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.


Best football weekend of the year

The four teams with the best regular season records.
The four teams that survived the elements and opposition on the road last weekend.
They meet with hopes of advancing to the league championship games.
The best NFL weekend of the year begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Chiefs visit the defending champion Patriots on CBS.
The Packers head back to the desert Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC, meeting the Cardinals a few weeks after losing big there.
NFC top seed Carolina hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Panthers’ 14-0 start included a come-from-behind win over the Seahawks early in the season.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on the wounded Steelers in the final contest at 4:40 p.m. on CBS. It will be the eighth postseason meeting between the squads, with the last one in 2011 ending with Tim Tebow’s overtime touchdown pass.
By Sunday night, we’ll be down to the final four teams.
The Cavaliers visit San Antonio on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Lakers-Warriors. Oklahoma City hosts the Timberwolves on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., then it’s Cavaliers-Rockets.
The Wizards head to Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. and host Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Michigan State meets Iowa on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Pittsburgh-Louisville. ESPN2 offers Connecticut against Tulsa at 7 p.m. Thursday before Gonzaga takes on BYU.
FoxSports1 goes to the Pac-12 Thursday, with Arizona-Washington at 9 p.m. and California clashing with Stanford at 11 p.m.
George Washington faces Dayton Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and it’s Evansville-Illinois State in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Villanova Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday it’s Michigan State-Wisconsin.
Wake Forest hosts Syracuse on the ACC network Saturday at noon and Miami meets Clemson at 2 p.m.
ESPN visits Tobacco Road Saturday at noon, with North Carolina taking on North Carolina State. TCU takes on Kansas at 2 p.m. and it’s Kentucky against Auburn at 4 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at noon with Maryland meeting Ohio State. Duke duels with Notre Dame at 2 p.m. and West Virginia looks for another big upset at Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Oklahoma State takes on Texas at 6 p.m., followed by Florida-Mississippi and San Diego State against Boise State in the nightcap.
The Big East has three contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Butler faces St. John’s at noon before Xavier meets Marquette and Seton Hall-Providence at 4:30 p.m. Creighton clashes with DePaul Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast brings three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech. Boston College battles Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Drexel taking on Towson.
Massachusetts meets Davidson Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by LaSalle-Rhode Island. George Mason tangles with St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m.
Southern Mississippi heads to Florida Atlantic on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Missouri-Kansas City against New Mexico State.
MASN starts Saturday in the Northeast Conference at noon, with Mount St. Mary’s facing St. Francis. Texas El-Paso tangles with Texas-San Antonio at 4 p.m., then it’s St. Bonaventure-Duquesne and Marshall meets Rice at 8 p.m.
Old Dominion hosts Middle Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2, with Xavier-Marquette at 8 p.m.
There’s high school basketball Saturday at 6 p.m. as Athlete Institute faces Findlay Prep on ESPN.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 offers South Carolina against Texas A&M at 1 p.m. and Baylor-Texas at 3 p.m.
William & Mary meets Hofstra on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida Atlantic against Southern Mississippi Thursday at 9 p.m. Oklahoma State faces Oklahoma on MASN2 Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN brings Campbell-High Point Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Lehigh against Holy Cross.
Butler battles DePaul Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals host Vancouver Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Rangers Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Blackhawks-Canadiens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Flyers against the Red Wings Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Stars take on the Sharks Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Merrimack meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Boston University battles Boston College on MASN Friday at 7 p.m.
Sunderland takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester United Sunday at 9 a.m. before Stoke City goes against Arsenal.
First round play starts at the Australian Open Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.


