Turkey Day sports

Thursday, all 16 AFC teams get to stay home for the holiday.
Six NFC teams will be competing for Thanksgiving themed postgame trophies.
Fox starts the day at 12:30 p.m. with the Eagles facing the Lions. The Cowboys host the Panthers on CBS at 4:30 p.m., and the night closes on NBC when the Bears invade Lambeau Field to face the Packers.
Sunday, the Redskins meet the Giants on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS offers Dolphins-Jets early before the Steelers take on the Steelers in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the battle between the Broncos and Patriots Sunday night. The Ravens face the Browns on ESPN Monday night.
There’s a pair of college football games Thanksgiving night, with South Florida-Central Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Texas Tech-Texas at 7:30 p.m.
Undefeated Iowa closes its regular season against Nebraska Friday at 3:30 p.m., following Navy-Houston at noon.
Missouri and Arkansas battle on CBS at 2:30 p.m., while Fox brings the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State at 3:30 p.m.
Miami meets Pittsburgh at noon on ESPN2 and it’s Baylor taking on TCU on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
Marshall heads to Western Kentucky on FoxSports1 at noon.
Notre Dame, hoping to make the four-team playoff, battle Stanford on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan and Ohio State have their annual matchup at noon on ABC. Rivalries take the air at 3:30 p.m., with North Carolina against North Carolina State or Southern Cal-USC. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, it’s Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Iron Bowl takes center stage on CBS at 3:30 p.m., with Alabama meeting Auburn.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson-South Carolina. Michigan State tries to clinch the Big Ten East against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. before Florida State faces Florida at 7 p.m.
Georgia tangles with Georgia Tech on ESPN2 at noon. It’s the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:15 p.m. and Nevada meets San Diego State at 10:45 p.m.
The ACC Network offers Duke-Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas-Kansas State at 4 p.m. and Arizona State taking on California at 10 p.m.
Boston College battles Syracuse on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern at 5 p.m.
Conference USA takes the stage on MASN and MASN2 Saturday, with Old Dominion hosting Florida Atlantic on MASN at noon followed by Charlotte-Rice. MASN2 has Southern Mississippi taking on Louisiana Tech at noon before UTEP-North Texas.
It’s Grey Cup day in Canada, with Ottawa battling Edmonton for the CFL title Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards tangle with the Celtics on Comcast Friday at 8 p.m. and the Raptors at home Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has a bunch of tournaments for its Feast Week. The Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas has semifinals Thursday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and two more games Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Top-ranked Kentucky meets South Florida Friday at 5 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Thursday, starting at noon with Alabama-Xavier. It’s Wichita State-USC at 2 p.m., then Stanford plays Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. Michigan State meets Boston College at 6:30 p.m., followed by Iowa against Dayton and Santa Clara-Arizona in the nightcap at 11:30 p.m.
The NIT preseason tournament crowns its champion Friday at 3 p.m. There’s semifinals of the Wooden Legacy at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., sandwiched between Ohio State-Memphis and a semifinal at the AdvoCare Invitational at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday brings two more games from the AdvoCare Invitational at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., along with Wisconsin-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings West Virginia’s contest with Richmond at 5 p.m., then it’s California-San Diego State from Las Vegas Thursday at midnight. Friday, it’s two contests from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Georgia faces Seton Hall Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Marquette faces Jackson State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MASN offers play from the Barclay Center Classic Friday, with Cincinnati-Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. followed by Tennessee taking on George Washington. Louisville plays St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m.
Baylor faces Arkansas State at 1 p.m. on MASN2, and it’s Oklahoma State-Long Beach State at 8:30 p.m.
Liberty meets Appalachian State Thursday at 3 p.m. on Comcast, and it’s Old Dominion-VCU Saturday at 4 p.m.
Texas and Tennessee tangle on the women’s hardcourt Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC has Black Friday afternoon ice hockey, while the Blackhawks visit the Ducks on NBC Sports network at 5 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
Conference finals have their second leg in the MLS Sunday, with Dallas-Portland at 5 p.m. on ESPN and the Red Bulls clashing with Columbus on FoxSports at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Manchester City-Southampton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Leicester City against Manchester United on NBC in 12:30 p.m.
Liverpool meets Swansea City Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Gordon’s last ride

