College football kickoff

Fire up the tailgate and the remote – college football gets going this weekend.
ESPN gets it going Thursday night when Northwestern visits Purdue at 8 p.m. Oklahoma State hosts Missouri State at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Fourth-ranked Wisconsin takes on Western Kentucky at 9 p.m. on ESPN with Stanford facing San Diego State on FoxSports1.
Top-ranked Alabama begins another title run on ABC Saturday at 8 p.m. against Louisville.
Notre Dame clashes with Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
ABC opens its day at noon with Ohio State-Oregon State, then it’s Washington against Auburn at 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma tangles with Florida Atlantic at noon on Fox, followed by North Carolina-California. Nebraska hosts Akron at 8 p.m.
West Virginia and Tennessee meet in Charlotte on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on Mississippi at noon on ESPN and Georgia hosts Austin Peay at 3:30 p.m. UCLA clashes with Cincinnati at 7 p.m. before BYU-Arizona at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Texas on FoxSports1 at noon and Arizona State hosts Texas-San Antonio at 10:30 p.m.
TCU takes on Southern on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
NBC Sports Washington has Georgia Tech against Alcorn State Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Miami meets LSU on ABC Sunday at 7:30 p.m. while ESPN2 shows Prairie View against North Carolina Central at noon.
Virginia Tech closes the weekend with a contest against Florida State on ESPN at 8 p.m. Monday.
The NFL preseason closes with the Redskins taking on the Ravens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Orioles visit Kansas City in the battle of this year’s bottom two teams, starting Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
The Nationals host the Brewers on MASN for the weekend.
FoxSports1 brings a pair of games Saturday, with Yankees-Tigers at 4 p.m. followed by the Rays’ contest with the Indians. The Cubs battle the Phillies on TBS Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and ESPN closes the weekend with the Angels visiting the Astros at 8 p.m.
Labor Day weekend means NASCAR visits Darlington. NBC Sports network has the Monster Series Southern 500 Sunday at 6 p.m. and the Xfinity Series Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
Formula One hits the track Sunday at 8:55 a.m. with the Italian Grand Prix on ESPN2.
The IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland goes Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN has second round play at the U.S. Open Thursday at noon, moving to ESPN2 at 6 p.m. The third round gets going on ESPN at noon Friday and 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has more third round play Saturday at 11 a.m., with round of 16 Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Atlanta United Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1
Leicester City faces Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Chelsea-AFC Bournemouth. Cardiff City clashes with Arsenal at 8:25 a.m. and it’s Burnley against Manchester United at 10:55 a.m.
Hannover 96 takes on Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Wolfsburg-Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Leipzig takes on Dusseldorf Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Schalke clashes with Hertha at noon.
Maryland meets Stanford in college soccer on FoxSports1 Friday at 6 p.m.
There’s a women’s soccer friendly between the United States and Chile Friday at 11:20 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Mystics and Dream play Game 4 of their WNBA playoff series Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network offers the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Preseason for NFL announcers

