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.


Hold that Tiger

The first College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday.
The ACC’s possible place in the final four might be determined Saturday.
ABC has undefeated Clemson’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles made the field last season, and their hopes of returning depend on pulling out a win at Death Valley.
Another set of Tigers – LSU – ranks second in the initial rankings. The Bayou Bengals take on Alabama on CBS at 8 p.m.
Baylor and defending champion Ohio State round out the first top four of the season. Five weeks of contests until the final field will be announced.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 when Baylor battles Kansas State. ESPN has Mississippi State’s trip to Missouri at 9 p.m., and ESPN2 brings Nevada-Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on SMU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ABC, and in primetime it’s Ohio State hosting Minnesota.
Arkansas takes on Mississippi on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and Fox has a battle with playoff implications between TCU and Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. before Utah tangles with Washington.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Vanderbilt facing Florida, then it’s Indiana-Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Michigan State heads to Minnesota at 7 p.m., with Arizona-Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
Duke meets North Carolina on ESPN2 at noon. Cincinnati clashes with Houston at 3:30 p.m. before Navy takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. California faces Oregon in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech on FoxSports1 at noon followed by Arizona State-Washington State.
Virginia meets Miami at 3 p.m. after Elon hosts William & Mary at noon on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers Cornell-Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. it’s Richmond against New Hampshire.
MASN shows action from the Ohio Valley Conference at 3 p.m., with Murray State facing Tennessee State. On MASN2, Florida Atlantic meets Western Kentucky at noon and it’s Marshall-Middle Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday night NFL goes back to only on NFL network, with the Bengals meeting the Browns. NBC has the Eagles’ trip to Dallas Sunday night, and the Bears take on the Chargers Monday night on ESPN.
The Redskins battle undefeated New England Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the Raiders’ trip to Pittsburgh. before the Colts clash with the Broncos.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the winner joining Jeff Gordon as members of the final four for the season’s championship. NBC has coverage at 2 p.m., and the Xfinity Series races Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
TNT offers Thunder-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. , with the Grizzlies taking on the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Rockets-Kings.
The Wizards take on the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Atlanta Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
MLS has the second leg of its conference semifinals Sunday. ESPN has Red Bulls-D.C. United at 3 p.m. followed by Columbus clashing with Montreal. The action shifts to FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m., with Dallas taking on Seattle before the nightcap featuring Vancouver and Portland.
AFC Bournemouth takes on Newcastle United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Aston Villa meets Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur.
FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday, with Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 1 p.m. followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Anderlecht.
Conference USA crowns its women’s champion Sunday at 11 a.m. on MASN2. FoxSports1 has finals from the Big East Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Big 12 at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the ACC field hockey tournament Thursday, starting with Duke-Virginia at 11 a.m. Boston College battles Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m. and Louisville faces North Carolina at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m
Wisconsin battles Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. in volleyball on ESPN2.


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.


GameDay in Harrisonburg

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


Baseball’s Final Four

The Cubs are there.
The Blue Jays and Royals survived elimination games Wednesday to make it.
Either the Mets or Dodgers become the final member of the championship series field tonight (8 p.m. on TBS).
Coverage of the American League Championship Series starts Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox, with Toronto in Kansas City. Game 2 will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The National League series starts on TBS Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Game 2 at 7:30 p.m.
CBS has the Falcons’ meeting with the Saints Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Colts battle the Patriots Sunday night on NBC, with ESPN featuring Giants-Eagles Monday night.
The Redskins visit the Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Ravens head to San Francisco in the CBS late game, after the Bengals face the Bills.
The college football weekend starts Thursday with a pair of games on ESPN – Auburn visiting Kentucky at 7 p.m. followed by UCLA-Stanford. Cincinnati travels to BYU Friday at 8 p.m. and ESPN2 offers UNLV against Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
ABC starts Saturday with Mississippi-Memphis and Iowa taking on Northwestern at noon, with the game not shown over the air on ESPN2. Kansas State hosts Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m., and in primetime it’s Penn State meeting Ohio State.
It’s an SEC top 10 battle on CBS at 3:30 with Alabama visiting Texas A&M. Southern Cal and its new coaching staff head to Notre Dame on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
West Virginia battles Baylor at noon on Fox.
The ACC network offers Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN has the ACC contest between Louisville and Florida State at noon, Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Florida faces LSU at 7 p.m. and fourth-ranked Utah meets Arizona State at 10 p.m.
Nebraska clashes with Minnesota on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. and it’s Iowa State against TCU at 7:30 p.m. The nightcap features Oregon and Washington at 10:30 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on Kansas on FoxSports1 at noon and Arizona heads to Colorado at 9 p.m.
Comcast brings Virginia’s homecoming contest against Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. after New Hampshire battles William & Mary at noon.
Florida International faces Middle Tennessee on MASN2 at noon. MASN offers Sam Houston State against Abilene Christian at 3:30 p.m. and Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State at 7 p.m.
In high school football, Gonzaga and DeMatha clash on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
North of the border, Hamilton tangles with Montreal Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR hits Kansas for the weekend, with Sprint Cup action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after practice for both groups Friday starting at 1 p.m.
The Capitals host the Blackhawks Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Chicago on Comcast Sunday at 2 p.m.
Houston faces Seattle on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Portland taking on the Galaxy at 7 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur goes against Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Everton-Manchester United. Newcastle United faces Norwich City Sunday at 11 a.m.
Preseason basketball continues on Comcast with the Wizards facing the 76ers Friday at 7 p.m.
Kansas State meets Oklahoma in women’s volleyball on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m.


