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.


GameDay in Harrisonburg

ESPN’s College GameDay likes to feature the top matchup of the day for its Saturday morning show.
This week, the best game is in Harrisonburg.
The GameDay crew will do their show before the 7-0 Dukes face 5-1 Richmond, a first visit by the national show to a campus in the CAA. The show starts at 9 a.m. with cut-ins during SportsCenter Friday and earlier Saturday.
Game time is 3:30 p.m., with coverage scheduled for Comcast-plus.
The college football weekend starts Thursday when Temple tangles with East Carolina at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. California takes on UCLA at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Memphis meets Tulsa at 8 p.m. on ESPN Friday, with Utah State against San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Clemson heads to Miami Saturday at noon on ABC, with either Texas Tech-Oklahoma or Indiana against Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. The game not shown over the air will be in ESPN2.
In primetime, top-ranked Ohio State travels to Rutgers.
Alabama hosts Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m., and Fox has Utah battling Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
Louisville battles Boston College on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with second-ranked Baylor facing Iowa State. Penn State and Maryland meet in Baltimore at 3:30 p.m., then Texas A&M travels to Mississippi at 7 p.m. The nightcap brings Washington-Stanford at 10:30 p.m.
Nebraska hosts Northwestern at noon on ESPN2. It’s off to the ACC at 7 p.m. for Florida State facing Georgia Tech and Wyoming heads to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Comcast has an ACC doubleheader, with North Carolina State-Wake Forest at noon followed by Virginia’s trip to North Carolina. Towson takes on Villanova at 7 p.m.
Kansas State travels to Texas at noon on FoxSports1, then it’s Kansas-Oklahoma State.
MASN2 has a doubleheader from C-USA, with Rice-Army at noon followed by North Texas facing Marshall. Abilene Christian takes on Incarnate Word on MASN at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network goes to the Ivy League for Yale-Pennsylvania Friday at 7 p.m.
The Seahawks visit San Francisco Thursday night on CBS. The Eagles head to Carolina Sunday night on NBC, with the Ravens and Cardinals battling Monday at 8:25 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox has Sunday’s doubleheader, with the Buccaneers at the Redskins at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys-Giants. CBS brings the Steelers and Chiefs at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has a high school contest between Paramus Catholic and IMG Academy from Florida Friday at 7 p.m.
The American League Championship Series heads back to Kansas City for Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Game 7, if necessary, will be Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Mets await the winner when the World Series begins Tuesday on Fox.
NASCAR heads to Talladega for the weekend, with coverage of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck Series hits the track Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC carries the Formula One United States Grand Prix Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Capitals continue their Canadian road trip, taking on Vancouver Thursday at 10 p.m. on Comcast before going to Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Minnesota-Duluth Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
TNT gears up for the NBA season with Golden State at the Lakers Thursday at 10 p.m.
Chelsea takes on West Ham United Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Arsenal-Everton on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sunderland faces Newcastle United at 7 p.m. followed by Manchester City against Manchester United. NBC carries Liverpool’s contest with Southampton at noon.
D.C. United clashes with Columbus Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast and FoxSports1. Sporting Kansas City takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has competition in the Europa League Thursday, with Tottenham Hotspur taking on Anderlecht at 1 p.m. and Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 3 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville in women’s soccer Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Brazil and the United States meet in an international friendly on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m.
Illinois and Purdue tangle in women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.


