Big Cup of soccer

Every four years, countries from around the world gather to determine the best in soccer.
In between, the continents crown their own champions.
Copa America Centenario started last weekend, and the group stage continues Thursday as Uruguay meets Venezuela on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m. before Mexico takes on Jamaica at the Rose Bowl at 10 p.m.
Fox has two contests Friday, with Chile-Bolivia at 7 p.m. followed by Argentina against Panama at 9:30 p.m.
The United States faces Paraguay in its third group contest Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, and Brazil battles Peru Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The quarterfinals will be next weekend.
Euro 2016 kicks off Friday at 2:30 p.m. as host France faces Romania on ESPN.
Saturday’s action on ESPN begins at 8:30 a.m. with Albania-Switzerland, followed by Wales against Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. before England faces Russia at 2:30 p.m.
Turkey takes on Croatia Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN, with Poland meeting Northern Ireland at 11:30 a.m. and Germany takes on Ukraine at 2:30 p.m.
The Penguins attempt to clinch the Stanley Cup championship Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC. Game 6, if necessary, will be Sunday.
Cleveland hosts Golden State in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
The Orioles visit Toronto for a four-game set starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday’s finale on MASN.
The Nationals take on the White Sox Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2 before hosting the Phillies for the weekend. Friday and Saturday’s contests will be on MASN, moving to MASN2 Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates host the Cardinals on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. and ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m., while the Dodgers and Giants get coverage Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox also offers the Yankees against the Tigers Saturday, while the Indians battle the Angels on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10:05 p.m.
The road to Omaha continues with super regionals this weekend, starting Friday at 6 and 9 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN has a game Saturday at 9 p.m., while ESPN2 has action at noon, 3 and 6 p.m., while there’s four games on ESPN2 Sunday starting at noon.
NASCAR heads to Michigan, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.The Xfinity face goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, with the Truck race Friday at 9 p.m.
Texas hosts the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with practice Friday at noon.
The Canadian Grand Prix will be Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. after practice Friday at 2 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Memphis, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Triple Crown of horse racing concludes with the Belmont Stakes on NBC Saturday at 5 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Belmont preps Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN has the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, with women’s semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The men’s finals are Friday at 8:30 p.m. and women’s finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the USA Wrestling World team trials Sunday at 3 p.m.


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.


Hunt for Mr. October

Back to the Future II told us the Cubs won the 2015 World Series.
It’s still possible.
The Cubs and Astros won the wild card playoff games on the road this week, joining the division champs on the road to the World Series.
The American League Divisional Series begins Thursday on FoxSports1 with the Rangers taking on the Blue Jays at 3:30 p.m. The Royals host wild-card winner Houston at 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s action begins at 12:30 p.m. on MLB network with the Rangers-Blue Jays, then Game 2 from Kansas City at 3:30 p.m. National League action gets underway on TBS at 6:30 p.m. with the Cardinals facing Cubs, with Dodgers-Mets at 9:30 p.m.
It’s Game 2 from St. Louis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Dodgers host the Mets at 9:30 p.m.
Play resumes in the American League Sunday as the Astros host the Royals at 4 p.m. on MLB network and the Rangers battle the Blue Jays at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Divisional round plays continues throughout the week.
The Colts face the Texans Thursday at 8:25 p.m. on CBS. NBC carries the 49ers and Giants Sunday night, with the Steelers’ trip to San Diego on ESPN Monday night.
The Ravens host the Browns on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., with Patriots-Cowboys as the main late afternoon contest. The Redskins tackle the Falcons on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m.
SMU heads to Houston Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 to start the college football weekend, followed by USC-Washington at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Virginia Tech takes on North Carolina State Friday at 8 p.m.
Struggling Texas meets Oklahoma in their annual brawl at noon on ABC Saturday. It’s Georgia Tech-Clemson or Wisconsin against Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with one game on ABC and the other on ESPN2. In primetime, Florida State faces Miami.
Virginia faces Pittsburgh in the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
Navy takes on Notre Dame on NBC at 3:30 p.m. while CBS offers Georgia-Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Fox brings TCU against Kansas State at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with LSU taking on South Carolina, with Minnesota-Purdue at 3:30 p.m. Alabama tangles with Arkansas at 7 p.m., followed by California-Utah.
Penn State battles Indiana on ESPN2 at noon. West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. with Wyoming-Air Force in the nightcap.
FoxSports1 offers Kansas-Baylor at noon and it’s Arizona taking on Oregon State at 4 p.m.
Middle Tennessee takes on Western Kentucky at noon on MASN2, followed by Iowa State-Texas Tech. MASN shows Tennessee State against UT-Martin.
Comcast has CAA action, with William & Mary-Villanova at noon followed by James Madison meeting Towson at 3 p.m.
NASCAR races under the lights in Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC. There’s qualifying Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 6:30 a.m., with qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Capitals open their season Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Devils on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings the Wild and Avalanche Thursday at 8 p.m.
Comcast has preseason NBA basketball Friday, with the Knicks taking on the Wizards at 7 p.m.
The United States faces Mexico on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
There’s Euro 2016 qualifying this weekend, with Ireland-Germany Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN and Spain against Luxembourg on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m. Ireland meets Poland Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. on ESPN.
Minnesota and Indiana split the first two games of their WNBA final, with Game 3  Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Game 4 Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.


