Getting ready for NHL season

With the NHL season officially starting October 2, this weekend provides the final chances for teams to set their opening night lineups.
The Capitals, 2017-18 Stanley Cup champions, have a preseason contest with the reigning champion – St. Louis – Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The two teams will meet again October 2 when the Blues raise their championship banner in the season opener on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals travel to Carolina Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington in the final tuneup before the schedule opens.
NBC Sports network has the preseason game between the Blues and Red Wings Thursday at 7 p.m. from Calumet, Michigan.
Baseball’s regular season concludes this weekend. The Orioles finish with three contests in Boston on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Phillies Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN before hosting the Indians on MASN2. Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1, with Sunday’s contest also on TBS.
ESPN2 has the Cubs against the Cardinals Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Mets meet the Braves and Cubs clash with the Cardinals on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Fox has its first Thursday night game this week, with the Eagles visiting the Packers at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins meet the Giants Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. It’s Ravens-Browns on CBS followed by Vikings against the Bears.
The Cowboys tangle with the Saints on NBC Sunday night, with Steelers against the Bengals on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. when Navy visits Memphis on ESPN.
Virginia Tech takes on Duke Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Arizona State-California. FoxSports1 offers Maryland against Penn State at 8 p.m.
Undefeated Virginia travels to Notre Dame on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Alabama hosts Mississippi at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Wisconsin tangles with Northwestern at noon on ABC, followed by top-ranked Clemson against North Carolina. Ohio State battles Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.
Fox has Texas Tech-Oklahoma Saturday at noon followed by Southern Cal-Washington.
ESPN starts its day at noon as Texas A&M tangles with Arkansas. Baylor battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. and Auburn meets Mississippi State at 7 p.m. UCLA visits Arizona in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
It’s Middle Tennessee against Iowa at noon on ESPN2 before Purdue-Minnesota. Central Florida hosts Connecticut at 7 p.m. and Hawaii battles Nevada at 10:30 p.m.
Syracuse meets Holy Cross on ACC network at noon, then it’s Wake Forest-Boston College at 3:30 p.m. and Florida State facing North Carolina State at 7:30 p.m.
Kansas takes on TCU at noon on FoxSports1 and Washington State meets Utah at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has Delaware-Pittsburgh Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR closes the first part of its playoff run Sunday at Charlotte, with coverage on NBC at 2:30 p.m. When the checkered flag drops, the playoff field will drop from 16 to 12.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN2 has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:05 a.m.
The WNBA finals begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN with the top-seeded Mystics facing Connecticut.
Sheffield United meets Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Chelsea clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion at 9:55 a.m. NBC offers Everton against Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Leicester City against Newcastle United at 11:25 a.m. Sunday on NBC Sports network.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Minnesota meets Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Paderborn Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Dusseldorf battles Frelburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports Washington has women’s college soccer Thursday, with Virginia Tech-Virginia at 5 p.m. followed by Florida State facing Clemson. It’s Wake Forest against North Carolina State Sunday at 7 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Kansas takes on Texas Thursday at 8 p.m.
Washington faces the NC Cougars in women’s soccer Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. ESPN2 has the Reign against Portland Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tongo takes on Argentina in the Rugby World Cup Saturday at 12:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup Challenge from Santa Anita Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia field hockey takes on North Carolina Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.


