NASCAR at night

As the time to claim a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs winds down, the teams head to Thunder Valley this weekend.
NBC Sports network has the Bristol night race Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity race goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Eleven drivers have claimed victories so far this season, with races left in Bristol, Darlington and Richmond before the final 10 races. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have already posted four trips to Victory Lane before the wins really count down the stretch.
There’s qualifying for both races Friday at 3:30 p.m., after practice starting at 9:30 a.m.
Across the pond, NBC Sports network brings the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar racers hit the track Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles have a four-game set with Minnesota on MASN. The Nationals complete their road trip in Colorado Thursday on MASN2, then host Milwaukee for the weekend.
The Pirates host the Giants on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers face the Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, and TBS offers Dodgers-Astros Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
The best Little League teams in the world gather in Williamsport, starting Thursday at 1 p.m.  on ESPN with Uganda against Dominican Republic. Oregon meets Texas at 3 p.m., followed by Venezuela-Australia at 5 p.m. and Kentucky-California on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Friday’s play begins at 2 p.m. on ESPN with British Columbia battling Mexico. It’s South Carolina against Rhode Island at 4 p.m., then Taiwan-Japan at 6 p.m. and Pennsylvania facing Missouri in the nightcap.
ABC carries a contest Saturday at 3 p.m., with other play on ESPN at 1, 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday has ABC back at 3 p.m., with other games at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Junior League championship from Michigan will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast carries the Redskins’ contest with the Lions Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland hosts the Bills in NFL preseason action on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Rams and Titans battle on Fox Sunday at 8 p.m. and ESPN offers the Bengals and Buccaneers Monday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Greensboro this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox brings the final round of the United States Amateur Sunday at 3 p.m., after Saturday’s semifinals at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 had action Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Manchester United and Newcastle United tangle on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m. Everton meets Manchester City Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United faces San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has the Galaxy visiting New York City Sunday at 3 p.m.
In women’s soccer, Seattle meets Houston Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the Southern and Western Open, starting Thursday at 1 p.m. There’s more action at 9 and 11 p.m., with quarterfinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinal is Saturday at 1 p.m. with the women at 7 p.m., and the championships will be Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Still waiting on Tiger

Tiger Woods won the PGA championship in the seventh year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
He won the PGA championship in the seventh year George W. Bush was in the White House.
It’s the seventh year of President Obama’s tenure – will Woods make a run this time?
Woods has been trying for his 15th career major since Obama took the oath of office in 2009. TNT has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m., then CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
Rory McIlroy returns from injury to defend his title, while Jordan Spieth goes for his third major of the year. And Woods will try to find his youthful form one more title.
FoxSports1 brings the final round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 4 p.m. after quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. and early round action Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Redskins start their preseason Thursday at 8 p.m., hosting the Browns on Comcast.
North of the border, Edmonton takes on Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Ottawa heads to Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m.
Indoors, Portland and San Jose battle in the Arena League playoffs Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles return home to face the A’s for the weekend on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Giants Thursday on MASN and MASN2 the rest of the weekend. Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1.
The Royals host the Angels Saturday on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS brings the Pirates and Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Little League’s road to Williamsport continues Thursday on ESPN, with semifinals in the Midwest at 11 a.m., Northwest at 1 p.m. and Great Lakes at 3 p.m. The Southwest Regional crowns its champion at 7 p.m., with a West semifinal at 9 p.m. ESPN2 has the Southeast final at 5 p.m.
Friday’s play begins at 11 a.m. with a New England semifinal, followed by semifinals from the Midwest at 1 p.m., Northwest at 3 p.m., Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
Four berths to Williamsport are on the line Saturday on ESPN – Midwest at 1 p.m., Northwest at 3 p.m., Great Lakes at 5 p.m. and West at 9 p.m. There’s semifinals in New England at 11 a.m. and Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m., with those finals Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Michigan, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and there’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
FoxSports1 carries the Truck Series race Saturday at 1 p.m., after practice Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Aston Villa takes on Manchester United Friday at 2:45 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Southampton faces Everton Saturday at 7:45 a.m., and it’s Crystal Palace-Arsenal Sunday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Manchester City against Chelsea.
Seattle meets Orlando City Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, while Philadelphia plays Chicago at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States meets Costa Rica in a women’s friendly Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Rogers Cup Thursday at 12:30 p.m., with quarterfinals Friday at 12:30 and 7 p.m. There’s a women’s semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m., with men’s semifinals at 3 and 8 p.m. The women’s final will be Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
Indiana takes on Phoenix in the WNBA Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Are you ready for some football?

