Conference championship time

Notre Dame’s regular season has ended and it looks like they will be part of the four-team college playoff field.
Who will join them?
ESPN has the official announcement Sunday at noon after the conferences hold their championships this weekend.
Fox has the Pac 12 title game Friday at 8 p.m. with Utah facing Washington.
In the MAC, Buffalo battles Northern Illinois on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama takes on Georgia in the SEC championship game on CBS at 4 p.m.
Clemson clashes with Pittsburgh in the ACC championship at 8 p.m. on ABC.
In the Big 12, Texas tangles with Oklahoma at noon on ABC. The Sun Belt finale matches Louisiana and Appalachian State on ESPN at noon.
Central Florida looks to continue its unbeaten season in the American Conference final against Memphis at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
It’s the Mountain West championship between Fresno State and Boise State at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.
Ohio State battles Northwestern on Fox at 8 p.m. for the Big Ten crown.
The Saints look to continue their winning streak against the Cowboys Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on Fox.
CBS has Jim Nantz and Tony Romo catching the Ravens’ contest with the Falcons Sunday at 1 p.m. The Giants take on the Bears on Fox at 1 p.m., followed by Vikings-Patriots.
The Steelers host the Chargers on NBC Sunday night, with Redskins-Eagles on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
The MLS conference finals take place Thursday, with Atlanta against the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sporting Kansas City battling Portland at 9:30 p.m.
Cardiff City clashes with the Wolverhampton Wanders Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.Manchester City meets Bournemouth Saturday at 9:55 a.m.
There’s three matches Sunday on NBC Sports network, starting with Chelsea-Fulham at 6:55 a.m. Arsenal faces Hottenham Hotspur at 9 a.m. then it’s Liverpool-Everton.
In the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen faces Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leipzig battles M’gladbach Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Eintracht against Wolfsburg.
TNT has the Warriors’ contest with the Raptors Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Clippers-Kings.
The Rockets take on the Spurs on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Nuggets-TrailBlazers as the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the 76ers on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and take on the Nets Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, Central Michigan tangles with TCU Friday at 7:30 p.m. on MASN2.
Fox has Louisville-Seton Hall Saturday at noon, then top-ranked Gonzaga meets Creighton. It’s Southern Cal-Nevada at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Purdue on ESPN Saturday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Stanford-Kansas.
ESPN2 has five college contests Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. with UNC-Greensboro against Kentucky. Villanova faces LaSalle at 3 p.m. and Vanderbilt battles North Carolina State at 5 p.m. It’s Stetson-Duke at 7 p.m. with Oregon against Houston in the nightcap.
Oakland battles Xavier Saturday at noon on FoxSports1. Marquette meets Kansas State at 2:30 p.m. and Rhode Island plays Providence at 5 p.m.
Temple takes on St. Joseph’s Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wake Forest-Richmond.
Arizona clashes with Connecticut on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the women’s court, Iowa meets Notre Dame on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. FoxSports1 has Texas taking on Mississippi State Sunday at 2 p.m. before Tennessee-Oklahoma State.
The Capitals tangle with the Devils Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus, and host the Ducks Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts RPI Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 12:30 p.m., with men’s downhill Saturday at 1 p.m. and women’s downhill at 2 p.m. The women’s giant slalom takes place Sunday at 2 p.m.