Jeff Gordon made his Winston Cup debut at the final race run by Richard Petty in 1992.
Sunday, he can go out like a king.
Gordon and three other drivers will battle for the season-long run Sprint Cup championship at Miami Homestead. NBC has coverage Sunday at 3 p.m.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. complete the four-man final field. The driver who finishes best among those four will be crowned the season champion.
The final Xfinity race will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC while FoxSports1 has the Truck Series finale Friday at 8 p.m.
The Titans take on Jacksonsville in NFL Network’s Thursday night game. The Bengals head to Arizona on NBC Sunday night, while the Patriots face the Bills on ESPN Monday night.
Fox shows the Redskins’ contest with the undefeated Panthers Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Packers against Vikings. CBS offers the Broncos without Peyton Manning against the Bears at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when East Carolina heads to South Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Air Force tangles with Boise State Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Frank Beamer takes on the Lane Stadium sideline for the final time Saturday, with the Hokies meeting North Carolina on ESPN at noon.
Fenway Park hosts Notre Dame and Boston College on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day at noon when Michigan takes on Penn State. Ohio State plays Michigan State at 3:30 p.m., with TCU-Oklahoma in primetime.
Mississippi battles LSU at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, with UCLA and Utah on Fox at 3:30 p.m. followed by Baylor meeting Oklahoma State.
Syracuse takes on N.C. State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas getting Miami-Georgia Tech.
Oregon takes on Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Mississippi State-Arkansas at 7 p.m. The night closes with the battle between California and Stanford.
Iowa battles Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, followed by top-ranked Clemson against Wake Forest. Tennessee takes on Missouri at 7:15 p.m. before Washington State hosts Colorado.
FoxSports1 offers Iowa State-Kansas State at noon and Arizona tangles with Arizona State at 3:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers West Virginia facing Kansas at noon, followed by Louisiana Tech-UTEP.
Lafayette tangles with Lehigh on MASN at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Ohio Valley action between Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State.
William & Mary tangles with Richmond at noon on Comcast, followed by UT-Chattanooga against Florida State.
NBC Sports network offers Brown-Columbia Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Game between Harvard and Yale Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Stars Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before Colorado comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers Cavaliers meeting the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Warriors-Clippers. The Spurs play the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Bulls-Warriors as the nightcap.
ESPN2 has four contests from the college court Thursday, starting with Miami-Mississippi State at 5 p.m. Utah takes on Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m., followed by Virginia against Bradley and SMU facing Stanford at midnight.
Sunday on ESPN brings a Feast Week game at 1 p.m., followed by four more on ESPN2 starting at 3:30 p.m.
St. Johns hosts Rutgers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Iowa-Marquette. Villanova takes on Akron in the NIT preseason tournament Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
George Washington takes on South Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, while MASN offers Nicholls State against Southeastern Louisiana. Oklahoma takes on McNeese State Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
Brown battles Providence on MASN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Mississippi meets Middle Tennessee Sunday at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
It’s Conference final time in the MLS, with Columbus against the Red Bulls on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by Dallas-Portland at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC has Liverpool facing Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Watford meets Manchester United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Tottenham Hotspur against West Ham United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Conference USA crowns its women’s volleyball champions Sunday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.

 


