Road to 50

Washington Redskins, NFC East champions.
Hard to believe.
Might they be playing February 7 in Santa Clara?
Thanks to a four-game winning streak to close the season, the Redskins get to host the Packers Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in the final game of the first playoff weekend. Fox has coverage of the contest.
The Packers started the season hotter, but fell into the wildcard slot after losing to the Vikings last Sunday. Washington will be making its first postseason appearance since 2012, and hoping for a first Super Bowl appearance since 1992.
ESPN has the opening game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.,  matching the Texans and the Chiefs. Kansas City snagged the wild-card berth by winning nine straight to end the season, while the Texans squeezed into the postseason at 9-7.
CBS has the Saturday prime time matchup between the Steelers and Bengals. They split their AFC North matchup this season, both winning on the road.
Minnesota hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC, as the Seahawks try to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
College football crowns its champion Monday on ESPN, as Alabama faces Clemson in the final of the College Football Playoff at 8:30 p.m.
The Championship Series title game matches North Dakota State and Jacksonville State Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Celtics visiting the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-Kings in the nightcap. The Cavaliers take on Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Thunder clashing with the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Toronto Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan State against Illinois. ESPN2 has Louisville-North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona’s battle with UCLA.
Valparaiso takes on Oakland Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Utah-Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Duke on ACC network Saturday at noon, then Virginia faces Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
CBS brings LSU-Florida Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Indiana takes on Ohio State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, and it’s North Carolina-Syracuse at 8 p.m.
There’s four games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting with Baylor-Iowa State at 3 p.m. Florida State meets Miami at 5 p.m., then it’s Memphis-Connecticut and Auburn against Missouri in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown meets DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton battling Seton Hall. It’s Princeton-Pennsylvania at 4:30 p.m. and Villanova faces Butler Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, with Louisville-Clemson Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network goes to the Atlantic 10 Sunday, starting at noon with Rhode Island-St. Joseph’s. Richmond faces Fordham at 2 p.m. followed by VCU-St. Louis.
UTEP meets Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by New Mexico State-Utah Valley.
It’s time for Conference USA on MASN Saturday, as Rice takes on North Texas at 2 p.m. before Texas-San Antonio goes against Middle Tennessee. Sunday at 1 p.m., Detroit battles Valparaiso.
St. John’s meets Marquette at 2 p.m. Saturday on MASN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut clashes with Houston Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and faces South Florida Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 offers Xavier-Creighton Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 brings North Carolina-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Maryland against Iowa.
Comcast has a pair of ACC women’s games Sunday, with North Carolina State-Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Georgia Tech against Florida State.
Old Dominion hosts Louisiana Tech on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. TCU takes on Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Alabama-Birmingham faces Texas-El Paso Sunday at 7 p.m.
MASN brings North Texas-Rice Sunday at 3 p.m. before St. Bonaventure battles Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
The Capitals head to Brooklyn Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast to meet the Islanders at their new home, then cross the river to meet the Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back home Sunday at 7 p.m. to play Ottawa.
NBC Sports network brings the Flyers’ visit to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m., and it’s Devils-Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Alaska meets Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings World Cup skiing this weekend, with ladies downhill Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s giant slalom at  7 a.m. There’s ladies Super G Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s slalom at 7 a.m.
It’s the third round of FA Cup matches, with Liverpool against Exeter City Friday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa faces Wycombe Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Sunderland.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting at 6:50 a.m. as Oxford United plays Swansea. Chelsea clashes with Scunthorpe at 10 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Leicester City at noon.
The United States meets Dominican Republic in women’s volleyball Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