How the West is won

There’s four berths in the new college football playoff.
150px-SEC_new_logoAnd three teams in the SEC West in the top four this week, vying for a playoff spot.
The real college playoffs begin Saturday, when No. 4 Mississippi seeks to bounce back from its’ first loss as No. 3 Auburn comes to town. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Top-ranked Mississippi State takes on Arkansas on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m. Alabama, ranked sixth in the first poll that will determine the January 1 semifinal matchups, has the weekend off before a big contest with LSU next week.
The top four contenders already have big plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Mississippi and Mississippi State will tangle in the Egg Bowl while Auburn-Alabama try to top last year’s Iron Bowl.
The college weekend starts Thursday in the ACC, with Florida State visiting Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Tulane takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8 p.m.
The Service Academies star in CBS’s triple-header Saturday. Army hosts Air Force at 11:30 a.m., and Navy faces Notre Dame at FedEx Field at 8 p.m. In between, Florida and Georgia battle at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.
ABC brings the Big 12 battle between TCU and West Virginia or Purdue-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with the game not seen over-the-air in your area on ESPN2. In primetime, it’s Oklahoma State-Kansas State or Illinois facing Ohio State.
Fifth-ranked Oregon faces Stanford on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back at home, facing Boston College at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Other areas will see North Carolina-Miami.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin visits Rutgers. Arizona travels to UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland makes its first Big Ten trip to Penn State at noon on ESPN2 and the night ends at 10:45 p.m. with Wyoming-Fresno State.
Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, then Kansas visits Baylor at 4 p.m. Action continues from the Big 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Texas takes on Texas Tech, then it’s off to the west coast at 11 p.m. for Utah against Arizona State.
Comcast starts its day at noon with Villanova against Richmond, then North Carolina State visits Syracuse at 3:30 p.m.
NFL Network begins the weekend with Saints-Panthers Thursday at 8:20 p.m. NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Ravens and Steelers Sunday at 8:20 p.m., and the Colts meet the New York Giants on ESPN Monday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins head to Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, while CBS shows Chargers against Dolphins at 1 p.m. and the Broncos-Patriots at 4:25 p.m.
It’s the first week of the NBA regular season – 82 games until the real action of the playoffs in April.  TNT offers Knicks- Cavaliers Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Thunder taking on the Clippers. ESPN has LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ trip to Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. and Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards continue a Florida road trip Thursday at 7 p.m., facing the Magic on Comcast. The home opener is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Bucks.
NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend. The flag drops on the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Formula One racers will also be in Texas, with the race Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC Sports network has the practice Friday at 3 p.m.
For another kind of horsepower, NBC has the Breeders’ Cup Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host the Coyotes Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Islanders visit San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Vermont Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS playoffs start Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, as the Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City meet in a conference knockout game. Seattle hosts Dallas Sunday at 9 p.m. in the Western Conference semifinals.
Liverpool faces Newcastle United at 8:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Queens Park Rangers. Sunday’s action starts with Manchester City battling Manchester United at 8:30 a.m., then Aston Villa takes on Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Clemson hosts North Carolina State Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Miami meets North Carolina State in women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 shows the New York City marathon Sunday at 9 a.m.


Fall Classic

A wild World Series heads to the west coast this weekend.
world series 2014Wild cards Kansas City and San Francisco continue the Fall Classic from McCovey Cove Friday on Fox at 8 p.m. The teams split the first two games in Kansas City.
Eight played a big part for both teams entering the series. The Royals won their first eight games this postseason, while the Giants have won eight straight postseason series – including the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
How about those Cowboys? The Redskins will find out Monday night, when they visit the division leaders on ESPN.
The run of Thursday night games on CBS ends when the Chargers visit the Broncos at 8:20 p.m. NBC shows the Packers and Saints Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s breakfast-time football this Sunday, as the Lions meet the Falcons in London on Fox at 9:30 a.m. Most of Virginia will catch the 4 p.m. game between the Eagles and Cardinals, while the Fishersville area is scheduled to get Bears-Patriots.
The AFC North leading Ravens take on the Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Colts-Steelers.
Another Thursday night and another Hokie game – this time at home to Miami at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Cincinnati hosts South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and BYU battles Boise State at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon travels to California at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia looks to bounce back against North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Top-ranked Mississippi State heads to Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ABC spends the day in the Big Ten, with Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State visiting Penn State at 8 p.m.
Fox offers Texas Tech against TCU at 3:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has a Conference USA matchup between Marshall and Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. and a top-20 contest in the Pac-12 with USC against Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Texas travels to Kansas State, then West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Primetime starts at 7:15 p.m. with Mississippi-LSU before Arizona State and Washington close out the night at 10:45 p.m.
Rutgers meets Nebraska at noon on ESPN2 and Oregon State faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Alabama meets Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, with Maine-Rhode Island at noon before Charleston Southern meets Coastal Carolina. Rice faces North Texas at noon on MASN2.
Delaware faces William & Mary on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
On the high school gridiron, Cedar Hill battles Desoto at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2.
NASCAR is down to its final four races, with only eight contenders left for the championship. Martinsville hosts this week’s race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. The truck series takes the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Capitals continue their west coast swing, meeting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. and Vancouver Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Niagara Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the women’s World Cup in Canada next year continues on FoxSports1, as the United States meets Mexico in the semifinals of CONCACAF Friday at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 6 p.m., after the third place contest at 3 p.m.
It’s another day of matches in the Europa League on FoxSports1, with Everton against Lille Metropole at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur faces Asteras Napoli at 3 p.m.
NBC brings Leicester-Swansea Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Manchester United plays Chelsea Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network starts its Premier League action Saturday at 7:45 a.m. when West Ham United meets Manchester City. Sunderland plays Arsenal at 10 a.m. and Everton takes on Burnley Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle tangles with the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Houston clashes with Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia faces Wake Forest in men’s soccer on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in women’s soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In women’s volleyball, Syracuse meets Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Nebraska and Wisconsin clash on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast shows the Marine Corps marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.