Early Cleveland vs. current Cleveland

Many moves ago, the Rams franchise called Cleveland home.
The Rams, now back in Los Angeles, will return to the lake to face the Browns on NBC Sunday for the NFL primetime contest.
The Rams brought the first NFL championship to Cleveland in 1945, then moved to Los Angeles as the new Browns debuted in the AAFC in 1946. Those Browns won several NFL crowns – the last in 1964 – and the current Browns hope to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
NFL network has the Titans’ visit to Jacksonville Thursday at 8:20 p.m. and the Bears and Redskins close the third week of play on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
The Ravens tangle with the Chiefs on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Steelers facing the 49ers. Fox will show the Dolphins against the Cowboys at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with Houston-Tulane on ESPN.
Utah visits Southern Cal on FoxSports1 Friday at 9 p.m. and ESPN2 has Boise State-Air Force at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame visits between the hedges under the lights Saturday, taking on Georgia at 8 p.m. on CBS. Texas A&M hosts Auburn at 3:30 p.m.
It’s Northwestern-Michigan State on ABC at noon. The 3:30 slot features Pittsburgh against Central Florida and Washington taking on BYU, with the game not seen over the air in your area on ESPN2. Texas tangles with Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin to start Fox’s day at noon.
Tennessee takes on Florida on ESPN at noon before Louisville visits Florida State at 3:30 p.m. Stanford faces Oregon at 7 p.m. and the nightcap features UCLA against Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Alabama tangles with Southern Mississippi on ESPN2 at noon. Virginia hosts Old Dominion at 7 p.m. followed by Toledo-Colorado State.
Iowa State meets Louisiana-Monroe at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU taking on SMU.
The ACC network slate begins with Syracuse against Western Michigan at noon. Central Michigan meets Miami at 4 p.m. and Charlotte clashes with Clemson at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Elon-Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington at noon.
The Orioles play Toronto Thursday on MASN and close their home schedule against Seattle for the weekend on MASN.
The Nationals continue their quest for a wild-card berth against the Marlins on MASN2 this weekend.
Fox has baseball Thursday night, with Tigers-Indians and Cardinals against the Cubs at 7 p.m.
The NL West champion Dodgers host the Rockies on ESPN Friday at 10 p.m. after Indians-Phillies at 7 p.m. The Indians meet the Phillies on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 on ESPN. TBS has the Cardinals and Cubs Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond with the Monster Series race on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 8:05 a.m.
The Indy Car season concludes with the Grand Prix of Monterey on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s Southampton against Bournemouth Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.  Leicester City takes on Tottenham Hotspur Friday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester City-Watford.
West Ham United faces Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Liverpool at 11:25 a.m.
Portland meets Minnesota United on ESPN Sunday at 3:55 p.m
In the Bundesliga, FoxSports1 has Bayern Munich’s battle with Koln Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Eintracht duels with Dortmund Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC soccer contests Friday, with Pittsburgh-Boston College at 5 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech against Louisville at 7 p.m.
The Capitals get ready for the season by facing Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The WNBA playoffs continue Thursday with Game 2 of the semifinals on ESPN2. The Sparks take on Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. before the Mystics meet Las Vegas. The contests move west Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Japan takes on Russia in the Rugby World Cup Friday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Australia tangles with Fiji Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and England takes on Tonga Sunday at 6 a.m.


What happens in Vegas

For one NASCAR driver, what happens in Vegas moves him to the next round of the playoffs.
Sixteen drivers start their chase for the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sunday’s winner automatically advances to the second round starting Oct. 6 in Dover, while the rest need to win at Richmond and Charlotte or gain enough points to move on.
Kyle Busch holds the top spot among the 16 going into the Chase. Joey Lagano, the 2018 NASCAR champion, won the spring race at Las Vegas.
The Xfinity Series racers go Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 9 p.m.
The Panthers take on the Bucs on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on NFL network.
The Cowboys and Redskins tangle on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Saints visit the Rams. CBS offers the Bills against the Giants, with the Charlottesville area getting the Patriots’ contest with the Dolphins and northern Virginia watching the late afternoon contest between the Raiders and Chiefs.
The Eagles visit the Falcons on NBC Sunday night, with Browns-Jets on ESPN Monday.
The college football weekend begins Friday when North Carolina battles Wake Forest at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Washington State travels to Houston at 9:15 p.m.
The ACC network brings Kansas-Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame opens its home season against New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Second-ranked Alabama takes on South Carolina on CBS Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech starts the ACC network slate at noon with a contest with Furman. It’s  Miami against Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. and Virginia hosts Florida State at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day Saturday with the battle between Pittsburgh and Penn State at noon. Southern Cal faces BYU at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Clemson takes on Syracuse at 7:30 p.m.
Indiana meets Ohio State on Fox at noon. Arizona State travels to Michigan State at 4 p.m. and UCLA hosts Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
ESPN brings Kansas State-Mississippi State at noon followed by Stanford-Central Florida. Kentucky clashes with Florida at 7 p.m. and Arizona hosts Texas Tech at 10:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Arkansas State on ESPN2 at noon. It’s Oklahoma State-Tulsa at 4 p.m. before Auburn plays Kent State at 7 p.m. with Portland State against Boise State in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with North Carolina State on FoxSports1 at noon before Iowa faces Iowa State at 4 p.m. Nebraska meets Northern Illinois at 8 p.m
NBC Sports Washington offers Citadel-Georgia Tech at noon and Morgan State’s contest with James Madison at 4 p.m.
There’s high school football Thursday on ESPN2, with Longview against John Tyler at 8 p.m. St. Joseph’s Prep faces IMG Academy Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
North of the border, Ottawa visits British Columbia Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Fox has a Thursday night baseball slate this week, with the Dodgers visiting the Orioles and the Braves taking on the Phillies. The Orioles head to Detroit on MASN2 for the weekend.
The Nationals close out a series with the Twins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on MASN, then host the Braves for the weekend.
ESPN has the Dodgers against the Mets Sunday at 7 p.m.
Liverpool tangles with Newcastle United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Crystal Palace. Bournemouth battles Everton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Watford takes on Arsenal at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Portland on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m and the Galaxy battle Sporting KC on FoxSports1 Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund faces Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim battles Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Paderborn-Schalke at noon.
In women’s soccer, Washington meets the Reign on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
The FIBA World Cup concludes Sunday at 8 a.m. with the championship on ESPN2. The third place game will be on ESPN2 at 4 a.m.
There’s a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.
The Chaos and Redwoods meet in the Premier Lacrosse League playoffs Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Week 1, year 100

