Getting ready for October

The baseball regular season ends Sunday with all 15 games starting at 3 p.m.
Will any postseason berths still be open?
Several division races were decided weeks ago, and the home fields for the divisional round have been clinched since mid-week.
The National League east champion Nationals have a four-game set with the Pirates to finish the regular season, with games on MASN.
The Orioles conclude their campaign with three games in Tampa Bay on MASN2.
Fox has a possible playoff preview between the Astros and Red Sox Saturday at 1 p.m., along with Blue Jays-Yankees. FoxSports1 shows the Brewers against the Cardinals at 4 p.m.
TBS will have coverage of the Mariners meeting the Angels, Dodgers-Rockies and the Tigers taking on the Twins Sunday.
CBS brings the Bears and Packers Thursday night at 8:25 p.m.
The Dolphins and Saints travel to London, with coverage on Fox at 9:30 a.m. The Cowboys host the Rams on Fox at 1 p.m., while CBS brings Ravens-Steelers and the Raiders against the Broncos at 4:25 p.m.
The Colts tangle with Seahawks on NBC Sunday night, then the Redskins take on the Chiefs Monday on ESPN.
The college football weekend starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN when Texas travels to Iowa State.
Duke duels with Miami Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Southern Cal-Washington State. Illinois clashes with Nebraska on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m. while Dartmouth meets Penn on NBC Sports network at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin hosts Northwestern Saturday at noon on ABC, then Florida State faces Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. Second-ranked Clemson takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Fox offers Michigan State-Iowa at 4 p.m. and Oklahoma State takes on Texas Tech at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Miami of Ohio on NBC Sports network at 5 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida-Vanderbilt. Auburn meets Mississippi State at 6 p.m. before top-ranked Alabama faces Mississippi.
It’s off to the ACC on ESPN2 at noon with North Carolina visiting Georgia Tech before Baylor battles Kansas State.  Central Florida goes against Memphis at 7 p.m. and the day closes at 10:30 p.m. with Colorado-UCLA.
Maryland meets Minnesota at noon on FoxSports1, then California clashes with Oregon at 10:30 p.m.
Syracuse battles North Carolina State on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
Holy Cross tangles with Lafayette at 1 p.m. on MASN.
ESPN2 has Texas high school football between Denton and Ryan Thursday at 8 p.m.
NBC carries the President’s Cup, with coverage Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and Sunday at noon.
NASCAR visits Dover for the weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while FoxSports1 has the Truck Series in Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
NBC Sports network shows the Grand Prix of Malaysia Sunday at 2:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 5 a.m. and practice Friday at 3 a.m.
The WNBA continues its Finals Friday at 9 p.m. as the Lynx face the Sparks on ESPN2. Game 4, if necessary, will be Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals continue their preseason in Carolina Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
FoxSports1 brings Everton against Apollon in the Europa League Thursday at 3 p.m.
Huddersfield Town takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Chelsea-Manchester City at 12:30 p.m. Arsenal meets Brighton & Hove Albion Sunday at 6:55 a.m., followed by Everton-Burnley and Newcastle United against Liverpool.
Schalke battles Leverkusen in the Bundesliga Saturday at 7 a.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Augsburg-Dortmund. Sunday, it’s Hertha Berlin facing Bayern Munich at 9:30 a.m.
In the MLS, Philadelphia faces Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN2 has women’s volleyball between TCU and Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ravens in London

The NFL has been playing regular season games in London since 2007.
The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been part of the action – until this weekend.
The Ravens take on the Jaguars Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in a contest that will stream on Yahoo.
The Jaguars have split their four appearances in London, with wins the past two years.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday on NFL network when the Rams visit the 49ers.
CBS has a pair of contests Sunday, with the Steelers meeting the Bears at 1 p.m. before the Packers taking on the Bengals. Fox brings the Giants and Eagles at 1 p.m.
The Redskins host the Raiders on NBC Sunday night, and it’s Cowboys-Cardinals on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, British Columbia hosts Hamilton Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. Calgary clashes with Saskatchewan Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
South Florida and Temple get the college football weekend started Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia tangles with Boise State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and it’s Utah-Arizona on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State at noon Saturday on ABC, with some areas showing that game on ESPN2 and Houston-Texas Tech on ABC.
ABC’s day continues when California clashes with Southern Cal at 3:30 p.m. and Iowa meets Penn State at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama visits Vanderbilt on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Fox brings Michigan-Purdue at 4 p.m. followed by Michigan State against Notre Dame.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Arkansas taking on Texas A&M, then it’s Oklahoma State-TCU. Georgia goes against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. with UCLA-Stanford at 10:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Clemson clashes with Boston College on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. It’s LSU-Syracuse at 7 p.m. before Hawaii takes on Wyoming at 10:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Georgia Tech on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
Central Florida travels to Maryland at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Baylor battles Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. and Colorado meets Washington at 10 p.m.
James Madison begins CAA play against Maine on MASN at 1:30 p.m.
Kent State visits Louisville on Comcast at noon.
The Orioles meet the Rays on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., moving over to MASN2 for the rest of the weekend.
The Nationals continue to gear up for the postseason, meeting Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. They meet the Mets over the weekend on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers Twins-Tigers Thursday at 7 p.m. The Cubs and Brewers get coverage Friday on ESPN, Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday on TBS, while Fox also shows Angels-Astros. ESPN closes the weekend with the Astros against Angels Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits New Hampshire Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series races in Kentucky Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series goes at New Hampshire on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
The 30 best golfers of the season gather for the PGA tour championship, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The NHL preseason gets going on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7:30 a.m. when the Kings face the Canucks. The Blues battle the Penguins Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host the Blues Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before taking on the Hurricanes Saturday at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Bundesliga play between Hannover and Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Crystal Palace. Brighton and Hove Albion goes against Newcastle United Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Atlanta tangles with Montreal in MLS play Sunday at 5 p.m. on Fox, and Portland visits Orlando on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Virginia takes on North Carolina on Comcast-plus Friday at 7 p.m.
Louisville takes on Florida State in women’s soccer on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s women’s volleyball between top-ranked Minnesota and Michigan State at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Michigan battles Wisconsin at 3 p.m. while Kansas and Kansas State meet Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Chase is on