Fall Classic

Tim McCarver was catcher on a pair of St. Louis World Series champions in the 1960s.
He gets to close his career announcing with 19th appearance in the Fall Classic.
series2013Game 2 of the World Series will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox from Fenway Park. After Friday’s off day, the series heads to St. Louis Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Game 4 will be at 8 p.m., with Game 5 if necessary Monday night.
Boston and St. Louis have meet in some memorable Fall Classics, including the 1967 series that McCarver and the Cardinals won in seven games.
The teams last met for the championship in 2004, with the Red Sox winning four straight for their first title since 1918.
The Redskins get their chance to stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the second game on FOX Sunday. The Cowboys visit Detroit in the early game, while CBS offers Patriots-Dolphins at 1 p.m.
Carolina’s visit to Tampa Bay starts the NFL weekend Thursday on NFL network. NBC shows Packers-Vikings Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. while the Seahawks face the Rams on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when Kentucky travels to Mississippi State. FoxSports1 has Marshall against new conference foe Middle Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
BYU faces Boise State on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama hosts Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while Fox offers Texas Tech at Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m.
In primetime, Ohio State battles Penn State on ABC. The afternoon ABC choices are N.C. State traveling to Florida State or Michigan State-Illinois, with the game not seen in your area will be on ESPN2.
ESPN starts its day in the Big Ten at noon with Nebraska against Minnesota. Maryland takes on Clemson at 3:30 p.m. before a Pac-12 doubleheader – UCLA meeting Oregon at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon State.
Louisville visits South Florida on ESPN2 at noon, then Missouri battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The night closes at 10:30 p.m. with Fresno State playing San Diego State.
FoxSports1 offers West Virginia against Kansas State at 3:45 p.m., and two more games in primetime – Texas taking on TCU at 7:30 p.m. and California-Washington at 11 p.m.
Virginia tries to bounce back against Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Towson takes on Richmond on Comcast at noon, then Boston College heads to North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
MASN shows Oklahoma State against Iowa State at noon, while MASN2 offers Connecticut-Central Florida.
North of the border, Winnipeg visits Toronto on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson’s quest for another Sprint Cup championship continues at Martinsville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Formula One heads to India this weekend, with the Indian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 5:30 a.m. Practice is Friday at 4:30 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 4:30 a.m.
It’s the final weekend of the MLS season, and NBC shows D.C. United against Houston Sunday at 1:30 p.m. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday afternoon – Kansas City-Philadelphia at 3 p.m. before Dallas goes against San Jose. ESPN shows Seattle against the Galaxy Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC Sports network starts the day at 7:45 a.m. with Crystal Palace against Arsenal. Manchester United faces Stoke City at 10 p.m. before Southampton meets Fulham. Sunday, Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 9:30 p.m. followed by Chelsea-Manchester City.
ESPN2 has the Mexican League contest between Monarcas and Chivas de Guadalajara Friday at 8:25 p.m.
On the college pitch, Comcast shows Boston College at Clemson Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Duke women play Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals continue their road trip in Edmonton Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast, then face Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m.
Massachusetts faces Maine in college ice hockey on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 p.m.
On the race track, MASN heads to Keeneland Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the Hagyard Fayette race.
Wake Forest hosts Miami in college volleyball Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has Big Ten play Thursday at 9 p.m. between Ohio State and Penn State.