Football all day long

The NFL has been playing games in London for several years.
Last year, they experimented with starting a game mid-morning on the East Coast.
They liked it, and will do it again Sunday.
The Jets and Dolphins battle from London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. CBS has the coverage, and the teams will be able to get home before nightfall.
Fox will offer the Eagles and Redskins at 1 p.m.- weather permitting – with Packers-49ers in the late afternoon slot. CBS in Harrisonburg will show the Chiefs against Bengals at 1 p.m. The day of football closes on NBC when the Cowboys take on the Saints.
CBS has the Ravens and Steelers Thursday night. The Lions visit Seattle on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN when Miami clashes with Cincinnati. Memphis meets South Florida on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Connecticut-BYU.
Texas takes on TCU Saturday at noon on ABC, followed by either Texas Tech-Baylor or top-ranked Ohio State facing Indiana. The game not shown over the air will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, ABC offers Notre Dame’s trip to Clemson.
Georgia and Alabama battle between the hedges on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Arizona State goes against UCLA on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Louisville and North Carolina State tangle in the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Iowa-Wisconsin, then it’s off to the ACC for Florida State dueling with the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. Florida faces Mississippi at 7 p.m. and it’s Oregon meeting Colorado at 10 p.m.
Michigan State meets Purdue on ESPN2 at noon. It’s Arkansas-Tennessee at 7 p.m. and the nightcap brings Hawaii taking on Boise State.
West Virginia travels to Oklahoma on FoxSports1 at noon, then it’s Kansas State taking on Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Comcast has a pair of ACC contests, with Pittsburgh-Virginia Tech at noon followed by Boston College battling Duke.
Columbia plays Princeton on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m. and William & Mary faces Delaware Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Rangers and Angels duel for the AL West title this weekend, with games Friday on ESPN, Saturday on Fox and Sunday on TBS. Fox also offers Royals-Twins Saturday afternoon.
The Orioles close out the regular season with a game against Eastern Division champion Toronto Thursday at 12:05 p.m. on MASN2 and a weekend series with the Yankees on MASN – weather permitting. The Nationals visit Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before taking on the division champion Mets on MASN2.
Four drivers will have their hopes for a championship end this weekend, as the Sprint Cup series visits Dover – if the monster storm leaves the Monster Mile unscathed. The Truck Series runs in Las Vegas Saturday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 has the Europa League Thursday, with Tottenham Hotspur against Monaco at 1 p.m. and Liverpool-Sion at 3 p.m.
Crystal Palace takes on West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Everton faces Liverpool Sunday at 8:30 p.m. followed by Arsenal-Manchester United.
ESPN2 offers Dallas-Houston Sunday at 5 p.m., then FoxSports1 has a pair of contests – Real Salt Lake against Colorado at 7 p.m. and the Galaxy at Seattle at 9:30 p.m.
Seattle takes on Kansas City in the final of women’s soccer league Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Minnesota hosts Indiana in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
The Capitals face the Bruins in preseason play Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Islanders come to town Sunday at 5 p.m.


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.


