 p.m., VCU takes on Old Dominion.
Oklahoma hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2. LaSalle faces Stony Brook Saturday at 11 a.m. in the MSG Holiday Festival on MASN2, then Loyola travels to Mount St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. on MASN.
It’s the BB&T Classic Sunday on MASN, with Oklahoma-George Mason at 1 p.m. followed by George Washington taking on Maryland.
In women’s hoops, Duke plays Oklahoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals host Nashville Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before facing the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
Massachusetts heads to Notre Dame for college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with a rematch Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
NBC has the PGA World Challenge Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN has the World Series of Bowling Sunday at 1 p.m.