Peyton back at his place

No one has been able to stop Peyton Manning this season.
Will his former mates?
Manning and the Denver Broncos visit Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday night game at 8:25 p.m. Manning won one Super Bowl during his 14-year tenure with the Colts. His quest for a second title has gotten off to a good start, with 22 touchdown passes in six wins.
Andrew Luck took the Colts to the playoff after taking over Manning’s quarterback slot, but his team enters the contest off a Monday night loss to San Diego.
In the afternoon, the Redskins host the Bears on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with Patriots-Jets at 1 p.m. before the Ravens head to Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m.
Seattle travels to Arizona for the Thursday night game on NFL network. The winless Giants host Minnesota Monday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Detroit hosts Game 5 of the American League championship series Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Games 6 and 7 will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and, if necessary, Sunday.
The National League series returns to St. Louis Friday for Game 6 at 8 p.m. on TBS. If the Dodgers win, Game 7 will be Saturday.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Miami taking on North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Louisville hosts Central Florida Friday at 8 p.m.
CBS offers an SEC doubleheader Saturday, as Georgia meets Vanderbilt at noon before Auburn takes on Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC has a pair of teams in the top five – Clemson and Florida State – and they meet on ABC at 8 p.m. In the afternoon, it’s either Ohio State-Iowa or UCLA playing Stanford, with ESPN2 showing the game not seen over-the-air in your area.
Notre Dame meets Southern Cal on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and Fox goes early with TCU-Oklahoma State at noon.
ESPN starts and ends the day in the SEC. South Carolina meets Tennessee at noon, and Alabama battles Arkansas at 7 p.m. In between, Oklahoma plays Kansas at 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota takes on Northwestern at noon on ESPN2. The primetime doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with LSU-Mississippi, then Oregon State goes to California at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia welcomes Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, and Oregon hosts Washington State at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Duke at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast, after the CAA contest between Villanova and New Hampshire at noon.
MASN brings SMU at Memphis at noon, while MASN2 features Southern Mississippi taking on East Carolina.
ESPN has the BCS countdown show Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s high school football from New Jersey Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with Don Bosco Prep meeting Paramus Catholic. FoxSports1 heads to Florida for Cypress Bay at St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m.
With five races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR visits Talladega Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 has the truck race Saturday at 4 p.m.
Indy Car concludes its season in California Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals face Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
D.C. United travels to Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Dallas hosts Seattle on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. while the Galaxy head to San Jose on ESPN Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC shows West Ham against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Newcastle United faces Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Southampton. Sunday at 11 a.m., it’s Aston Villa-Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Syracuse plays North Carolina on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m. There’s women’s action Sunday on Comcast, as Syracuse meets N.C. State at 1 p.m. and Wake Forest goes against Clemson.
The Wizards gear up for the NBA season Thursday, facing the Knicks at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
From Keeneland, MASN offers the Raven Run at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Iowa State takes on Texas in women’s volleyball Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast brings Duke against Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. after ESPN2 shows Michigan State against Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m.