For two months, ESPN has been running the commercials – please plan on watching the College Football playoffs on Dec. 31.
Today’s the day.
The four teams battling for the national championship take the field today, with top-seeded Clemson against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the Cotton Bowl hosting Alabama-Michigan State at 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the title contest in Arizona Jan. 11.
Thursday begins in Atlanta, with Houston facing Florida State at noon. Eat more chikin while you watch.
New Year’s Day action starts at noon, with the Outback Bowl matching Northwestern and Tennessee on ESPN2. ABC offers the Citrus Bowl between Michigan and Florida at 1 p.m.
The Fiesta Bowl brings together Notre Dame and Ohio State on ESPN 1 p.m., followed by Iowa-Stanford in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma State and Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
There’s four more bowl games on ESPN Saturday. Penn State and Jacksonville battle in Jacksonville at noon, followed by the Liberty Bowl matchup of Kansas State-Arkansas. Oregon and TCU meet in the Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m., with West Virginia against Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
The NFL closes its regular season Sunday, and the Packers and Vikings battle for the NFC North crown on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The loser still advances to the playoffs as a wild-card.
Fox has NFC East winners Washington at Dallas Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Buccaneers. The Steelers try to survive and advance against the Browns on CBS, then the Broncos battle the Chargers in hopes of claiming the AFC West.
New Year’s Day means the NHL’s Winter Classic, with the Bruins meeting the Canadiens from the Patriots’ stadium on NBC at 1 p.m. NBC Sports network has the alumni game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals against the Hurricanes Thursday at 6 p.m. and visiting Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wizards host Orlando Friday at 7 p.m. and the Heat Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia opens ACC play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Michigan State meets Minnesota Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., then LSU takes on Vanderbilt before the nightcap matching Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Tennessee tangles with Auburn Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Baylor-Kansas.
James Madison takes on Delaware on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. and Duke-Boston College at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Big East doubleheader Thursday, with Xavier-Villanova at noon followed by St. John’s against Creighton. Washington hosts UCLA Friday at 11 p.m.
There’s five Big East games on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with DePaul-Seton Hall. Butler battles Xavier at 1 p.m., then it’s St John’s against Providence at 3:30 p.m. and Marquette-Georgetown. The night closes at 10 p.m. with Creighton against Villanova.
The Pac-12 takes the stage on Sunday, with Arizona-Arizona State at 2 p.m. and Oregon playing Oregon State at 7 p.m.
Conference USA takes the court Friday on MASN, as North Texas takes on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. before Rice faces UTEP.
Liberty hosts UNC-Asheville on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. while MASN2 brings UIC-Valparaiso.
Sunday offers five games from Conference USA. Marshall meets Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. on MASN, followed by Middle Tennessee against Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas tangling with UTEP at 5 p.m. MASN2 has Old Dominion clashing with Charlotte at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers three games from the Atlantic 10 on Saturday. Saint Joseph’s travels to Richmond at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Dayton-Duquesne and St. Louis taking on Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m.  There’s two more Sunday, with Massachusetts against LaSalle at 5 p.m. and Fordham facing George Washington at 7 p.m.
On the women’s court, Virginia hosts Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. while CBS has the Big Ten battle between Ohio State and Maryland Saturday at noon.
FoxSports1 has Oklahoma-Baylor Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
West Ham United faces Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Manchester United against Swansea City. Sunday opens with Crystal Palace clashing with Chelsea at 8:25 a.m. before Everton meets Tottenham Hotspur.


