Conference championship time

Four spots await in the college football playoff set for January 1.
Who goes, and where they go, gets decided this weekend.
The participants of the 2018 Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will be announced Sunday at noon on ESPN after the conferences crown their champions.
Coming into the weekend, Clemson holds the top spot. The Tigers face Miami in the ACC championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Second-ranked Auburn battles Georgia in the SEC championship game on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m.
Third-ranked Oklahoma takes on TCU in the Big 12 title tilt Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Big Ten finale matching No. 4 Wisconsin and Ohio State at 8 p.m.
If this week’s top four teams win, they advance. Any loss means the committee must do more sorting.
The weekend begins Friday with the Pac-12 championship game between Southern Cal and Stanford at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
In the American Conference, Memphis visits Central Florida at noon Saturday on ABC. Toledo takes on Akron in the MAC on ESPN, with North Texas against Florida Atlantic from Conference USA on ESPN2.
The Sun Belt Conference brings together Troy and Arkansas State on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. with Boise State against Fresno State in the Mountain West at 7:45 p.m.
The Redskins take on the Cowboys Thursday night on NBC.
Fox has the Ravens’ contest with the Lions Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Saints. CBS offers the Patriots against the Bills at 1 p.m.
It’s Eagles-Seahawks on NBC Sunday night and the Steelers visit the Bengals on ESPN Monday night.
The Wizards tangle with the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college court, Notre Dame meets Michigan State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and Missouri takes on Central Florida on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Texas Tech-Seton Hall at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina duels with Davidson Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 before Creighton meets Gonzaga.
Kentucky hosts Harvard Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Kansas-Syracuse. ESPN2 has Duke-South Dakota at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova’s contest with St. Joseph’s at 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Xavier Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Butler-St. Louis and Sacred Heart taking on St. John’s at 4:30 p.m.
N.C. State meets South Carolina State Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington.
North Carolina takes on Tulane Sunday at 2 p.m. and Seton Hall tangles with Louisville at 4:30 p.m.
In the Big Ten, Michigan State meets Nebraska Sunday at 4:30 p.m. before Georgetown hosts Coppin State on FoxSports1.
On the women’s court, Duke takes on Ohio State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday at 4 p.m. it’s top-ranked Connecticut against Notre Dame.
FoxSports1 has Baylor-Stanford Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals host the Kings on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Blue Jackets Saturday at 7 p.m.
The United States faces Canada in women’s ice hockey Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The 32 countries meeting in the 2018 World Cup find out their brackets Friday at 10 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Seattle and Houston meet in the MLS Western Conference finals Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Chelsea clashes with Newcastle Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool against Brighton & Hove Albion. NBC carries Manchester United against Arsenal at 12:30 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Southampton Sunday at 8:25 a.m. then its Manchester City-West Ham United.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hannover Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hertha Berlin meets Eintracht Sunday at 9 a.m. before Wolfsburg-B M’Gladbach at noon.
Tiger Woods returns to tournament play at the Hero World Challenge Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 1 p.m. and women’s slalom at 2:30 p.m. There’s men’s Super G Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Turkey Day Sports