Kings of the course

The 30 best golfers in the country want to end the season on a high note – at the Tour Championship this weekend.
Jason Day leads the chase for the $10 million first prize for the season-long title, with Justin Speith close behind.
NBC has coverage Saturday at noon and Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m.
Monday’s rain pushed the Orioles-Nationals series to Thursday’s open date. Game time is 4 p.m. on MASN, then the Orioles visit Boston for the weekend on MASN, while the Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN2.
The Indians meet the Twins Thursday on FoxSports1, and ESPN2 has a Friday night baseball special with the Astros taking on the Rangers at 8 p.m.
The Cubs and Pirates appear headed for a NL wild-card matchup, and meet Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also shows the AL West battle between the Astros and Rangers, with Sunday’s finale on TBS at 2 p.m. The Cardinals clinched a postseason spot last week, and host the Brewers Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Redskins open the NFL weekend Thursday on CBS, facing the winless Giants.
The Ravens head home Sunday at 1 p.m., looking to knock off the Bengals on CBS. The Bears visit Seattle in the second part of the doubleheader. Fox has the battle of unbeaten – Falcons and Cowboys – at 1 p.m.
AFC West meets NFC North in primetime, with Broncos-Lions on NBC Sunday and the Chiefs taking on the Packers Monday on ESPN.
Memphis meets Cincinnati Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend. Virginia hosts Boise State Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 offers the Pac-12 battle between Stanford and Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Michigan faces BYU at noon Saturday on ABC. Virginia Tech travels to East Carolina at 3:30 p.m., with other areas catching Ohio State-Western Michigan. In primetime, UCLA heads to Arizona.
CBS visits the Swamp for Florida-Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., while NBC offers Notre Dame against Massachusetts.
Texas Tech takes on TCU on Fox at 4:45 p.m.
Indiana heads to Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. for the ACC game of the week.
ESPN starts its day at noon with LSU-Syracuse. Texas tangles with Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m., then it’s Texas A&M-Arkansas at 7 p.m.  Southern Cal-Arizona State caps the night at 10:30 p.m.
Duke takes on Georgia Tech at noon on ESPN2, and at 3:30 p.m. it’s the game not shown on ABC. Auburn battles Mississippi State  at 7:30 p.m.
Delaware travels to North Carolina at noon on Comcast, and Stony Brook faces William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Rice against Baylor at 9 p.m.
Maryland meets West Virginia on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Xfinity series will be in Kentucky Saturday at 8 p.m. after qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The Truck race will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m. after practice Friday at 1 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Montreal at 5 p.m. Saturday on Comcast.
Sporting Kansas City takes on Seattle on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by a pair of matches on FoxSports1 – Real Salt Lake-San Jose at 7 p.m. and Dallas taking on the Galaxy at 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix faces Minnesota Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 in the first game of the WNBA Western Conference finals, with game 2 Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. New York and Indiana have the second game of their season Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Manchester City Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Newcastle United-Chelsea at 12:30 p.m. and Watford clashes with Crystal Palace Sunday at 11 a.m.