Sports under the Christmas tree

On Christmas Eve, Oakland Raider fans will hope for victory in the final home game of the 2015 season.
And wonder if it’s the last home game ever.
The Raiders and Chargers battle on NFL network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Next month, their owners may be battling for the right to move to Los Angeles.
The Redskins and Eagles meet on NFL network Saturday, while the Giants face the Vikings on NBC Sunday night. ESPN offers the Broncos and Bengals Monday night.
The Sunday slate starts on CBS at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Steelers. Fox brings Panthers-Falcons at 1 p.m. before the Packers tangle with the Cardinals in the late afternoon slot.
The college bowl season continues Thursday at noon on ESPN, with Middle Tennessee at Western Michigan in the Bahamas. San Diego State tangles with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. in Hawai’i.
ESPN has four bowl games Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with Marshall-Connecticut from the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium. Washington meets Southern Mississippi in Dallas at 2:20 p.m. and Frank Beamer closes his Virginia Tech career at the Independence Bowl against Tulsa at 5:45 p.m. In the nightcap, Nebraska faces UCLA at 9:15 p.m. from Santa Clara.
CBS offers the Sun Bowl matchup between Miami and Washington State at 2 p.m. Duke faces Indiana at Yankee Stadium on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
There’s five NBA games on Christmas Day, starting at noon with the Pelicans and Heat. The action goes to ABC at 2:30 p.m. when the Bulls battle the Thunder, then Cleveland heads to Golden State at 5 p.m
The Spurs face the Rockets at 8 p.m. back on ESPN, with Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Nets on Comcast Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kentucky meets Louisville on CBS Saturday at noon. Marquette hosts Presbyterian Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the third place game at the Diamond Head Classic Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the final at 9 p.m.
The Capitals host Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Boxing Day brings Premier League action to NBC Sports network, with Stoke City against Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Leicester City at 10 a.m.
NBC has a pair of contests, as Newcastle United meets Everton at 12:30 p.m. and Southampton tangles with Arsenal at 2:30 p.m.


Who wants to finish 5-8?

How many bowls are there this season?
So many that three had to take a 5-7 team to have a contest.
One of those teams – San Jose State – plays Saturday as the bowl season kicks off with six games.
ABC starts the day at noon from Atlanta, as Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T meet in the Celebration Bowl. It’s off to New Mexico at 2 p.m. for Arizona-New Mexico on ESPN.
New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall closes his BYU career as the Cougars battle Utah at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.  Ohio faces Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
San Jose State tries to avoid a 5-8 finish on CBS Sports network against Georgia State at 7 p.m. The night closes in New Orleans with Louisiana Tech meeting Arkansas State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Big Ten teams Nebraska and Minnesota get their chances to finish 5-8 after Christmas. Thirty-five bowl games remain to be played, with the National Championship game on Jan. 11.
Richmond meets North Dakota State in the semifinals of the Championship Series Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
West Virginia’s Shepherd University vies for the Division II championship against Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NFL network has a pair of contests this weekend, with Bucs-Rams on Thursday and Jets visiting the Cowboys Saturday. The Eagles try to maintain their spot atop the NFC East on Sunday night, battling the Cardinals on NBC, while ESPN offers Lions against Saints Monday night.
The Redskins host the Bills on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has Ravens-Chiefs at 1 p.m. followed by Broncos facing the Steelers.
The Thunder face the Cavaliers on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Rockets meet the Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN brings the Clippers and Spurs Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Pelicans-Suns.
Comcast has the Wizards battling the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS offers UCLA-North Carolina at 1 p.m. followed by Ohio State against Kentucky.
Utah heads to Duke Saturday at noon on ESPN.
It’s Virginia-Villanova Saturday at noon on ESPN2, then Indiana meets Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Coverage goes west at 9:30 p.m. for Arizona taking on UCLA, then Texas faces Stanford at 11:30 p.m.
St. John’s meets Incarnate Word on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. Auburn visits Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Northwestern-DePaul at 2 p.m. Florida faces Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s against NJIT Sunday at noon.
Syracuse clashes with Cornell Saturday at noon on Comcast, then it’s College of Charleston against Miami. American meets Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Michigan State’s visit to Northeastern Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Belmont battles Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Georgia State goes to Southern Mississippi Saturday at 5 p.m. before South Florida hosts Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m.
MASN2 has a trio of games Saturday, starting with Georgetown against UNC-Asheville at noon. Florida State faces Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. and Rider tangles with Providence at 8 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 offers Cypress Lakes against Foothills Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of women’s contests Sunday, with Arkansas meeting Texas at 2:30 p.m. before Oklahoma plays Texas A&M at 5 p.m.
Michigan State meets Northeastern on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and visit the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Michigan State takes on Northeastern on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Manchester United against Norwich City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Aston Villa clashes with Newcastle United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Watford battles Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Swansea City-West Ham United.
The NCAA crowns its women’s volleyball champion this weekend. Texas takes on Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. one ESPN2 followed by Kansas-Nebraska. The winners meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Army-Navy

