November to remember

The New England Patriots cruised through the first half of the 2019 season – but things get tougher as they enter November.
The Patriots visit Baltimore for NBC Sunday Night football this week, with kickoff at 8:20 p.m.
Baltimore leads the AFC North with a 5-2 record going into the contest. The teams battled in a pair of AFC championship games earlier in the decade, with both teams advancing once to the big game.
The Patriots face NFC East leaders Philadelphia and Dallas later in the month. If they survive those contests, Houston and Kansas City await in early December.
The 49ers face the Cardinals on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
NFL network has the Texans’ contest with the Jaguars in London Sunday at 9:30 a.m. It’s Cowboys-Giants on ESPN Monday night.
The Colts meet the Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS and the Packers visit the Chargers in the late afternoon slot. The Redskins visit Buffalo on Fox at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday as West Virginia battles Baylor on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Navy visits Connecticut Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech travels to Notre Dame Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Florida faces Georgia in their traditional battle in Jacksonsville at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Maryland meets Michigan on ABC at noon, followed by Miami-Florida State at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Memphis hosts SMU.
Nebraska tangles with Purdue on Fox at noon, then Utah visits Washington at 4 p.m. Southern Cal meets Oregon at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with North Carolina State’s contest with Wake Forest. TCU takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. and Auburn hosts Mississippi at 7 p.m.
Central Florida clashes with Houston at noon on ESPN2 and it’s Tulane-Tulsa at 4 p.m. In the nightcap, BYU meets Utah State at 10 p.m.
State pride is on the line when Kansas State meets Kansas on FoxSports1 at 3:30 p.m. Indiana faces Northwestern at 7 p.m.
The ACC network has Boston College-Syracuse at noon and Clemson against Wofford at 4 p.m. Virginia and North Carolina battle for the division lead at 7:30 p.m.
Richmond hosts Stony Brook on NBC Sports Washington at 4 p.m.
England battles South Africa for the championship of the World Rugby Cup Saturday at 5 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s New Zealand against Wales in the third place matchup Friday at 5 a.m.
NASCAR visits Texas, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
TNT has the Heat’s contest with the Hawks at 7 p.m. before the Nuggets visit the Pelicans.
The Timberwolves take on the Wizards Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Nets host the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 7:15 p.m. and it’s Lakers-Mavericks at 9:35 p.m.
NBC has the Breeders Cup Saturday at 8 p.m., after early races on NBC Sports network Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Sabres on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and face the Flames Sunday at 7 p.m.
Bournemouth tangles with Manchester United Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Southampton and Watford’s contest with Chelsea.
Crystal Palace clashes with Leicester City Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Everton faces Tottenham Hotspur at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Eintracht Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Union Berlin meets Hertha Berlin at 1:30 p.m. Dusseldorf faces Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
West Virginia faces TCU in women’s soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. There’s a pair of contests on NBC Sports Washington Thursday, with North Carolina State against Louisvile at 5 p.m. before Miami hosts North Carolina.
ESPN2 has the New York City Marathon Sunday at 9 a.m.
In women’s college volleyball, Michigan meets Illinois Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Minnesota against Purdue on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.


First in war, first in peace, first in NL

During years of futility, Washington baseball was known as “First in War, First in Peace and Last in the American League.”
The 2019 Washington Nationals have ended the futility, bringing the World Series to the capital for the first time since 1933 – as National League champion.
They will face another city that switched leagues, as the Houston Astros represent the American League after being born the Houston Colt 45s in the National League expansion of 1962.
The Nationals pulled out a 5-4 victory Tuesday to open the series, then blew open a close game in the seventh inning Wednesday en route to a 12-3 win.
Fox has coverage of Game 3 Friday at 8 p.m., with Game 4 Saturday at 8 p.m. There will be a Game 5 Sunday night if Houston can win a game at Nationals Park.
If necessary, the series returns to Houston Tuesday and Wednesday.
The NFL weekend gets going Thursday on Fox as the Redskins visit the Vikings at 8:20 p.m.
Fox has Eagles-Bills Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinals take on the Saints on CBS at 1 p.m. before the Browns battle the Patriots in the late afternoon slot.
The Packers take on the Chiefs Sunday night on NBC, with Dolphins-Steelers on ESPN Monday night.
Houston hosts SMU Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend.
Colorado clashes with Southern Cal on ESPN Friday at 9 p.m.
The ACC network has Virginia’s contest with Louisville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Boston College against Clemson at 7:30 p.m
CBS has Auburn’s contest with LSU at 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State battles Wisconsin on Fox at noon, followed by TCU-Texas at 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma visits Kansas State at noon on ABC and it’s Penn State against Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Michigan hosts Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon as Miami meets Pittsburgh.and Minnesota has a matchup with Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Top-ranked Alabama hosts Arkansas at 7 p.m. and Washington State visits Oregon at 10:30 p.m.
Iowa takes on Northwestern on ESPN2 at noon and Florida State faces Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. Central Florida meets Temple at 7 p.m. with Air Force tangling with Utah State at 10:15 p.m.
Iowa State clashes with Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Texas Tech-Kansas at 7 p.m. California’s contest with Utah closes the night at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers Duke-North Carolina at 4 p.m.
Towson takes on James Madison on MASN at 3:30 p.m.
Martinsville hosts NASCAR this weekend, with the Monster Series going Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TNT’s coverage of NBA’s Opening week has the Bucks’ trip to Houston Thursday at 8 p.m. and Clippers-Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards tangle with the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington before meeting the Spurs Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
he Pelicans – without injured Zion Williamson – host Dallas at 8:15 p.m. Friday on ESPN with Jazz-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Capitals visit the Oilers Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and face Vancouver Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
The MLS playoffs continue Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 with an Eastern Conference semifinal matchup between Atlanta and Philadelphia, followed by Los Angeles FC against the Galaxy at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The National Women’s Soccer League has its final Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports Washington covers the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.
Miami meets Georgia Tech in women’s college volleyball Sunday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Boston College-North Carolina.


