XLVIII

Peyton Manning.
Richard Sherman.
Anybody else playing Sunday?
The final game of the NFL season kicks off Sunday at 6:38 p.m. on Fox. Until then, we’ll examine Peyton’s place in NFL history and Sherman’s post-game interview.
Over and over and over.
Or the latest weather report. Is it going to be cold in New York on the first Sunday of February?
The night before the big game, the NFL honors its top players on Fox at 8 p.m. Game day, almost everybody has something Super Bowl related.
The Capitals have their traditional home game on Super Sunday, hosting Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Comcast has the team’s contest in Columbus Thursday at 7 p.m. and Detroit Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Boston University against Massachusetts Friday at 7:30 p.m. There’s Big Ten play between Michigan and Wisconsin Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
TNT offers Cleveland at New York Thursday at 8 p.m., with Clippers at Warriors in the nightcap. The Thunder visit Brooklyn Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Warriors-Jazz, and the Heat take on the Knicks Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Kevin Durant and the Thunder visit Washington Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Cincinnati battles Louisville on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., with the nightcap matching Purdue and Michigan. The GameDay crew will be in Syracuse for Duke’s visit Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The day starts with Ohio State facing Wisconsin at noon, then it’s Baylor-Oklahoma State before Kansas tackles Texas at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has Florida-Mississippi State Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Oregon against UCLA. The slate of six games starts Saturday at 11 a.m. with Richmond-VCU at 11 a.m. It’s off to the ACC for North Carolina against North Carolina State at 1 p.m. and Clemson facing Florida State. Wright State meets Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m. before Tennesee plays Alabama and Saint Mary’s meets BYU at 11 p.m.
Kentucky heads to Missouri Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Indiana.
ACC network offers Maryland against Virginia Tech Saturday at noon, and other areas will catch Notre Dame taking on Boston College.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Marquette Thursday at 7 p.m. Marquette takes on St. John’s Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Georgetown.
Georgia Tech takes on Wake Forest Saturday at noon on Comcast.
West Virginia hosts Kansas State on MASN Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State. TCU takes on Texas Tech on MASN2 Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
There’s four games on NBC Sports network Saturday. George Washington takes on Dayton at 12:30 p.m., followed by George Mason-St. Louis and Drexel taking on Towson. Pennsylvania faces Harvard at 9 p.m. James Madison hosts William & Mary Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
There’s a pair of women’s ACC games Sunday on Comcast. Maryland heads to Syracuse at noon, followed by Miami-North Carolina. MASN brings Oklahoma against Oklahoma State Saturday at 3:30 p.m., then it’s Texas taking on Baylor at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN offers Notre Dame-Duke Sunday at 2 p.m., while ESPN2 brings Stanford-California at 4 p.m.
The PGA Tour heads to Phoenix Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
In the Premier League, Newcastle United meets Sunderland at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network. Stoke City battles Manchester United at 10 a.m. There’s two more games Sunday, with Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion at 8:30 a.m. and Arsenal-Crystal Palace at 11 a.m.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and South Korea Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Bowlers gather for the PBA Super Clash on ESPN at 4 p.m.


Ice in L.A.