On the sidelines and in the stands, there will be Navy Midshipmen who weren’t in kindergarten the last time their side lost to Army.
army-navy-logoNavy looks to post its 14th straight victory over Army Saturday in their annual matchup in Philadelphia. Coverage will be on CBS at 3 p.m.
The Middies, who haven’t lost since 2001, nearly reached the American Conference championship game. Instead, they got a week off to prepare for two-win Army.
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, which also has college football awards Thursday at 7 p.m.
Charleston Southern takes on Jacksonville State in the quarterfinals of the Bowl Championship Series playoffs Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Northern Iowa against North Dakota Saturday at noon on ESPN.
The first-place Washington Redskins try to gain their first road win of the season, facing the Bears Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Cowboys meet the Packers in the late afternoon slot, while CBS offers the Bengals battling the Steelers at 1 p.m.
NFL network brings Vikings-Cardinals Thursday night. The Patriots battle the Texans Sunday night on NBC, with Giants against Dolphins on ESPN Monday night.
TNT offers Clippers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Knicks against Kings in the nightcap. The Heat face the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Lakers-Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 offers Iowa-Iowa State Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Troy taking on Seton Hall.
Ohio State travels to Connecticut Saturday at noon on CBS.
Kentucky faces Arizona State on ESPN Saturday at 3:15 p.m., followed by North Carolina-Texas.
There’s five games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Wisconsin against Marquette. It’s Utah-Wichita State at 3:30 p.m., followed by top-ranked Michigan State meeting Florida. Kansas clashes with Oregon State at 8 p.m. before UCLA goes against Gonzaga.
Houston faces LSU Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
FoxSports1 starts Saturday at noon with Bryant-Providence, followed by Tennessee’s trip to Butler at 2:30 p.m. Indiana-Purdue of Indianapolis meets Creighton at 5 p.m., and it’s Arkansas-Little Rock against DePaul at 10 p.m.
Three more Big East teams take the court Sunday, with St. John’s against Syracuse at noon before Seton Hall meets St. Peter’s. There’s a Philadelphia battle between LaSalle and Villanova at 5 p.m.
It’s Louisville-Eastern Michigan on Comcast Saturday at 2 p.m.
TCU takes on Prairie View Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2. It’s Oklahoma-Oral Roberts Saturday at 2 p.m.
Liberty meets Lamar Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN, with Mississippi State against Missouri-Kansas City at 5 p.m.
In women’s hoops, top-ranked Connecticut meets Florida State Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and Texas hosts Stanford on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Notre Dame faces TCU Saturday at noon on MASN2.
The Capitals head south for the weekend, meeting Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m.
Colorado College clashes with Western Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
In the Premier League, Norwich City battles with Everton Saturday at 7:40 a.m. and it’s Liverpool-West Bromwich Albion at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC has Bournemouth against Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa faces Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United.
Sion battles Liverpool in Europa League play Thursday at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Monaco.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and Trinidad-Tobago Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and the United States faces China Sunday at 7:30 p.m.