Turkey Day sports

How long as it been since Virginia beat Virginia Tech on the gridiron?
Babies born that day are thinking about getting their drivers licenses in the next year.
The Cavaliers hope to end the 15-year drought Friday at 3:30 p.m. when they face the Hokies on ABC.
Virginia enters the contest with a better record, 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Hokies stand 4-6, with bowl hopes pending on a victory and makeup contest Dec. 1 for a game postponed by Hurricane Florence.
Virginia won the 2003 contest 35-21, and last won at Blacksburg in 1998.
The NFL has a slate of three contests on Thanksgiving, starting at 12:30 p.m. when the Bears visit the Lions on CBS. The Cowboys battle the Redskins on Fox at 4:30 p.m., with Falcons-Saints in the nightcap on NBC.
The Ravens host the Raiders Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by the Steelers’ clash with the Broncos. The Giants tangle with the Eagles on Fox at 1 p.m.
The Packers meet the Vikings on NBC Sunday night, with Texans-Titans the contest on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, Ottawa battles Calgary for the Grey Cup on ESPN2 Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m.
Houston meets Memphis Friday at noon on ABC.
Fox has Nebraska against Iowa Friday at noon, with the Apple Cup matching Washington and Washington State at 8:30 p.m
Missouri tangles with Arkansas on CBS at 2:30 p.m.
Texas tangles with Kansas on FoxSports1 at noon, followed by Oregon-Oregon State.
Central Florida clashes with South Florida on ESPN at 4 p.m., then Oklahoma takes on West Virginia.
Top-ranked Alabama takes on Auburn in the Iron Bowl Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Michigan meets Ohio State on Fox at noon followed by Rutgers-Michigan State at 4 p.m. TCU takes on Oklahoma at 8 p.m
Florida faces Florida State at noon on ABC and Maryland clashes with Penn State at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, it’s third-ranked Notre Dame against Southern Cal.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Syracuse-Boston College, followed by Miami-Pittsburgh. Second-seeded Clemson faces South Carolina at 7 p.m., with Boise State-Utah State in the nightcap.
It’s Purdue against Indiana on ESPN2 at noon and Wisconsin tangles with Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. Kentucky clashes with Louisville at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech battles Baylor on FoxSports1 at noon, then it’s out west for Arizona-Arizona State. Iowa State faces Kansas State at 7 p.m. and BYU battles Utah at 10 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina against North Carolina State at 12:20 p.m.
Southern and Grambling State battle on NBC Sports network at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wizards’ contest with the Raptors Friday at 7:30 p.m. and home game with the Pelicans Saturday at 8 p.m.
In the Developmental League, NBC Sports Washington has Canton’s clash with Capital City Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, ESPN has the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday at 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Villanova faces Canisius Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Oklahoma State-Memphis. There’s a pair of contests from the Battle 4 Atlantis at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Hawaii takes on Utah at 11:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational, with Massachusetts-Southern Illinois at 1:30 p.m. followed by Tulsa against Nevada. Texas takes on North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. and UCLA meets Michigan State at 10 p.m.
There’s two more games from Atlantis on ESPN Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fox has a consolation contest from Las Vegas Friday at 4 p.m. and the final at 6 p.m.
There’s semifinals from the Advocare Invitational Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with play from the Wooden Legacy at 2 and 11:30 p.m. The Preseason NIT consolation is at 7 p.m. with the championship at 9:30 p.m.
Ohio State faces Cleveland State on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
VCU hosts Hofstra Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
MASN2 has Georgetown-Campbell Saturday at noon and Providence plays Iona at 4 p.m.
Richmond hosts Hampton Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
It’s the third place game of the Advocare championship Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2, and the Wooden Legacy finale at 10:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Red Wings Friday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit the Rangers Saturday at 2 p.m.
NBC has the Rangers against the Flyers Friday at 1 p.m., with Blackhawks-Lightning on NBC Sports network at 6:30 p.m.
It’s Atlanta against the Red Bulls on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. in the MLS playoffs. Portland takes on Sporting KC at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Ham United meets Manchester City on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9:55 a.m. It’s Arsenal against Bournemouth Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Wolverhampton’s contest with Huddersfield Town.
In the Bundesliga, Freiburg faces Werder Bremen Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Borussia M’gladbach battles Hannover at 11 a.m.
Formula One visits Dubai, with the green flag dropping Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Worcester and Harlequins Friday at 2:30 p.m.
There’s alpine skiing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. with men’s Super G.


