Into the home stretch

Saturday is August 1.
The time of the baseball season for contenders to kick into gear and pretenders to begin thinking about Spring Training 2016.
The Nationals hold the lead in the National League East, and close a series in Miami Thursday at noon on MASN. They visit the Mets for the weekend, with games Friday and Saturday on MASN before playing Sunday night on ESPN.
The Orioles have a four-game set with the Tigers, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Saturday will be on MASN2, with the series finale Sunday afternoon on MASN.
FoxSports1 has the battle of Los Angeles between the Angels and Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS offers Yankees-White Sox Sunday at 2 p.m.
NASCAR visits Pocono, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck race goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Northern Virginia this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 carries the British Women’s Open, starting with first-round play Thursday at 9 a.m. Action continues Friday at 9 a.m., with the third round Saturday at 10 a.m. and final round Sunday at noon.
The best NBA players from Africa take on the world in South Africa Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.
Former NBA players try to shine in the Basketball Tournament semifinals Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. on ESPN. The winners meet for the championship Sunday at 3 p.m.
Winnipeg battles British Columbia in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Saskatchewan takes on Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. San Jose tangles with Portland Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 while Dallas heads to Chicago on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has the semifinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open Saturday at 4 p.m., with the final Sunday at 3 p.m. There’s World Team Tennis play Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Special Olympics World Games continue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Action continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

The best players of the fortnight reach for the championship this weekend.
wimbledonESPN has the men’s and women’s finals from Wimbledon. The men hit the court Sunday at 9 a.m., after the women’s championship Saturday at 9 a.m.
The ladies semifinals are Thursday at 8 a.m. Garbine Muguruza takes on Agnieszka Radwanska in the first match followed by Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova.
Friday’s men’s semifinals feature top-seed Novak Djokovic against Richard Gasquet, then Andy Murray battles Roger Federer.
The Nationals and Orioles have their Battle of the Beltways at Camden Yards this weekend. Coverage is on MASN and MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Fox carrying Saturday’s game at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings the Tigers and Twins Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Red Sox and Yankees meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on TBS, while the Cardinals battle the Pirates Saturday on Fox and Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Kentucky for the weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. and there’s the truck race Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s practice Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit visits Milwaukee Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS offers the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The U.S. Women’s Open airs on Fox Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The first two rounds will be on FoxSports1 Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
Play continues in the Gold Cup Thursday at 9:30 p.m. with Mexico and Cuba battling in Chicago on FoxSports1. The United States meets Haiti Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Foxborough.
New York FC tangles with Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Galaxy take on Club America Saturday at 11:30 p.m. in the International Champions Cup.
North of the border, Ottawa takes on Edmonton Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montreal meets Winnipeg Friday at 7 p.m.
In Arena Football, New Orleans faces San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour de France spends some time along the roads of northwest France, with Stage 6 starting Thursday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage 7 is Friday at 8 a.m., with NBC carrying Saturday’s stage at 8 a.m. It’s back to NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 a.m.
There’s action from the Pan American Games Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League play, with the Wizards against the Suns Saturday at 6 p.m. and the D-League select team Sunday at 4 p.m.


Back on the road to Omaha

A few weeks ago, the University of Virginia baseball team was struggling to make the top 10 in the ACC.
Now, they are among the final eight teams playing for the national title.
Virginia, the 2014 runner-up, returns to Omaha this weekend for the College World Series. The Cavaliers meet Arkansas Saturday at 3 p.m. to start their double-elimination pool. ESPN has coverage of the action.
Miami meets Florida in Saturday’s nightcap at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt begins the defense of its title at 8 p.m. Sunday against Cal-State Fullerton on ESPN2, after LSU and TCU tangle at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Play continues in the two pools throughout the week, getting down to the final two for the best-of-three finale starting June 22.
The Orioles close a series against the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Yankees for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on ESPN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox Saturday package.
The Nationals visit Milwaukee for a four-game set, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday afternoon.
The Giants host Arizona Saturday on Fox, and the Cubs and Reds meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN.
The Stanley Cup Final continues Saturday on NBC, with Game 5 between the Lightning and Blackhawks at 8 p.m.
Cleveland hosts Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC, with the scene shifting to Golden State Sunday at 8 p.m.
The WNBA season starts with a pair of games on ESPN2 Sunday – Chicago against Indiana at 1 p.m. before Minnesota takes on Phoenix at 3 p.m.
The United States women face Sweden in their second match of the World Cup Friday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Germany meets Norway Thursday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Ivory Coast-Thailand at 7 p.m. Host Canada battles New Zealand at 9 p.m.
Australia goes against Nigeria Friday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1. Switzerland faces Ecuador at 7 p.m. while Japan-Cameroon finishes the night at 10.
Fox brings a pair of games Saturday – France against Colombia at 1 p.m. and England meeting Mexico at 4 p.m. It’s Brazil-Spain Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Croatia meets Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Saturday at 11:55 a.m. before England plays Slovenia Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
D.C. United tangles with Orlando City Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Memphis hosts the PGA Tour this weekend, with the St. Jude Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC carries the Women’s PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR travels to Michigan this weekend, with the Sprint Cup series Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity drivers ride Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
Jacksonville visits Tampa Bay in Arena Football Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA’s best track and field athletes meet on ESPN2 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. There’s are men’s finals Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and the women’s semifinals are Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC brings the Adidas Grand Prix from New York Saturday at 1 p.m.
Horses hit the track for the Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