The Washington Redskins have played nine times on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, for the first time they won’t have to travel.
The Redskins host at FedEx Field the Giants at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, after appearing on the holiday eight times against Dallas and once against Detroit.
The Lions start the holiday on Fox at 12:30 p.m., meeting the Vikings. The Chargers tangle with the Cowboys on CBS at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday’s play includes the Dolphins and Patriots at 1 p.m. on CBS and Rams-Saints at 4:25 p.m. Fox in Virginia will carry the Eagles against the Bears, with some places seeing Panthers-Jets and others getting the late game between the Seahawks and the 49ers.
The Steelers host the Packers on NBC Sunday night, with Texans-Ravens on ESPN Monday night.
ESPN2 carries the CFL’s Grey Cup Sunday at 6 p.m., with Calgary taking on Toronto.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia and Virginia Tech close out their regular seasons Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC has a Friday doubleheader, with Miami-Pittsburgh at noon and Central Florida taking on South Florida at 3:30 p.m.
Arkansas tangles with Missouri on CBS at 2:30 p.m., and Texas takes on Texas Tech on Fox at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Navy meeting Houston.
On FoxSports1, Baylor battles TCU at noon. It’s Iowa against Nebraska at 4 p.m. and California clashes with UCLA at 10:30 p.m
Alabama and Auburn meet in the Iron Bowl Saturday on CBS at 3:30 p.m. with a playoff berth in the SEC title game at stake.
Michigan meets Ohio State at noon on Fox, then Rutgers meets Michigan State at 4 p.m. It’s the Apple Cup at 8 p.m. between Washington and Washington State.
ABC starts its day at noon with Georgia-Georgia Tech. Wisconsin meets Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford hosts Notre Dame at 8 p.m.
Florida faces Florida State at noon on ESPN. West Virginia travels to Oklahoma at 3:45 p.m. and Clemson clashes with South Carolina at 7:30 p.m.
There’s a Hoosier State battle between Indiana and Purdue at noon on ESPN2, followed by Kansas State-Iowa State. Oregon takes on Oregon State at 7 p.m. and Utah State plays Air Force in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas clashes with Oklahoma State on FoxSports1 at noon before Ilinois-Northwestern at 4 p.m. It’s Utah-Colorado at 10 p.m.
The ACC network carries Syracuse-Boston College at 12:20 p.m.
Duke and Wake Forest clash on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the annual battle between Southern and Grambling State at 5 p.m.
The Wizards meet the TrailBlazers on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college court, ESPN has a semifinal in the Battle for Atlantis Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with Tennessee taking on Villanova. Then it’s three contests from PK80, with North Carolina-Portland at 2:30 p.m., Duke against Portland State at 4:30 p.m. and Michigan State meeting DePaul at 6:30 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its day at 11:30 a.m. with Missouri-Long Beach State, then heads to Atlantis at 3 p.m. for North Carolina State against Northern Iowa. Arkansas takes on Oklahoma at 5 p.m., followed by Butler-Texas and Florida facing Stanford at 10 p.m. Ohio State faces Gonzaga at 12:30 a.m.
FoxSports1 has George Washington against Xavier Thursday at 5 p.m., then Arizona State takes on Kansas State.
ESPN has semifinals from PK80 Friday at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., with another contest at midnight. The Battle for Atlantis championship will be Friday at noon on ESPN2, with the third place game at 2:30 p.m. Then there’s semifinals from the Advocare Invitational at 5 p.m. and Wooden Legacy at 7 p.m., with action from PK80 at 9 and 11:30 p.m.
At the Las Vegas Invitational, Fox has the championship Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by the third place game on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Miami meets North Florida Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and FoxSports1 has Boston College-Providence at 8 p.m.
The two divisions of PK80 have their third place contests on ESPN Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with championship games at 8:30 and 11 p.m. ESPN2 has fifth place games Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with the Advocare championship at 9:30 p.m.
Michigan meets California Riverside Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Temple takes on LaSalle at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals tangle with the Lightning Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

NBC has Penguins-Bruins Friday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
In the Europa League, FoxSports1 has Koln against Arsenal at 1 p.m. and Everton-Atalanta at 3 p.m.
West Ham United faces Leicester City Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s Huddlersfield Town against Manchester City Sunday at 10:55 a.m. Liverpool meets Chelsea Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Dortmund battles Schalke in the Bundesliga Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1, then Sunday Hamburg faces Hoffenheim at 9:30 a.m. and Koln takes on Hertha Berlin at noon.