Want to see ice in Southern California?
This weekend is your chance.
stadium seriesThe NHL’s Stadium Series heads to Dodger Stadium Saturday night, with the Kings facing the Ducks on NBC Sports network at 10 p.m.
Both teams have hoisted the Stanley Cup in the past 10 years, but it’s rarely ice hockey weather outside their arenas.
A colder venue also hosts an outdoor game, with the Rangers and Devils meeting at Yankee Stadium Sunday at 12:30 p.m. There’s another game Wednesday night as the Big Apple gears up for Super Bowl XLVIII.
In the arenas, the Capitals are on the road this weekend – Friday at 7 p.m. at New Jersey and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Montreal on Comcast. NBC Sports network has the Penguins and Islanders Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Northeastern for contests Friday and Saturday at on NBC Sports network.
Want warmer weather for your sports? NBC has the Pro Bowl Sunday at 7:30 p.m. featuring teams picked by captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders – no conference matchups this years. Players hoping to make future Pro Bowls gather for the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.
The Australian Open closes its run this weekend. ESPN has a men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m., then the final Sunday at 3 a.m. The women’s final is Saturday at 3 a.m.
The Lakers visit Miami Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with the nightcap featuring the Nuggets against the TrailBlazers. The Clippers and Bulls battle Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and it’s Celtics-Nets Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
ABC starts its Sunday afternoon slate with Spurs-Heat at 1 p.m., and the Lakers face the Knicks at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards head west this weekend, meeting Phoenix Friday at 10 p.m. and Utah Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia closes out a homestand against Virginia Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on ACC network, while other areas can see Notre Dame-Wake Forest. Sunday at 1 p.m., it’s Georgia Tech against N.C. State.
Ohio State meets Illinois on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. Duke-Florida State kicks off Saturday’s play at noon, followed by Tennessee taking on Florida at 4 p.m. and Michigan against Michigan State at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of games on ESPN2 Thursday, with Florida-Alabama at 7 p.m. followed by Colorado against Arizona. Six contests fill the slate on Saturday, starting at noon with VCU-LaSalle. It’s West Virginia against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then Western Kentucky takes on Louisiana-Lafayette. Maryland has a contest with Pittsburgh at 6 p.m., followed by Alabama-LSU and BYU meeting Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
CBS offers Syracuse at Miami Saturday at 1 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State takes on Tulsa Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Oregon-Washington. The Big East takes the stage Saturday, with Xavier at Providence at noon before Villanova against Marquette and Georgetown travels to Creighton at 8 p.m. Arizona hosts Utah Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Towson taking on Delaware. College of Charleston visits James Madison at 2 p.m., then it’s Texas-San Antonio at Texas-El Paso.
There’s Big 12 action on MASN Saturday, with Texas-Baylor at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oklahoma facing Texas Tech. Presbyterian meets Liberty at 7 p.m.
Kansas State takes on Iowa State on MASN2 Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network visits the state of Virginia for a pair of games Saturday. At noon, George Mason hosts George Washington and Richmond meets Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m. There’s two more games Sunday, with Fordham-Massachusetts at noon and Harvard taking on Dartmouth at 4 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Penn State hosts Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. On MASN2, Baylor travels to Oklahoma State Sunday at 4 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Georgetown at St. John’s Sunday at 6 p.m.
Comcast has a doubleheader Thursday – Maryland-Virginia at 6:30 p.m. followed by Miami against Notre Dame. Virginia heads to Syracuse Sunday at 2 p.m. NBC Sports network offers Dayton at Saint Joseph’s Sunday at 6 p.m. ESPN2 has a pair of SEC games Sunday, as South Carolina plays Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. before Tennessee meets Texas A&M.
FoxSports1 has the final seven hours of the 24 Hours of Daytona Sunday at 7 a.m.
On the pitch, Arsenal faces on Coventry City FoxSports1 Friday at 2:30 p.m. Liverpool battles AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:30 a.m, and it’s Sunderland-Kidderminster Harriers at 10 a.m.
It’s an X-Games weekend on ESPN. Action begins Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN and continues Friday at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN has action at 2 and 9 p.m. while ABC joins the show at 4 p.m. ESPN closes it out Sunday at 2 and 9 p.m.
There’s USA Sevens Rugby action Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC continues coverage at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Who’s going to Super Bowl XLVIII?