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

They’re off and running

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


Before Super Sunday in Arizona, there’s Super Saturday in Charlottesville.
The second-ranked Cavaliers host ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday at 10 a.m. before hosting Duke at 7 p.m. The GameDay crew previews the day’s contests around the college basketball world, along with contests for the fans arriving early in the morning for the show.
Virginia remained unbeaten after escaping Virginia Tech Sunday in its last contest. Duke has already lost three ACC contests, but got coach K his 1000th college victory Sunday at St. John’s.
The sporting world makes way for Super Bowl XLIX Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with Seattle trying to defend its title and New England hoping to deflate those hopes.
It’s the Patriots’ second trip to University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. Last visit, they came in unbeaten and left losers to the Giants.
The NFL honors show will be Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
The Australian Open crowns its champion this weekend. ESPN has the men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m. with the women’s title game Saturday at 3 a.m. The tournament closes with the men’s championship match Sunday at 3 a.m.
ESPN’s Thursday night slate starts at 7 p.m. with Maryland against Ohio State, followed by top-ranked Kentucky taking on Missouri. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. with Utah-UCLA in the nightcap.
Providence plays DePaul Thursday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 in a game postponed two days by the big blizzard. Colorado heads to Southern Cal at 9:30 p.m.
Arkansas takes on Florida Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Michigan State.
Iowa tackles Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, followed by Kansas State-Kansas and a big ACC battle between North Carolina and Louisville.
ESPN has six games on the schedule Saturday, starting with Auburn-Tennessee at noon. The Virginia battle between VCU-Richmond tips at 2 p.m. with Wichita State against Northern Iowa followed by Texas facing Baylor. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State tangle at 8 p.m. and Memphis closes the night at Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
There’s a pair of Big East contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Xavier faces Seton Hall at noon before Villanova battles DePaul. Fox brings Providence-St. John’s at noon.
The ACC network brings Notre Dame against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon along with North Carolina State facing Georgia Tech.
George Mason hosts St. Louis Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. William & Mary heads to James Madison Saturday at 4 p.m.
Davidson meets Saint Joseph’s Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty takes on High Point on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. for Yale against Columbia.
MASN2 offers C-USA action between Middle Tennessee and Texas-San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. Marquette meets Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. and Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday. Connecticut takes on Temple at 2 p.m. and Iowa meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma travels to Texas on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Comcast offers Florida State against Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. and North Texas meeting Rice at 3 p.m.
The Nuggets head to Memphis on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Bulls-Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN offers the Mavericks meeting the Heat Friday at 8 p.m., then it’s Bulls-Suns. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Clippers battle the Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has the Capitals visit to Montreal Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Rangers take on the Canadiens Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Ducks-Sharks at 10:30 p.m. The Capitals’ traditional Super Bowl afternoon contest will be on NBC Sports Network against the Blues Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, New Hampshire visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Chelsea battles Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Hull City takes on Newcastle United at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network before Manchester United meets Leicester City.
Arsenal takes on Aston Villa Sunday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Southampton-Swansea City.
CBS heads to Phoenix for the PGA event Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up the trash.
NBC Sports network has the induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday at 8 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track meet will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Time for stars to shine