The Chase is on

Sixteen NASCAR drivers have three races to survive and advance.
The Chase of the Cup begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Kenseth posted his fourth win of the season last Saturday at Richmond, putting him atop the leaderboard with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.
Jeff Gordon made the chase in his final competitive season, and hopes to still be in contention when the final flag drops at Homestead in November. Race qualifying will be Friday at 6:30 p.m., with final practice Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Xfinity series hits the track Saturday at 6 p.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
The Truck Series runs Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 with qualifying at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 9:30 a.m.
CBS’ portion of the Thursday night package kicks off this week when the Broncos visit Kansas City at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins host the Rams on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Cowboys-Eagles. The Ravens try to bounce back in Oakland on CBS at 4 p.m.
Seattle visits Green Bay on NBC Sunday night, then the Jets take on the Colts Monday night on ESPN.
The ACC kicks off the college weekend Thursday, with Clemson visiting Louisville on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Florida State heads to Boston College Friday at 8 p.m.
Michigan State meets Air Force on ABC Saturday at noon. Miami meets Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with some parts of the nation watching Ohio State-Northern Illinois while ESPN2 carries the alternate game. In primetime, Stanford faces Southern California.
LSU tangles with Auburn on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and NBC carries Notre Dame’s contest with Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings Texas and California at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Connecticut’s visit to Missouri. South Carolina tangles with Georgia at 6 p.m. and it’s Mississippi-Alabama at 9:15 p.m.
North Carolina heads to Illinois at noon on ESPN2, then Texas Tech takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma battles Tulsa on FoxSports1 at noon, with Texas-San Antonio facing Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. and it’s BYU-UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast has action from the CAA Saturday, with Delaware-Villanova at noon followed by James Madison meeting Albany.
ESPN2 offers high school football between Mississippi’s Wayne County and Archbishop Rummel of Louisiana Friday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Tampa Bay Thursday on MASN2, while the Nationals start a series with the Marlins on MASN.
The Mets and Yankees battle Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also offers Cubs-Cardinals Saturday, and the series closes Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS. The Tigers and Royals meet on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Manchester City against West Ham United at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United plays Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN carries Portland against the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. and Houston plays Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women and Australia play an international friendly on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour has its BMW Championship on NBC Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2 p.m.
It’s conference semifinals time for the WNBA. Indiana plays Chicago on ESPN2 Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Tulsa-Phoenix. The Mystics play game two of their series with the Liberty Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Minnesota-Los Angeles at 3 p.m.
The FIBA Eurobasket final will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.


Laboring to beat the champs

The opening weekend of the college football season includes many big contests – building to Monday night’s battle in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech hosts defending champion Ohio State Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Buckeyes’ run to the championship nearly ended in September, when the Hokies pulled the upset in Columbus. When Virginia Tech struggled through the ACC as the season wore on, the loss nearly kept Ohio State out of the four-team playoff.
A spot in this year’s national semifinals on New Year’s Eve might await Monday’s winner.
The season begins Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina taking on South Carolina before Minnesota hosts TCU at 9 p.m. The Jim Harbaugh era begins at Michigan, traveling to Utah on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of games Friday, with Baylor-SMU at 7 p.m. followed by Washington against Boise State.
Virginia starts its season at UCLA Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
Notre Dame takes on Texas on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and CBS carries Auburn’s contest with Louisville at 3:30 p.m
ABC brings Nebraska-BYU at 3:30 p.m., then Cowboys Stadium hosts Wisconsin and Alabama at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Stanford-Northwestern, then Penn State tackles Temple at 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M plays Arizona State in Houston at 7 p.m.
Clemson battles Wofford in the ACC game of the week Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has action from the Southland Conference between Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games Saturday, starting at noon with South Dakota State-Kansas. Texas Tech takes on Sam Houston State at 3:30 p.m., with Georgia Southern against West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Mississippi State facing Southern Mississippi Saturday at 10 p.m. and Purdue-Marshall Sunday at 3 p.m.
South Carolina State plays Arkansas Pine Bluff on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The NFL preseason concludes Thursday, and Comcast shows the Redskins facing the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. while Comcast-plus has the Ravens and Falcons.
The Nationals host Atlanta in a four-game set starting Thursday  at 7 p.m. on MASN. while the Orioles visit Toronto on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Rays-Yankees at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by Pirates taking on the Cardinals at 4 p.m. The series finale between the Rays and Yankees will be on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and ESPN has the Pirates and Cardinals Sunday night.
NASCAR returns Darlington to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, with the Southern 500 on NBC Sunday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, after qualifying at 11:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Sprint Cup series has qualifying Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and there’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Coverage of the U.S. Open continues Thursday on ESPN at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 at 7 p.m. There’s third round action Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday starts the Round of 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC carries the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m. and the final round Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The United States faces Australia in rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


