Week 17

The Steelers tied the Browns in the season’s opening week.
As the season concludes, the Steelers need a Browns win, or a tie, to advance to the playoffs.
The Steelers face the Bengals Sunday at 4:25 p.m., while watching the scoreboard as the Browns take on the Ravens on CBS. A Ravens’ win clinches the AFC North, while a Browns’ win gives the Steelers a chance.
NBC has the winner-take-all game between the Titans and Colts at 8:25 p.m. The winner claims the final playoff spot, unless they tie. Then the Steelers would advance if they beat the Bengals.
The NFL slate begins at 1 p.m. with Cowboys-Giants on Fox and the Jaguars meeting the Texans on CBS.
The Eagles try to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Redskins on Fox at 4:25 p.m., while the Vikings face the Bears in hopes of claiming the final NFC wildcard spot.
The college football bowl season continues Thursday with the Independence Bowl matching Temple and Duke at 1:30 p.m. Miami meets Wisconsin at Yankee Stadium at 5:15 p.m. then Baylor battles Vanderbilt in Texas at 9 p.m.
Purdue plays Auburn in the Music City Bowl Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by West Virginia-Syracuse from Orlando at 5:15 p.m. and the Alamo Bowl contest between Iowa State and Washington State at 9 p.m.
Saturday brings the National semifinals, with Clemson facing Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on ESPN before top-ranked Alabama battles Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
Virginia tangles with South Carolina in the Belk Bowl Saturday at noon on ABC, while Michigan meets Florida in the Peach Bowl on ESPN at noon. CBS Sports network has the Arizona Bowl between Arkansas State and Nevada.
TNT has the Celtics’ contest with the Rockets Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by 76ers-Jazz.
The Wizards host the Bulls Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college court, Creighton clashes with Missouri-Kansas City Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Marquette meets Southern on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has Illinois-Chicago against Wright State Friday at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Texas-Rio Grande Valley on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
North Carolina meets Davidson Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Louisville-Kentucky.
Georgetown faces Howard Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Xavier-DePaul. Belmont battles Purdue at 4:30 p.m.
Miami meets Campbell on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Georgia Southern against Dayton Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s Oklahoma State against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN2 and Seton Hall tangles with St. John’s at 8:30 p.m.
VCU faces Rider on MASN Sunday at 2 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Iowa tangles with Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals face the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
NBC Sports network has the Flyers’ contests with the Lightning Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Southampton faces West Ham United Thursday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Wolverhampton Saturday at 9:55 a.m. NBC covers Liverpool against Arsenal at 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Chelsea Sunday at 6:55 a.m., followed by Southampton-Manchester City. It’s Manchester United against Bournemouth at 11:25 a.m.
Juventus meets Sampdoria in Italian Serie A Saturday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.

Sports before Santa arrives

What’s ESPN’s present to you before Santa arrives?
The Broncos taking on the Raiders Monday at 8:15 p.m.
At least most fans won’t be distracted from their Christmas activities.
Before the big day, NFL network has a pair of games on Saturday. The Redskins visit the Titans at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Ravens’ contest with the Chargers.
The Chiefs tangle with the Seahawks on NBC Sunday night.
Bowl season continues Thursday from Tampa with Marshall meeting South Florida at 8 p.m.
It’s off to the Bahamas Friday at 12:30 p.m. when Florida International takes on Toledo. BYU battles Western Michigan at 4 p.m. from Boise.
ESPN has four bowls on Saturday, starting at noon with the Birmingham Bowl matching Memphis and Wake Forest. Army takes on Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl at 3:30 p.m., followed by Buffalo-Troy from Mobile. In the nightcap, Hawai’i faces Louisiana Tech at 10:30 p.m.
TNT offers Rockets-Heat Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Mavericks meet the Clippers in the nightcap.
The Bucks battle the Celtics Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN before the Pelicans meet the Lakers.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wizards’ clash with the Suns Saturday at 7 p.m. They visit the Pacers Sunday at 5 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, Texas Tech takes on Duke Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Coe clashes with Creighton on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Oregon battles Baylor on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Providence-Texas. FoxSports1 has Butler against Cal-Irvine at 6:30 p.m. and Buffalo tangles with Marquette at 8:30 p.m.
Villanova clashes with Connecticut Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. Ohio State takes on UCLA at 3 p.m. followed by Kentucky-North Carolina.
ESPN2 has five contests on Saturday, starting with Wake Forest-Tennessee at noon. Clemson faces South Carolina at 2 p.m. and it’s Wichita State against VCU at 4 p.m. Vanderbilt meets Kansas State at 7 p.m. before Kansas-Arizona State.
DePaul hosts Boston College Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Seton Hall-Maryland. Sacred Heart meets St. John’s at 8 p.m. and it’s San Diego against Washington State in the nightcap.
There are semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Notre Dame meets Marquette on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Sabres on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
The Kings take on the Sharks Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has Wolverhampton’s contest with Liverpool Friday at 2:55 p.m. Arsenal battles Burnley Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Chelsea-Leicester City.
Everton faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund faces M’gladbach Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Leipzig tangles with Werder Bremen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Augsburg-Wolfsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Let the bowls begin