Last laps

NASCAR will crown a new champion Sunday – and say farewell to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Four drivers have a chance to claim the 2017 Monster Cup when the flag drops at Homestead at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. both won three times during the playoff run, with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski taking one checkered flag in the last nine races. Whoever finishes best at Homestead claims the season crown.
The Xfinity Series has its finale on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The last Truck Series race goes on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the Steelers and Titans Thursday at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins visit New Orleans on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS offers Ravens-Packers at 1 p.m. with the Patriots’ contest against the Raiders in Mexico City in the late afternoon slot.
The Eagles take on the Cowboys on NBC Sunday night, with Falcons-Seahawks on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with South Florida hosting Tulsa. UNLV takes on New Mexico Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia travels to Miami on ABC Saturday at noon. It’s Ohio State-Illinois at 3:30 p.m. with USC-UCLA at 8 p.m.
CBS has a pair of SEC contests, with Mississippi State-Arkansas at noon followed by top-ranked Georgia hosting Kentucky.
Notre Dame battles Navy on NBC at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin at noon on Fox, then Michigan State takes on Maryland at 4 p.m. It’s off to the PAC-12 for Stanford-California at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas tangling with West Virginia. Oklahoma meets Kansas at 3:30 p.m., then LSU takes on Tennessee at 7 p.m. Utah meets Washington at 10:30 p.m.
Auburn faces Louisiana-Monroe at noon, then Kansas State takes on Oklahoma State. In primetime, Texas A&M meets Mississippi at 7 p.m. before Air Force faces Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with TCU on FoxSports1 at noon and Penn State battles Nebraska at 4:30 p.m.
The ACC network brings Virginia Tech against Pittsburgh at 12:20 p.m., with some areas getting Clemson’s clash with The Citadel.
William & Mary take on Richmond at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
MASN offers Lafayette-Lehigh at noon.
In college hoops, ESPN2 has four early season tournament games Thursday. Illinois State takes on South Carolina at 11:30 a.m., with Clemson-Ohio at 5 p.m. and Virginia Tech meeting Saint Louis at 7 p.m. The day closes with Providence against Washington at 9:30 p.m.
Nebraska takes on St. John’s Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 followed by Xavier-Wisconsin.
MASN2 brings Oral Roberts-Oklahoma Thursday at 8 p.m.
There’s tournament semifinals on ESPN2 from Charleston and Myrtle Beach Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., then the third place game from the 2K Sports Classic at 5 p.m. The champion of that tournament will be crowned at 7:30 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Maryland-Eastern Shore Saturday at noon on MASN2.
The Basketball Hall of Fame tip-off tournament championship will be Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2, after the third place game at 3 p.m. There’s championship action from Myrtle Beach at 7:30 p.m. and Charleston at 9:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Monmouth Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and FoxSports1 has Western Carolina-Minnesota Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
In women’s action, Maryland meets Connecticut on ESPN Sunday at 1:30 p.m
The Warriors visit Boston on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Rockets against the Suns at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Thunder and Spurs Friday at 8 p.m., with Pelicans-Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Wizards take on the Heat Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington before going to Toronto Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Capitals’ contest in Colorado Thursday at 9 p.m. and the Wild’s visit to Washington Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Leicester City-Manchester City. Watford clashes with West Ham United Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Bayern Munich battles Augsburg in the Bundesliga Saturday at 9 a.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Schalke-Hamburg Sunday at 9 a.m.

College hoops around the world

We know how the college basketball ends – with One Shining Moment after cutting down the nets.
The season starts with some long trips.
West Virginia and Texas A&M begin their hoop seasons with a top-25 battle in Germany. They meet on ESPN Friday at 6 p.m. from Ramstein Air Force Base.
It’s off to China at 11:30 p.m. (early Saturday there) with Georgia Tech facing UCLA in Shanghai.
Back in the States, MASN shows Grambling-VCU Friday at 7 p.m. while MASN2 has Morehead State against Xavier at 7 p.m. and Mount St. Marys meeting Marquette at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame visits DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
Seton Hall hosts Monmouth Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Kentucky takes on Vermont on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.
On the women’s side, top-ranked Connecticut meets Stanford Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The college football weekend begins Thursday on ESPN with North Carolina visiting Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Temple Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by BYU-UNLV. Washington takes on Stanford on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m. In the Ivy League, NBC Sports network shows Brown-Dartmouth.
Saturday starts on ABC at noon with either Boston College-N.C. State or Iowa State hosting Oklahoma State. The game not shown over the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
Unbeaten Wisconsin tries to fend off Iowa at 3:30 p.m. and it’s the top 10 battle between Notre Dame and Miami at 8 p.m
Ohio State and Michigan State battle at noon on Fox, followed by Southern Cal-Colorado at 4 p.m. and TCU taking on Oklahoma for Big 12 lead at 8 p.m.
CBS has a pair of contests, with Florida facing South Carolina at noon before top-ranked Georgia takes on Auburn.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back against Georgia Tech at 12:20 p.m. on the ACC network.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Arkansas visiting LSU. It’s Clemson-Florida State at 3:30 p.m. and second-ranked Alabama meeting Mississippi State at 7 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with Kansas State on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m., then Purdue clashes with Northwestern at 7 p.m. In the nightcap, Arizona hosts Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Nebraska meets Minnesota at noon on FoxSports1.
MASN shows Presbyterian’s contest against Liberty at 3:30 p.m. while James Madison meets Richmond on MASN2.
NBC takes over Thursday night coverage, with the Seahawks clashing with the Cardinals at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins face the Vikings Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, followed by Cowboys-Falcons. CBS offers Steelers against the Colts at 1 p.m., while areas around Washington will see the Texans tangle with the Rams at 4:05 p.m.
The Patriots visit Denver on NBC Sunday night, with Panthers-Dolphins on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, ESPN2 has CFL playoff semifinals Sunday. Ottawa faces Saskatchewan at 1 p.m. followed by Edmonton-Winnipeg at 4:30 p.m.
NBC has NASCAR’s Monster Cup race in Phoenix at 2:30 p.m., with the Xfinity race going Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Truck Series will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Formula One has its Grand Prix of Brazil Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
TNT offers Cavaliers-Rockets Thursday at 8 p.m. with Thunder against the Nuggets in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
The Lakers visit the Wizards on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. The Hawks come to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Bucks battle the Spurs on ESPN Friday at 9 p.m.
The Penguins tangle with the Capitals on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m., with Edmonton visiting Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Penn State Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Northern Ireland and Switzerland battle for a berth in the 2018 World Cup Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Sweden tangles with Italy on FoxSports1 Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women face Canada in an international friendly Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