Last laps

Four drivers eye the NASCAR championship this weekend.
Three of them have been there before.
Joey Logano hopes to make it four for four Sunday at 3 p.m. from Miami-Homestead. NBC has coverage.
Logano made the final four by winning Martinsville, and Kyle Busch joined him with Sunday’s win at Phoenix. Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick round out the title contenders.
The Xfinity Series has its finale Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and the Truck Series will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
The Packers take on the Seahawks on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins host the Texans on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has the Cowboys’ contest with the Falcons at 1 p.m. and Eagles-Saints in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the Vikings’ visit to the Bears Sunday night, with Titans-Texans on ESPN Monday.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Tulane-Houston at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Memphis meets SMU Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame has its annual Shamrock Classic from Yankee Stadium Saturday, facing Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Maryland takes on Ohio State at noon on ABC, then West Virginia meets Oklahoma State. In primetime, Cincinnati clashes with Central Florida.
Tennessee tangles with Missouri at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Nebraska battles Michigan State on Fox at noon, with Southern Cal-UCLA at 3:30 p.m. and Oklahoma taking on Kansas at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Arkansas against Mississippi State. Virginia Tech tangles with Miami at 3:30 p.m. and second-ranked Clemson hosts Duke at 7 p.m. Arizona goes to Washington State in the nightcap.
Harvard and Yale meet on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Florida State-Boston College at 3:30 p.m.. Texas A&M takes on Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m. and BYU hosts New Mexico State at 10:15 p.m.
Baylor battles with TCU on FoxSports1 at noon before Michigan meets Indiana at 4 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina State’s contest with Louisville at 12:20 p.m.
Virginia visits Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, after Pittsburgh tries to clinch the Coastal Division title against Wake Forest at noon.
TNT has the Warriors’ trip to Houston at 8 p.m. and the Spurs face the Clippers at 10:30 p.m
Toronto takes on the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. and the Bulls battle the Bucks at 9:30 p.m.
The Wizards host the Nets Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and play Portland Sunday at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 has pre-Thanksgiving tournament college basketball, starting Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with Virginia Tech-Ball State. It’s Purdue against Appalachian State at 5 p.m., followed by Syracuse’s clash with Connecticut and Oregon facing Iowa at 9:30 p.m. Texas A&M takes on Gonzaga at 11:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers William & Mary against Illinois-Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m.
Ohio State clashes with Creighton on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Penn State-DePaul.
There’s action from the Charleston Classic Friday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, then the action moves to Myrtle Beach at 1:30 p.m. It’s the third place game of the 2K Sports Classic at 4:30 p.m. and championship at 7 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Tip-off tournament taps Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN, then Indiana meets Arkansas at 3:30 p.m.
There’s four games Sunday on ESPN2, with the Tip-off tournament at 4 p.m., Myrtle Beach Invitational at 6:30 p.m. and Charleston Classic at 8:30 p.m. Minnesota takes on Texas A&M at 10:30 p.m.
On the women’s court, Maryland meets South Carolina at 5:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Avalanche Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
The United States and England meet in an international friendly Thursday at 2:45 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has the ATP final Sunday at 1 p.m.


Kicking toward the final

In Major League Soccer, the conference semifinal series are home-and-home matchups. The better regular season record gets you home for the important second leg – coming this weekend.
Portland and Seattle get the second legs going Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Portland took the first match 2-1 heading into the contest at Seattle.
Sporting KC hosts Real Salt Lake Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN after a 1-1 tie last week. Atlanta United faces New York FC at 5:30 p.m., and Columbus tries to continue its upset run against the Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Steelers tangle with the Panthers on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
Fox has the Redskins’ contest with the Buccaneers Sunday at 1 p.m. The Patriots take on the Titans on CBS at 1 p.m., followed by Seahawks-Rams.
It’s Cowboys-Eagles Sunday on NBC, with the Giants visiting San Francisco on ESPN Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
North of the border, it’s CFL playoff time between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Wake Forest taking on North Carolina State.
Louisville takes on North Carolina State Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Fresno State-Boise State.
CBS has an SEC doubleheader Saturday, with Mississippi taking on Texas A&M at noon before top-ranked Alabama meets Mississippi State.
Fourth-ranked Notre Dame faces Florida State on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Penn State-Wisconsin on ABC at noon, then it’s bedlam with Oklahoma against Oklahoma State.  In primetime, Boston College hosts Clemson.
Ohio State tangles with Michigan State on Fox at noon before Iowa hosts Northwestern. Texas takes on Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina facing Florida. Colorado clashes with Washington State at 3:30 p.m. and Georgia battles Auburn at 7 p.m. In the nightcap, California takes on Southern Cal.
Central Florida clashes with Navy at noon on ESPN2 and Minnesota meets Purdue at 3:30 p.m. The ACC Coastal matchup between Miami and Georgia Tech will be at 7 p.m., then UNLV goes to San Diego State at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with TCU on FoxSports1 at noon and Baylor battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC network features Duke and North Carolina at 12:20 p.m.
Kansas State clashes with Kansas at noon on MASN2, and MASN offers Rhode Island-James Madison at 2 p.m.
The Monster Series championship four will be decided Sunday in Phoenix, with the flag dropping on NBC at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, with the Truck Series on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:05 p.m.
The Rockets take on the Thunder on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Bucks facing the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Celtics meet the Jazz Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports Washington-plus has the Bullets against the Magic Friday at 7 p.m.
The first week of the college basketball season continues Friday with Arkansas-Texas on ESPN at 7 p.m.
Hampton plays VCU at 7 p.m. on MASN and Mississippi Valley State taking on Texas Tech at 9 p.m. on MASN2.
It’s Evansville-Xavier Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2 and Miami of Ohio battles Butler at 7 p.m. Oral Roberts takes on TCU Sunday at 5 p.m. on MASN2.
ESPN has Army-Duke Sunday at 1 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers East Tennessee State against Creighton Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Capitals host Columbus Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Cardiff City clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Leicester City’s battle with Burnley. NBC features Tottenham Hotspur’s contest with Crystal Palace.
Liverpool faces Fulham Sunday at 6:55 a.m., then it’s Chelsea-Everton and Manchester City meeting Manchester United at 11:25 a.m.
ESPN2 has the United Soccer League contest between Louisville and Phoenix Thursday at 8 p.m.
Werder Bremen battles M’gladbach in the Bundesliga Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on  FoxSports1, and It’s Leipzig-Leverkusen Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
In Italian Serie A, Atalanta faces Interazionale on ESPN2 Sunday at 6:25 a.m.