As we await the National Championship contest Jan. 7, several teams will get to hoist trophies from their season-ending bowl triumphs.
Bowl season starts Saturday at noon with the Celebration Bowl between North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State on ABC.
The New Mexico Bowl matches North Texas and Utah State on ESPN at 2 p.m.
Tulane takes on Louisiana on CBS Sports network in the Cure Bowl at 2:30 p.m.
It’s Arizona State against Fresno State on ABC at 3:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Georgia Southern meets Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl on ESPN at 5:30 p.m., and the day concludes in New Orleans with Appalachian State taking on Middle Tennessee.
Fox closes its Thursday night coverage with the Chargers’ clash with the Chiefs at 8:25 p.m.
NFL Network has a pair of contests Saturday, with Texans taking on the Jets at 4:30 p.m. and Browns-Broncos at 8 p.m.
The Ravens host the Bucs on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. , with some areas of Virginia getting the Colts’ contest with the Cowboys. The Redskins travel to Jacksonville at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Steelers-Patriots in the late afternoon slot.
The Eagles meet the Rams on NBC Sunday night, with Saints-Panthers on ESPN Monday night.
South Dakota State faces North Dakota State on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m. while Maine meets Eastern Washington Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT has the Lakers’ contest with the Rockets Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Mavericks-Suns.
The Pacers face the 76ers on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m. and it’s the Thunder against the Nuggets at 10 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and face the Lakers Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college hardcourt, FoxSports1 has Illinois-Chicago against DePaul Friday at 7 p.m. and Green Bay meets Creighton at 9 p.m.
CBS has the Crossroads Classic Saturday, with Notre Dame facing Purdue at 1:30 p.m. followed by Indiana-Butler.
Villanova takes on Kansas on ESPN Saturday at noon.
ESPN2 has four contests Saturday, starting at noon with Tennessee-Memphis. Utah faces Kentucky at 5 p.m. and Gonzaga battles North Carolina at 7 p.m. Baylor battles Arizona at 11 p.m.
SMU visits Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by Rutgers-Seton Hall. Eastern Kentucky travels to Xavier at 8 p.m.
College of Charleston battles VCU on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
Providence clashes Central Connecticut Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Wagner battles St. John’s at 4 p.m.
In women’s basketball, South Carolina faces Purdue on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and host Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m.
Manchester City meets Everton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., then it’s Tottenham Hotspur-Burnley. NBC carries West Ham’s contest with Fulham.
It’s Brighton & Hove Albion against Chelsea Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Liverpool battles Manchester United at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hannover Saturday at 9:25 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leipzig faces Mainz Sunday at 9:25 a.m. with Eintracht against Leverkusen at noon.
SPAL clashes with Chievo in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the European Champion Cup rugby match between Leinstar and Bath Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN has the semifinals of the women’s volleyball tournament Thursday, as BYU takes on Stanford at 7 before Nebraska meets Illinois. The championship is Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Penn State battles Arizona State in college wrestling on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.


The Naval Academy will finish 2018 with a losing record, just the second time since 2002.
But the Midshipmen can still end the season on a high note when they face Army Saturday at 3 p.m. CBS has coverage of the contest from Philadelphia.
Army will be going for its third straight win over Navy. A win clinches the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for the second straight year, after beating Air Force in November.
ESPN has the Heisman Trophy presentation Saturday at 8 p.m. and the College Football Awards Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the FCS playoffs, Maine meets Weber State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Colgate clashes with North Dakota State Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Fox has the Jaguars’ contest with the Titans Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Ravens tangle with the Chiefs on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox spends its day in the NFC East, with the Redskins taking on the Giants at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys-Eagles.
The Rams visit the Bears on NBC Sunday night, with Vikings-Seahawks on ESPN Sunday at 8:20 p.m.
Major League Soccer crowns its champion Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox, with Atlanta hosting Portland.
TNT has the Knicks facing the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by Rockets-Jazz.
The Pistons host the 76ers on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with the Warriors taking on the Bucks at 9:30 p.m.
The Wizards clash with the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
In the developmental league, Capital City hosts Delaware on NBC Sports Washington-plus Thursday at 7 p.m.
Iowa hits the hardcourt against Iowa State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Providence Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Southern Cal battles TCU at 9:30 p.m.
James Madison visits George Mason Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN with Nevada against Arizona State at midnight.
CBS has Michigan State facing Florida Saturday at noon.
Kentucky battles Seton Hall on Fox Saturday at noon, followed by Louisville-Indiana and Wisconsin’s contest with Marquette at 5 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Syracuse on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., then it’s Yale-Duke.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with West Virginia-Pittsburgh. It’s Xavier-Cincinnati at 2 p.m. before Clemson’s clash with Mississippi State. Florida State faces Connecticut at 6:30 p.m., then it’s New Mexico State-Kansas and Notre Dame meeting UCLA in the nightcap.
Michigan meets South Carolina at noon on FoxSports1.  It’s St. Joseph’s against Villanova at 2 p.m. and Northern Illinois battles Butler at 4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State hosts Houston on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m.
It’s Alabama-Arizona on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Tennessee-Gonzaga. Texas takes on Purdue on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
Princeton plays St. John’s Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia hosts VCU Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Texas A&M tangles with Houston in women’s college basketball Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN2 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Tennessee-Texas at 1 p.m. and Oregon against Michigan State at 3 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 has Pinnacle against San Jaoquin Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals take on the Coyotes Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, and visit Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
Liverpool faces Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Fulham. It’s Leicester City against Tottenham Hotspur at 2:40 p.m.
NBC has Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Newcastle United battles Wolverhampton Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Juventus meets Internazionale in Italian Series A play Friday at 2:20 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the Bundesliga, Schalke takes on Borussia Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States takes on Canada in the Curling World Cup Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s mixed doubles against China Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the women face Canada Saturday at 8:30 p.m.