Sixteen drivers have a shot at the NASCAR Monster Series Cup championship.
One is going for title number eight.
Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the playoff contenders hit the track at Chicagoland Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Johnson won his seventh championship last year, joining Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. with that number. He opens the playoff season in fifth place after winning three times during the first 26 races.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network  and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles have a four-game set with the Yankees starting Thursday on MASN.
The Nationals close out a series with the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, then host the Dodgers for the weekend. There’s coverage on MASN2 Friday, moving to Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Fox also offers Mariners-Astros Saturday, and the Royals visit the Indians on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday with the Texans visiting the Bengals on NFL network.
The Ravens battle the Browns on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings two contests –  the Eagles facing the Chiefs at 1 p.m. and Redskins against Rams at 4:25 p.m.
The Falcons open their new stadium against the Packers on NBC Sunday night, with the Lions taking on the Giants on ESPN Monday night.
Boise State faces New Mexico Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend.
Illinois visits South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by Arizona-UTEP.
UCLA travels to Memphis Saturday at noon on ABC, then BYU meets Wisconsin.  In primetime, Louisville hosts Clemson.
Florida faces Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Fox offers Army-Ohio State at 4:30 p.m. followed by Texas-USC.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Oklahoma State’s visit to Pittsburgh. Notre Dame goes against Boston College at 3:30 p.m., then Mississippi State meets LSU at 7 p.m. Mississippi takes on California at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia clashes with Connecticut on ESPN2 at noon, followed by North Texas-Iowa. Top-ranked Alabama takes on Colorado State at 7 p.m. and its San Jose State against Utah in the nightcap.
Nebraska battles Northern Illinois at noon on FoxSports1.
Duke takes on Baylor on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour’s playoff field will reach 30 after this weekend’s tournament on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Europa League contest between Arsenal and Koln Thursday at 3 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Brighton & Hove Albion Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Crystal Palace clashes with Southampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m.
Manchester United meets Everton Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Mainz 05 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim faces Her
Comcast brings ACC soccer between Boston College and Clemson Friday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and there’s practice Friday at 8:30 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with practice Friday at 5 p.m.

Week 1

It’s not fantasy – the reality of a new NFL season starts Thursday.
The 2017 season kicks off when the Super Bowl champion Patriots host the Chiefs on NBC.
The Patriots earned the right to host another season opener with their comeback win in Super Bowl LI. The Chiefs had the second-best record in the AFC last season before losing to the Steelers a week before the conference championship.
Fox has the first Sunday doubleheader of the season, with the Redskins hosting the Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Seahawks tangle with the Packers. CBS offers Ravens-Bengals at 1 p.m.
NBC begins its Sunday night coverage with Giants at Cowboys. ESPN has its season-opening twinbill on Monday night, with the Saints taking on Vikings at 7 p.m. followed by Chargers meeting the Broncos.
The college football weekend begins Friday when Oklahoma State takes on South Alabama on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Ohio meets Purdue on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s action on ABC starts at noon with Cincinnati-Michigan. Penn State battles with Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m., with Ohio State hosting Oklahoma in a top-10 contest at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
CBS starts its SEC coverage with Arkansas taking on TCU at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska heads to Oregon on Fox at 4:30 p.m., followed by Stanford-USC at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN begins its day at noon when Louisville visits North Carolina. In primetime, Auburn clashes with Clemson at 7 p.m. before Boise State meets Washington State.
Iowa and Iowa State tangle on ESPN2 at noon, then top-ranked Alabama takes on Fresno State. It’s South Carolina-Missouri at 7 p.m. with Utah’s contest with BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Oregon State hosts Minnesota at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Georgia Tech tangles with Jacksonsville State on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Charlotte’s clash with Kansas State. It’s Central Michigan against Kansas at 4 p.m. and Baylor battles Texas-San Antonio at 8 p.m.
The Orioles take on the Indians Friday on MASN, moving to Fox Saturday and ESPN Sunday night.
The Nationals host the Phillies for the weekend, with games on MASN Thursday, MASN2 Friday and moving back to MASN Saturday and Sunday.
Fox also shows Yankees-Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m., while TBS brings Dodgers against Rockies Sunday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR finalizes its Monster Cup playoff field at Richmond Saturday on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women taking the court Saturday at 4 p.m. and the men Sunday at 4 p.m. along with the women’s double title match Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s women’s semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and men’s semifinals Friday at 4 p.m., after doubles at noon on ESPN2.
Comcast has ACC soccer between Virginia Tech and Duke Friday at 7 p.m.
Manchester City meets Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it’s Arsenal-Bournemouth. Burnley battles Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Swansea City tangles with Newcastle United at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Freiburg faces Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Columbus clashes with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.