Ryder Cup time

The 21st century hasn’t been kind to the United States Ryder Cup teams.
With just one victory in the biennial contests since 1999, the United States will try to break through on home turf this weekend.
Friday’s action will be on Golf Channel starting at 9 a.m. NBC gets the play going Saturday at 9 a.m., with the final day’s matches at noon Sunday.
The Orioles close out a series with the Blue Jays Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then close out the regular season against the Yankees for the weekend.
The NL East Division champion Nationals gear up for the postseason against the Marlins on MASN2 after Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks.
The Blue Jays and Red Sox play Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Sunday at 3 p.m. on TBS.
Fox has Mets-Phillies and Pirates against the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Royals taking on the Indians at 4:15 p.m.
The Bengals take on the Dolphins Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on NFL network.
Sunday play starts early this week, with the Colts facing the Jaguars in London at 9:30 a.m. on CBS. Redskins host the Browns at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Fox brings Cowboys-49ers in the late afternoon slot.
The Steelers host the Chiefs on NBC at 8:20, with Giants-Vikings on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday as Houston hosts Connecticut at 8 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 offers Kansas against Texas Tech at 8:30 p.m.
There’s a top 10 battle in the Pac-12 Friday as Stanford meets Washington at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Toledo takes on BYU at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia opens conference play against Duke on the ACC network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State on ABC at noon, followed by Michigan-Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. Primetime brings the big matchup between Louisville and Clemson.
CBS brings Tennessee-Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
TCU meets Oklahoma on Fox at 5 p.m., then it’s Southern Cal-Arizona State at 8:30 p.m.
The day starts for ESPN at noon with Notre Dame’s contest with Syracuse at the Meadowlands and it’s Florida State-North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Top-ranked Alabama takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. before UCLA meets Arizona.
Miami meets Georgia Tech on ESPN2 at noon and Illinois faces Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. Boise State battles Utah State at 10:15 p.m.
Baylor battles Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
Comcast offers Georgia State against Appalachian State at noon, followed by Towson-Richmond.
NASCAR’s chase for the Cup visits Dover Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. while the Truck Series will be on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday at 2 p.m.
Canada tries to clinch the World Cup of Hockey Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. If necessary, the deciding game will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals prepare for the season with a contest against the Islanders Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast
Manchester United takes on Stoke City at 6 a.m. Sunday on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City and Burnley-Arsenal at 11 a.m.


Ice hockey heats up

It’s a few weeks until the NHL season starts.
But the best of the world have plenty to play for this weekend.
The World Cup of Hockey enters its elimination round Saturday, after a final night of pool play Thursday as Russia plays Finland at 3 p.m. on ESPN and the USA faces the Czech Republic at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has a semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., with the winners meeting in a best-of-three series starting Tuesday. Hope you weren’t expecting the United States to be in the final four – they are done after Thursday’s action.
Baseball’s postseason run continues, with the Orioles closing a series with the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Diamondback come to town for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals visit the Pirates on MASN for the weekend.
The NL Central champion Cubs host the Cardinals Friday afternoon on ESPN, Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. ESPN2 brings Yankees-Blue Jays Friday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers take on the Royals on Fox Saturday at 1 p.m. and TBS has the Yankees and Jays Sunday at 1 p.m.
Undefeated teams battle Thursday night on CBS, with the Texans taking on the Patriots.
The Ravens meet the Jaguars Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Steelers-Eagles. The Redskins try to bounce back against the Giants on Fox.
NBC brings the Cowboys and Bears Sunday night, with Falcons-Saints Sunday on ESPN.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Clemson battling Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.TCU takes on SMU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and it’s Utah-Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m.
The ACC network has Virginia Tech’s game with East Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ABC starts Saturday with Florida State-South Florida at noon, followed by Michigan hosting Penn State. In primetime, Stanford takes on UCLA.
Tennessee faces Florida on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
It’s Duke-Notre Dame on NBC at 3:30 p.m. and Fox offers Baylor-Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.
Georgia takes on Mississippi on ESPN at noon. Auburn battles LSU at 6 p.m. and Texas A&M tangles with Arkansas at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has Iowa-Rutgers at noon, then West Virginia hosts BYU. Arizona State meets California at 10 p.m.
Oregon State meets Boise State on FoxSports1 at 3:30 p.m.
Virginia tries to get its first win against Central Michigan at noon on Comcast. William & Mary hosts Elon at 7 p.m.
Iowa State takes on San Jose State at noon on MASN2.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity race goes Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck Series on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour’s top 30 golfers meet in the Tour Championship on NBC Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Manchester United faces Leicester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Hull City and Arsenal against Chelsea. West Ham United battles Southampton Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
The Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 brings New England’s clash with Columbus at 7 p.m.
Seattle meets Houston in women’s soccer Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast has Army-Navy in college soccer Friday at 7 p.m.
Chicago hosts a second round WNBA playoff game Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.