This weekend, two teams will advance to a contest in the possibly frozen New Jersey swamps.
Players from the other two teams can head to Hawaii for a fun finale.
Is the trophy worth it?
The combatants in Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands will be decided Sunday. The winners will be checking the long-range forecast Sunday night.
CBS has the first contest, matching Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the AFC championship at 3 p.m. The last time these two met for a trip to the Super Bowl, Manning and the Colts advanced to Super Bowl XLI. Will Manning get a chance to win his second Super Bowl at baby brother Eli’s stadium, two years after Eli won his second crown in Indianapolis before heading west?
It’s been nine years since Brady and the Patriots lofted the Lombardi Trophy. They twice lost to the Giants in the big game, and fell to the Ravens in last year’s AFC championship game.
Fox has the NFC championship between Seattle and San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. in the home of the 12th man. The teams split their contests in 2013, but the Seahawks dominated at home in Week 2. San Francisco has five Super Bowl titles and came up just short against the Ravens last season.
Seattle has made one trip to the big game, losing to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
In the college ranks, the NFLPA all-star game will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 6 p.m. NFL Network has the East-West Shrine game Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Australian Open continues Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more third round play Friday at 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday action from the round of 16 at 9 p.m.
TNT has the Pacers hosting the Knicks at Thursday at 7 p.m., with Thunder-Rockets as the nightcap. The Clippers face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Golden State at Oklahoma City.
The Wizards host Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
Virginia takes on Florida State on the ACC network Saturday at noon and Wake Forest goes to Clemson at 4 p.m.
CBS offers a trio of contests Saturday. Tennessee takes on Kentucky at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Duke and Oklahoma State facing Kansas at 4 p.m.
ESPN has Connecticut-Memphis Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s action starts at noon when Boston College meets North Carolina. It’s Oklahoma against Baylor at 2 p.m., and former Big East foes take their rivalry to the ACC as Pittsburgh heads to Syracuse, followed by Michigan-Wisconsin. Louisville faces Connecticut at 9 p.m.
Missouri meets Vanderbilt on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Ohio State-Minnesota. There’s three games Saturday, starting at noon with Temple-LaSalle. Alabama takes on Missouri before Indiana State heads to Wichita State at 4 p.m.
Top-ranked Arizona meets Arizona State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m., after the Big East battle between Providence and St. John’s. The slate of five games Saturday starts at noon with Seton Hall at Georgetown. It’s off to the Pac 12 for Southern Cal against Colorado and UCLA-Utah, then Dartmouth travels to St. John’s at 6 p.m. Creighton faces Providence at 8 p.m.
There’s three games on Comcast Saturday. The day starts in the CAA with Delaware-Northeastern at noon, followed by Miami’s trip to Georgia Tech and James Madison against William & Mary at 4 p.m.
MASN brings Wagner against Mount St. Mary’s Thursday at 7 p.m. West Virginia visits Kansas State Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Iowa State-Texas. It’s off to the Big South at 7 p.m. for Liberty hosting High Point.
MASN2 has Texas Tech-TCU Saturday at 6 p.m.
There’s A-10 action on NBC Sports network Saturday, as George Mason battles Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m. before Fordham faces St. Louis. Towson travels to College of Charleston Sunday at 3 p.m.
There’s a pair of ACC women’s games Thursday on Comcast. Virginia takes on Duke at 6:30 p.m., followed by Syracuse-Maryland. Sunday, Virginia Tech hosts Duke at noon before North Carolina State meets Miami. ESPN2 has a doubleheader Sunday, with Connecticut-Rutgers at 3 p.m. before Penn State heads to Michigan State.
On FoxSports 1, Villanova takes on DePaul Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Capitals against Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Blackhawks face the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s Kings-Blues Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college rink, Lake Superior State meets Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool takes on Aston Villa in Premier League play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Sunderland faces Southampton Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Arsenal-Fulham. Sunday, it’s Swansea City against Tottenham Hotspur at 8:30 a.m. before Manchester United meets Chelsea.
NBC Sports network has freestyle skiing Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Best NFL weekend of the year

Chris Berman is pumped.
NFL fans should be also.
 nfl playoffsThe four winners from last weekend advance to face the best of each conference in the divisional round Saturday and Sunday.
The action begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Saints heading to Seattle. The teams met three years ago, with the 7-9 Seahawks pulling the upset in Pete Carroll’s first postseason trip, and Seattle won their meeting this season.
 CBS gets the primetime game, matching the Patriots and Colts. Andrew Luck notched his first playoff victory last weekend, while Tom Brady wants to add a fourth Super Bowl title.
Sunday, the Panthers host San Francisco on Fox at 1 p.m. Carolina won at Candlestick Park earlier in the season, part of their run to the second seed in the NFC.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos have the final game of the weekend, meeting division rival San Diego on CBS at 4:30 p.m. The Broncos have the top seed in the AFC for the second straight year, but last year lost in double overtime to eventual champion Baltimore in this round.
By Sunday evening, just four teams will be left on the road to the Meadowlands on Groundhog Day.
Down under, the Australian Open begins Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards take on Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before coming home to face Houston Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Heat head to New York Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Oklahoma City-Denver. ESPN has the Heat visiting Brooklyn Friday at 8 p.m., with the nightcap matching the Lakers and Clippers.
ESPN has top-ranked Arizona facing UCLA Thursday at 9 p.m., after Louisville takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. Second-ranked Syracuse hosts North Carolina Saturday at noon, followed by Kansas State-Kansas.
Auburn battles Mississippi on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Nebraska-Michigan. Virginia’s game against North Carolina State at 5 p.m. caps the slate of four games on ESPN2 Saturday. The day starts at 11 a.m. when Saint Louis meets Dayton. Florida faces Arkansas at 1 p.m. before Memphis plays Temple.
There’s three games on FoxSports1 Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. with DePaul-Butler. Marquette travels to Xavier at 9 p.m., with California against Oregon as the nightcap. Villanova plays St. John’s Saturday at 1 p.m. and Georgetown battles Butler at 7 p.m., and there’s two games from the Pac-12 Sunday – Colorado-Washington at 3 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon.
CBS offers Kentucky-Vanderbilt Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Iowa goes against Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The ACC network has Georgia Tech against Notre Dame Saturday at noon, with some areas getting Wake Forest at Pittsburgh.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech against Boston College. Duke meets Clemson at 2 p.m., then it’s off to the CAA for Delaware-James Madison.
MASN has a Big 12 doubleheader Saturday, with TCU-Baylor at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oklahoma’s visit to West Virginia.
George Washington battles LaSalle Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s Atlantic 10 action between St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Rhode Island-George Washington. Princeton takes on Pennsylvania in an Ivy League contest at 6 p.m.
Duquesne hosts La Salle Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
In women’s basketball, North Carolina heads to Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has a Sunday doubleheader, with Purdue against Penn State at 3 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Vanderbilt.
MASN2 offers Tulane at Marshall Thursday at 9 p.m. Texas-San Antonio faces Southern Mississippi Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2 and Texas takes on West Virginia Sunday at noon.
There’s high school basketball between Oak Ridge and Montverde Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Buffalo Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC Sports network brings the Flyers against Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame takes on Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Harvard meets Yale Saturday at 8 p.m.
Manchester United faces Swansea in Premier League play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday morning, as Hull City faces Chelsea at 7:45 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Crystal Palace. Sunday, Newcastle United faces Manchester City at 9 a.m. and Stoke City takes on Liverpool at 11:15 a.m.
Getting ready for Sochi, NBC shows the United States Figure Skating championships Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Bowlers gather for the Japan Cup Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.


