All sports weekend

It’s a busy weekend for the remote control as all four major sports leagues seek their share of the spotlight.
While baseball may end close the World Series Saturday at the earliest, the NFL nears its midpoint and NHL and NBA seasons continue early season action.
Fox has Game 3 of the World Series Friday, with the Astros hosting the Dodgers at 8 p.m. Los Angeles claimed the first game, with the Astros rallying to win Game 2 in extra innings.
The series continues Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday. If necessary, they will return to Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday if necessary.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday when the Ravens host the Dolphins on CBS.
The Chargers visit the Patriots on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. The 49ers meet the Eagles on Fox at 1 p.m., then the Cowboys and Redskins battle in the late afternoon slot.
The Steelers take on the Lions on NBC Sunday night, with ESPN showing the Broncos’ visit to Kansas City Monday night.
TNT brings the Celtics against the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., with Pelicans-Kings in the nightcap.
The Wizards battle the defending NBA champion Warriors Friday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and tangle with the Kings Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Capitals have a west coast Canadian swing this weekend, taking on the Canucks Thursday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. It’s off to Edmonton Saturday at 10 p.m. and Calgary Sunday at 9 a.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 9 p.m. when Stanford takes on Oregon State on ESPN.
Florida State tries to bounce back against Boston College Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and Tulsa takes on SMU on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Oklahoma State Saturday at noon on ABC, followed by either UCLA-Washington or TCU against Iowa State. The game not seen over the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
In primetime on ABC, it’s Clemson battles Georgia Tech or Texas Tech-Oklahoma with ESPN2 carrying the alternate contest.
Florida faces Georgia from Jacksonsville at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Fox has a top 10 Big Ten battle between Penn State and Ohio State at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Illinois-Wisconsin, then Northwestern meets Michigan State. Texas A&M takes on Mississippi State at 7:15 p.m. with Southern Cal-Arizona State in the nightcap at 10:45 p.m.
North Carolina tangles with Miami at noon on ESPN2. Hawaii hosts San Diego State at 11:15 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the battle of Kansas between the Jayhawks and Wildcats at 3 p.m. Minnesota meets Iowa at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia visits Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The ACC network offers Wake Forest-Louisville at 12:20 p.m.
Cornell clashes with Princeton on NBC Sports network at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has New Jersey high school football between Bergen Catholic against Don Bosco Prep Friday at 6 p.m.
NASCAR goes to Martinsville Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC brings the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m. after practice Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The MLS playoffs begin Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with Atlanta facing Columbus with a knockout round match. ESPN has a Western Conference semifinal match Sunday at 5 p.m.
Manchester United meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by West Bromwich Albion against Manchester City. Chelsea clashes with Bournesmouth on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Brighton & Hove Albion battles Southampton Sunday at 9:25 a.m. and NBC carries Everton-Leicester City at noon.
In the Bundesliga, Stuttgart meets Freiburg on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.


Bowl coming?

The Virginia Cavaliers host Boston College Saturday.
By the end of the homecoming weekend, they could be making plans to play in the postseason.
Standing 5-1, the Cavaliers can clinch a bowl berth when they meet the Eagles on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m.
Virginia has won four straight, including ACC contests against Duke and North Carolina. Boston College knocked off Louisville last week, but stands 3-4 on the season.
Houston hosts Memphis to start the college football weekend Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Marshall meets Middle Tennessee on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Colorado State-New Mexico. NBC Sports network offers Princeton against Harvard at 7 p.m.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State on ABC Saturday at noon, then Michigan State meets Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Second-ranked Penn State tangles with Michigan at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama hosts Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
NBC offers a top 25 battle between Notre Dame and Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
There’s a pair of Big 12 games on Fox, with Oklahoma-Kansas State at 4 p.m. followed by Kansas against TCU.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida State-Louisville. It’s Miami’s clash with Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. and LSU against Mississippi at 7:15 p.m. The slate closes at 10:45 p.m. with Washington State facing Colorado.
Northwestern heads to Iowa on ESPN2 at noon before Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. South Florida visits Tulane at 7 p.m. and Wyoming travels to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Iowa State faces Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Arizona State-Utah.
CBS offers the Chiefs and Raiders Thursday at 8:25 p.m.
It’s purple on purple as the Ravens visit the Vikings Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Bengals-Steelers. Fox has 49ers-Cowboys at 4:05 p.m. in the Fishersville area, with Saints-Packers in Charlottesville and southwest Roanoke.
The Steelers tangle with the Lions on NBC Sunday night, while the Redskins battle the Eagles Monday on ESPN.
North of the border, Hamilton visits Montreal Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s Georgia high school football on ESPN2 Thursday, with Dalton taking on Harrison.
The Yankees and Astros meet in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Game 7 if necessary Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Cubs try to stay alive in their series Thursday at 8 p.m. on TBS. A win sends the series back to Los Angeles Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Kansas Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the playoff field dropping from 12 to eight at the race’s conclusion.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
TNT offers the Knicks’ visit to Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Clippers-Lakers.
The Wizards host the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Cavaliers battle the Bucks on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with Warriors-Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Capitals visit the Red Wings Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus, then host the Panthers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports Washington has the Predators’ visit to Philadelphia Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the Europa League, Everton meets Olympique Lyonnais Thursday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Ham United tangles with Brighton & Hove Albion Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Huddersfield Town-Manchester United.
It’s Everton-Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool at 10:55 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the Bundesliga Sunday, with Koln-Werder Bremen at 7:25 a.m. and Hertha Berlin’s contest with Freiburg at 9:30 a.m.
There’s a women’s friendly between the United States and South Korea Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
The MLS regular season closes with games on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Marine Corps Marathon goes through the streets of Washington starting Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Texas tangles with Oklahoma in women’s volleyball on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.