McCarver’s farewell tour

Fox starts its postseason coverage Saturday, with Tim McCarver in the booth for the final time.
2013 postseasonMcCarver and crew will be in Boston for the Red Sox against either the Tigers and A’s. Those teams battle Thursday at 8 p.m. on TBS in the deciding fifth game.
Saturday’s game marks the start of the road to McCarver’s 23th World Series in the announcing booth – along with those he played for St. Louis in the 1960s.
TBS brings the National League series between Dodgers and Cardinals starting Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Game 2 on Saturday.
Washington visits the Cowboys for the NBC Sunday night contest. In the afternoon, the Ravens host Green Bay in the Fox early game. The Saints head to New England at 4:25 p.m., while CBS shows the winless Steelers against the Jets.
The winless Giants head to Chicago on NFL Network Thursday night, while the Colts take on the Chargers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the final conference meeting between Rutgers and Louisville at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Arizona meets Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8:30 p.m.
ABC brings the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma Saturday at noon. In the afternoon, third-ranked Clemson takes on Boston College and Northwestern travels to Wisconsin. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
Florida meets LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Fox shows Baylor at Kansas State.
The ACC network brings Navy against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Missouri on ESPN Saturday at noon, with Michigan-Penn State at 5 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings Indiana-Michigan State at noon, and top-ranked Alabama takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. The night closes with California against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day in the Big 12 at noon with either Iowa State taking on Texas Tech or Kansas-TCU. Second-ranked Oregon battles Washington at 4 p.m., followed by Tulsa-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has Lehigh-Columbia at noon before heading to the CAA for James Madison hosting Richmond at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova against Towson at 7 p.m.
Delaware battles Albany at noon on Comcast, followed by Syracuse-N.C. State.
MASN brings the contest between South Florida and Connecticut at noon. There’s Big 12 action on MASN2, as Kansas goes to TCU at noon.
Minnesota can clinch the WNBA title Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. If Atlanta wins, they will host Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, showing on ABC Saturday at 7 p.m. Matt Kenseth holds a slim lead over Jimmie Johnson. The Nationwide racers go on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network covers the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 2 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 1 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals host Carolina Thursday and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Notre Dame faces Western Michigan in college ice hockey Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to Brazil continues with World Cup qualifying between the United States and Jamaica Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Germany faces Ireland on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Portland takes on Seattle in MLS action Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia hosts Maryland in ACC men’s soccer Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. In women’s play, Notre Dame faces Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
Florida State takes on Pittsburgh in women’s volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
The Dew Tour holds its City Championships in San Francisco this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., with more action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m.


Return to the Swamp

The first BCS rankings came out this week, and the SEC holds four of the top eight spots. Two of those challengers battle on Saturday.
Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks, ranked in the top three before last week’s loss, face Florida at 3:30 p.m on CBS. Spurrier won a national title with the Gators in 1996, and will try to gain the lead in the SEC East.
Notre Dame tries to stay in the national title hunt, playing BYU at 3:30 p.m. Fox has a battle among top contenders in the Big 12 at 7 p.m., with West Virginia hosting Kansas State. At 3 p.m., Stanford faces California.
Virginia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon on ABC in ACC country, while most of the nation gets Purdue at Ohio State. ESPN2 airs that game in ACC areas. At 3:30 p.m., most of the country gets Texas Tech against TCU. Others will see Nebraska-Northwestern on ABC, with that game on ESPN2 in the southeast. In primetime, it’s either Florida State-Miami or Baylor taking on Texas.
Virginia tries to halt its five-game losing streak against Wake Forest Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network.
ESPN opens the weekend Thursday when Oregon heads to Arizona State at 9 p.m. Friday it’s off to the Big East as Connecticut meets Syracuse. LSU’s trip to Texas A&M starts the day Saturday at noon. Alabama takes on Tennessee at 7 p.m., while ESPN2 has a pair of games in the evening – Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. followed by Utah-Oregon State.
Fx brings Iowa State at Oklahoma State Saturday at noon.
Comcast goes to the CAA Saturday at noon, with New Hampshire at Maine. James Madison travels to Richmond at 3:30 p.m.
Temple hosts Rutgers in the Big East game of the week at noon on MASN. There’s more Big East at 3:30 p.m. when Pittsburgh meets Buffalo from the MAC, then it’s off to the WAC for Idaho facing Louisiana Tech.
MASN2 shows Liberty against Concord from the West Virginia Conference Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s a twinbill on NBC sports network, starting at noon with Penn at Yale. UNLV tackles Boise State on the blue turf at 3:3o p.m.
A battle for the top of the NFC West kicks off the NFL weekend – the Seahawks at 49ers on NFL Network Thursday at 8:20 p.m. The AFC North takes centerstage Sunday on NBC, as the Steelers play the Bengals. ESPN has the NFC North contest between the Lions and Bears on Monday night.
The Redskins visit the Giants Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the doubleheader, with the first game matching Houston against the wounded Ravens. The Jets head to New England in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network heads north of the border Friday at 10 p.m., with Edmonton meeting British Columbia in CFL play. In high school football, ESPN2 has Sandalwood battling Deland from Florida.
Rain pushed back Game 4 of the American League championship series to Thursday at 4 p.m. on TBS. If the Yankees win, there will be Game 5 in Detroit Friday.
It’s Game 4 of the National League championship series from St. Louis Thursday, with the Cardinals meeting the Giants on Fox at 8 p.m. Game 5 will be Friday, with Game 6 if necessary Sunday on Fox.
Indiana hosts Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Game 4, if necessary, will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR is down to the final five races in the Chase for the Cup, running this weekend at Kansas. ESPN has coverage at 1 p.m. Sunday, after the Nationwide race goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
As the MLS season winds down, D.C. United hosts Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. Philadelphia plays Houston Saturday at 7:3o p.m. on NBC Sports network and Seattle meets Dallas Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college pitch, Virginia Tech takes on Virginia Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Florida State faces Georgia Tech in women’s volleyball Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. The Jackets host Miami Sunday at 1 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Nebraska against Illinois.