Turkey Day sports

Thursday, all 16 AFC teams get to stay home for the holiday.
Six NFC teams will be competing for Thanksgiving themed postgame trophies.
Fox starts the day at 12:30 p.m. with the Eagles facing the Lions. The Cowboys host the Panthers on CBS at 4:30 p.m., and the night closes on NBC when the Bears invade Lambeau Field to face the Packers.
Sunday, the Redskins meet the Giants on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS offers Dolphins-Jets early before the Steelers take on the Steelers in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the battle between the Broncos and Patriots Sunday night. The Ravens face the Browns on ESPN Monday night.
There’s a pair of college football games Thanksgiving night, with South Florida-Central Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Texas Tech-Texas at 7:30 p.m.
Undefeated Iowa closes its regular season against Nebraska Friday at 3:30 p.m., following Navy-Houston at noon.
Missouri and Arkansas battle on CBS at 2:30 p.m., while Fox brings the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State at 3:30 p.m.
Miami meets Pittsburgh at noon on ESPN2 and it’s Baylor taking on TCU on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
Marshall heads to Western Kentucky on FoxSports1 at noon.
Notre Dame, hoping to make the four-team playoff, battle Stanford on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan and Ohio State have their annual matchup at noon on ABC. Rivalries take the air at 3:30 p.m., with North Carolina against North Carolina State or Southern Cal-USC. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, it’s Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Iron Bowl takes center stage on CBS at 3:30 p.m., with Alabama meeting Auburn.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson-South Carolina. Michigan State tries to clinch the Big Ten East against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. before Florida State faces Florida at 7 p.m.
Georgia tangles with Georgia Tech on ESPN2 at noon. It’s the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:15 p.m. and Nevada meets San Diego State at 10:45 p.m.
The ACC Network offers Duke-Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas-Kansas State at 4 p.m. and Arizona State taking on California at 10 p.m.
Boston College battles Syracuse on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern at 5 p.m.
Conference USA takes the stage on MASN and MASN2 Saturday, with Old Dominion hosting Florida Atlantic on MASN at noon followed by Charlotte-Rice. MASN2 has Southern Mississippi taking on Louisiana Tech at noon before UTEP-North Texas.
It’s Grey Cup day in Canada, with Ottawa battling Edmonton for the CFL title Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards tangle with the Celtics on Comcast Friday at 8 p.m. and the Raptors at home Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has a bunch of tournaments for its Feast Week. The Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas has semifinals Thursday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and two more games Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Top-ranked Kentucky meets South Florida Friday at 5 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Thursday, starting at noon with Alabama-Xavier. It’s Wichita State-USC at 2 p.m., then Stanford plays Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. Michigan State meets Boston College at 6:30 p.m., followed by Iowa against Dayton and Santa Clara-Arizona in the nightcap at 11:30 p.m.
The NIT preseason tournament crowns its champion Friday at 3 p.m. There’s semifinals of the Wooden Legacy at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., sandwiched between Ohio State-Memphis and a semifinal at the AdvoCare Invitational at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday brings two more games from the AdvoCare Invitational at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., along with Wisconsin-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings West Virginia’s contest with Richmond at 5 p.m., then it’s California-San Diego State from Las Vegas Thursday at midnight. Friday, it’s two contests from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Georgia faces Seton Hall Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Marquette faces Jackson State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MASN offers play from the Barclay Center Classic Friday, with Cincinnati-Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. followed by Tennessee taking on George Washington. Louisville plays St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m.
Baylor faces Arkansas State at 1 p.m. on MASN2, and it’s Oklahoma State-Long Beach State at 8:30 p.m.
Liberty meets Appalachian State Thursday at 3 p.m. on Comcast, and it’s Old Dominion-VCU Saturday at 4 p.m.
Texas and Tennessee tangle on the women’s hardcourt Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC has Black Friday afternoon ice hockey, while the Blackhawks visit the Ducks on NBC Sports network at 5 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
Conference finals have their second leg in the MLS Sunday, with Dallas-Portland at 5 p.m. on ESPN and the Red Bulls clashing with Columbus on FoxSports at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Manchester City-Southampton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Leicester City against Manchester United on NBC in 12:30 p.m.
Liverpool meets Swansea City Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Gordon’s last ride