The Chase is on

There’s 10 races left in the NASCAR season.
And 16 drivers eligible to claim the championship.
The NASCAR Chase for the Cup playoffs open Sunday at Chicagoland, with coverage on NBC Sports network at 2:30 p.m.
Rookies Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon are among the 16 vying for the title, while Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski earned their way into the Chase with four victories already this season.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC, while the Truck Series hits the track on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The second week of NFL play opens Thursday on CBS when the Bills host the Jets at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins battle the Cowboys on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., while CBS offers Ravens-Browns at 1 p.m. and Colts against the Broncos at 4:25 p.m.
The Vikings host the Packers in their new stadium Sunday on NBC, while the Eagles visit the Bears Monday on ESPN.
The Orioles host the Rays in a four-game set starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games are on MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Saturday’s contest on MASN.
The Nationals visit the Braves on MASN Friday and Sunday, with Saturday’s game on Fox. The Red Sox and Yankees battle Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN, with Tigers-Indians on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:10 on TBS.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Houston’s visit to Cincinnati on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
Baylor battles Rice on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Arizona State against Texas-San Antonio on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday starts on ABC with a top 10 contest between Florida State and Louisville at noon. Oregon heads to Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. and in primetime it’s Stanford-USC.
Top-ranked Alabama meets Mississippi on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Fox has Ohio State taking on Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame tangles with Michigan State on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Appalachian State hosts Miami on ESPN at noon and Pittsburgh travels to Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. It’s Auburn-Texas A&M at 7 p.m. and Texas takes on California at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has Iowa-North Dakota State at noon. In primetime, LSU hosts Mississippi State at 7 p.m. before BYU plays UCLA at 10:15 p.m.
TCU takes on Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
Georgia Tech clashes with Vanderbilt on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting with South Carolina State against Clemson at noon. James Madison visits North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. before Navy takes on Tulane at 7 p.m.
Kansas State hosts Florida Atlantic on MASN2 at 2:30 p.m., with Texas Tech taking on Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m.
The World Cup of Hockey starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as the United States battles Europe on ESPN2.It’s North America-Finland Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 after Russia meets Sweden at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Manchester United starts its Europa League run against Feyenoord Thursday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In Bundesliga Soccer, FoxSports1 shows FC Koln against SC Freiburg Friday at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 9 a.m., it’s FC Bayern Munich facing FC Ingolstadt 04.
The United States women take on Thailand in an International friendly Thursday at 7:55 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Netherlands Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 has the championship match of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Thursday at 3 p.m.
Dallas plays Indiana in WNBA on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.


