Kings of the course

The 30 best golfers in the country want to end the season on a high note – at the Tour Championship this weekend.
Jason Day leads the chase for the $10 million first prize for the season-long title, with Justin Speith close behind.
NBC has coverage Saturday at noon and Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m.
Monday’s rain pushed the Orioles-Nationals series to Thursday’s open date. Game time is 4 p.m. on MASN, then the Orioles visit Boston for the weekend on MASN, while the Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN2.
The Indians meet the Twins Thursday on FoxSports1, and ESPN2 has a Friday night baseball special with the Astros taking on the Rangers at 8 p.m.
The Cubs and Pirates appear headed for a NL wild-card matchup, and meet Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also shows the AL West battle between the Astros and Rangers, with Sunday’s finale on TBS at 2 p.m. The Cardinals clinched a postseason spot last week, and host the Brewers Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Redskins open the NFL weekend Thursday on CBS, facing the winless Giants.
The Ravens head home Sunday at 1 p.m., looking to knock off the Bengals on CBS. The Bears visit Seattle in the second part of the doubleheader. Fox has the battle of unbeaten – Falcons and Cowboys – at 1 p.m.
AFC West meets NFC North in primetime, with Broncos-Lions on NBC Sunday and the Chiefs taking on the Packers Monday on ESPN.
Memphis meets Cincinnati Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend. Virginia hosts Boise State Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 offers the Pac-12 battle between Stanford and Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Michigan faces BYU at noon Saturday on ABC. Virginia Tech travels to East Carolina at 3:30 p.m., with other areas catching Ohio State-Western Michigan. In primetime, UCLA heads to Arizona.
CBS visits the Swamp for Florida-Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., while NBC offers Notre Dame against Massachusetts.
Texas Tech takes on TCU on Fox at 4:45 p.m.
Indiana heads to Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. for the ACC game of the week.
ESPN starts its day at noon with LSU-Syracuse. Texas tangles with Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m., then it’s Texas A&M-Arkansas at 7 p.m.  Southern Cal-Arizona State caps the night at 10:30 p.m.
Duke takes on Georgia Tech at noon on ESPN2, and at 3:30 p.m. it’s the game not shown on ABC. Auburn battles Mississippi State  at 7:30 p.m.
Delaware travels to North Carolina at noon on Comcast, and Stony Brook faces William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Rice against Baylor at 9 p.m.
Maryland meets West Virginia on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Xfinity series will be in Kentucky Saturday at 8 p.m. after qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The Truck race will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m. after practice Friday at 1 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Montreal at 5 p.m. Saturday on Comcast.
Sporting Kansas City takes on Seattle on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by a pair of matches on FoxSports1 – Real Salt Lake-San Jose at 7 p.m. and Dallas taking on the Galaxy at 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix faces Minnesota Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 in the first game of the WNBA Western Conference finals, with game 2 Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. New York and Indiana have the second game of their season Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Manchester City Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Newcastle United-Chelsea at 12:30 p.m. and Watford clashes with Crystal Palace Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Chase is on

Sixteen NASCAR drivers have three races to survive and advance.
The Chase of the Cup begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Kenseth posted his fourth win of the season last Saturday at Richmond, putting him atop the leaderboard with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.
Jeff Gordon made the chase in his final competitive season, and hopes to still be in contention when the final flag drops at Homestead in November. Race qualifying will be Friday at 6:30 p.m., with final practice Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Xfinity series hits the track Saturday at 6 p.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
The Truck Series runs Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 with qualifying at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 9:30 a.m.
CBS’ portion of the Thursday night package kicks off this week when the Broncos visit Kansas City at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins host the Rams on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Cowboys-Eagles. The Ravens try to bounce back in Oakland on CBS at 4 p.m.
Seattle visits Green Bay on NBC Sunday night, then the Jets take on the Colts Monday night on ESPN.
The ACC kicks off the college weekend Thursday, with Clemson visiting Louisville on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Florida State heads to Boston College Friday at 8 p.m.
Michigan State meets Air Force on ABC Saturday at noon. Miami meets Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with some parts of the nation watching Ohio State-Northern Illinois while ESPN2 carries the alternate game. In primetime, Stanford faces Southern California.
LSU tangles with Auburn on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and NBC carries Notre Dame’s contest with Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings Texas and California at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Connecticut’s visit to Missouri. South Carolina tangles with Georgia at 6 p.m. and it’s Mississippi-Alabama at 9:15 p.m.
North Carolina heads to Illinois at noon on ESPN2, then Texas Tech takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma battles Tulsa on FoxSports1 at noon, with Texas-San Antonio facing Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. and it’s BYU-UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast has action from the CAA Saturday, with Delaware-Villanova at noon followed by James Madison meeting Albany.
ESPN2 offers high school football between Mississippi’s Wayne County and Archbishop Rummel of Louisiana Friday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Tampa Bay Thursday on MASN2, while the Nationals start a series with the Marlins on MASN.
The Mets and Yankees battle Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also offers Cubs-Cardinals Saturday, and the series closes Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS. The Tigers and Royals meet on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Manchester City against West Ham United at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United plays Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN carries Portland against the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. and Houston plays Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women and Australia play an international friendly on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour has its BMW Championship on NBC Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2 p.m.
It’s conference semifinals time for the WNBA. Indiana plays Chicago on ESPN2 Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Tulsa-Phoenix. The Mystics play game two of their series with the Liberty Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Minnesota-Los Angeles at 3 p.m.
The FIBA Eurobasket final will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

