NASCAR after dark

For racers battling for the last positions in the Chase for the Cup, they’re going to have to do it after dark.
The final three races before the Chase for the Cup happen in primetime, starting with Saturday’s at Bristol. ABC has coverage at 8 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson holds the top spot for the 12-member Chase for the Cup field, and Joey Logano stands just a few points out of the last wild card slot. FoxSports1 has practice Friday at noon
The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN after qualifying on FoxSports1 Friday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 8 a.m. after showing practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion this weekend. There’s two games Thursday, with Mexico meeting Panama at 4 p.m. on ESPN and Washington facing Connecticut at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The International final will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, with the United States championship at 3:30 p.m. ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 11 a.m., and Saturday’s winners meet Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC in the title game.
The Orioles continue their quest for a postseason spot against Oakland this weekend. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox coverage. Other parts of the country will get Red Sox at Dodgers or Tigers-Mets.
ESPN shows Boston facing the Dodgers Sunday night, while TBS has the Braves taking on the Cardinals Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
The Nationals close a series at Wrigley Field Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN, then visit Kansas City (Friday and Sunday on MASN2, Saturday on MASN).
The third week of NFL preseason contests starts Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Ravens hosting the Panthers on ESPN. Comcast has the Redskins’ game against Buffalo Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
CBS brings a pair of contests this weekend – Seahawks at Packers Friday at 8 p.m. followed by Rams-Broncos Saturday at 8 p.m. The Saints meet the Texans Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC shows Vikings-49ers Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, British Columbia meets Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 goes to the high school gridiron Friday at 10 p.m. with Mountain Pointe against Bishop Gorman of Nevada.
High school football kicks off on ESPN Saturday with three contests, starting with Apopka against Byrnes at noon. Florida against Georgia battles follow, with Lincoln against South Gwinnett at 3:30 p.m. and Booker T Washington taking on Norcross at 7 p.m. ESPN2 closes the day at 10 p.m. with Central of California against Colorado’s Valor Christian.
Sunday at 3 p.m., American Heritage plays Cypress Bay on ESPN after ESPN2 brings a Tennessee clash between Beech and Station Camp at noon.
The PGA tour begins its FedEx Cup playoffs Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Barclays from New Jersey.
The final stop of the U.S. Open series take place this weekend in New Haven and Winston-Salem. ESPN2 has action Thursday from New Haven at 1 p.m. and Winston-Salem 3 and 10 p.m., and the semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. from New Haven and 3 p.m. from Winston-Salem.
CBS has the final from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and the New Haven final begins at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC has Premier League action matching Aston Villa and Liverpool Saturday at noon. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday – Fulham against Arsenal at 7:45 a.m. followed by Sunderland-Southampton. Swansea City meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Kansas City meets Chicago in MLS play Friday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings Seattle-Portland Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the WNBA, Chicago plays Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, after Charlotte takes on Denver Saturday at 1 p.m. in one semifinal.
NBC continues the Summer at Saratoga series with the Travers Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The U.S.A. Pro Cycle Challenge airs on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has stages Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has the National Pro Fastpitch softball championship Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
The motorcycle racing heads to Lake Elsinore Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

End of summer already

It seems summer has just started, but TNT’s Summer NASCAR series closes this weekend.
TNT offers the final of its six races Sunday at noon in New Hampshire. The rest of the campaign will be on ESPN and ABC, including the Chase for the Cup starting in September.
ABC has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit heads to Toronto, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday.
Heading into the All-Star break, the Orioles’ homestand continues against Texas Thursday on MASN2 and against Toronto on MASN over the weekend.
The Nationals take on the Phillies Thursday on MASN before going to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, and Saturday’s contest will be part of the Fox coverage. Other featured games are Pirates against Mets, Rockies-Dodgers, Cardinals at Cubs and Rangers facing the Tigers.
TBS has Rangers-Tigers on Sunday afternoon, with Cardinals against Cubs from Wrigley Field on ESPN Sunday night.
All-Star festivities in New York begin Sunday with the Futures Game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and Celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
The Tour de France continues its run through the countryside on NBC Sports network. Stage 12 begins Thursday at 8 a.m., and coverage continues each morning at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour prepares for the British Open with the Scottish Open on NBC Saturday and Sunday at noon, while CBS shows the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best of the senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m., then NBC carries the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
British Columbia meets Edmonton in the CFL Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United takes on Chivas in an International friendly on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m. The under-20 World Cup concludes Saturday at 1:47 p.m. with France playing Uruguay.
In the MLS, Portland hosts Los Angeles Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The United States faces Canada in the World Cup of Softball Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then meets Australia Friday at 8 p.m. There’s games against Canada Saturday at noon and Japan Saturday at 9 p.m. They battle Puerto Rico Sunday at 1 p.m., then there’s a contest between Team USA and the Futures team at 3 p.m. The World Cup championship will be Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
World Team Tennis season starts on Comcast Thursday, with Springfield visiting Washington at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles faces Tulsa in the WNBA Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse has its all-star game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Here come the Yankees