The third week of the NFL preseason means the starters see their most on-field action of August.
It also brings out the NFL broadcasters to warm up for September.
The third week begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with the World Champion Eagles facing Browns and top-pick Baker Mayfield on Fox.
CBS gets a pair of games, with Lions-Buccaneers Friday at 8 p.m. and the Saints visiting the Chargers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Bengals and Bills battle on Fox Sunday at 4 p.m., with the NBC team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth warming up their Sunday night slot with the Cardinals taking on the Cowboys.
Local coverage of the Redskins continues on NBC Sports Washington, with the Broncos visiting Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The college football season starts Saturday with a FCS contest between Jacksonville State and North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Wyoming takes on New Mexico State at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Yankees visit the Orioles for a four-game set, with games on MASN Friday before a day-night doubleheader Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Nationals host the Phillies Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, before taking on the Mets Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday afternoon on MASN. Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 brings the Braves against the Marlins Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Rays meet the Red Sox on TBS Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC. The third place game is on ESPN Sunday at 10 a.m.
The United States final will match Hawaii and either New York or Georgia Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, after the International final at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday has the elimination games on the international side at 3 p.m. and United States side at 7 p.m., with both on ESPN. Idaho meets Spain on ESPN at 11 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
The PGA tour playoffs begin with the Northern Trust Open. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Orlando City faces Atlanta United in MLS play Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Galaxy against Los Angeles FC.
D.C. United meets the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m. before Portland plays the Sounders.
The Wolverhampton Wonders meet Manchester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Arsenal-West Ham United.
Liverpool takes on Brighton Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
It’s Watford against Crystal Palace Sunday 8:30 a.m. and Newcastle United clashes with Chelsea at 10:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Wolfsburg faces Schalke Saturday at 9 a.m. before Borussia meets Leverkusen at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at 9:30 a.m. it’s Mainz against Stuttgart and Dortmund takes on Leipzig on Fox at noon.
NBC Sports network has the Xfinity Series from Road America Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Truck Series goes on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The IndyCar series visits Illinois Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Friday at 5 p.m.
ESPN2 brings the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 9:05 a.m. after qualifying Saturday at 8:55 a.m.
With the U.S. Open beginning Monday, the final Open series events conclude this weekend. The championship of the Connecticut Open will be Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, with the Winston-Salem Open final at 5 p.m.
ESPN2 has the semifinals from Connecticut Friday at 3 and 7 p.m., with a semifinal at Winston-Salem at 9 p.m.
There’s high school football on ESPN Saturday at noon as Pinson Valley tangles with Hoover at noon followed by Cedar Grove against Hewitt-Trussville
The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Dematha facing St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida.
ESPN offers Phillips of Illinois against Pickerington Central of Ohio Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The WNBA playoffs continue Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with Sparks meeting the Mystics followed by Phoenix against the Sun at 8:30 p.m. The winners advance to the semifinals starting Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Weekend at Thunder Valley

NASCAR has its big weekend at the small track, with Bristol hosting the series at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
The flag drops Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
With six wins so far this season, Kyle Busch leads the points race with three to go until the start of playoffs. Kevin Harvick stands in second after taking the checkered flag seven times, followed by Martin Truex Jr.
The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying at 3:30 p.m. after the Truck Series Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.
The IndyCar series visits Pocono Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles visit Cleveland for the weekend on MASN, with Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. also on FoxSports1.
The Nationals battle the Cardinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before hosting the Marlins on MASN2 for the weekend.
FoxSports1 offers the Brewers against the Cardinals Saturday at 7 p.m. The Yankees take on the Blue Jays Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS, with the Mets facing the Phillies in Williamsport on ESPN Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Little League World Series begins Thursday with Puerto Rico against South Korea at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Staten Island, New York takes on Iowa at 3 p.m. followed by Mexico-Australia. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Texas-Rhode Island.
Spain battles Japan in Friday’s first game at 2 p.m. on ESPN. Michigan meets Idaho at 4 p.m. before Canada-Panama and Hawaii takes on Georgia at 8 p.m.
The losers take the field Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, then ABC has the United States losers from Thursday at 3 p.m. ESPN resumes coverage Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m., with winner’s games Sunday at 9, 11 and 1 p.m. on ESPN and 2 p.m. on ABC.
Games continue through next Sunday’s championship game.
The Junior League has its final Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
ESPN kicks off its NFL preseason coverage Thursday at 8 p.m. when the Jets visit the Redskins. The Ravens take on the Colts on ESPN Monday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, Montreal takes on Edmonton on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 p.m.
In MLS play, Seattle faces the Galaxy on ESPN Saturday at 4 p.m. D.C. United takes on the Revolution on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Cardiff City faces Newcastle United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
Manchester City meets Huddersfield Town Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Brighton & Hove Albion against Manchester United.
CBS offers the Wyndham Championship from Greensboro Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox has the championship of the U.S. Amateur Sunday at 4:30 p.m., after the semifinals Saturday at noon. FoxSports1 has the quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. and round of 16 Thursday at 7 p.m.
The US Open Series continues with the Western and Southern Open Thursday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more round of 16 play Thursday at 9 p.m., with quarterfinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has semifinal play Saturday at noon and 7 p.m., with finals Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Mystics meet the Lynx in the WNBA Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Budds Creek National motorcycle race will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the U.S. Gymnastics Championship Thursday at 8 p.m.