Road to 50

Washington Redskins, NFC East champions.
Hard to believe.
Might they be playing February 7 in Santa Clara?
Thanks to a four-game winning streak to close the season, the Redskins get to host the Packers Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in the final game of the first playoff weekend. Fox has coverage of the contest.
The Packers started the season hotter, but fell into the wildcard slot after losing to the Vikings last Sunday. Washington will be making its first postseason appearance since 2012, and hoping for a first Super Bowl appearance since 1992.
ESPN has the opening game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.,  matching the Texans and the Chiefs. Kansas City snagged the wild-card berth by winning nine straight to end the season, while the Texans squeezed into the postseason at 9-7.
CBS has the Saturday prime time matchup between the Steelers and Bengals. They split their AFC North matchup this season, both winning on the road.
Minnesota hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC, as the Seahawks try to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
College football crowns its champion Monday on ESPN, as Alabama faces Clemson in the final of the College Football Playoff at 8:30 p.m.
The Championship Series title game matches North Dakota State and Jacksonville State Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Celtics visiting the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-Kings in the nightcap. The Cavaliers take on Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Thunder clashing with the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Toronto Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan State against Illinois. ESPN2 has Louisville-North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona’s battle with UCLA.
Valparaiso takes on Oakland Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Utah-Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Duke on ACC network Saturday at noon, then Virginia faces Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
CBS brings LSU-Florida Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Indiana takes on Ohio State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, and it’s North Carolina-Syracuse at 8 p.m.
There’s four games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting with Baylor-Iowa State at 3 p.m. Florida State meets Miami at 5 p.m., then it’s Memphis-Connecticut and Auburn against Missouri in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown meets DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton battling Seton Hall. It’s Princeton-Pennsylvania at 4:30 p.m. and Villanova faces Butler Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, with Louisville-Clemson Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network goes to the Atlantic 10 Sunday, starting at noon with Rhode Island-St. Joseph’s. Richmond faces Fordham at 2 p.m. followed by VCU-St. Louis.
UTEP meets Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by New Mexico State-Utah Valley.
It’s time for Conference USA on MASN Saturday, as Rice takes on North Texas at 2 p.m. before Texas-San Antonio goes against Middle Tennessee. Sunday at 1 p.m., Detroit battles Valparaiso.
St. John’s meets Marquette at 2 p.m. Saturday on MASN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut clashes with Houston Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and faces South Florida Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 offers Xavier-Creighton Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 brings North Carolina-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Maryland against Iowa.
Comcast has a pair of ACC women’s games Sunday, with North Carolina State-Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Georgia Tech against Florida State.
Old Dominion hosts Louisiana Tech on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. TCU takes on Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Alabama-Birmingham faces Texas-El Paso Sunday at 7 p.m.
MASN brings North Texas-Rice Sunday at 3 p.m. before St. Bonaventure battles Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
The Capitals head to Brooklyn Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast to meet the Islanders at their new home, then cross the river to meet the Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back home Sunday at 7 p.m. to play Ottawa.
NBC Sports network brings the Flyers’ visit to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m., and it’s Devils-Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Alaska meets Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings World Cup skiing this weekend, with ladies downhill Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s giant slalom at  7 a.m. There’s ladies Super G Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s slalom at 7 a.m.
It’s the third round of FA Cup matches, with Liverpool against Exeter City Friday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa faces Wycombe Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Sunderland.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting at 6:50 a.m. as Oxford United plays Swansea. Chelsea clashes with Scunthorpe at 10 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Leicester City at noon.
The United States meets Dominican Republic in women’s volleyball Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

For two months, ESPN has been running the commercials – please plan on watching the College Football playoffs on Dec. 31.
Today’s the day.
The four teams battling for the national championship take the field today, with top-seeded Clemson against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the Cotton Bowl hosting Alabama-Michigan State at 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the title contest in Arizona Jan. 11.
Thursday begins in Atlanta, with Houston facing Florida State at noon. Eat more chikin while you watch.
New Year’s Day action starts at noon, with the Outback Bowl matching Northwestern and Tennessee on ESPN2. ABC offers the Citrus Bowl between Michigan and Florida at 1 p.m.
The Fiesta Bowl brings together Notre Dame and Ohio State on ESPN 1 p.m., followed by Iowa-Stanford in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma State and Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
There’s four more bowl games on ESPN Saturday. Penn State and Jacksonville battle in Jacksonville at noon, followed by the Liberty Bowl matchup of Kansas State-Arkansas. Oregon and TCU meet in the Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m., with West Virginia against Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
The NFL closes its regular season Sunday, and the Packers and Vikings battle for the NFC North crown on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The loser still advances to the playoffs as a wild-card.
Fox has NFC East winners Washington at Dallas Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Buccaneers. The Steelers try to survive and advance against the Browns on CBS, then the Broncos battle the Chargers in hopes of claiming the AFC West.
New Year’s Day means the NHL’s Winter Classic, with the Bruins meeting the Canadiens from the Patriots’ stadium on NBC at 1 p.m. NBC Sports network has the alumni game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals against the Hurricanes Thursday at 6 p.m. and visiting Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wizards host Orlando Friday at 7 p.m. and the Heat Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia opens ACC play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Michigan State meets Minnesota Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., then LSU takes on Vanderbilt before the nightcap matching Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Tennessee tangles with Auburn Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Baylor-Kansas.
James Madison takes on Delaware on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. and Duke-Boston College at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Big East doubleheader Thursday, with Xavier-Villanova at noon followed by St. John’s against Creighton. Washington hosts UCLA Friday at 11 p.m.
There’s five Big East games on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with DePaul-Seton Hall. Butler battles Xavier at 1 p.m., then it’s St John’s against Providence at 3:30 p.m. and Marquette-Georgetown. The night closes at 10 p.m. with Creighton against Villanova.
The Pac-12 takes the stage on Sunday, with Arizona-Arizona State at 2 p.m. and Oregon playing Oregon State at 7 p.m.
Conference USA takes the court Friday on MASN, as North Texas takes on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. before Rice faces UTEP.
Liberty hosts UNC-Asheville on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. while MASN2 brings UIC-Valparaiso.
Sunday offers five games from Conference USA. Marshall meets Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. on MASN, followed by Middle Tennessee against Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas tangling with UTEP at 5 p.m. MASN2 has Old Dominion clashing with Charlotte at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers three games from the Atlantic 10 on Saturday. Saint Joseph’s travels to Richmond at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Dayton-Duquesne and St. Louis taking on Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m.  There’s two more Sunday, with Massachusetts against LaSalle at 5 p.m. and Fordham facing George Washington at 7 p.m.
On the women’s court, Virginia hosts Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. while CBS has the Big Ten battle between Ohio State and Maryland Saturday at noon.
FoxSports1 has Oklahoma-Baylor Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
West Ham United faces Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Manchester United against Swansea City. Sunday opens with Crystal Palace clashing with Chelsea at 8:25 a.m. before Everton meets Tottenham Hotspur.