Gameday on track

College Gameday on ESPN also seeks the biggest games of the week.
This week, they visit the biggest venue.
NASCAR’s Bristol Motor Speedway put a football field in the middle of its track, and hosts Tennessee and Virginia Tech Saturday at 8 p.m. ABC has game coverage.
Michigan Stadium has held the college football attendance record for just over 115,000 in the stands for a game against Notre Dame. Around 150,000 are expected for the contest at Bristol, as the track infield becomes a playing field.
The college weekend starts Thursday with Southland Conference play between Incarnate Word and Northwestern State on MASN2 at 7 p.m. There’s ACC action between Louisville and Syracuse Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia heads west to take on Oregon on ESPN Saturday at 10:30 p.m. The network’s day begins at noon as Pittsburgh battles Penn State and TCU takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Michigan meets Central Florida on ABC at noon, followed by Tulsa-Ohio State at 3:30 p.m.
CBS offers Florida-Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. while Notre Dame has its home opener against Nevada on NBC. Fox has BYU battling Utah at 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska tangles with Nevada on ESPN2 at noon, followed by top-ranked Alabama against Western Kentucky. In primetime, South Carolina visits Mississippi State before Washington State meets Boise State in the nightcap.
FoxSports1 has Oklahoma State against Central Michigan at noon and it’s Baylor-SMU at 3:30 p.m. Texas Tech takes on Arizona State at 10 p.m.
The ACC network brings Troy against Clemson Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Kansas hosts Ohio on MASN2 at 2:30 p.m.
Florida State faces Charleston Southern at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast. Richmond tangles with Norfolk State at 6 p.m.
The NFL season starts on NBC Thursday with the Super Bowl champion Broncos hosting the Panthers.
CBS brings the Ravens’ opener against the Bills Sunday at 1 p.m., while Fox has Packers-Jaguars followed by the Giants’ visit to Dallas. New England takes on Arizona on NBC Sunday night.
The Redskins host the Steelers at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Rams-49ers in the nightcap.
The Nationals host the Phillies on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Coverage will be on MASN Friday and Saturday, moving to MASN2 Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles visit the Tigers on MASN2 Friday and Saturday, and MASN and TBS Sunday.
Fox returns to coverage Saturday afternoon, featuring Cubs-Astros and the Blue Jays battling the Red Sox. ESPN closes the weekend with Cubs playing the Astros Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup will be set after Saturday night’s race in Richmond. NBC Sports network has coverage at 7:30 p.m., after the Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour sets its 30-player field for the Tour Championship with this weekend’s BMW Championship on NBC Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN has the women’s semifinals of the U.S. Open Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday’s play starts with the Mixed Doubles championship at noon on ESPN2, followed by the men’s semifinals at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The women’s championship will be Saturday at 4 p.m., with the men’s final Sunday at 4 p.m.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Manchester United meets Manchester City on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 a.m., followed by Arsenal-Southampton. Liverpool battles Leicester City at 12:30 p.m., while CNBC carries Stoke City against Tottenham Hotspur.

 


College kickoff

Many college football teams dream of making the end of the season playoff field.
A few of those dreams will be dashed the first weekend of the season.
The big weekend begins on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. when South Carolina visits Vanderbilt. MASN shows Central Arkansas against Houston Baptist Thursday at 7 p.m.
It’s Colorado-Colorado State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and FoxSports1 offers Kansas State against eighth-ranked Stanford at 9 p.m.
Action Saturday starts at 7:30 a.m. from Ireland, with Georgia Tech taking on Boston College on ESPN2.
The ACC network carries Virginia Tech’s opener against Liberty Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Third-ranked Oklahoma faces number 15 Houston on ABC at noon, and fifth-ranked LSU battles Wisconsin at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field at 3:30 p.m. Top-ranked Alabama takes on Southern Cal from the Cowboys’ home in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
CBS has Texas A&M battling UCLA at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Michigan meeting Hawaii. Georgia tackles North Carolina in a top-25 contest at 5:30 p.m. and its second-ranked Clemson against Auburn at 9 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Missouri at noon on FoxSports1, with Arizona-BYU at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Boise State’s battle with Louisiana-Lafayette at noon and Towson tangles with South Florida at 7 p.m.
Alcorn State takes on Bethune-Cookman Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame tangles with Texas Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC and it’s fourth-ranked Florida State meeting Mississippi Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has the Ravens’ preseason against the Saints Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles host the Yankees for the weekend on MASN while the Nationals play the Mets on MASN2 Friday and Saturday.
FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Saturday, with the Rangers meeting the Astros at 4 p.m followed by Tigers-Royals. TBS offers the Giants’ visit to the Cubs Sunday at 2:20 p.m. and ESPN has Nationals against Mets Sunday at 8 p.m.
Darlington hosts NASCAR for Labor Day weekend, with the Southern 500 on NBC Sunday at 6 p.m. The Xfinity race goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and the Truck series goes Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
IndyCar’s Grand Prix at the Glen will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Boston Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC.
There’s second round play at the U.S. Open Thursday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 6 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s third round play Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 6 p.m. on ESPN2, continuing Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday begins the round of 16 at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Breeder’s Cup challenge has the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.