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.


Final countdown

The long and winding road of the NBA and NHL playoffs have reached their final matchups.
And the eight best softball teams are competing in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series title.
Golden State tries to complete its record season, hosting Cleveland in the NBA Finals starting Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Warriors won a record 73 contests in the regular season, but needed three straight victories to advance to the Finals. The Cavaliers return as their opponent with only two losses so far in the postseason.
In the Stanley Cup Final, it’s Game 3 from San Jose Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Penguins took a 2-0 series win with an overtime victory Wednesday.
Georgia and Florida State start the Women’s College World Series Thursday at noon on ESPN, followed by UCLA-Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Alabama clashes with Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with the nightcap matching LSU and Michigan.
There’s a pair of games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with four contests Saturday. ESPN has two starting at noon, followed by the night session on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Bracket play concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with games later in the day on ESPN2 if necessary. The two bracket winners advance to the best-of-three final beginning Monday night.
The Orioles close out a series with the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before hosting the Yankees for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN, with Saturday’s game on Fox.
The Nationals take on the Reds Friday and Sunday on MASN2, and Saturday afternoon on MASN.
The Giants and Cardinals battle on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Fox also carries the Royals and Indians Saturday. On FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., the Rays battle the Twins.
NCAA regional baseball play begins this weekend, with play on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.

NASCAR visits Pocono, with the Sprint Cup race on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
The Indy Car Dual in Detroit will be Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
NBC brings the finals from the French Open Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. The men’s semifinals will be Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the women’s doubles final Sunday at 6 a.m.
CBS offers the Memorial tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s X Games weekend on ESPN. Action starts Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. There’s a Moto X Freestyle final Friday at 7 p.m., and more completion Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Copa America Centenario starts group play Friday at 9:30 p.m. when the United States takes on Colombia on FoxSports1. Fox has Costa Rica against Paraguay Saturday at 5 p.m. and Brazil battles Ecuador from the Rose Bowl at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Jamaica takes on Venezuela on Fox Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by it’s Mexico-Uruguay from Phoenix on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
The United States women have an international friendly with Japan Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Rugby’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Championship will be on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., with additional action on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing from Thunder Valley on NBC Sports network on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Arena Pro Grand Prix swim meet Sunday at 8 p.m.


GameDay returns

Last year, ESPN’s College GameDay came to town.
A student hit a halfcourt shot during the show, but Virginia lost to Duke.
The Cavaliers would like this GameDay to end with a win, whether the student wins the money or not.
Virginia hosts conference leader North Carolina Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, after the show packs John Paul Arena at 11 a.m.
The Cavaliers’ hopes of winning the regular season title took a hit Monday with a loss at Miami. But they close the campaign with home contests with the Tar Heels and Louisville, leaving space for a spot in the top four.
Duke hosts Florida State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Indiana-Illinois.
ESPN2 offers SMU against Memphis at 7 p.m. and California clashes with UCLA at 9 p.m. Valparaiso meets Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m. then it’s Rider-Monmouth.
Providence plays Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by St. John’s-DePaul. It’s Harvard taking on Yale Friday at 7 p.m.
Drexel takes on Delaware Thursday at 6 p.m. on Comcast before James Madison meets Towson.
MASN offers Conference USA play Thursday, with Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by North Texas-Louisiana Tech. UTEP takes on Old Dominion on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings three contests Saturday, starting with Butler-Georgetown at noon. Texas takes on Oklahoma at 2 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt-Kentucky. Duke duels with Pittsburgh Sunday 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa-Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Top-ranked Villanova visits Marquette on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m., then it’s out west for UCLA against Stanford at 4:30 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina State against Syracuse Saturday at 2 p.m. along with Louisville-Miami.
Kansas tangles with Texas Tech on ESPN Saturday at noon, then it’s Arizona-Utah at 2 p.m. and Maryland meets Purdue at 4 p.m. Florida faces LSU at 8:30 p.m.
Seven games fill the slate on ESPN2, beginning at noon with Rhode Island-Dayton. Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 2 p.m. and it’s Notre Dame-Florida State at 4 p.m. Iowa State hosts Kansas State at 6 p.m., followed by Gonzaga-BYU and Fresno State against New Mexico. The night closes at midnight with UC Davis taking on UC Irvine.
Georgia Tech battles Boston College on Comcast Saturday at noon. College of Charleston clashes with Hofstra at 4 p.m. and Richmond faces Duquesne at 6 p.m.
VCU faces George Washington on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison meets William & Mary at 2:30 p.m.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb on MASN Saturday at noon and Florida International faces Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. St. Joseph’s takes on St. Louis Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Horizon League action between Illinois-Chicago and Milwaukee.
Western Kentucky battles Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at noon on MASN2.
There’s a pair of Big East games on FoxSports1 Sunday, as Xavier travels to Seton Hall at 12:30 p.m. and St. John’s battles Creighton at 2:30 p.m. Southern Cal takes on California at 8 p.m.
The Thunder visit New Orleans Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Rockets-Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ESPN has the Bulls and Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. and Grizzlies against Lakers in the nightcap.
ABC has the Warriors’ trip to Oklahoma City Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Cavaliers-Wizards Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the women’s court, Middle Tennessee visits Western Kentucky Thursday at 9 p.m. on MASN2.
Kentucky meets Texas A&M on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has a trio of games Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. with Georgia-Tennessee. Miami meets Florida State at 3 p.m. followed by Minnesota meeting Maryland.
Iowa State tangles with Oklahoma Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on MASN2. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Penn against Columbia at 3 p.m. and Rio Grand Valley against Chicago State at 5 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Xavier-Villanova Friday at 9 p.m.
The NHL’s Stadium Series heads to Colorado Saturday, as the Avalanche take on the Red Wings at Coors Field at 8 p.m. The Capitals visit Chicago Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, after they host Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings Predators-Blackhawks Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s two contests Sunday, as Tampa Bay visits Boston at 6:30 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks play at 9 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Boston University Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Vermont meets Merrimack on MASN Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Florida and NBC, with the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity Series Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has West Ham United against Sunderland Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Norwich City. Manchester United faces Arsenal Sunday at 9:05 a.m.