NASCAR at night

As the time to claim a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs winds down, the teams head to Thunder Valley this weekend.
NBC Sports network has the Bristol night race Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity race goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Eleven drivers have claimed victories so far this season, with races left in Bristol, Darlington and Richmond before the final 10 races. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have already posted four trips to Victory Lane before the wins really count down the stretch.
There’s qualifying for both races Friday at 3:30 p.m., after practice starting at 9:30 a.m.
Across the pond, NBC Sports network brings the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar racers hit the track Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles have a four-game set with Minnesota on MASN. The Nationals complete their road trip in Colorado Thursday on MASN2, then host Milwaukee for the weekend.
The Pirates host the Giants on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers face the Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, and TBS offers Dodgers-Astros Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
The best Little League teams in the world gather in Williamsport, starting Thursday at 1 p.m.  on ESPN with Uganda against Dominican Republic. Oregon meets Texas at 3 p.m., followed by Venezuela-Australia at 5 p.m. and Kentucky-California on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Friday’s play begins at 2 p.m. on ESPN with British Columbia battling Mexico. It’s South Carolina against Rhode Island at 4 p.m., then Taiwan-Japan at 6 p.m. and Pennsylvania facing Missouri in the nightcap.
ABC carries a contest Saturday at 3 p.m., with other play on ESPN at 1, 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday has ABC back at 3 p.m., with other games at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Junior League championship from Michigan will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast carries the Redskins’ contest with the Lions Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland hosts the Bills in NFL preseason action on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Rams and Titans battle on Fox Sunday at 8 p.m. and ESPN offers the Bengals and Buccaneers Monday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Greensboro this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox brings the final round of the United States Amateur Sunday at 3 p.m., after Saturday’s semifinals at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 had action Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Manchester United and Newcastle United tangle on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m. Everton meets Manchester City Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United faces San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has the Galaxy visiting New York City Sunday at 3 p.m.
In women’s soccer, Seattle meets Houston Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the Southern and Western Open, starting Thursday at 1 p.m. There’s more action at 9 and 11 p.m., with quarterfinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinal is Saturday at 1 p.m. with the women at 7 p.m., and the championships will be Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.


Father’s Day viewing

Usually, Father’s Day weekend gives dads all the sports they want.
Not if there are NASCAR fans this year.
NASCAR uses one of its rare weekends off Sunday, giving the Sprint Cup teams time at home with their dads as midseason nears. Other sports take up the slack, with Fox taking the lead.
The U.S. Open begins a 12-year run on the Fox networks Thursday at noon on FoxSports1. Fox has primetime coverage from 8 to 11 p.m.
The second round starts Friday at noon on FoxSports1, moving to Fox at 8 p.m. Fox carries the final two rounds starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Virginia continues its quest for the College World Series championship against Florida Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. A win moves the Cavaliers into the best-of-three finale on Monday.
Vanderbilt leads its pool, and awaits the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m. game between TCU and LSU for its next contest Friday at 8 p.m.
If Virginia or Vanderbilt lose Friday, there will be final games in the pool Saturday.
The Orioles close a series with the Phillies Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then head to Toronto for the weekend.
The Nationals host Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before the Pirates come to town on MASN2.
ESPN offers the battle between the Dodgers and Giants Sunday at 8 p.m. and the Royals meet the Brewers on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Women’s World Cup opens its second stage with a pair of games Saturday on FoxSports1. Germany meets Sweden at 4 p.m., followed by China against Cameroon. Sunday’s contests start at 1 p.m. with Brazil against Australia then it’s France against South Korea at 4 p.m. and host Canada battling Switzerland at 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United meets New England Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Real Salt Lake hosts Kansas City Sunday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Xfinity Series rides Saturday at 9:30 p.m., while the Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the Austrian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
Philadelphia meets the Kiss in Arena Football Saturday at 11 p.m. and Spokane battles Portland Sunday at 10 p.m.


Is it finally the Triple Crown year?