Will Happy Valley stay happy?

Penn State fans have had lots to be happy about this season.
Saturday, the primetime cameras of ABC return to Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions’ contest with Michigan.
Penn State already has a primetime ABC victory over Buffalo at home, and won last Saturday against Iowa under the road lights.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 9 p.m with UCLA against Stanford on ESPN.
Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. and Ohio State visits Northwestern at 8:30 p.m. on the Big Ten network.
The ACC network starts Saturday with Georgia Tech against Miami, then Virginia hosts Duke at 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest faces Florida State at 7:30 p.m.
Clemson clashes with Louisville at noon on ABC, followed by Oregon-Washington.
LSU meets Mississippi State on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
West Virginia visits Oklahoma on Fox at noon and Baylor battles Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon as Florida faces South Carolina. Kentucky takes on Georgia at 6 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama meets Tennessee at 9 p.m.
It’s Purdue-Iowa on ESPN2 at noon and Temple travels to SMU at 3:30 p.m. Memphis meets Tulane at 7 p.m. before BYU-Boise State closes the night at 10:15 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
NBCSports Washington has a pair of ACC contests, with North Carolina State-Boston College at noon followed by Virginia Tech hosting North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
The Chiefs tangle with the Broncos on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
NBC has the Eagles and Cowboys Sunday night, with Patriots-Jets on ESPN Monday night.
The Raiders take on the Packers on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox offers Redskins-49ers at 1 p.m. followed by the Ravens’ trip to Seattle.
Wednesday’s rainout pushed the American League Championship Series back a day. There’s Game 4 Thursday at 8 p.m. on and Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. If necessary, the series returns to Houston Saturday and Sunday on FoxSports1.
The winner advances to the World Series against Washington starting Tuesday night.
The Capitals host the Rangers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Rangers against Devils Thursday at 7 p.m.
Philadelphia faces the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m. and it’s Minnesota against the Galaxy on ESPN at 8:30 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Kansas, with the Monster Series on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Everton faces West Ham United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Watford at 9:55 a.m. NBC offers Crystal Palace’s clash with Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United meets Liverpool Sunday at 11:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Augsburg faces Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Koln against Paderborn Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It’s the semifinals of the women’s soccer league Sunday on ESPN2, with North Carolina against the Reign at 1:30 p.m. before Chicago clashes with Portland.
The NBA preseason continues for the Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. when they visit the 76ers on NBC Sports Washington-plus. 
TNT has the Knicks taking on the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m.
Michigan State meets Penn State in women’s volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s motocross racing from Las Vegas Saturday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Hoos over Miami