Jeff Gordon made his Winston Cup debut at the final race run by Richard Petty in 1992.
Sunday, he can go out like a king.
Gordon and three other drivers will battle for the season-long run Sprint Cup championship at Miami Homestead. NBC has coverage Sunday at 3 p.m.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. complete the four-man final field. The driver who finishes best among those four will be crowned the season champion.
The final Xfinity race will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC while FoxSports1 has the Truck Series finale Friday at 8 p.m.
The Titans take on Jacksonsville in NFL Network’s Thursday night game. The Bengals head to Arizona on NBC Sunday night, while the Patriots face the Bills on ESPN Monday night.
Fox shows the Redskins’ contest with the undefeated Panthers Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Packers against Vikings. CBS offers the Broncos without Peyton Manning against the Bears at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when East Carolina heads to South Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Air Force tangles with Boise State Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Frank Beamer takes on the Lane Stadium sideline for the final time Saturday, with the Hokies meeting North Carolina on ESPN at noon.
Fenway Park hosts Notre Dame and Boston College on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day at noon when Michigan takes on Penn State. Ohio State plays Michigan State at 3:30 p.m., with TCU-Oklahoma in primetime.
Mississippi battles LSU at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, with UCLA and Utah on Fox at 3:30 p.m. followed by Baylor meeting Oklahoma State.
Syracuse takes on N.C. State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas getting Miami-Georgia Tech.
Oregon takes on Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Mississippi State-Arkansas at 7 p.m. The night closes with the battle between California and Stanford.
Iowa battles Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, followed by top-ranked Clemson against Wake Forest. Tennessee takes on Missouri at 7:15 p.m. before Washington State hosts Colorado.
FoxSports1 offers Iowa State-Kansas State at noon and Arizona tangles with Arizona State at 3:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers West Virginia facing Kansas at noon, followed by Louisiana Tech-UTEP.
Lafayette tangles with Lehigh on MASN at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Ohio Valley action between Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State.
William & Mary tangles with Richmond at noon on Comcast, followed by UT-Chattanooga against Florida State.
NBC Sports network offers Brown-Columbia Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Game between Harvard and Yale Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Stars Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before Colorado comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers Cavaliers meeting the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Warriors-Clippers. The Spurs play the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Bulls-Warriors as the nightcap.
ESPN2 has four contests from the college court Thursday, starting with Miami-Mississippi State at 5 p.m. Utah takes on Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m., followed by Virginia against Bradley and SMU facing Stanford at midnight.
Sunday on ESPN brings a Feast Week game at 1 p.m., followed by four more on ESPN2 starting at 3:30 p.m.
St. Johns hosts Rutgers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Iowa-Marquette. Villanova takes on Akron in the NIT preseason tournament Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
George Washington takes on South Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, while MASN offers Nicholls State against Southeastern Louisiana. Oklahoma takes on McNeese State Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
Brown battles Providence on MASN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Mississippi meets Middle Tennessee Sunday at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
It’s Conference final time in the MLS, with Columbus against the Red Bulls on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by Dallas-Portland at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC has Liverpool facing Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Watford meets Manchester United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Tottenham Hotspur against West Ham United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Conference USA crowns its women’s volleyball champions Sunday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.

 