Twice in the past three years, a horse went to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown.
And failed.
American Pharoah tries to end the 37-year drought at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. NBC has coverage at 4:30 p.m.
An eight-horse field will tackle the longest race of the Triple Crown, and American Pharoah drew the fifth slot Wednesday. A first place finish after that will make major history.
NBC Sports network has earlier races in the day at 2:30 p.m.
Can LeBron James bring a championship to Cleveland? He gets another chance starting Thursday when the Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. ABC has coverage of Game 1 at 9 p.m., with Game 2 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs between Chicago and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on NBC.
The women’s World Cup gets underway Saturday in Canada, with the host squad meeting China on FoxSports1 at 6 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Dallas takes on San Jose Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces the Netherlands in an international friendly Friday at 2:20 p.m. on ESPN and Ireland meets England Sunday at 7:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close a series with the Astros Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN before heading to Cleveland for the weekend. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday afternoon on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Cubs for a four-game set, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Coverage will be on MASN Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s game at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Fox Saturday baseball offers Braves-Pirates, White Sox against Tigers and Yankees battling the Angels at 7 p.m. The Royals meet the Rangers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Cardinals-Dodgers Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA Super Regionals get underway Friday at 4 p.m., with Arkansas-Missouri State followed by Florida-Florida State on ESPN2.
ESPN has a pair of games Saturday, with Miami meeting VCU at 2 p.m. and Texas A&M starting its best-of-three with TCU at 5 p.m. There’s four games on ESPN2, starting at 11 a.m. when Louisville faces Cal State Fullerton. Missouri State meets Arkansas at 2 p.m., then it’s Florida-Florida State and LSU battles Louisiana-Lafayette at 8 p.m.
Sunday brings three games on ESPN2, starting at noon, while Texas A&M-TCU tangle at 2:15 p.m.
The French Open ends its run, with the women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m. and the men’s final Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC. ESPN2 has the women’s semifinals Thursday at 9 a.m. and NBC brings semifinal coverage Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.
CBS offers the Memorial Tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Truck Series races at Texas Friday at 9 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday at 8 p.m. There’s qualifying Friday at 6 p.m.
Formula One visit Canada, with race coverage on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. after practice Friday at 2 p.m.
The X Games start their run with Moto X action on ESPN Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Action continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at noon and 8 p.m. (2 p.m. on ABC) and closes Sunday at noon on ESPN and at 2 p.m. on ABC.


Race day

Memorial Day weekend can mean beach trips or picnics.
Remembering our veterans.
And lots of auto racing.
There’s speed from Europe to North Carolina Sunday, from early morning to late into the night.
NBC gets the action going at 7:30 a.m. with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco.
The flag drops at  the 99th Indianapolis 500 at noon on ABC. Then the NASCAR crews go deep into the night at Charlotte, with coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, it’s Carb Day from Indianapolis Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Indy Lights race at noon.
The Infinity Series hits the track in Charlotte Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has qualifying from Monaco Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
The NBA and NHL are in the midst of their conference finals.
The Warriors host the Rockets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 3 Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. TNT has the Eastern finals, with Game 2 from Atlanta Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
On ice, the Blackhawks host Game 3 against the Ducks Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Tampa Bay faces the Rangers Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Mariners Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then head to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. Other parts of the country will see either the Angels-Red Sox or the battle of Missouri between the Royals and Cardinals.
The Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN for the weekend. The Braves battle the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN has the Yankees and Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC baseball tournament, continuing Thursday at 11 a.m. when North Carolina State faces Notre Dame. It’s Louisville-Clemson at 3 p.m. followed by North Carolina meeting Florida State.
Friday’s play begins at 11 a.m. with Virginia-Notre Dame, followed by Clemson against North Carolina and Miami meeting North Carolina State. Florida State faces Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. and it’s Miami-Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the ACC championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and the SEC title tilt at 4:30 p.m. The Big 12 championship will be on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCAA crowns its lacrosse champion this weekend. Denver meets top-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m., followed Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The winners meet Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s Super Regional weekend for NCAA softball. Florida State faces Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Georgia-Michigan at 9 p.m. ESPN has a pair of contests if necessary Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Oklahoma against Alabama Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s play starts at noon on ESPN with Auburn facing Louisiana-Lafayette, then it’s North Carolina State meeting Oregon before the second contest between Oklahoma and Alabama. There’s a third game, if necessary, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. before Arizona battles LSU at 10 p.m.
The second game between top-seeded Florida and Kentucky will be Sunday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game if necessary at 3 p.m. and LSU against Arizona at 5 p.m. ESPN2 carries a deciding game if necessary at 8 p.m.
D.C. United tangles with New England Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Philadelphia facing the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. before Orlando City travels to San Jose.
There’s 10 Premier League matches on 10 networks at 10 a.m. Sunday. NBC carries Hull City against Manchester United, while NBC Sports network has Chelsea-Sunderland and USA offers Newcastle United meeting West Ham.
Arsenal battles West Bromwich on Bravo, Aston Villa and Burnley meet on Esquire and Crystal Palace try to entertain on E! CNBC brings Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, with last-place Queens Park Rangers meeting Leicester on Oxygen, Manchester City taking on Southampton on MSNBC and Stoke City playing Liverpool on SyFy.
The PGA tour spends the weekend in Texas, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC carries the Senior PGA Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Rochester meets Toronto in indoor lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Play begins at the French Open Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Glen Helen Saturday at 7 p.m.