Hunt for Mr. October

There’s two more games and two more teams in the hunt for the 2012 World Series championship.
The first meeting between wild-card teams takes place Friday on TBS. Defending champion St. Louis made the field as the second wild-card, and take on Atlanta at 5 p.m. The American League contest between the Orioles and Rangers will be at 8:30 p.m.
The Division Series start Saturday, with Detroit hosting Oakland at 6 p.m. and San Francisco taking on Cincinnati at 9:30 p.m. The wild-card winners host the first game of the other division series on Sunday, along with game 2 from Detroit and San Francisco. TBS carries both Saturday games and three Sunday, with the other game on the MLB network.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday with the unbeaten Cardinals and Rams on NFL network at 8:20 p.m. Another unbeaten – Houston – visits the Jets Monday night on ESPN, while NBC shows Drew Brees trying to get the Saints in the win column against the Chargers Sunday night.
The Redskins host the Falcons Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. CBS has the doubleheader, with the Ravens heading to Kansas City at 1 p.m. before Peyton Manning and Tom Brady meet in New England at 4:15 p.m.
ESPN starts the college football weekend Thursday with Southern Cal visiting Utah at 9 p.m. Friday features a twinbill, with future ACC foes Pittsburgh and Syracuse meeting in a Big East clash at 7 p.m. Utah State meets BYU at 10:15 p.m.
CBS starts Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with a service academy battle between Navy and Air Force. Florida travels to LSU at 3:30 p.m. ABC offers Oklahoma at Texas Tech or Illinois-Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m.
Want to see scoring? Fox has West Virginia’s visit to Big 12 foe Texas Saturday at 7 p.m. after Arizona plays Stanford at 3 p.m. Miami takes on Notre Dame from Chicago at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, and ABC’s primetime game matches Nebraska and Ohio State.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back on the ACC game of the week, traveling to North Carolina at 12:30 p.m. Virginia goes to Duke at 3 p.m. on Comcast, which adds North Texas at Houston at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts the day in the Big Ten with Northwestern against Penn State. It’s off to the ACC at 3:30 p.m. with Clemson meeting Georgia Tech, then Georgia battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The nightcap has Washington taking on Oregon. ESPN2 brings Arkansas-Auburn at noon, with the coverage of the game not on your ABC station at 3:30 p.m. Florida State meets N.C. State at 8 p.m.
On Fx, Kansas State takes on Kansas at noon.
MASN starts its day at noon with the Big East contest between South Florida and Temple. Liberty hosts Big South foe Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m., followed by UNLV taking on Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m.
Towson battles James Madison at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
For your CFL action, NBC sports network shows Hamilton at Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Talladega for the weekend, with the Chase for the Cup Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The WNBA playoffs continue Thursday on ESPN2, with Minnesota hosting Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Indiana plays Connecticut Friday at 8 p.m., and it’s Game 2 of Minnesota-L.A. Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
D.C. United hosts Toronto Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. NBC offers the Red Bulls against Chicago Saturday at 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports network caps the night with Real Salt Lake at the Galaxy at 9 p.m. ESPN brings Seattle against Portland Sunday at 9 p.m.
Comcast has ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. with Boston College taking on North Carolina. Men’s action includes N.C. State hosting Duke Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college volleyball, Virginia meets Clemson Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.


