Trying to win over there

The United States Ryder Cup team will try to do something not done since 1993 this weekend – win on foreign soil.
The 2018 Ryder Cup starts Friday on Golf Channel from Le Golf National in Paris. NBC takes over coverage Saturday at 3 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m.
In the past 25 years, the United States team has only won three times on home soil against eight victories by the European squad.
Tiger Woods, fresh of the win at the Tour championship, is one of the captain’s choices on the 12-man United States team. He last participated in the Ryder Cup in 2012, going 0-3-1.
The baseball regular season closes for the Orioles with a four-game set against the AL West champion Astros on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Rockies on MASN2 for the weekend.
ESPN has a pair of contests Friday, with Cardinals-Cubs at 2:20 p.m. and the Yankees meet the Red Sox at 7 p.m. Fox has either Yankees-Red Sox or Cardinals against Cubs Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Tigers take on the Brewers at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
All Sunday games start at 3:05 p.m., with TBS carrying Red Sox against Yankees.
Fox debuts its Thursday night package with the Vikings’ visit to the Rams at 8:20 p.m.
CBS has the Bengals’ contest with the Falcons at 1 p.m. followed by Saints-Giants. The Eagles take on the Titans on Fox at 1 p.m.
The Ravens meet the Steelers Sunday on NBC, and it’s Chiefs-Broncos on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
North of the border, Saskatchewan battles Montreal on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. as Miami meets North Carolina on ESPN. Tulane takes on Memphis Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and FoxSports1 has UCLA-Colorado at 9 p.m.
Clemson clashes with Syracuse on ABC Saturday at noon and Baylor battles Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Ohio State travels to Penn State.
Georgia takes on Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Northwestern on Fox at 4:30 p.m. before BYU faces Washington at 7:30 p.m.
NBC has the top 10 matchup between Stanford and Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia tangles with North Carolina State on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas A&M facing Arkansas. Florida faces Mississippi State at 6 p.m. before LSU tangles with Mississippi at 9 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on West Virginia at noon on ESPN2 and Florida State visits Louisville at 3:30 p.m. It’s Virginia Tech against Duke at 7 p.m. and Arizona hosts Southern Cal in the nightcap.
FoxSports1 offers Central Michigan-Michigan State at noon, then it’s Texas-Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. Oregon clashes with California at 10:30 p.m.
Bowling Green battles Georgia Tech at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Rice-Wake Forest. NBC Sports Washington has James Madison-Richmond at 3 p.m.
Charlotte hosts NASCAR for the weekend, with the Monster Series on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Russian Grand Prix goes Sunday at 7:05 a.m. on ESPN2, after qualifying Saturday at 7:55 a.m.
The Capitals continue preseason play against Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m.
West Ham United battles Manchester United on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester City against Brighton & Hove Albion. Chelsea clashes with Liverpool at 12:25 p.m.
The Red Bulls meet Atlanta United Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin takes on Bayern Munich Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim faces Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Eintracht Frankfurt-Hannover Sunday at 9:30 a.m
Southern Cal takes on Stanford in women’s volleyball on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m. Friday.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup Challenge Series Saturday at 7 p.m.
In NBA preseason action, the Lakers tangle with the Nuggets on ESPN Sunday at 9:30 p.m. The women’s World Cup championship will be on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m.


Best of the links

The best 30 golfers in the world look to end the season on a high note – at the PGA championship.
There’s $10 million on the line for the event winner, depending on how other golfers do over the weekend. Bryson DeChambeau leads the field with the best chance to win, with Tiger Woods 20th among the 30 golfers.
NBC has final round coverage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
There’s a potential baseball postseason preview this weekend with the Red Sox meeting the Indians Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox has the Giants against the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m., with other areas getting Phillies-Braves.
The Orioles visit the Yankees for the weekend on MASN, with Sunday’s game also on TBS.
The Nationals take on the Mets Thursday on MASN, moving to MASN2 for the rest of the weekend.
NFL network has the Browns’ contest with the Jets Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Ravens host the Broncos on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has Redskins-Packers at 1 p.m. followed by the Cowboys’ clash with Seattle.
The Patriots visit the Lions on NBC Sunday at 8:20 p.m., with Steelers-Buccaneers Monday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when Tulsa takes on Temple on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Central Florida hosts Florida Atlantic Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Washington State-USC. Penn State visits Illinois on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame travels to Wake Forest on ABC Saturday at noon. Georgia Tech takes on Clemson at 3:30 p.m. and it’s Stanford-Oregon in primetime.
Top-ranked Alabama takes on Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Texas tangles with TCU on Fox at 4:30 p.m. followed by Iowa-Wisconsin.
Virginia starts ACC play against Louisville at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. James Madison hosts William & Mary at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Georgia’s contest with Missouri, followed by West Virginia-Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. It’s Florida-Tennessee at 7 p.m. and Washington meets Arizona State in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
Boston College battles Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, and Miami meets Florida International at 3:30 p.m. Kentucky tangles with Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Air Force faces Utah State at 10:15 p.m
The ACC network offers North Carolina-Pittsburgh at 12:20 p.m.
Michigan meets Nebraska at noon on FoxSports1. Baylor battles Kansas at 3:30 p.m. then Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond for the second race of the playoff slate. The Monster Series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Xfinity Series Friday 7:30 p.m.
In the MLS, Philadelphia faces Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Sounders take on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Fulham faces Watford in the Premier League Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Southampton. NBC has Brighton’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m.
West Ham United battles Chelsea at 8:25 a.m. Sunday before Arsenal’s contest with Everton.
ESPN2 has Italian Serie A soccer between Napoli and Torino Sunday at 6:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim faces Borussia Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leverkusen takes on Mainz Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Eintracht Frankfurt-Leipzig at noon.
Virginia Tech faces N.C. State in college soccer Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NHL preseason continues Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Capitals taking on the Canadiens on NBC Sports Washington before Friday’s contest with Carolina at 7:30 p.m.