Can Hokies handle the Hurricane?

The college football season enters its final month with a berth in the ACC championship likely on the line.
Virginia Tech travels to unbeaten Miami Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC. The Hokies have just one conference loss – to Clemson five weeks ago.
Saturday’s winner will likely claim the Coastal Division’s spot in the ACC championship and keep hopes of a national title alive.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. when Temple hosts Navy on ESPN.
Tulsa takes on Memphis Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, while FoxSports1 offers Utah-UCLA at 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports network offers Brown against Yale at 8 p.m.
Wisconsin travels to Indiana Saturday at noon on ABC, then Clemson visits North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m.
Fox has Penn State-Michigan State at noon followed by Stanford’s clash with Washington State. Michigan meets Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.
Two of the top four teams in the first bowl championship poll play at 3:30 p.m. Top-ranked Georgia meets South Carolina on CBS while Wake Forest visits number three Notre Dame on NBC.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas A&M taking on Auburn. Ohio State heads to Iowa at 3:30 p.m. with Texas tangling with TCU at 7:15 p.m. It’s Arizona-USC in the nightcap at 10:45 p.m.
Missouri meets Florida on ESPN2 at noon and West Virginia hosts Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. SMU battles Central Florida at 7:15 p.m. before BYU faces Fresno State at 10:45 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Kansas State against Texas Tech at noon, then it’s Bedlam with Oklahoma-Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Oregon takes on Washington at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The ACC network carries Florida State-Syracuse at 12:20 p.m.
Baylor battles Kansas on MASN2 at noon while Liberty hosts Duquesne at 3:30 p.m. on MASN.
The Jets take on the Bills Thursday at 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network.
The Redskins travel to Seattle Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on Fox. CBS offers Ravens-Titans at 1 p.m. before the Chiefs take on the Cowboys.
Miami hosts the Raiders on NBC Sunday night, and it’s Lions-Packers Monday night on ESPN.
NASCAR heads to Texas, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck Series on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
The Warriors visit the Spurs on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-TrailBlazers in the nightcap.
ESPN brings Cavaliers-Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. and the Thunder takes on the Celtics at 9:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visits Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
Arsenal takes on Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on FoxSports1 Thursday at 4 p.m.
Stoke City clashes with Leicester City Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Newcastle United against Bournemouth. Tottenham Hotspur faces Crystal Palace Sunday at 6:55 a.m., then it’s Manchester City-Arsenal and Chelsea meeting Manchester United.
The MLS playoffs continue Thursday at 10:30 p.m. as Seattle faces Vancouver on FoxSports1.
ESPN has the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday, with Toronto taking on the Red Bulls at 3 p.m. followed by New York City against Columbus at 5 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Koln meets Hoffenheim Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
The New York City marathon goes on ESPN2 Sunday at 9 a.m.