Friday Night Lights in Charlottesville

With a 6-2 record, the Virginia Cavaliers are eligible for a bowl berth for the second straight year.
The remaining four contests will determine where they go – maybe even to the ACC championship game.
Virginia, ranked 25th in the initial College Football Playoff poll, hosts Pittsburgh Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. At 4-1 in the Coastal Division, the Cavaliers stand just ahead of the Panthers and Virginia Tech, both 3-1 in the league. They have not appeared in an ACC championship game, established in 2004.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Central Florida hosting Temple at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arizona battles Colorado Friday at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS has a pair of big SEC contests on Saturday, with the Eastern Division battle between Georgia and Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama visiting LSU at 8 p.m.
Second-ranked Clemson clashes with Louisville on ABC at noon. Coverage continues in the ACC with Florida State-North Carolina State, with Texas Tech taking on Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
Ohio State hosts Nebraska at noon on Fox and Texas takes on West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 7:30 p.m. with UCLA facing Oregon.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Auburn-Texas A&M. Michigan battles Penn State at 3:45 p.m. and it’s Notre Dame against Northwestern at 7:15 p.m. The night ends with Washington State’s contest with California at 10:45 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan State on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Iowa-Purdue. Duke duels with Miami at 7 p.m. and it’s BYU-Boise State in the nightcap.
Baylor battles Oklahoma State at noon on FoxSports1, and TCU tangles with Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. Oregon State clashes with Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
The ACC network brings the clash between Georgia Tech and North Carolina at 12:15 p.m.
Syracuse takes on Wake Forest at noon on NBC Sports Washington.
It’s the Bay Area battle between the 49ers and Raiders Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on Fox.
CBS has the Ravens’ contest with the Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m. The Redskins meet the Falcons on Fox at 1 p.m., with Rams-Saints in the late afternoon slot.
The Packers visit New England on NBC Sunday night, with Titans-Cowboys on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Texas, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TNT offers the Bucks against the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Pelicans taking on the TrailBlazers in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN. The Timberwolves take on the Warriors on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.. The Wizards battle the Knicks Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Capitals visit Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington before hosting Dallas Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Jets and Panthers meet in Helsinki Thursday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS playoffs continue Thursday with D.C. United hosting Columbus at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Bournemouth meets Manchester United Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Cardiff City-Leicester City. Manchester City faces Southampton Sunday at 9:55 a.m. before Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace.
In the Bundesliga, Borussia M’gladbach meets Fortuna Dusseldorf Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 has the Big East women’s soccer finale Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Big 12 championship game at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC field hockey tournament will be on NBC Sports Washington Thursday, with Virginia-Boston College at 11 a.m. and Syracuse taking on Duke at 1:30 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.