As we await the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show (there’s a game too?), some of the top athletes in their fields will gather this weekend.
The NFL moves the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl site this year, with the best of both leagues competing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin drafted players for their teams Wednesday, and the coaches of the Ravens and Cowboys’ staffs will guide the teams from the sidelines.
Columbus hosts the NHL all-star game Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
What will be the rosters of the two teams? The teams will be drafted Friday at 8 p.m. and the skills competition hits the ice Saturday at 7 p.m.
College football players look to impress the scouts at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL network. Mel Kiper knows everybody on the field.
NBC offers the U.S. Skating Championship this weekend, with action Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. then Sunday at 4 p.m.
Sunday afternoon NBA starts on ABC this weekend, with Heat-Bulls at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder’s visit to Cleveland.
The Wizards head west, facing the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
TNT brings the Spurs at Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. with Nets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Bulls meet the Mavericks on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Second-ranked Virginia faces Georgia Tech on the ACC Network Thursday at 8 p.m., and other areas will see N.C. State against Miami.
Virginia Tech hosts Notre Dame on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State takes on Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alabama-Arkansas at 7 p.m. before Arizona battles Stanford. VCU visits St. Louis Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
DePaul plays Seton Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Washington-Colorado at 9:30 p.m.
Kansas heads to Texas Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by UCLA-Oregon. It’s off to the Big Ten Sunday as Indiana clashes with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. before the ACC matchup between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Coach K goes for his 1000th coaching win Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting St. John’s on Fox.
Top-ranked Kentucky visits South Carolina on ESPN Saturday at noon. North Carolina faces Florida State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Nebraska at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin against Michigan at 7 p.m.
Weekend action on the ACC network starts Saturday at noon with Wake Forest’s visit to Clemson, and Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2’s Saturday slate of four games begins at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas State. It’s off to the SEC for Arkansas against Missouri at 2 p.m., then Miami meets Syracuse before Oklahoma battles Baylor at 6 p.m.
Marquette hosts Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Villanova Sunday at 7 p.m.
George Washington faces Fordham Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The CAA takes the stage Saturday, with College of Charleston against Drexel at noon followed by Northeastern-William & Mary.
Richmond heads to Dayton on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., and Boston College battles Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
Liberty hosts Winthrop on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Marshall meets UTEP Saturday at 3 p.m. and it’s off to the WAC at 9 p.m. for Utah Valley against New Mexico State. Sunday, Ohio Valley-Belmont goes against Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Xavier-Providence Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by UTEP taking on Western Kentucky. There’s a pair of Big East games over the weekend, as DePaul faces Xavier Saturday at 6 p.m. and Seton Hall battles Butler Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Pittsburgh battles Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. then it’s an ACC doubleheader Sunday as N.C. State visits Syracuse at 3 p.m. before Miami meets Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Big East play Friday, with Seton Hall facing Villanova at 7 p.m. and Creighton-DePaul at 9 p.m. Butler meets Xavier Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then it’s Iowa State-Texas.
ESPN2 has Connecticut taking on Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m. before North Carolina tangles with Duke.
Charlotte clashes with Middle Tennessee Saturday at noon on MASN2, followed by West Virginia-Kansas.
Play continues at the Australian Open with third round action Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more coverage Friday at 9 p.m. and the round of 16 starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and continues Sunday at 9 p.m.
It’s time for the X-Games, with action on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC offers ski slopestyle finals Saturday at 1 p.m. and coverage continues on ESPN Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Play continues in the FA Cup this weekend on FoxSports1, as Cambridge United meets Manchester United Friday at 3 p.m. and Manchester City faces Middlesbrough Saturday at 10 a.m.

Who’s going to Super Bowl XLIX?

Brady or Luck?
The defending champions or the Cheeseheads?
 super bowl 49Which two teams punch their tickets to the desert and Super Bowl XLIX Sunday?
The NFC goes first this year, with Seattle hosting Green Bay on Fox at 3 p.m. The teams met on NFL’s opening night in September, with the Seahawks taking a 36-16 decision.
Seattle is trying to become the first repeat NFC champion since the Dallas Cowboys of the 1993-94 season.
Andrew Luck tries to take the Colts to their first Super Bowl since the Peyton Manning era, facing the Patriots on CBS at 6:30 p.m. The Patriots will be seeking their sixth Super Bowl since Tom Brady became the starter in 2001, but they lost the last two AFC championship games and haven’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years.
The college all-star bowl season continues Saturday, with the Shrine Game on NFL network at 4 p.m. and the NFLPA game on ESPN2 at 4 p.m.
The Capitals take on Dallas Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast, while the Red Wings face Buffalo Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Connecticut on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. Massachusetts meets New Hampshire Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m.
TNT has the Thunder heading to Houston Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers against Lakers. The Thunder host Golden State on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers clashing with the Clippers in the nightcap.
ESPN hits the college court Thursday at 7 p.m. with Cincinnati-Memphis, followed by Colorado taking on Arizona. Auburn faces Florida at 7 p.m., then Nebraska meets Wisconsin at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Utah against Arizona State Thursday at 10 p.m.
CBS has Florida faces Georgia Saturday at 2 p.m., and Michigan State meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
North Carolina State battles Florida State on the ACC network Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech takes on Pitt at 4 p.m. while Syracuse travels to Clemson.
Duke visits Louisville Saturday at noon in a top-10 ACC matchup on ESPN. Ohio State heads to Iowa at 2 p.m., followed by top-ranked Kentucky against Alabama. The night concludes with a pair of top-25 matchups in the Big 12, with West Virginia-Texas at 6 p.m. before Kansas plays Iowa State at 9 p.m.
LSU hosts Texas A&M at noon on ESPN2, then Miami heads to Notre Dame. Oklahoma battles Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., followed by Connecticut clashing with Stanford and BYU meeting St. Mary’s.
Georgetown faces Butler at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Providence-Creighton at 7:30 p.m.
James Madison meets Drexel on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s action starts at noon with Towson hosting William & Mary at noon, followed by Virginia-Boston College at 2 p.m. and Drexel dueling with Delaware at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the A-10 Saturday. St. Louis faces Dayton at 12:30 p.m., then Rhode Island takes on Massachusetts and George Mason battles George Washington at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Saint Joseph’s meets St. Bonaventure.
Alabama-Birmingham visits Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Fairfield faces Marist Friday at 7 p.m. and there’s a pair of C-USA games Saturday afternoon – UTEP against Texas-San Antonio at 3 p.m. followed by Marshall taking on Florida Atlantic at 5:30 p.m.
New Mexico State heads to Seattle Saturday at 10 p.m.
MASN2 offers Louisiana Tech battling Middle Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m.
There’s an ACC women’s doubleheader on Comcast Sunday, as Miami meets Duke at 1 p.m. before Virginia heads to Louisville.
Connecticut takes on South Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Iowa-Michigan State.
NBC Sports network has Dayton-St. Bonaventure Sunday at 5 p.m.
West Ham United meets Hull City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Arsenal.
The Australian Open starts its two-week run Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Best football weekend of the year – plus one

