In the home stretch

In Omaha, the Meadowlands and France, tournament trophies are awaiting their winners.
There won’t be a long wait.
The College World Series gets down to its Final Four Thursday, with Coastal Carolina facing Texas Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The two brackets have contests Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 with Oklahoma State battling Arizona, and the Thursday winner plays TCU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
If necessary, bracket championship games will be Saturday. The bracket winners face off in a best-of-three final starting Monday at 8 p.m.
Copa America crowns its champion Sunday at 8 p.m. as Argentina faces Chile on FoxSports1.
Euro 2016 enters its round of 16 Saturday, as Switzerland faces Poland at 9 a.m. on ESPN. Wales faces Northern Ireland at noon, followed by Croatia-Portugal at 3 p.m.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. as host France plays Ireland. Germany meets Slovakia at noon and it’s Hungary-Belgium at 3 p.m.
The Orioles host Tampa Bay for the weekend on MASN, while the Nationals take on the Brewers on MASN2.
The Pirates take on the Dodgers on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday on ESPN at 8 p.m. Fox also offers Mets against the Braves and Astros-Royals. FoxSports1 has the Padres’ contest with the Reds Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR hits the road course at Sonoma Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar Road America Sunday at 1 p.m. There’s practice Friday at noon.
Days after the last season ended, the NBA starts preparing for the 2016-17 season with the draft on ESPN starting at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the NHL draft Friday at 7 p.m.
Washington hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with coverage of the Quicken National Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New York City takes on Seattle Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN and Portland plays Houston Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Rio continues on NBC Sports network Thursday with men’s platform synchronized trials at 7 p.m. and men’s gymnastics at 8:30 p.m. There’s swimming finals Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Canadian Football League season kicks off on ESPN2 Friday at 8:30 p.m., with Winnipeg hosting Montreal. It’s Calgary against British Columbia Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Cleveland battles Jacksonville in Arena Football Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup challenge series Saturday at 8 p.m.


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.


Fall Classic

In the 1980s, Back to the Future II took us to 2015.
world series 2015The 2015 World Series takes us back to the 1980s.
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.


Are you ready for some football?

For football fans, the drought is over.
There will be some version on NFL football in action each weekend until February 7.
The Steelers and Vikings meet Sunday at 8 p.m. in the annual Hall of Fame game to kick off the preseason. NBC has coverage of the contest.
Sure, the starters will only play a few plays. But it’s now five weeks until the season opener in New England.
ESPN and NFL network carries the Hall of Fame enshrinement Saturday at 7 p.m.
North of the border, Edmonton takes on British Columbia Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. Montreal meets Ottawa Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles continue their West Coast swing in Anaheim, meeting the Angels on MASN2.
The Nationals host Arizona Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN and then the Rockies come to town for the weekend on MASN.
The Pirates and Dodgers get plenty of coverage this weekend, with games Friday and Sunday on ESPN and Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Cardinals take on the Brewers Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS offers the Giants and Cubs Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
ESPN2 brings the final of the Intermediate Little League World Series Saturday at 9 p.m. while ESPN has the Senior League finale Saturday at noon. Little League softball crowns champions in Junior League Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, Senior League Saturday at 4 p.m. and Big League Sunday at noon.
NASCAR hits the Glen this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. There’s practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Premier League season starts Saturday on NBC, with Chelsea clashing with Swansea City at 12:30 p.m. Arsenal meets West Ham Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Stoke City-Liverpool.
D.C. United visits Montreal Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. The Galaxy battle the Sounders Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN while the Red Bulls face New York FC on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
In women’s soccer, Portland plays Chicago Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS carries the Bridgestone Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The U.S. Open Series continues on ESPN2, with the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic at 3 and 7 p.m. The final is Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC carries the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series from Saratoga Saturday at 5 p.m.
Phoenix faces Chicago in the WNBA Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.


Kicks up north

The Women’s World Cup started with 24 teams.
Einfaches CMYKThen 16 advanced, and now eight winners of the second stage meet this weekend in the quarterfinals. Fox has a pair of contests Friday, with Germany against France at 4 p.m. from Montreal before the United States battles China in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.
Australia tangles with Japan Saturday at 4 p.m. from Edmonton, with England and host Canada meeting in Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The winners head to the semifinals next week.
In Major League Soccer, D.C. United takes on Toronto Saturday at 5 p.m. on Comcast. New York FC meets the Red Bulls on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. with Portland against Seattle at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Mexico meets Costa Rica in an international friendly Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close their series in Boston with a Thursday afternoon contest at 1:30 p.m. on MASN, then host the Indians for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, and Saturday’s game will be on Fox.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN2 before going to Philadelphia for the weekend on MASN.
Fox features Angels-Mariners and Cubs against Cardinals along with the Orioles Saturday at 7 p.m., and ESPN has Cubs clashing with the Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
Who’s going to be the first pick this year? ESPN offers the NBA Draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The NHL selects its future stars Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” crew does their final NASCAR race of the season, with FoxSports1 coverage from Sonoma Sunday at 3 p.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Fontana Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
North of the border, Ottawa heads to Montreal in CFL action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Hamilton takes on Calgary Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Santa Anita hosts the Gold Cup on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 p.m.
Grab your red umbrella for CBS coverage of the Travelers Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best Senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open. FoxSports1 has coverage Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
NBC carries the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. There’s action on NBC Sports network Friday 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.


Will Pharoah reign again?