Championship weekend

Time to crown some college national champions.
And begin the NFL’s trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The top two teams in college football meet Monday on ESPN, with top-ranked Florida State taking on Auburn at the Rose Bowl.
Auburn won the national title in 2009, and used several miracle finishes to claim the SEC championship this season. Florida State won a pair of championships under Bobby Bowden, and looks to return to the top with Jimbo Fisher at the helm.
Division I’s championship series playoffs close Saturday, with North Dakota State going for its third straight title against Towson. ESPN2 has coverage at 2 p.m. The Tigers, from the Colonial Athletic Association, ousted the second and third seeds to reach the final game. The Bison hosted the ESPN GameDay crew earlier in the campaign.
There’s a few more bowls for the BCS finale. Alabama and Oklahoma meet in the Sugar Bowl Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Clemson-Ohio State in the Orange Bowl Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Fox offers the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri at 7:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt takes on Houston in the Compass Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and fire up the computer Sunday at 9 p.m. for Arkansas State and Ball State.
The road to the Meadowlands begins on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Colts host the Chiefs. Will their be snowballs flying when the Saints head to Philadelphia Saturday night?
The Chargers, who snagged the final AFC playoff berth in overtime last Sunday, head to Cincinnati Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Green Bay takes on the 49ers at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.
Top high school players gather for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before hosting Golden State Sunday at 6 p.m.
There’s Big Ten action on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., with Wisconsin against Northwestern. Gonzaga takes on St. Mary’s at 9 p.m. Virginia takes on Florida State Saturday at 5 p.m., after Cincinnati plays Memphis at noon.
Michigan State meets Indiana Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Duke-Notre Dame. San Diego State visits Kansas Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
ACC network has Pittsburgh-North Carolina State Saturday at noon, and Miami against Syracuse at 2 p.m.
Comcast offers Clemson-Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m.
California battles Stanford on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m. There’s Big East action Saturday at 1 p.m. with St. John’s against Georgetown, then Creighton takes on Seton Hall at 3 p.m., and three more games Sunday. USC takes on UCLA at 3 p.m., then it’s Oregon-Colorado and Providence against Villanova at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Pennsylvania against George Mason Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Cornell meets St. Bonaventure Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Yale-St. Louis at 5:30 p.m.
In women’s action, Virginia Tech plays Boston College on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Florida at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers George Washington-St. Joseph’s Sunday at 1 p.m. and Dayton takes on St. Louis at 3 p.m.
The Capitals start 2014 against the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then head to Minnesota Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Sharks against Blackhawks Sunday at 8 p.m.
Boston College faces Notre Dame in college ice hockey on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The United States Olympics trials continue Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Short Track Speed Skating. There’s more short track action Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN has the World Bowling Tour finals Sunday at 1 p.m.