 


Gol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

world cupBrazil will be playing this weekend.
Just not the game they expected.
Fresh off the 7-1 loss to Germany, the host country has been relegated to the third place game against Netherlands Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
In Sunday’s final at 2 p.m. from Rio on ABC, Argentina has the home hemisphere advantage after its penalty kick win on Wednesday. They beat the West Germans in the 1986 final played in Mexico, then lost to the Germans in 1990 in Italy.
Stateside, D. C. United travels to San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Seattle meets Portland Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Nationals close out their series in Baltimore Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and MASN2. The Orioles host the Yankees for the weekend – Friday and Saturday on MASN and Sunday night on ESPN – while the Nationals visit the Phillies on MASN2 Friday, Fox Saturday and MASN Sunday.
Fox also offers Pirates-Reds and Angels against the Rangers Saturday night. The Cardinals and Brewers will be on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and TBS Sunday at 2 p.m.
TNT closes its coverage of NASCAR from New Hampshire Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Indy Cars visit Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On two wheels, NBC carries Saturday’s stage of the Tour de France starting at 8 a.m. NBC Sports network brings the action Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., then again Sunday at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Illinois for the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the first two rounds of the U.S. Senior Open Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. NBC carries the final two rounds, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Across the pond, the British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. Play in the third round starts Saturday at 8 a.m. and the final round Sunday at 8 a.m. NBC brings the Scottish Open Saturday and Sunday at noon.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League action, with the Wizards against the Hawks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Timberwolves Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
In WNBA play, Seattle visits Minnesota Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the World Cup of softball, the United States faces Canada Thursday at 9 p.m. and Japan Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. It’s the United States against Mexico Saturday at 1 p.m. and Taiwan at 8 p.m. before the final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Canada faces the United States in the World Cup of Lacrosse Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.


Staying alive in Brazil

world cupThe United States plays its second World Cup game Sunday.
By the end of the weekend, we should have a pretty good idea of the 16 teams advancing to the knockout round.
The United States heads into the Amazon rainforest to face Portugal Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. They enhanced their chances with Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, while Portugal lost 4-0 to Germany and will play without a top defender who drew a red card in Monday’s match.
Thursday’s action on ESPN begins at 11:30 a.m. with Colombia against Ivory Coast. Uruguay and England try to bounce back from opening losses at 2:30 p.m., and Japan faces Greece at 5:30 p.m.
Costa Rica takes on Italy Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Switzerland-France and Ecuador playing Honduras at 5:30 p.m.
Argentina battles Iran Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, then Germany and Ghana meet at 2:30 p.m. Nigeria takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina at 5:30 p.m. The final day of the second round closes on ABC Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Belgium and Russia, and Algeria faces South Korea at 2:30 p.m.
Teams are trying to stay alive in Omaha at the College World Series. TCU, fresh off a 15-inning loss to Virginia, meets Mississippi Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN in a loser’s bracket game. Virginia will play the winner of that game Friday at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt won the first two games in its bracket, and plays Texas Friday at 3 p.m.
Deciding games in the two brackets will be played Saturday, if necessary. The best-of-three championship series starts Monday.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. It’s over to MASN2 Friday and Sunday, while the Orioles visit the Yankees on MASN for the weekend.
Fox offers Nationals-Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., and other areas of the country will see Pirates visiting the Cubs and Tigers against Indians. The Rangers and Angels battle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR hits the road to Sonoma, with coverage on TNT Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide Series visits Road America Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Austria this weekend. The race gets underway Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Don’t forget your umbrella when the PGA tour visits Connecticut Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Pinehurst hosts the U.S. Women’s Open this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN2 shows the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Tulsa takes on Chicago in WNBA action Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers Major League Lacrosse between the Bayhawks and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m.


Can Tide roll Johnny Football?