Beamer’s farewell tour

Frank Beamer has three more games scheduled on the Virginia Tech sideline.
Four if the Hokies win enough to become bowl eligible.
The final countdown for Beamer, who announced his retirement Nov. 2, begins Thursday on ESPN against Georgia Tech. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Hokies host North Carolina next week before closing out the season against Virginia in Charlottesville. Winning two of the three gets them to 6-6, and there’s a chance a 5-7 team might be selected to fill open bowl slots. Then Beamer’s 29-year tenure will come to a close.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Southern Cal visits Colorado at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS takes the early shift Saturday, showing Georgia against Auburn at noon before Alabama takes on Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Wake Forest on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Fox offers Stanford against Oregon at 7:30 p.m.
Ohio State heads to Illinois on ABC at noon. At 3:30 p.m., top-ranked Clemson visits Syracuse while Michigan-Indiana will be seen in other parts of the country. The game not seen over the air will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, Baylor faces Oklahoma.
Virginia meets Louisville on Comcast at 12:30 p.m., then it’s James Madison-Delaware at 4 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida facing South Carolina. Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. then Arkansas takes on LSU at 7:15 p.m. The day ends with Washington State-UCLA at 10:45 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan State on ESPN2 at noon. Memphis faces Houston at 7 p.m.
TCU tangles with Kansas at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas State-Texas Tech. In the nightcap, Arizona meets Utah at 10 p.m.
MASN2 brings Conference USA action, with Texas-El Paso visiting Old Dominion at noon before Florida International meets Marshall. Central Arkansas takes on Nichols State at 7 p.m. on MASN.
The Ravens start their second half of the season against Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Patriots-Giants in the late afternoon slot. The Redskins host the Saints on Fox at 1 p.m.
NFL Network brings the Jets and Bills Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Cardinals head to Seattle on NBC Sunday night, while the undefeated Bengals battling the Texans Monday on ESPN.
NASCAR sets the final four competitors for next week’s conclusion Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.  The Xfinity race will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m., with the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One visits Brazil, with the Brazilian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Capitals take on the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then Calgary comes to town Friday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers the Warriors and Timberwolves Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Clippers taking on the Suns.
The Wizards host the Magic on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
The college basketball season starts Friday when Iowa State faces Colorado on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ESPN has a twinbill, with Pittsburgh-Gonzaga at 7 p.m. followed by Texas against Washington.
MASN offers George Mason facing Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of Big East teams in action on MASN2, with Dartmouth meeting Seton Hall at 7 p.m. then Belmont heads to Marquette at 9 p.m.
Harvard faces Providence Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by Western Michigan-DePaul.
St. John’s takes on Wagner on FoxSports1 Friday at 6 p.m.
The road to the 2018 World Cup begins Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with the United States taking on St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
Bosnia-Herzegovina faces the Republic of Ireland in the first leg of the European qualifying Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Hungary meets Norway in their second leg Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN after their first meeting on FoxSports1 Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
MASN2 brings the Conference USA men’s championship Sunday at 2 p.m.


Hold that Tiger

The first College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday.
The ACC’s possible place in the final four might be determined Saturday.
ABC has undefeated Clemson’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles made the field last season, and their hopes of returning depend on pulling out a win at Death Valley.
Another set of Tigers – LSU – ranks second in the initial rankings. The Bayou Bengals take on Alabama on CBS at 8 p.m.
Baylor and defending champion Ohio State round out the first top four of the season. Five weeks of contests until the final field will be announced.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 when Baylor battles Kansas State. ESPN has Mississippi State’s trip to Missouri at 9 p.m., and ESPN2 brings Nevada-Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on SMU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ABC, and in primetime it’s Ohio State hosting Minnesota.
Arkansas takes on Mississippi on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and Fox has a battle with playoff implications between TCU and Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. before Utah tangles with Washington.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Vanderbilt facing Florida, then it’s Indiana-Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Michigan State heads to Minnesota at 7 p.m., with Arizona-Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
Duke meets North Carolina on ESPN2 at noon. Cincinnati clashes with Houston at 3:30 p.m. before Navy takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. California faces Oregon in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech on FoxSports1 at noon followed by Arizona State-Washington State.
Virginia meets Miami at 3 p.m. after Elon hosts William & Mary at noon on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers Cornell-Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. it’s Richmond against New Hampshire.
MASN shows action from the Ohio Valley Conference at 3 p.m., with Murray State facing Tennessee State. On MASN2, Florida Atlantic meets Western Kentucky at noon and it’s Marshall-Middle Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday night NFL goes back to only on NFL network, with the Bengals meeting the Browns. NBC has the Eagles’ trip to Dallas Sunday night, and the Bears take on the Chargers Monday night on ESPN.
The Redskins battle undefeated New England Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the Raiders’ trip to Pittsburgh. before the Colts clash with the Broncos.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the winner joining Jeff Gordon as members of the final four for the season’s championship. NBC has coverage at 2 p.m., and the Xfinity Series races Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
TNT offers Thunder-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. , with the Grizzlies taking on the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Rockets-Kings.
The Wizards take on the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Atlanta Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
MLS has the second leg of its conference semifinals Sunday. ESPN has Red Bulls-D.C. United at 3 p.m. followed by Columbus clashing with Montreal. The action shifts to FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m., with Dallas taking on Seattle before the nightcap featuring Vancouver and Portland.
AFC Bournemouth takes on Newcastle United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Aston Villa meets Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur.
FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday, with Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 1 p.m. followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Anderlecht.
Conference USA crowns its women’s champion Sunday at 11 a.m. on MASN2. FoxSports1 has finals from the Big East Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Big 12 at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the ACC field hockey tournament Thursday, starting with Duke-Virginia at 11 a.m. Boston College battles Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m. and Louisville faces North Carolina at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m
Wisconsin battles Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. in volleyball on ESPN2.