Week 1

Most of the offseason, it appeared Tom Brady would miss the season opener due to suspension.
That ruling has been deflated.
Brady and the Patriots open the new season – which features new safeguards on air pressure in game balls – against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Patriots’ run for “one for the thumb” begins under the cloud of Deflategate, while the Steelers try to defend their AFC North title with a goal of a seventh Super Bowl title at the 50th anniversary event in February.
CBS carries the Redskins’ opener with Miami at 1 p.m., followed by the Ravens and Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Fox in Harrisonburg will offer the Packers and Bears at 1 p.m. while the D.C. affiliate will show the Saints and Cardinals at 4 p.m.
The Giants meet the Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday night opener at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has its opening weekend doubleheader Monday, with the Falcons facing the Eagles at 7 p.m. before the Vikings take on the 49ers at 10:15 p.m.
The college weekend starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 with Louisiana Tech visiting Western Kentucky. Miami meets Florida Atlantic Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Utah-Utah State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame comes to Charlottesville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, after Michigan meets Oregon State at noon. In primetime, Oregon tangles with Michigan State at 8 p.m.
Wake Forest takes on Syracuse in the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
Iowa and Iowa State meet on Fox at 4:45 p.m. while CBS offers Vanderbilt-Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida State hosting South Florida. Oklahoma faces Tennessee at 6 p.m. and there’s a big battle in the SEC West between LSU and Mississippi at 9:15 p.m.
Penn State battles Buffalo on ESPN2 at noon, then it’s Rutgers-Washington State or Mississippi against Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. and East Carolina facing Florida at 7 p.m. Boise State and BYU match up in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Texas San-Antonio takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU-Stephen F. Austin. Central Florida and Stanford try to bounce back from opening losses at 10:15 p.m.
MASN2 has UTEP-Texas Tech at 3 p.m. and Lamar against Baylor at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles host the Royals Friday on MASN, Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Nationals visit Miami Friday on MASN2, then Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
Fox also offers Reds-Cardinals and Blue Jays battling the Yankees Saturday. The Tigers take on the Indians Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS brings Blue Jays-Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women’s championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and men Sunday at 4 p.m. The women’s semifinals are Thursday at 7 p.m., and the men take the court Friday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond Saturday in the final race before the Chase for the Cup. NBC Sports network has race coverage at 7:30 p.m., after qualifying Friday at 5:30 p.m. and practice at 10 a.m.
The Xfinity series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m., with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and practice Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Everton takes on Chelsea Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Sunderland faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Aston Villa.
Toronto tangles with New England Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 offers Kansas City at Orlando City at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the semifinals in the women’s soccer league, with Chicago-Kansas City at 1:30 p.m. and Seattle facing Washington at 9:30 p.m.


Winning in Williamsport

Sixteen teams from around the world came to Williamsport last week.
One will leave Sunday as the Little League World Series Champion.
ABC has coverage of the final at 3 p.m. Sunday. The United States championship game will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m., after the international finale at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday features elimination games on ESPN, with Mexico facing Latin America at 4 p.m. and California-Texas at 8 p.m. and the winners advancing to weekend play.
The third place game will be Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles close a series in Kansas City Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN before heading to Texas for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals face the Padres Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then Miami comes to town for the weekend.
Interleague action fills the FoxSports1 schedule Saturday, with Red Sox-Mets at 4 p.m. followed by the Yankees against Braves. TBS offers the Red Sox and Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m., and the Cubs battle the Dodgers on ESPN Sunday night.
The Redskins head up I-95 to battle the Ravens on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings the Lions and Jaguars Friday at 8 p.m. and Seahawks-Chargers Saturday at 8 p.m. The Texans face the Saints Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and it’s Cardinals-Raiders on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, Montreal meets Hamilton on ESPN2 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and it’s Toronto-Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
Jacksonville and San Jose battle for the Arena Football championship Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The college football season starts in the Football Championship Series, with North Dakota State facing Montana Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s Florida high school football on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Booker Washington against St. Thomas Aquinas. Miami Central takes on DeMatha Saturday at noon.
The Sprint Cup series gets its final week off of the season, but the Truck Series runs on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series visits Road America Saturday at 3 p.m., after qualifying at 12:15 p.m.
Sonoma hosts the Indy Car circuit Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 6:30 p.m. after practice at 1:30 p.m.
The PGA tour’s playoff season begins this weekend at the Barclays, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Newcastle United battles Arsenal Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Southampton-Norwich City Sunday at 8:30 p.m. followed by Swansea City against Manchester United.
Seattle takes on Portland Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and D.C. United faces the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
In women’s soccer, Portland meets Washington at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The road to the U.S. Open winds down this weekend, with the Connecticut Open semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. and final Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s semifinal play from Winston-Salem Friday at 3 p.m. and final Saturday at 1 p.m.