Major move

The 100th PGA Championship tees off Thursday – for the last time as the final major of the season.
Starting in 2019, the tournament will move to May as the PGA reshuffles its schedule.
Tiger Woods continues this quest for his 15th major title with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. With different winners at each of the first three majors, several golfers can claim the title of season’s best starting this weekend.
The NFL preseason gets going in full force, with all 32 teams in action. The Redskins take on the Patriots Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
North of the border, ESPN2 has Edmonton against British Columbia Thursday at 10 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Rays Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday on MASN.
The Nationals visit Wrigley Field on MASN Friday and Saturday, with FoxSports1 also carrying Saturday’s game. The series concludes on ESPN Sunday night.
FoxSports1 has the Brewers battling the Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., with Mariners-Astros on TBS Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
ESPN continues the road to the Little League World Series, with six games scheduled for Thursday. There’s a Midwest semifinal at 11 a.m., followed by New England at 1 p.m. and Northwest at 3 p.m. A Great Lakes semifinal will be at 5 p.m., with the Middle Atlantic at 7 p.m. and Hawaii against Nevada at 9 p.m.
There’s six more semifinals Friday starting at 11 a.m.
Tickets to Williamsport will be given Saturday, with the Midwest final at 11 a.m. and New England at 1 p.m. The Northwest Region crowns its champion at 3 p.m., followed by the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic. The day concludes with the West Regional final at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Michigan, with the Monster Cup Series race Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series races in Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Premier League season gets underway Friday at 2:55 p.m. with Manchester United facing Leicester City on NBC Sports network. Newcastle United takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Huddersfield Town-Chelsea.
Liverpool clashes with West Ham United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Arsenal meets Manchester City.
Toronto takes on New York City in the MLS Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 brings D.C. United against Orlando Sunday at 8 p.m., followed by Seattle-Dallas.
The United States semifinals of the Jr. NBA World Championship from Orlando are on Fox Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m.
The girls championships of the International and U.S. brackets will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with boys bracket finals Saturday at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The girls world championship will be on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with the boys final at 4:30 p.m.
In the WNBA, the Mystics take on Dallas Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. ESPN2 offers the Sparks and Mercury Sunday at 7 p.m.
The U.S. Open Series continues with the Rogers Cup. The women’s final will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with the men’s championship at 4 p.m.
The round of 16 will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with quarterfinals Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. and semifinals Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Arlington Million Saturday at 6 p.m.

Ravens in Canton

Ray Lewis dances into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Ravens’ linebacker, who led the team to victory in Super Bowl XLVII in his final contest, joins six other new members of the Hall of Fame for Saturday’s induction ceremony. NFL Network and ESPN have coverage at 7 p.m.
The Hall of Fame weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Ravens facing the Bears on NBC. It’s the first time the Ravens have played in the game, while the Bears have won their four visits.
North of the border, Ottawa faces Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montreal meets Hamilton Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The new-look Orioles travel to Texas for a four-game series starting Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
MASN has the Nationals’ series with the Reds beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Red Sox and Yankees battle for the AL East lead Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Angels and Indians tangle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:10 p.m.
Senior League baseball crowns its champion Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and it’s the Intermediate League final Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Junior League softball championship will be Sunday at noon on ESPN2, with the Senior League softball title game on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Monster Series visits Watkins Glen, with coverage on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Atlanta United takes on Toronto in MLS action Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Los Angeles FC meets the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6 p.m.
The International Champions Cup continues Saturday at 2 p.m. with Internazionale facing Olympique Lyonnais on ESPN before Real Madrid tangles with Juventus at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN offers the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m., with the final Friday at 9 p.m.
The Sparks battle the Lynx Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the World Championship of Golf Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The U.S. Open tennis series continues with the semifinals of the Silicon Valley Classic Saturday at 4 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The championship is Sunday at 5 p.m.
World Team Tennis has its championship Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup Challenge Series Saturday at 5 p.m.