Fall Classic

In the 1980s, Back to the Future II took us to 2015.
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Kansas City, which won its only championship in 1985, faces the 1986 champion New York Mets for this year’s crown. The Royals took the first two games of the series, outlasting the Mets in 14 innings in Tuesday’s opener.
Fox has coverage of Games 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. as play heads to New York. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday at 5 p.m.
If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
CBS ends its run of Thursday night games with the Patriots hosting Miami.
A pair of undefeated teams collide Sunday night on NBC with the Broncos taking on the Packers, and the Colts visit the Panthers on ESPN Monday night.
It’s the third and final game from London Sunday, with the Lions and Chiefs meeting on Fox at 9:30 a.m. The Giants face the Saints at 1 p.m. before the Seahawks battle the Cowboys in the late afternoon contest.
CBS offers Chargers-Ravens at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend starts Thursday with North Carolina taking on Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on ESPN. West Virginia travels to TCU at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, and it’s Oregon-Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has a doubleheader Friday, with Louisville-Wake Forest at 7 p.m. followed by Wyoming against Utah State. FoxSports1 features Louisiana Tech and Rice at 8 p.m.
Syracuse heads to Florida State Saturday at noon on ABC, with either Clemson-North Carolina State or Maryland facing Iowa at 3:30 p.m. The game not shown on the air will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, Notre Dame takes on Temple.
CBS visits Jacksonville for Florida-Georgia at 3:30 p.m., while Fox offers Southern Cal against California at 3 p.m.
Virginia Tech takes on Boston College on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m. Virginia hosts Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Mississippi-Auburn, then Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Minnesota meets Michigan at 7 p.m. and it’s Stanford-Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Penn State battles Illinois on ESPN2 at noon, and Vanderbilt heads to Houston at 7 p.m.
Kansas hosts Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Texas battles Iowa State at 7 p.m. before Arizona and Washington close out the night at 11 p.m.
Elon meets Stony Brook on MASN at noon, followed by McNeese State-Abilene Christian. MASN2 has a pair of games from C-USA, as Old Dominion hosts Western Kentucky at noon and Marshall clashes with Charlotte at 3:30 p.m.
Harvard hosts Dartmouth on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m. There’s CAA action Saturday, with James Madison going to William & Mary at 4 p.m. before Maine meets Villanova.
ESPN2 has high school football Thursday at 8 p.m., as North Marion faces Hoover.
It’s down to the final four races of the NASCAR season, with Martinsville hosting the Sprint Cup this weekend. The green flag drops Sunday at 1:15 p.m., after qualifying Friday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and practice at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
NBA’s Opening Week continues Thursday on TNT, with the Hawks taking on the Knicks at 8 p.m. and Mavericks-Clippers in the nightcap. ESPN has the Heat and Cavaliers Friday at 7 p.m. followed by the defending champion Warriors taking on the Rockets.
Comcast has the Wizards’ home opener with Knicks Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals clash with Columbus Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s MLS playoff time, with a pair of games on ESPN Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m. and two more on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Chelsea battles Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:45 a.m., followed by Manchester United and Crystal Place at 11 a.m. Sunday at 8:30 a.m., Everton meets Sunderland.
NBC carries the Breeders Cup Saturday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has earlier action Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.