Sports under the Christmas tree

On Christmas Eve, Oakland Raider fans will hope for victory in the final home game of the 2015 season.
And wonder if it’s the last home game ever.
The Raiders and Chargers battle on NFL network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Next month, their owners may be battling for the right to move to Los Angeles.
The Redskins and Eagles meet on NFL network Saturday, while the Giants face the Vikings on NBC Sunday night. ESPN offers the Broncos and Bengals Monday night.
The Sunday slate starts on CBS at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Steelers. Fox brings Panthers-Falcons at 1 p.m. before the Packers tangle with the Cardinals in the late afternoon slot.
The college bowl season continues Thursday at noon on ESPN, with Middle Tennessee at Western Michigan in the Bahamas. San Diego State tangles with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. in Hawai’i.
ESPN has four bowl games Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with Marshall-Connecticut from the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium. Washington meets Southern Mississippi in Dallas at 2:20 p.m. and Frank Beamer closes his Virginia Tech career at the Independence Bowl against Tulsa at 5:45 p.m. In the nightcap, Nebraska faces UCLA at 9:15 p.m. from Santa Clara.
CBS offers the Sun Bowl matchup between Miami and Washington State at 2 p.m. Duke faces Indiana at Yankee Stadium on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
There’s five NBA games on Christmas Day, starting at noon with the Pelicans and Heat. The action goes to ABC at 2:30 p.m. when the Bulls battle the Thunder, then Cleveland heads to Golden State at 5 p.m
The Spurs face the Rockets at 8 p.m. back on ESPN, with Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Nets on Comcast Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kentucky meets Louisville on CBS Saturday at noon. Marquette hosts Presbyterian Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the third place game at the Diamond Head Classic Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the final at 9 p.m.
The Capitals host Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Boxing Day brings Premier League action to NBC Sports network, with Stoke City against Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Leicester City at 10 a.m.
NBC has a pair of contests, as Newcastle United meets Everton at 12:30 p.m. and Southampton tangles with Arsenal at 2:30 p.m.


Who wants to finish 5-8?

