College kickoff

Hope you’re ready for some college football.
Because there’s plenty coming this Labor Day weekend.
The road to the Division I championship game begins Thursday on the new SEC network with South Carolina against Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Check your local listings and beg your cable operator.
ESPN has Boise State’s visit to Mississippi at 8 p.m., and Rutgers takes on Washington State at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s a pair of games on ESPN Friday, with BYU-Connecticut at 7 p.m. followed by UNLV against Arizona at 10:30 p.m. Colorado and Colorado State battle on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s action begins in Ireland, with Penn State facing Central Florida on ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m.
Virginia hosts UCLA on ESPN at noon.
Notre Dame starts its season on NBC, facing Rice at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings Southern Cal against Fresno State at 7:15 p.m.
ABC has an afternoon doubleheader, featuring West Virginia-Alabama and California meeting Northwestern. ESPN2 will show the game not over the air in your area. Top-ranked Florida State battles Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. from Cowboys Stadium.
Appalachian State travels to Michigan at noon on ESPN2.
Clemson and Georgia have their top-20 battle between the hedges on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. followed by Wisconsin-LSU at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day at noon with Iowa State hosting North Dakota State, while Georgia Tech hosts Wofford on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Baylor battles SMU on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m. and Alabama A&M faces North Carolina A&T at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN.
Louisville makes its ACC debut Monday against Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Redskins close out the preseason in Tampa Bay Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 has high school football from California Friday at 11 p.m., with Jesuit against DeLaSalle.
The Orioles face Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Twins for a four-game set. Washington heads to Washington State, playing the Mariners on MASN2.
FoxSports1 brings the Pirates and Reds Saturday at 4 p.m. The Tigers and White Sox play Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS, and ESPN2 caps the weekend as the Royals host the Indians at 8 p.m.
Brush up on your NASCAR knowledge as the Sprint Cup circuit visits Atlanta Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Indy Car circuit visits Fontana Saturday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s the middle weekend of the U.S. Open, with coverage on CBS Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. ESPN has early round action Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., and there’s primetime play on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s the second game of the WNBA Western finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, with Phoenix going against Minnesota.
The United States faces Finland in the World Cup of basketball Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then takes on Turkey Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC offers Everton against Chelsea Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network gets the day going at 7:45 a.m. with Manchester United-Burnley, then Manchester City plays Stoke City at 10 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Arsenal battles Leicester City at 11 a.m.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while Houston plays Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m.
Seattle plays Kansas City in women’s soccer Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m.  and Monday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Woodward Stakes runs on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.

NASCAR at night

If you want to make NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup, you have to shine at night.
There’s three night races left and four spots left before the 16-car chase, which features race winners this season plus the tops in points among non-winners. Twelve different drivers have locked in their places, and the rest will continue the battle Saturday in Bristol.
ABC has coverage at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Gordon leads the pack with three wins after taking the Michigan race, with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson close behind in points with three trips to Victory Lane also.
Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Formula One racers will be in Belgium Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m.
IndyCar visits Sonoma on NBC Sports network, with the race Sunday at 4 p.m. after qualifying Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles finish their week in Chicago with a three-game set against the Cubs on MASN. The Nationals host Arizona Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then the Giants visit for the weekend – Friday on MASN and Saturday and Sunday on MASN2. Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1 and Sunday on TBS.
FoxSports1 shows Braves at Reds Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Angels and A’s close the weekend Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Little League World Series closes its run Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC. ESPN has a pair of elimination games Thursday at 3 and 7 p.m., with Mexico and Japan seeking a spot in the international final before Chicago and Pennsylvania play for the final United States slot.
South Korea awaits the Mexico-Japan winner Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, then the United States champion will be crowned at 3:30 p.m. as Nevada plays either Chicago or Pennsylvania. ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Redskins and Ravens battle in the NFL preseason Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
CBS has the Raiders facing the Packers Friday at 8 p.m. and Colts-Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. The Chargers visit the 49ers’ new stadium Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC closes the weekend with Bengals against Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
Arena Football ends its season Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Arizona battling Cleveland for the title.
The college season get an early kickoff on ESPN. Bowl Championship Series members Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Miami Central meets Hoover of Alabama on the high school gridiron Saturday at noon on ESPN. Trinity Christian takes on Buford of Georgia on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 p.m.
Sunday, it’s off to Tennessee at noon for Oakland-Blackman on ESPN2. Florida’s Dwyer and American Heritage play on ESPN 3 p.m. Sunday.
Everton faces Arsenal Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Aston Villa meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Leicester City. Sunderland takes on Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Real Salt Lake takes on Dallas Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 brings Portland-Seattle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Women’s soccer has a semifinal match between Kansas City and Portland Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, then Seattle takes on Washington Sunday at 11 p.m.
NBC carries the U.S. women’s gymnastics competition from Pittsburgh Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour’s Fed Ex playoff run begins this weekend at the Barclays in New Jersey. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
CBS prepares for the U.S. Open with Arthur Ashe Kids Day Sunday at noon. The men gear up for the tournament in Winston-Salem, with quarterfinals Thursday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. CBS carries the final Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Connecticut hosts top women, with quarterfinals on ESPN2 Thursday at 1 p.m. followed by semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 3 p.m.
In international basketball, the United States faces Puerto Rico Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The WNBA playoffs start on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. with Washington-Indiana, followed by San Antonio against Minnesota at 9 p.m. There’s game 2 for both series Saturday at 5 p.m. from Washington and 7 p.m. from San Antonio. Sunday at 7 p.m., Atlanta faces Chicago on ESPN2 before the Sparks face Phoenix.
The Travers Stakes from Saratoga will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC. The Pacific Classic will be on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the fourth stage of the U.S. Pro cycling championships Thursday at 3:30 p.m., with coverage continuing Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The seventh stage will be on NBC Sunday at 4 p.m.