Virginia has a win over Florida State this season.
The Cavaliers look for a Florida ACC sweep Friday when they take on Miami. ESPN has coverage at 8 p.m.
Virginia opened the season with four straight wins – two in conference – before falling at Notre Dame. After last week’s bye, they continue their quest for a Coastal Division title. Miami dropped its first two conference matchups – to North Carolina and then Virginia Tech last Saturday.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when Syracuse visits North Carolina State at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Colorado clashes with Oregon on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m.
Virginia Tech takes on Rhode Island Saturday at 4 p.m. on ACC network, followed by Louisville-Wake Forest.
Top-ranked Alabama visits Texas A&M Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Fox carries the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at noon.
It’s Notre Dame-Southern Cal on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Illinois on ABC at noon, followed by Clemson against Florida State. Penn State travels to Iowa in primetime.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina-Georgia. West Virginia hosts Iowa State at 4 p.m. and LSU faces Florida at 8 p.m
Temple takes on Memphis on ESPN2 at noon and Houston clashes with Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. Mississippi meets Missouri at 7 p.m. before Hawaii-Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has Georgia Tech against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Fox has the Patriots’ contest with the Giants Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Panthers and Bucs play in London Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on NFL network.
There’s a battle of winless teams on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Redskins visit the Dolphins. CBS has the Ravens against Bengals at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys-Jets.
The Steelers visit the Chargers on NBC Sunday night, with Lions-Packers on ESPN Monday.
There’s a decisive Game 5 to claim the WNBA title, with Washington hosting Connecticut at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2.
The Astros and Rays battle to advance Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. The winner gets to play the Yankees starting Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox, with Game 2 on FoxSports1 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s the Cardinals and Nationals in the National League Championship Series starting Friday at 8 p.m. on TBS. Game two will be Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR goes back to Talladega this weekend, with the Monster Series on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. The Truck Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Petit Le Mans Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Predators Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Stars Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s college ice hockey between Air Force and Notre Dame Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 has men’s soccer between the United States against Cuba Friday at 7 p.m. It’s Iceland-France on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Wales clashing with Croatia Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Wizards’ preseason continues with a contest against the Knicks Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Bucks come to town Sunday at 6 p.m.
New Zealand tangles with Italy in the Rugby World Cup Saturday at 12:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Ireland-Samoa at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, and the United States takes on Tonga Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Host Japan meets Scotland Sunday at 6:30 a.m.
ESPN2 has women’s college volleyball Sunday, with Michigan-Nebraska at 2 p.m. followed by UCLA’s contest with Colorado.


Hunt for Mr. October

TBS was the Braves’ place on the dial for years.
They return to the station for the 2019 postseason.
Atlanta takes on the Cardinals Thursday at 5 p.m. to start the National League Division Series. The second series starts in Los Angeles at 8:37 p.m., with the Dodgers hosting wild-card winner Washington.
The American League gets going Friday with the Astros meeting wild-card winner Tampa Bay at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Game 2 between the Braves and Cardinals on TBS at 4:30 p.m. and MLB network has the Yankees at Twins at 7 p.m. The day concludes with Dodgers-Nationals on TBS at 9:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has second games in the American League Division Series Saturday – the Twins against the Yankees at 5 p.m. and Astros-Rays at 9 p.m.
The National League action moves to St. Louis and Washington Sunday for Game 3. All best-of-five series continue through the week.
The Rams visit Seattle Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on Fox.
The Patriots take on the Redskins on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has Vikings-Giants at 1 p.m. followed by the Packers against the Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
It’s Colts-Chiefs on NBC Sunday night, and the Browns face the 49ers Monday night on ESPN.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when Temple tangles with East Carolina on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Central Florida Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS has a top-10 SEC contest Saturday, with Auburn facing Florida at 3:30 p.m
Notre Dame battles Bowling Green at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
Oklahoma clashes with Kansas on ABC at noon, followed by Texas-West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. The primetime matchup brings together Ohio State and Michigan State.
Michigan meets Iowa on Fox at noon before Northwestern visits Nebraska at 4 p.m. It’s California against Oregon at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Purdue-Penn State. Virginia Tech tries to bounce back against Miami at 3:30 p.m. and Tennessee takes on Georgia at 7 p.m. Washington-Stanford closes out the day at 10:30 p.m.
TCU tangles with Iowa State on ESPN2 at noon and Baylor battles Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. San Diego State clashes with Colorado State at 10 p.m.
Oklahoma State takes on Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1.
The ACC network has North Carolina-Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. and Pittsburgh plays Duke at 8 p.m.
It’s Boston College-Louisville at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
North of the border, ESPN2 has Edmonton against Hamilton Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s high school football from Tennessee Thursday on ESPN2, with Brentwood meeting Knoxville Catholic at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and open the home season against Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wild visit the Predators Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR visits the Monster Mile this weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ABC has Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with Connecticut hosting Washington.
The United States’ men’s soccer team tangles with South Korea Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Portland meets San Jose on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. West Ham clashes with Crystal Palace on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Southampton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Newcastle United-Manchester United.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Wolfsburg meets Union Berlin Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It’s Fiorentina against Udinese in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
Italy battles South Africa in the World Cup of Rugby Friday at 5:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. 
It’s Australia-Uruguay Saturday at 1 a.m. New Zealand takes on Namibia Sunday at 12:30 a.m. before France tangles with Tonga at 3:30 a.m.
NBC Sports Washington has women’s volleyball between Duke and Syracuse Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford faces Oregon Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse crowns its champion Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.