How many bowls are there this season?
So many that three had to take a 5-7 team to have a contest.
One of those teams – San Jose State – plays Saturday as the bowl season kicks off with six games.
ABC starts the day at noon from Atlanta, as Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T meet in the Celebration Bowl. It’s off to New Mexico at 2 p.m. for Arizona-New Mexico on ESPN.
New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall closes his BYU career as the Cougars battle Utah at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.  Ohio faces Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
San Jose State tries to avoid a 5-8 finish on CBS Sports network against Georgia State at 7 p.m. The night closes in New Orleans with Louisiana Tech meeting Arkansas State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Big Ten teams Nebraska and Minnesota get their chances to finish 5-8 after Christmas. Thirty-five bowl games remain to be played, with the National Championship game on Jan. 11.
Richmond meets North Dakota State in the semifinals of the Championship Series Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
West Virginia’s Shepherd University vies for the Division II championship against Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NFL network has a pair of contests this weekend, with Bucs-Rams on Thursday and Jets visiting the Cowboys Saturday. The Eagles try to maintain their spot atop the NFC East on Sunday night, battling the Cardinals on NBC, while ESPN offers Lions against Saints Monday night.
The Redskins host the Bills on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has Ravens-Chiefs at 1 p.m. followed by Broncos facing the Steelers.
The Thunder face the Cavaliers on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Rockets meet the Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN brings the Clippers and Spurs Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Pelicans-Suns.
Comcast has the Wizards battling the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS offers UCLA-North Carolina at 1 p.m. followed by Ohio State against Kentucky.
Utah heads to Duke Saturday at noon on ESPN.
It’s Virginia-Villanova Saturday at noon on ESPN2, then Indiana meets Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Coverage goes west at 9:30 p.m. for Arizona taking on UCLA, then Texas faces Stanford at 11:30 p.m.
St. John’s meets Incarnate Word on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. Auburn visits Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Northwestern-DePaul at 2 p.m. Florida faces Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s against NJIT Sunday at noon.
Syracuse clashes with Cornell Saturday at noon on Comcast, then it’s College of Charleston against Miami. American meets Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Michigan State’s visit to Northeastern Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Belmont battles Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Georgia State goes to Southern Mississippi Saturday at 5 p.m. before South Florida hosts Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m.
MASN2 has a trio of games Saturday, starting with Georgetown against UNC-Asheville at noon. Florida State faces Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. and Rider tangles with Providence at 8 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 offers Cypress Lakes against Foothills Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of women’s contests Sunday, with Arkansas meeting Texas at 2:30 p.m. before Oklahoma plays Texas A&M at 5 p.m.
Michigan State meets Northeastern on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and visit the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Michigan State takes on Northeastern on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Manchester United against Norwich City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Aston Villa clashes with Newcastle United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Watford battles Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Swansea City-West Ham United.
The NCAA crowns its women’s volleyball champion this weekend. Texas takes on Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. one ESPN2 followed by Kansas-Nebraska. The winners meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Army-Navy

On the sidelines and in the stands, there will be Navy Midshipmen who weren’t in kindergarten the last time their side lost to Army.
army-navy-logoNavy looks to post its 14th straight victory over Army Saturday in their annual matchup in Philadelphia. Coverage will be on CBS at 3 p.m.
The Middies, who haven’t lost since 2001, nearly reached the American Conference championship game. Instead, they got a week off to prepare for two-win Army.
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, which also has college football awards Thursday at 7 p.m.
Charleston Southern takes on Jacksonville State in the quarterfinals of the Bowl Championship Series playoffs Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Northern Iowa against North Dakota Saturday at noon on ESPN.
The first-place Washington Redskins try to gain their first road win of the season, facing the Bears Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Cowboys meet the Packers in the late afternoon slot, while CBS offers the Bengals battling the Steelers at 1 p.m.
NFL network brings Vikings-Cardinals Thursday night. The Patriots battle the Texans Sunday night on NBC, with Giants against Dolphins on ESPN Monday night.
TNT offers Clippers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Knicks against Kings in the nightcap. The Heat face the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Lakers-Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 offers Iowa-Iowa State Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Troy taking on Seton Hall.
Ohio State travels to Connecticut Saturday at noon on CBS.
Kentucky faces Arizona State on ESPN Saturday at 3:15 p.m., followed by North Carolina-Texas.
There’s five games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Wisconsin against Marquette. It’s Utah-Wichita State at 3:30 p.m., followed by top-ranked Michigan State meeting Florida. Kansas clashes with Oregon State at 8 p.m. before UCLA goes against Gonzaga.
Houston faces LSU Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
FoxSports1 starts Saturday at noon with Bryant-Providence, followed by Tennessee’s trip to Butler at 2:30 p.m. Indiana-Purdue of Indianapolis meets Creighton at 5 p.m., and it’s Arkansas-Little Rock against DePaul at 10 p.m.
Three more Big East teams take the court Sunday, with St. John’s against Syracuse at noon before Seton Hall meets St. Peter’s. There’s a Philadelphia battle between LaSalle and Villanova at 5 p.m.
It’s Louisville-Eastern Michigan on Comcast Saturday at 2 p.m.
TCU takes on Prairie View Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2. It’s Oklahoma-Oral Roberts Saturday at 2 p.m.
Liberty meets Lamar Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN, with Mississippi State against Missouri-Kansas City at 5 p.m.
In women’s hoops, top-ranked Connecticut meets Florida State Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and Texas hosts Stanford on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Notre Dame faces TCU Saturday at noon on MASN2.
The Capitals head south for the weekend, meeting Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m.
Colorado College clashes with Western Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
In the Premier League, Norwich City battles with Everton Saturday at 7:40 a.m. and it’s Liverpool-West Bromwich Albion at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC has Bournemouth against Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa faces Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United.
Sion battles Liverpool in Europa League play Thursday at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Monaco.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and Trinidad-Tobago Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and the United States faces China Sunday at 7:30 p.m.