The NFL opens its 100th season Thursday with a rivalry that dates back to 1921.
The Packers and Bears play for the 199th time in history on NBC at 8:20 p.m. at Soldier Field.
The defending Super Bowl champion had been hosting the season opener in recent years, but the NFL saves the Patriots’ game with the Steelers for Sunday night on NBC.
ESPN has a pair of contests for the first Monday night of the season. The Texans take on the Saints at 7:10 p.m. followed by Broncos-Raiders.
The Ravens meet the Dolphins on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox offers the Redskins-Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Giants tangle with the Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
Virginia starts the college football weekend Friday, facing William & Mary at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Marshall meets Boise State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
The College GameDay crew will be in Austin for LSU-Texas, with coverage on ABC at 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati clashes with Ohio State at noon followed by Clemson-Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Army on Fox at noon and it’s Colorado-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Penn State hosts Buffalo.
Iowa hosts Big Ten foe Rutgers at noon on FoxSports1. Action heads out west at 10:30 p.m. for the Pac-12 contest between Washington and California.
Pittsburgh hosts Ohio on the ACC network at 11 a.m., followed by South Florida-Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. Florida State faces Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. and there’s a conference tilt between Miami and North Carolina at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on BYU on ESPN at 7 p.m. and Stanford travels to Southern Cal at 10:30 p.m.
It’s West Virginia-Missouri at noon on ESPN2. Georgia battles Murray State at 4 p.m. before Auburn tangles with Tulane at 7:30 p.m
MASN offers Bowling Green-Kansas State at noon.
North Carolina State takes on Western Carolina on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison has its’ home opener against St. Francis at 6 p.m.
There’s high school football from Texas on ESPN2 Thursday, with Parish Episcopal against Trinity at 8 p.m.
The Orioles, who had a schedule change thanks to Hurricane Dorian, watch the skies for the storm’s remnants this weekend as the Rangers come to town on MASN2. The Nationals visit the Braves on MASN.
The Red Sox host the Yankees Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Phillies-Mets on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and on TBS Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
ESPN has the men’s finals of the U.S. Open Sunday at 4 p.m., after the women’s doubles championship at 1 p.m. The women’s final will be Saturday at 4 p.m.
The women’s semifinals are Thursday at 7 p.m., with men battling for the final Friday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR gets ready for the playoffs with the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The Monster Series goes Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC, after the Xfinity Series race Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s the Italian Grand Prix on ESPN2 Sunday at 9:05 a.m.
The United States national team plays Mexico Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Germany clashes with the Netherlands Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN in a European qualifier.
The Mystics meet Dallas in WNBA action Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Lynx face the Sparks on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
Marquette takes on Wisconsin in women’s college volleyball on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Premier League lacrosse playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.