American Pharoah can become an American legend – by winning two more races.
The colt continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
The years continue to roll by since the last Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. By nightfall Saturday, the dream could remain alive – or be dashed yet again.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Preliminary races before the Preakness will be featured Saturady at 2:30 p.m.
There’s Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and the Clippers try to close out the series with the Rockets in the nightcap. The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Warriors and Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
What’s on tap for Saturday and Sunday? Depends on the results of these games.
The NHL conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC, with the Rangers hosting the Lightning. The action starts out west Sunday at 3 p.m., when the Ducks take on the Blackhawks.
Canada battles Belarus in the quarterfinals of the World Ice Hockey championships Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Russia-Sweden at 11:30 a.m. The gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR’s stars sprint for the cash in Charlotte Saturday night, with coverage on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The pole for the Indianapolis 500 is up for grabs Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC. There’s more qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Orioles host the Angels this weekend on MASN, while the Nationals continue their west coast swing in San Diego on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Marlins-Braves Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the Pirates battling the Cubs. ESPN has the Tigers’ trip to St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia visits North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on Comcast. Louisville takes on North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida International against Rice Saturday at 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins takes on Syracuse in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday at noon on ESPN2, followed by Maryland-North Carolina.
CBS has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Orlando City meets the Galaxy Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and D.C. United goes to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Premier League season winds down on NBC Sports network, with Southampton against Aston Villa Saturday at 7:45 a.m. and Liverpool battling Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. Swansea City meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Manchester United facing Arsenal.
There’s a women’s friendly between the United States and Mexico on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings LSU against Texas Southern in NCAA softball regionals Friday at 7 p.m. Action moves to ESPN Saturday, starting at noon with a pair of games on ESPN2 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. There’s final games at one site on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (if necessary) and ESPN2 has a contest at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Tour of California, continuing Thursday at 5 p.m. There’s Stage 6 at Big Bear Lake Friday at 5 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


They’re off and running

It’s the weekend for young horses to race for immortality.
And NFL teams to stock their rosters with young talent for next season.
Churchill Downs hosts the 141st Kentucky Derby, with coverage starting Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. After two minutes around the track, one horse will have a chance to win the Triple Crown.
NBC Sports network has coverage of the Kentucky Oaks Friday starting at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN and NFL Network announce the first round of picks Thursday at 8 p.m. The second round starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the final day kicks off Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Enjoy your weekend of Mel Kiper Jr. insights from Chicago.
After three series sweeps, the NBA postseason will move into its second round Sunday when Golden State hosts Memphis on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
A few series remain to complete the first round, with Bucks and Bulls Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT and the Clippers and Spurs battling at 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule depends on the outcomes of these games.
The Nets and Hawks meet in Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with a Game 7 Sunday if necessary.
The Nationals visit the Mets for the weekend, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Orioles take their show on the road, playing in Tampa Bay against the Rays on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Angels and Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Reds-Braves. The Yankees and Red Sox battle on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Louisville meets Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals and Rangers start the second round of the NHL playoffs Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks host Calgary at 10 p.m.
Montreal hosts Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild at Blackhawks at 9:30 p.m.
NBC has Game 2 between the Rangers and Capitals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Canadiens against Lightning Sunday at 6 p.m., and the Wild-Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m., and CNBC brings the Ducks and Flames at 10 p.m.
On the international stage, the United States faces Finland Friday at 10 a.m. in the world championships on NBC Sports network. The Sledge Hockey gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR hopes to avoid raindrops in this weekend’s trip to Talladega. Fox has the Spring Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC offers the WGC Match Play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Sporting Kansas City takes on Chicago on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. and Seattle faces New York City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Leicester City meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City at 11 a.m.
Comcast has a semifinal of the Ivy League women’s college lacrosse tournament Friday at 7 p.m. The final is Sunday at 11 a.m., and the CAA tournament final will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of SEC softball games Sunday – Kentucky against Tennessee at 1 p.m. followed by Auburn meeting LSU at 3 p.m.
The college rugby Varsity Cup championship will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.


The ball is tipped…

Can Kentucky complete the 40-0 run?
finalfour15The Wildcats take aim at college basketball history this weekend, facing Wisconsin Saturday in the second semifinal at the Final Four.
TBS has coverage of Saturday’s contests, starting at 6 p.m. when Duke battles Michigan State.
CBS carries Monday’s final at 9 p.m., finishing with the cutting down of the nets and a new edition of One Shining Moment.
The women hold their Final Four Sunday, with four top seeds taking the court. South Carolina clashes with Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m., followed by Maryland-Connecticut. The women’s championship contest will be Tuesday.
Stanford takes on Miami in the NIT championship Thursday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has a boys high school championship game Saturday at noon, after semifinals on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 5. The best girls teams play Saturday at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBA basketball returns to TNT Thursday, with Cleveland hosting the Heat at 8 p.m. before the Suns meet the Warriors.
Oklahoma City battles Memphis on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Trail Blazers-Lakers as the nightcap.
The Wizards meet the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Thunder take on the Rockets Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by Bulls-Cavaliers.
With the Wrigley Field bleachers under construction, the Cubs and Cardinals open the season Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Braves get ready for Opening Day with a contest Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN, while the Nationals host the Yankees Saturday at 1 p.m. ESPN has the Yankees and Tigers Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals hit the road this weekend, visiting Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast before meeting Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast offers Flyers-Hurricanes Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC has the Flyers’ battle with the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Red Wings face the Bruins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Blues battle the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal tangles with Liverpool Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Aston Villa. Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 11 a.m.
San Jose takes on Real Salt Lake Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Philadelphia meets Kansas City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and New Zealand Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour gears up for the Masters at the Houston Open this weekend, with NBC coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the road to the Kentucky Derby with the Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Arizona meets Las Vegas in Arena Football Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 offers action from the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinals are Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. with the women’s championship Saturday at 1 p.m. The men’s crown will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has Villanova against Denver in college lacrosse Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Oregon takes on UCLA in college softball Sunday at 3 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.