Texas A&M gave Alabama the lone blemish on its 2012 season.
Time for the rematch.
CBS starts its season of SEC football coverage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as the Crimson Tide make their first conference trip to College Station. Alabama had last week off after stomping Virginia Tech in Atlanta. Johnny Manziel has the Aggies at 2-0 after he missed the first half of the opener.
Will his autographs remain worth big money? He’ll need another big game this weekend.
The college weekend starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m., as ESPN shows TCU-Texas Tech while FoxSports1 brings Tulane at Louisiana Tech.
Boise State takes on Air Force Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC has three contests on Saturday, starting at noon with UCLA-Nebraska. Oregon, fresh off a big win over Virginia, faces Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. and Notre Dame plays Purdue at 8 p.m.
Ohio State heads to California on Fox at 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech battles East Carolina on FoxSports1 at noon. It’s off to the Hawkeye State at 6 p.m. when Iowa plays Iowa State, then Oregon State heads to Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day in the Bluegrass State, with Louisville facing Kentucky at noon. Florida State hosts Nevada at 3:30 p.m., then Vanderbilt battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The night closes with Wisconsin against Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State meets Tulsa at noon on ESPN2, and the SEC gets primetime coverage with Mississippi State at Auburn at 7 p.m.
Wake Forest hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast. Rhode Island battles Albany at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma State faces Lamar Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on MASN2.
NFL Network starts its slate Thursday at 8:25 p.m. with Jets-Patriots.
The Redskins travel to Green Bay Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the doubleheader, with Harrisonburg showing Eagles-Chargers at 1 p.m. before the Manning Bowl between the Giants and Broncos at 4:25 p.m.
NBC shows the NFC West battle between the 49ers and Seahawks Sunday at 8:15 p.m., and the Bengals take on the Steelers Monday on ESPN.
In high school football, ESPN2 goes to Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. for Stillwater against Cretin-Derham Hall MASN2 shows St. Thomas Aquinas against John Curtis Friday at 10:30 p.m.
After a week of controversy, the NASCAR Chase for the Cup begins in Chicago. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 1 p.m. while the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. FoxSports1 has the Truck race Friday at 8:30 p.m.
It’s another Red Sox-Yankees weekend, this time from Boston. Fox has Saturday’s game at 1 p.m. along with Oakland at Texas, and the teams play Sunday night on ESPN. TBS brings Royals-Tigers Sunday at 1:08 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Yankees Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then head to Toronto for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals take on the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN before the Phillies visit on MASN for the weekend.
D.C. United takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast while Salt Lake plays Seattle at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC’s coverage of the Premier League continues with Everton against Chelsea Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, Manchester United takes on Crystal Palace on NBC Sports network at 7:45 a.m., followed by Sunderland-Arsenal. Sunday brings Southampton against West Ham United at 11 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Illinois for the BMW championships on NBC. Coverage starts Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The final round of the LPGA’s Evian Championship will be on NBC Sunday at noon.
ESPN2 shows the final of the Americas basketball championships, with Panama faces Mexico at 8 p.m. Thursday.
America’s Cup continues in San Francisco, with races on NBC Sports network Thursday at 3:30 p.m., then Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


Football time

The long drought since Super Bowl XLVII is over. The NFL returns this weekend.
After the newest class joins the NFL Hall of Fame (Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL network) in Canton, the Dolphins and Cowboys will meet on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Dolphins have new logos on their helmets. The Cowboys still have Tony Romo – playing for a series or two Sunday night before the rookies and others finish the night.
But it’s live football. And we’ll have it on TV – either NFL or college – every weekend until two teams reach the Super Bowl in New York February 2.
The Orioles host Houston Thursday on MASN before facing the Mariners over the weekend. The Nationals head to Milwaukee for three games on MASN2.
The Braves and Phillies get coverage on Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night. Other Fox contests are Dodgers at Cubs and Rangers-A’s, while TBS carries the Red Sox against Arizona Sunday afternoon.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide drivers will be in Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.The Indy Car drivers visit Mid-Ohio Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
CBS has the World Golf championships Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2, starting Thursday at 9 a.m. The second round will be Friday at 9 p.m., with the last two rounds beginning at 10 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and NBC Sports network brings the Red Bulls against Kansas City Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
From Munich, ESPN shows the Audi Cup Thursday. The third place game will be at noon, followed by the championship at 2:15 p.m.
Hamilton heads to Edmonton in CFL action Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the U.S. Open continues on ESPN2 with the Citi Open and Southern California Open out west. The quarterfinals of the Citi Open will be Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m. and final Sunday at 3 p.m. The action from California will be on Friday at 11 p.m., then Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has its final X Games weekend of the year, hosted by Los Angeles. ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m., then Saturday action will be at 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Coverage concludes Sunday on ABC at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC visits Saratoga for the Whitney Invitational Handicap Saturday at 5 p.m.


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.