Playoff run

NASCAR’s home is in the Southeast. But its 10-race playoff run begins far from the dangers of Hurricane Florence.
Las Vegas hosts the Monster Series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sixteen NASCAR drivers have a chance at the overall championship for 2018.
But three have dominated the first 26 races – Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. has combined for 17 wins so far in 2018.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 9 p.m.
Hurricane Florence has many event in flux throughout the weekend.
As the baseball playoffs loom, Fox brings back Saturday afternoon baseball with the Dodgers at Cardinals and Nationals’ visit to Atlanta Saturday at 1 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Twins’ contest with the Royals Saturday at 7:15 p.m., and TBS brings the Diamondbacks against the Astros Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ESPN closes the weekend with Dodgers-Cardinals Sunday at 8:05 p.m.
The Orioles face the A’s Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and host the White Sox for the weekend.
The Nationals face the Braves on MASN2 Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.
NFL network has its first Thursday night game this week, with the Ravens visiting the Bengals at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins open their home season against the Colts on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., with Patriots-Jaguars in the late afternoon slot. Fox in Virginia shows the Vikings against the Packers, with northern Virginia airing the Cardinals clash with the Rams.
The Cowboys tangle with the Giants on NBC Sunday at 8:20 p.m., and the Seahawks meet the Bears on ESPN at 8:15 p.m.
The college football season starts Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  as Wake Forest hosts Boston College on ESPN.  James Madison has its home opener against Robert Morris on NBC Sports Washington at 6 p.m.
Georgia State meets Memphis on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma tangles with Iowa State at noon on ABC and BYU faces Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Ohio State heads to TCU.
Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilt on NBC at 2:30 p.m.
CBS offers LSU’s contest against Auburn at 3:30 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on Houston at 4:15 p.m. on Fox and it’s Texas-Southern Cal at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Syracuse-Florida State. Oklahoma State tangles with Boise State at 3:30 p.m. before top-ranked Alabama travels to Mississippi at 7 p.m. Washington meets Utah in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Toledo takes on Miami at noon on ESPN2, followed by Virginia against Ohio from Nashville at 4:30 p.m. It’s Georgia-Middle Tennessee at 7:15 p.m.
Penn State hosts Kent State on FoxSports1 at noon, then Duke duels with Baylor at 3:30 p.m. UCLA and Fresno State close the night at 10:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has Georgia Tech’s game with Pittsburgh at noon and Louisville meets Western Kentucky at 7:30 p.m.
Rutgers takes on Kansas at noon on MASN2.
D.C. United meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Orlando FC takes on Chicago Sunday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1
Bayern Munich battles Bayer Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 8:55 a.m., with qualifying Saturday at 8:55 a.m.


Week 1

The Eagles decided not to visit the White House after winning Super Bowl LII.
But they get another championship perk – opening at home Thursday on NBC.
The Eagles battle the Falcons to kick off the 99th season of NFL football with backup quarterback Nick Foles still at the helm while Carson Wentz continues to heal.
The Ravens open their season against the Bills Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Fox has the Giants’ contest with the Jaguars before the Redskins take on the Cardinals.
NBC starts its Sunday night package with the Bears visiting the Packers at 8:20 p.m.
The ESPN slate begins Monday at 7:10 p.m. when the Lions take on the Jets. The Raiders and Jon Gruden meet the Rams in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
The college football weekend kicks off Friday with TCU taking on SMU on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
ABC starts Saturday with either Georgia Tech-South Florida or Arizona against Houston at noon. The game not seen over the air will be on ESPN2.
Nebraska tangles with Colorado at 3:30 p.m. and in primetime Penn State plays Pittsburgh.
Oklahoma takes on UCLA on Fox at 1 p.m., followed by Iowa-Iowa State at 5 p.m. and Stanford’s contest with Southern Cal at 8:30 p.m.
South Carolina opens the SEC season against Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Notre Dame battles with Ball State on NBC at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN opens its day at noon with Mississippi State visiting Kansas State. Clemson clashes with Texas A&M at 7 p.m. and Arizona State hosts Michigan State at 10:45 p.m.
Alabama faces Arkansas State on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Western Michigan on FoxSports1 at noon, and it’s Minnesota-Fresno State at 7:30 p.m.
Florida State faces Samford on the ACC network at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington brings North Carolina State against Georgia State at 12:30 p.m. and Fordham faces Richmond at 6 p.m.
Delaware meets Lafayette on MASN at 3:30 p.m.
It’s one last chance to reach the NASCAR playoffs this weekend, as the Monster Series visits Indianapolis Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles travel to Tampa Bay for the weekend on MASN2.
The Cubs visit the Nationals for a four-game set on MASN, with Sunday’s finale also on TBS.
FoxSports1 has the Astros-Red Sox Saturday at 4 p.m. and the two teams tangle again on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.

The PGA tour pl
ESPN has the men’s championship of the U.S. Open Sunday at 4 p.m. The women’s final is Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the women’s doubles championship is on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
The semifinals are Thursday for the women and Friday for the men.
The United States has an international friendly with Brazil Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.