Johnny Football heads to D.C.

Will Johnny Manziel have a big impact in his rookie season?
Monday might be a time we’ll find out.
Manziel and the Browns close the second week of the NFL preseason Monday at 8 p.m., visiting the Redskins at FedEx field.
The Browns dropped their preseason opener 13-12 to Detroit, with Manziel completing seven passes for 63 yards and rushing six times. RGIII and the Redskins opened the preseason with a 23-6 win over New England.
With most teams using their third preseason game to set the season’s lineup, the battle between Manziel and Brian Hoyer should keep interest late in the second half.
The Ravens make their first visit to Jerry’s World, facing the Cowboys Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN starts the weekend Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Jaguars against the Bears. Fox has the Chiefs taking on the Panthers Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Nationals host the Mets Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday on MASN before moving to MASN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Orioles travel to Cleveland for the weekend, with games Friday and Saturday on MASN2 before going to MASN Sunday afternoon.
FoxSports1 has a doubleheader Saturday – Yankees against Rays at 4:10 p.m. following the Padres taking on the Cardinals. ESPN has the Braves and A’s Sunday night, while the Mariners take on the Tigers Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Little League World Series starts on ESPN Thursday at 1 p.m., as the Czech Republic faces South Korea. It’s Illinois against Washington at 3 p.m., then the action moves to ESPN2 at 5 p.m. for Australia-Puerto Rico and Nevada meeting South Dakota in the nightcap.
Friday’s play begins at 1 p.m. on ESPN with Mexico-Canada before Pennsylvania takes on Tennessee. ESPN2 has Venezuela facing Japan at 5 p.m. before ESPN returns at 8 p.m. when Rhode Island plays Texas.
Action continues Saturday at noon and 7 p.m. on ESPN, 2 p.m. on ABC and 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and Sunday at noon and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, 5 p.m. on ESPN and 2 p.m. on ABC. There’s more double-elimination action through the week before the champion will be crowned next Sunday.
The new Premier League season starts this weekend, and NBC offers Arsenal against Crystal Palace Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network brings Manchester United-Swansea City Saturday at 7:45 a.m., and a pair of games Sunday – Liverpool plays Southampton at 8:30 a.m. followed by Newcastle United meeting Manchester City.
D.C. United hosts Colorado Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. Philadelphia visits Houston on NBC Sports network Friday at 9 p.m. and Seattle takes on Real Salt Lake Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR goes to Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide racers hit the track on ESPN Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar race from Wisconsin Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Greensboro for the Wyndham Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the Western and Southern Open, with round of 16 play Thursday at 1 and 9 p.m. There’s quarterfinals Friday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The women’s final will be Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.
The United States takes on Brazil in international basketball Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

Major concerns

Six years ago, Tiger Woods won his 14th major championship.
This weekend is his last chance for number 15 in 2014. If he can play.
Coming off an early exit last Sunday, Woods will try to win the PGA championship at Valhalla.
Woods is scheduled to join Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington on the course Thursday morning. TNT will have coverage Thursday and Friday starting at 1 p.m.
CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. TNT begins both weekend days at 11 a.m.
The Redskins open their preseason Thursday against the Patriots at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles close a series in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before facing St. Louis for the weekend on MASN (Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1).
The Nationals have an afternoon contest with the Mets Thursday on MASN, then head to Atlanta for games Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday night on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has the Indians and Yankees Saturday at 1 p.m. while the Brewers take on the Dodgers Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS.
The road to Williamsport continues on ESPN Thursday with Great Lakes semifinals at 2 and 7 p.m. There’s a Northwest semifinal at 9 p.m., after ESPN2 shows the first semifinal at 5 p.m.
Play starts at 11 a.m. Friday with a Mid-Atlantic semifinal on ESPN. The second semifinal will be at 3 p.m., with the Midwest final at 1 p.m. The Southeast crowns its champion at 7 p.m. The West regional semifinals are 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Four tickets to Williamsport get punched Saturday on ESPN, starting at 2 p.m. in the Great Lakes region. It’s out to the Northwest at 4 p.m., followed by the New England regional at 7 p.m. and West final at 9 p.m. The Mid-Atlantic final will be on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Senior League softball championship will be Saturday at noon on ESPN, while the Big League title tilt is 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR visits Watkins Glen Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN while ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 2 p.m.
Arizona faces San Jose in Arena Football Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has the round of 16 in the Rogers Cup Thursday at 1 p.m.  There’s quarterfinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m., with a women’s semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m. and men’s semifinals at 3 and 7. The women’s final is Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
D.C. United visits Real Salt Lake Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast. San Jose faces the Galaxy Friday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has the Sounders against Houston Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
In friendly action, Liverpool meets Borussia Dortmund Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Lynx face Chicago in WNBA play Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.