It’s been a while since Baltimore hosted an ESPN game on Sunday night. With the Yankees in town, the Worldwide Leader in Sports picked Sunday’s game to close out the weekend.
They enter the series just behind Boston, and just ahead of Tampa Bay and Toronto in the competitive AL East.
Friday’s game will be on MASN, and Saturday shares the spotlight on Fox with a pair of interleague games – Cubs at Mariners and Reds-Rangers – along with the Brewers meeting the Pirates and Tigers traveling to Tampa Bay. TBS brings Arizona-Atlanta Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Before the Yankees come to town, the Orioles close their series with the Indians Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
The Nationals host Arizona Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then visit the Mets on MASN2 Friday and on MASN Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The PGA tour visits Washington for the AT&T National Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
NBC has the U.S. Women’s Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The first two rounds are on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
The NBA and NHL just ended their seasons, and already are thinking about next year. ESPN has the NBA draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the NHL draft will be on NBC Sports network starting Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR makes its visit to Kentucky Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the British Grand Prix Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Practice will be Friday at 9 p.m.
FIFA’s Confederation Cup comes to a close in Brazil this weekend. Spain battles Italy Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner faces Brazil for the title Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN, while Uruguay awaits the loser in the third-place game Sunday at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Vancouver on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m. while Dallas faces Philadelphia on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and ESPN2 shows the Red Bulls against Houston Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wimbledon finishes its first week Thursday at 7 a.m. on ESPN2 and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Riders kick off the Tour de France Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. with the first two stages on NBC Sports network.
The CFL season starts Thursday at 9 p.m. with Montreal taking on Winnipeg on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has Saskatchewan against Edmonton Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s time for another version of X Games, this time from Munich. There’s action Friday at noon on ESPN2, Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC and Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
There’s Pro Fast-pitch softball between Chicago and Akron on ESPN2 at 1 and 8 p.m.

If necessary

We’ve entered the “if necessary” phase of the NBA and NHL championships.

The NBA Finals go to Game 5 Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. The Mavericks tied the series at two games apiece, so there will be a Game 6 Sunday at 8 p.m. Game 7, if necessary, will be Tuesday at 9 p.m.

After losing a pair of close games, Boston made Games 5 and 6 necessary with a big wins at home. NBC has the final games of the NHL season, starting Friday at 8 p.m. with Game 5 back in Vancouver. The teams return to Boston for Game 6 on Monday, and Game 7 is Wednesday, if necessary.

The NCAA baseball tournament goes to a “two games for sure, third game if necessary” stretch at the Super Regionals. Play begins Friday at noon on ESPN2 with Florida hosting Mississippi State. Stanford takes on North Carolina at 3 p.m., and ESPN features Texas-Arizona State at 7 p.m.

Saturday, you’ll need ESPNU to catch Virginia’s game with UC-Irvine at 1 p.m. ESPN has the second games from Florida at noon and North Carolina at 3 p.m., then Texas at 7 p.m. Vanderbilt hosts Game 2 against Oregon State at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, after the completion of the Connecticut-South Carolina game starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday is “if necessary” day at the first four Super Regionals on ESPN. The other four sites have their “if necessary” day Monday before the final eight teams advance to Omaha.

It’s necessary to wait another year for a Triple Crown champion. The best 3-year-old colts face the long test at the Belmont Stakes Saturday on NBC.

TNT starts its run of NASCAR races Sunday at 1 p.m., as Pocono hosts the Pocono 500. The Indy cars head to Texas Saturday night, for the Twin 275s on Versus starting at 8 p.m.

The Reds’ visit to San Francisco gets plenty of national coverage this weekend – Saturday afternoon on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. FOX also offers the Cubs at Phillies and Rangers-Twins, while Sunday on TBS the Indians travel to New York.

The Nationals are in San Diego, starting Thursday on MASN. The rest of the series moves to MASN2 while the Orioles host Tampa Bay on MASN.

The PGA tour gets ready for the U.S. Open with a stop in Memphis for the St. Jude Classic. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Comcast has soccer on Saturday night, as San Jose takes on D.C. United at 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 shows Kansas City at Chicago Thursday at 10 p.m.

In the WNBA, Washington visits Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Fast-pitch softball season opens Saturday on ESPN2, with Florida hosting Chicago at 3 p.m.