Another big GameDay in Harrisonburg

James Madison hosted ESPN’s College GameDay in 2015.
The Dukes won the national title in 2016.
Unbeaten so far in 2017, they get another visit from Lee Corso and crew Saturday.
GameDay starts on ESPN Saturday at 9 a.m., after shots during ESPN programming Friday and early Saturday morning.
MASN covers the game Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Clemson visits Syracuse Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Washington State-California.
Michigan meets Indiana on ABC Saturday at noon, followed by Georgia Tech-Miami. In primetime, Southern Cal hosts Utah.
Auburn travels to LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina-Tennessee. It’s the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama hosts Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. Arizona State tangles with Washington at 10:45 p.m.
Duke hosts Florida State at noon on ESPN2 and Maryland meets Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Florida faces Texas A&M at 7 p.m. followed by
TCU takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, then Baylor battles Oklahoma State. It’s Ohio State-Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.
N.C. State travels to Pittsburgh at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Virginia-North Carolina.
The ACC network carries Boston College-Louisville at 12:20 p.m.
The NFL weekend gets underway Thursday on CBS with the Panthers facing the Eagles.
The Redskins host the 49ers on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., while CBS offers Patriots-Jets and the Steelers against the Chiefs in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the Giants and Broncos Sunday night, while the Colts visit the Titans on ESPN Monday at 8:30 p.m.
North of the border, Calgary clashes with Hamilton Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has high school football Thursday between Florida’s Carol City and Miami Northwestern at 8 p.m.
The American League Championship Series begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Houston taking on the Yankees on FoxSports1.
Game 2 is Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
Can the Cubs defend their World Series title? We’ll find out Thursday when they face the Nationals in the final game of their divisional round series on TBS at 9 p.m.
The Dodgers host the first two games of the National League Championship Series on TBS, starting Saturday at 8 p.m. with the second game Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Talledega hosts NASCAR for the weekend, with the Monster Cup Series going Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
The Capitals visit the Devils Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then take on the Flyers Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wild against Blackhawks Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
In college hockey, Notre Dame hosts Denver Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool takes on Manchester United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Crystal Palace-Chelsea. Everton clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Southampton takes on Newcastle United at 10:55 a.m.
The Red Bulls face Atlanta on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m., followed by Seattle-Dallas.
FoxSports1 has a U-17 World Cup contest between France and Honduras Saturday at 7:20 a.m.
Leverkusen meets Wolfsburg in the Bunesliga Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Oklahoma State tangles with Texas Tech Friday at 7 p.m. in women’s soccer on MASN2.


Hit the ice

The Capitals head north of the border to start another quest for the Stanley Cup.
The best regular season team the past two seasons, the Capitals visit Ottawa Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington before heading to Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals earned the most points the past two seasons, but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh in the conference semifinals both years.
NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Thursday, with the Wild against the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. before the Flyers face the Kings at 10 p.m.
The American League Divisional Series begins Thursday on FoxSports1 with Yankees-Indians at 7:30 p.m., after the Red Sox face the Astros at 4 p.m. on MLB network.
The National League Divisional Series get going on Friday on TBS, with Cubs-Nationals at 7:30 p.m. before the Dodgers battle the Diamondbacks at 10:30 p.m. FoxSports1 starts the day at 2 p.m. with the Red Sox and Astros, with Yankees-Indians on MLB network at 5 p.m.
The Nationals and Cubs meet for Game 2 Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dodgers-Diamondbacks at 9 p.m. The American League series will have Game 3 on FoxSports1 Sunday in Boston at 2:30 p.m. and New York at 7:30 p.m.
CBS has the Patriots’ trip to Tampa Thursday at 8:25 p.m.
The Ravens head west to meet the Raiders Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. The Cardinals visit the Eagles on Fox at 1 p.m., followed by Packers-Cowboys.
The Chiefs visit the Texans on NBC Sunday night, with Bears-Vikings on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. when Louisville visits North Carolina State.
ESPN has a pair of contests Friday, with Memphis meeting Connecticut at 7 p.m. before Boise State battles BYU.
Penn State travels to Northwestern Saturday at noon on ABC, followed by Notre Dame-North Carolina. Michigan meets Michigan State at 7:30 p.m.
Florida faces LSU at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Oklahoma takes on Iowa State at noon on Fox, then it’s Maryland-Ohio State at 4 p.m. Washington State goes against Oregon at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Georgia-Vanderbilt. Florida State faces Miami at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama takes on Texas A&M at 7 p.m. The nightcap features California and Washington at 10:45 p.m.
Clemson hosts Wake Forest at noon on ESPN2, followed by Minnesota-Purdue. Virginia Tech tries to bounce back against Boston College at 7:15 p.m. and it’s San Diego State-UNLV at 10:45 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Texas Tech-Kansas at noon. TCU takes on West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford faces Utah at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia takes on Duke on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
MASN offers Marshall meeting UNC-Charlotte at 6 p.m.
NASCAR’s Monster Series playoffs are now down to 12 racers in contention, with the next stage starting in Charlotte Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m. after practice Friday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards have a preseason game against the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. ESPN shows Kings-Lakers Sunday at 9 p.m.
The road to the World Cup continues Thursday at 2:30 p.m. when England faces Slovenia on FoxSports1. The United States meets Panama on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Mexico goes against Trinidad at 9:20 p.m.
England meets Lithuania on FoxSports1 Sunday at 11:25 a.m., followed by Germany against Azerbaijan. ESPN has Northern Ireland against Norway at 2:30 p.m.
The Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series continues with the Bourbon/Spinster Stakes Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.