Beamer’s farewell tour

Frank Beamer has three more games scheduled on the Virginia Tech sideline.
Four if the Hokies win enough to become bowl eligible.
The final countdown for Beamer, who announced his retirement Nov. 2, begins Thursday on ESPN against Georgia Tech. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Hokies host North Carolina next week before closing out the season against Virginia in Charlottesville. Winning two of the three gets them to 6-6, and there’s a chance a 5-7 team might be selected to fill open bowl slots. Then Beamer’s 29-year tenure will come to a close.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Southern Cal visits Colorado at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS takes the early shift Saturday, showing Georgia against Auburn at noon before Alabama takes on Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Wake Forest on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Fox offers Stanford against Oregon at 7:30 p.m.
Ohio State heads to Illinois on ABC at noon. At 3:30 p.m., top-ranked Clemson visits Syracuse while Michigan-Indiana will be seen in other parts of the country. The game not seen over the air will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, Baylor faces Oklahoma.
Virginia meets Louisville on Comcast at 12:30 p.m., then it’s James Madison-Delaware at 4 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida facing South Carolina. Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. then Arkansas takes on LSU at 7:15 p.m. The day ends with Washington State-UCLA at 10:45 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan State on ESPN2 at noon. Memphis faces Houston at 7 p.m.
TCU tangles with Kansas at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas State-Texas Tech. In the nightcap, Arizona meets Utah at 10 p.m.
MASN2 brings Conference USA action, with Texas-El Paso visiting Old Dominion at noon before Florida International meets Marshall. Central Arkansas takes on Nichols State at 7 p.m. on MASN.
The Ravens start their second half of the season against Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Patriots-Giants in the late afternoon slot. The Redskins host the Saints on Fox at 1 p.m.
NFL Network brings the Jets and Bills Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Cardinals head to Seattle on NBC Sunday night, while the undefeated Bengals battling the Texans Monday on ESPN.
NASCAR sets the final four competitors for next week’s conclusion Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.  The Xfinity race will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m., with the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One visits Brazil, with the Brazilian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Capitals take on the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then Calgary comes to town Friday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers the Warriors and Timberwolves Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Clippers taking on the Suns.
The Wizards host the Magic on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
The college basketball season starts Friday when Iowa State faces Colorado on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ESPN has a twinbill, with Pittsburgh-Gonzaga at 7 p.m. followed by Texas against Washington.
MASN offers George Mason facing Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of Big East teams in action on MASN2, with Dartmouth meeting Seton Hall at 7 p.m. then Belmont heads to Marquette at 9 p.m.
Harvard faces Providence Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by Western Michigan-DePaul.
St. John’s takes on Wagner on FoxSports1 Friday at 6 p.m.
The road to the 2018 World Cup begins Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with the United States taking on St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
Bosnia-Herzegovina faces the Republic of Ireland in the first leg of the European qualifying Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Hungary meets Norway in their second leg Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN after their first meeting on FoxSports1 Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
MASN2 brings the Conference USA men’s championship Sunday at 2 p.m.


Hold that Tiger

The first College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday.
The ACC’s possible place in the final four might be determined Saturday.
ABC has undefeated Clemson’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles made the field last season, and their hopes of returning depend on pulling out a win at Death Valley.
Another set of Tigers – LSU – ranks second in the initial rankings. The Bayou Bengals take on Alabama on CBS at 8 p.m.
Baylor and defending champion Ohio State round out the first top four of the season. Five weeks of contests until the final field will be announced.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 when Baylor battles Kansas State. ESPN has Mississippi State’s trip to Missouri at 9 p.m., and ESPN2 brings Nevada-Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on SMU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ABC, and in primetime it’s Ohio State hosting Minnesota.
Arkansas takes on Mississippi on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and Fox has a battle with playoff implications between TCU and Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. before Utah tangles with Washington.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Vanderbilt facing Florida, then it’s Indiana-Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Michigan State heads to Minnesota at 7 p.m., with Arizona-Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
Duke meets North Carolina on ESPN2 at noon. Cincinnati clashes with Houston at 3:30 p.m. before Navy takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. California faces Oregon in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech on FoxSports1 at noon followed by Arizona State-Washington State.
Virginia meets Miami at 3 p.m. after Elon hosts William & Mary at noon on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers Cornell-Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. it’s Richmond against New Hampshire.
MASN shows action from the Ohio Valley Conference at 3 p.m., with Murray State facing Tennessee State. On MASN2, Florida Atlantic meets Western Kentucky at noon and it’s Marshall-Middle Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday night NFL goes back to only on NFL network, with the Bengals meeting the Browns. NBC has the Eagles’ trip to Dallas Sunday night, and the Bears take on the Chargers Monday night on ESPN.
The Redskins battle undefeated New England Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the Raiders’ trip to Pittsburgh. before the Colts clash with the Broncos.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the winner joining Jeff Gordon as members of the final four for the season’s championship. NBC has coverage at 2 p.m., and the Xfinity Series races Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
TNT offers Thunder-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. , with the Grizzlies taking on the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Rockets-Kings.
The Wizards take on the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Atlanta Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
MLS has the second leg of its conference semifinals Sunday. ESPN has Red Bulls-D.C. United at 3 p.m. followed by Columbus clashing with Montreal. The action shifts to FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m., with Dallas taking on Seattle before the nightcap featuring Vancouver and Portland.
AFC Bournemouth takes on Newcastle United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Aston Villa meets Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur.
FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday, with Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 1 p.m. followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Anderlecht.
Conference USA crowns its women’s champion Sunday at 11 a.m. on MASN2. FoxSports1 has finals from the Big East Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Big 12 at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the ACC field hockey tournament Thursday, starting with Duke-Virginia at 11 a.m. Boston College battles Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m. and Louisville faces North Carolina at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m
Wisconsin battles Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. in volleyball on ESPN2.