Week 1

Most of the offseason, it appeared Tom Brady would miss the season opener due to suspension.
That ruling has been deflated.
Brady and the Patriots open the new season – which features new safeguards on air pressure in game balls – against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Patriots’ run for “one for the thumb” begins under the cloud of Deflategate, while the Steelers try to defend their AFC North title with a goal of a seventh Super Bowl title at the 50th anniversary event in February.
CBS carries the Redskins’ opener with Miami at 1 p.m., followed by the Ravens and Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Fox in Harrisonburg will offer the Packers and Bears at 1 p.m. while the D.C. affiliate will show the Saints and Cardinals at 4 p.m.
The Giants meet the Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday night opener at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has its opening weekend doubleheader Monday, with the Falcons facing the Eagles at 7 p.m. before the Vikings take on the 49ers at 10:15 p.m.
The college weekend starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 with Louisiana Tech visiting Western Kentucky. Miami meets Florida Atlantic Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Utah-Utah State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame comes to Charlottesville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, after Michigan meets Oregon State at noon. In primetime, Oregon tangles with Michigan State at 8 p.m.
Wake Forest takes on Syracuse in the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
Iowa and Iowa State meet on Fox at 4:45 p.m. while CBS offers Vanderbilt-Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida State hosting South Florida. Oklahoma faces Tennessee at 6 p.m. and there’s a big battle in the SEC West between LSU and Mississippi at 9:15 p.m.
Penn State battles Buffalo on ESPN2 at noon, then it’s Rutgers-Washington State or Mississippi against Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. and East Carolina facing Florida at 7 p.m. Boise State and BYU match up in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Texas San-Antonio takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU-Stephen F. Austin. Central Florida and Stanford try to bounce back from opening losses at 10:15 p.m.
MASN2 has UTEP-Texas Tech at 3 p.m. and Lamar against Baylor at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles host the Royals Friday on MASN, Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Nationals visit Miami Friday on MASN2, then Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
Fox also offers Reds-Cardinals and Blue Jays battling the Yankees Saturday. The Tigers take on the Indians Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS brings Blue Jays-Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women’s championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and men Sunday at 4 p.m. The women’s semifinals are Thursday at 7 p.m., and the men take the court Friday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond Saturday in the final race before the Chase for the Cup. NBC Sports network has race coverage at 7:30 p.m., after qualifying Friday at 5:30 p.m. and practice at 10 a.m.
The Xfinity series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m., with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and practice Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Everton takes on Chelsea Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Sunderland faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Aston Villa.
Toronto tangles with New England Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 offers Kansas City at Orlando City at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the semifinals in the women’s soccer league, with Chicago-Kansas City at 1:30 p.m. and Seattle facing Washington at 9:30 p.m.

Laboring to beat the champs

The opening weekend of the college football season includes many big contests – building to Monday night’s battle in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech hosts defending champion Ohio State Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Buckeyes’ run to the championship nearly ended in September, when the Hokies pulled the upset in Columbus. When Virginia Tech struggled through the ACC as the season wore on, the loss nearly kept Ohio State out of the four-team playoff.
A spot in this year’s national semifinals on New Year’s Eve might await Monday’s winner.
The season begins Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina taking on South Carolina before Minnesota hosts TCU at 9 p.m. The Jim Harbaugh era begins at Michigan, traveling to Utah on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of games Friday, with Baylor-SMU at 7 p.m. followed by Washington against Boise State.
Virginia starts its season at UCLA Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
Notre Dame takes on Texas on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and CBS carries Auburn’s contest with Louisville at 3:30 p.m
ABC brings Nebraska-BYU at 3:30 p.m., then Cowboys Stadium hosts Wisconsin and Alabama at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Stanford-Northwestern, then Penn State tackles Temple at 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M plays Arizona State in Houston at 7 p.m.
Clemson battles Wofford in the ACC game of the week Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has action from the Southland Conference between Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games Saturday, starting at noon with South Dakota State-Kansas. Texas Tech takes on Sam Houston State at 3:30 p.m., with Georgia Southern against West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Mississippi State facing Southern Mississippi Saturday at 10 p.m. and Purdue-Marshall Sunday at 3 p.m.
South Carolina State plays Arkansas Pine Bluff on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The NFL preseason concludes Thursday, and Comcast shows the Redskins facing the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. while Comcast-plus has the Ravens and Falcons.
The Nationals host Atlanta in a four-game set starting Thursday  at 7 p.m. on MASN. while the Orioles visit Toronto on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Rays-Yankees at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by Pirates taking on the Cardinals at 4 p.m. The series finale between the Rays and Yankees will be on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and ESPN has the Pirates and Cardinals Sunday night.
NASCAR returns Darlington to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, with the Southern 500 on NBC Sunday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, after qualifying at 11:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Sprint Cup series has qualifying Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and there’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Coverage of the U.S. Open continues Thursday on ESPN at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 at 7 p.m. There’s third round action Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday starts the Round of 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC carries the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m. and the final round Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The United States faces Australia in rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.