Enjoy pro basketball while it lasts

The WNBA championship could be decided this weekend.
Then it might be a long time until there’s pro basketball on TV.
While the start of the NBA season is delayed by lockout, the Dream and Lynx battle for the WNBA championship on ESPN2. Minnesota won the first two games at home, and Game 3 is Friday at 8 p.m. If the Dream win, Game 4 tips Sunday at 4 p.m. from Atlanta.
If necessary, Game 5 will be Wednesday from Minnesota. Then it might be a long time until pro basketball tips again.
The baseball playoffs enter the League Championship round this weekend. FOX has the American League series, starting Saturday with the Rangers facing either the Yankees or Tigers. They battle Thursday on TBS at 8:30 p.m. in the deciding game of their series.
The National League championship round starts Sunday on TBS after a pair of Game 5 contests Friday. Milwaukee faces Arizona at 5 p.m., then the Phillies host St. Louis at 8:30 p.m.
It’s the first week of byes in the NFL, with six teams getting the week off – including the Ravens and Redskins. CBS has the doubleheader Sunday, with Tennessee going to Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. followed by the Jets’ visit to New England. FOX in Washington shows the Seahawks facing the Giants.
NBC gets the Packers’ visit to Atlanta on Sunday night, while ESPN visits Detroit Monday night for the game with the Bears.
The NHL season gets underway this weekend, as the Capitals host Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Versus opens its coverage Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Stanley Cup champion Bruins face Philadelphia. In the nightcap, Vancouver hosts Pittsburgh. The New York Rangers have to head east to face California teams on Versus – the Kings Friday and the Ducks Saturday at 1 p.m. from Stockholm.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 9 p.m. with California taking on Oregon. Friday, Boise State faces Fresno State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS brings top-ranked LSU against Florida Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while NBC offers Air Force at Notre Dame.
ABC gets its day started with the Red River rivalry Saturday at noon, as Texas and Oklahoma play in Dallas. At 3:30 p.m., ACC country will watch the Hokies try to bounce back against Miami. Other areas will see Iowa at Penn State or Missouri-Kansas State, with ESPN showing one of those games in our area.
In primetime, Ohio State limps into Lincoln for a Big Ten matchup with Nebraska.
ESPN has Minnesota at Purdue at noon, while ESPN2 shows Louisville taking on North Carolina. Both networks go to the SEC at 7 p.m., with Auburn at Arkansas on ESPN and Georgia-Tennessee on ESPN2.
FX brings Texas A&M facing Texas Tech at 7 p.m., while Versus shows Stanford hosting Colorado at 7:30 p.m.
The ACC network brings Wake Forest vs. Florida State Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Comcast has ACC action Saturday at 3 p.m. with Boston College going to Clemson, then it’s off to the PAC-12 at 11 p.m. when Washington State battles UCLA.
MASN has the Big East game of the week Saturday at noon, with West Virginia hosting Connecticut. It’s off to the Big South at 7 p.m. when VMI travels to Coastal Carolina.
Like some high school football? ESPN2 goes to Texas Thursday at 8 p.m. to show Allen vs. Plano East.
NASCAR heads to Kansas Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia soccer hosts Maryland Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. with Clemson taking on North Carolina.
ESPN2 has Big Ten volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m., with Indiana facing Nebraska.