The Chase is on

There’s 10 races left in the NASCAR season, and only 12 drivers with a chance to claim the season’s crown.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with the top 12 and rest of the field at Chicagoland. Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne nabbed the final spots in the quest for the cup, joining Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson in the field. Defending champion Tony Stewart enters the fray tied with Johnson in second place, just behind Denny Hamlin.
The Nationwide drivers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Indycar racers head to California, starting Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles face the top two contenders for the wild-card berth this weekend.  They finish a series with Tampa Bay Thursday afternoon on MASN, then head to Oakland for three games (MASN2 on Friday and MASN Saturday and Sunday).
Washington’s quest for the playoffs continues in Atlanta this weekend – Friday on MASN, Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Rays’ contests with the Yankees are on Fox Saturday and TBS Sunday afternoon, with Tigers-Indians joining the Fox Saturday rotation.
The NFL’s run of Thursday night games starts on NFL Network with the Bears visiting the Packers at 8:30 p.m. NBC offers the Lions at 49ers Sunday night, while it’s more prime time for Peyton Manning with the Broncos heading to Atlanta on ESPN Monday night.
CBS has the Sunday afternoon doubleheader, with the Ravens meeting the Eagles before the Jets go to Pittsburgh. Fox will show the Redskins’ trip to St. Louis at 4:05 p.m.
The Big East kicks off the college football weekend Thursday, with Rutgers at South Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Washington State takes on UNLV Friday at 9 p.m.
Maryland takes on Connecticut on the ACC network – including NBC29 in Charlottesville and Fox5 in Washington – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ABC has another afternoon doubleheader Saturday, starting with California at Ohio State at noon. Penn State hosts Navy at 3:30 p.m. while North Carolina plays Louisville, with ESPN2 showing the game not on ABC. In primetime, Notre Dame travels to Michigan State.
CBS brings its coverage of SEC football Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Alabama battling Arkansas. Fox offers the PAC-12 at 7:30 p.m., with Southern California meeting Stanford.
ESPN starts Saturday in the ACC with Wake Forest against Florida State. Florida faces Tennessee at 6 p.m., followed by Texas-Mississippi. ESPN2 has four games Saturday, beginning at noon with Arkansas State taking on Nebraska. After the other game from ABC coverage at 3:30 p.m., Arizona State heads to Missouri. It’s BYU taking on Utah in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Clemson hosts Furman on Comcast Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by Florida Atlantic at Georgia. MASN has Liberty’s trip to Montana Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Fx brings TCU-Kansas at noon, then Portland State takes on Washington at 4 p.m.
Comcast-plus visits the CAA for Rhode Island against Villanova at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC Sports network also starts in the CAA with William & Mary against Towson at noon Saturday. Boise State hosts Miami of Ohio at 4 p.m.
On the high school gridiron, ESPN2 offers Don Bosco Prep against St. Thomas Aquinas in New Jersey at 8 p.m. Friday.
As the best of the PGA tour prepare for the Tour Championship, the women head across the ocean for the British Women’s Open. Thursday coverage starts 9 a.m. on ESPN2, along with Friday at 9 a.m. Third round is Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday’s final round at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has MLS action between Houston and Kansas City Friday at 8:30 p.m. NBC joins the action Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Portland hosts Seattle, and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. it’s a women’s international contest between Australia and the United States.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

It’s once again time for Breakfast at Wimbledon. But the TV venue will be different.
After years on NBC – back to the days of Bjorn Borg – ESPN takes over the finals for women Saturday at 9 a.m. and the men Sunday at 9 p.m.
The women’s semifinal is Thursday at 8 a.m. on ESPN, and the men’s semifinal goes Friday morning.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., then moves to NBC Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles close out the first half of the season in Los Angeles, taking on the Angels. Games Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on MASN. The Nationals face the Giants Thursday on MASN, then host the Rockies for the weekend.
The Yankees head to Boston, getting coverage Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Braves visit Philadelphia on Fox Saturday and TBS Sunday afternoon, and the other Fox game Saturday will be Texas-Minnesota. Getting ready for the All-Star game, ESPN2 has the Futures Game Sunday at 5 p.m.
NASCAR starts the second part of the season, returning to Daytona Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC has the Indy Car race from Toronto Sunday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour makes its closest stop to Fishersville, going to the Greenbrier this weekend. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best women golfers gather for the U.S. Women’s Open in Wisconsin. ESPN2 carries the first two days starting at 4 p.m., then NBC takes over for the weekend at 3 p.m. each day.
Colorado visits Seattle in MLS action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. ESPN offers the Fire against the Galaxy Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Mystics host San Antonio Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN2 shows Seattle-Los Angeles Saturday at 10 p.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, the Bayhawks take on Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. ESPN2 brings Rochester taking on Long Island Saturday at 7 p.m.