Beamer’s farewell tour

Frank Beamer has three more games scheduled on the Virginia Tech sideline.
Four if the Hokies win enough to become bowl eligible.
The final countdown for Beamer, who announced his retirement Nov. 2, begins Thursday on ESPN against Georgia Tech. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Hokies host North Carolina next week before closing out the season against Virginia in Charlottesville. Winning two of the three gets them to 6-6, and there’s a chance a 5-7 team might be selected to fill open bowl slots. Then Beamer’s 29-year tenure will come to a close.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Southern Cal visits Colorado at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS takes the early shift Saturday, showing Georgia against Auburn at noon before Alabama takes on Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Wake Forest on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Fox offers Stanford against Oregon at 7:30 p.m.
Ohio State heads to Illinois on ABC at noon. At 3:30 p.m., top-ranked Clemson visits Syracuse while Michigan-Indiana will be seen in other parts of the country. The game not seen over the air will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, Baylor faces Oklahoma.
Virginia meets Louisville on Comcast at 12:30 p.m., then it’s James Madison-Delaware at 4 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida facing South Carolina. Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. then Arkansas takes on LSU at 7:15 p.m. The day ends with Washington State-UCLA at 10:45 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan State on ESPN2 at noon. Memphis faces Houston at 7 p.m.
TCU tangles with Kansas at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas State-Texas Tech. In the nightcap, Arizona meets Utah at 10 p.m.
MASN2 brings Conference USA action, with Texas-El Paso visiting Old Dominion at noon before Florida International meets Marshall. Central Arkansas takes on Nichols State at 7 p.m. on MASN.
The Ravens start their second half of the season against Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Patriots-Giants in the late afternoon slot. The Redskins host the Saints on Fox at 1 p.m.
NFL Network brings the Jets and Bills Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Cardinals head to Seattle on NBC Sunday night, while the undefeated Bengals battling the Texans Monday on ESPN.
NASCAR sets the final four competitors for next week’s conclusion Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.  The Xfinity race will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m., with the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One visits Brazil, with the Brazilian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Capitals take on the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then Calgary comes to town Friday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers the Warriors and Timberwolves Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Clippers taking on the Suns.
The Wizards host the Magic on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
The college basketball season starts Friday when Iowa State faces Colorado on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ESPN has a twinbill, with Pittsburgh-Gonzaga at 7 p.m. followed by Texas against Washington.
MASN offers George Mason facing Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of Big East teams in action on MASN2, with Dartmouth meeting Seton Hall at 7 p.m. then Belmont heads to Marquette at 9 p.m.
Harvard faces Providence Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by Western Michigan-DePaul.
St. John’s takes on Wagner on FoxSports1 Friday at 6 p.m.
The road to the 2018 World Cup begins Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with the United States taking on St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
Bosnia-Herzegovina faces the Republic of Ireland in the first leg of the European qualifying Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Hungary meets Norway in their second leg Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN after their first meeting on FoxSports1 Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
MASN2 brings the Conference USA men’s championship Sunday at 2 p.m.


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.


Hunt for Mr. October

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