ESPN’s Chris Berman always lauds this NFL weekend – the top four teams of the season hosting playoff games.
This year, the NFL has company.
After the four big playoff games over the weekend, Oregon and Ohio State will meet Monday at Cowboys Stadium for the first National Championship playoff finale. ESPN has coverage at 8:30 p.m.
The Ducks rolled over Florida State with a big third-quarter rally at the Rose Bowl New Year’s Day while Ohio State knocked top-ranked Alabama out of the field at the Sugar Bowl.
Around midnight, the winner will hoist this National Championship trophy for the first time.
The playoff series crowns its champion Saturday at 1 p.m., as North Dakota State faces Illinois State on ESPN2. The Bison will be seeking their fourth straight crown.
NBC Sports network has the Medal of Honor all-star bowl game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The NFL weekend begins on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as top-seeded New England hosts Baltimore. The sixth-seeded Ravens ousted Pittsburgh last weekend, and have won two of three playoff games against the Patriots in recent years.
Defending champion Seattle takes on Carolina Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Fox. The teams met earlier in the season, with the Seahawks taking a 13-9 decision during the Panther’s seven-game winless string.
Prepare for plenty of “Ice Bowl” talk as the Packers face Cowboys Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. It’s the first postseason meeting between the teams at Lambeau Field since then, and the Packers have won all eight of their home games this season.
Peyton Manning’s new team meets his former squad on CBS at 4:30 p.m., with the Broncos hosting the Colts. Indianapolis advanced last Sunday by beating the Bengals, and Manning looks to add a Denver Super Bowl championship to the one he won with the Colts eight years ago.
TNT offers Rockets at Knicks Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Heat at the Trail Blazers in the nightcap.
The Wizards battle the Bulls Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN, and the Cavaliers travel to Golden State in ESPN’s nightcap. The Wizards visit Atlanta Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, Michigan meets Iowa Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Stanford facing UCLA in the nightcap. ESPN2 offers LSU-Missouri at 7 p.m. followed by Memphis against SMU.
Arizona State battles Oregon State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m.
CBS has Kentucky’s visit to Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m., and Duke takes on N.C. State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Ohio State travels to Indiana Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Louisville against North Carolina.
Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. Baylor takes on TCU at 4 p.m., followed by Virginia-Notre Dame and Iowa State meeting West Virginia at 8 p.m.
The ACC network offers Georgia Tech-Wake Forest Saturday at noon.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Clemson-Pittsburgh. Northeastern travels to Towson in the CAA at 2 p.m., followed by Boston College against Miami.
FoxSports1 has Big East action Saturday, starting at noon with Georgetown-Providence before Seton Hall takes on Creighton at 2:15 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 Sunday evening, with California taking on UCLA at 7:30 p.m. before Arizona heads to Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Richmond hosts George Mason on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m.
Southern Mississippi visits Texas-San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Rhode Island faces Duquesne Saturday at 1 p.m. and Coastal Carolina clashes with Liberty at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, top-ranked South Carolina plays Kentucky at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and Maryland meets Minnesota at 3 p.m.
Duke duels with Florida State on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. Fordam faces St. Bonaventure on NBC Sports network Sunday at 4 p.m.
Butler plays St. John’s on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m. and Georgetown battles Villanova Sunday at 5 p.m.
Texas takes on Iowa State Saturday at noon on MASN2. Alabama-Birmingham plays Florida International Sunday at noon, followed by Kansas-Kansas State.
Oak Hill Academy takes on Hamilton of Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals visit the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Red Wings come to Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Wild’s trip to Chicago Sunday at 8 p.m
On the college ice, Dartmouth takes on New Hampshire on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by Harvard-Yale at 8:15 p.m.
Warmup with some PGA golf from Hawaii, as NBC shows the Tournament of Champions Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace meets Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Sunderland takes on Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Chelsea-Newcastle United at 10 a.m. Arsenal takes on Stoke City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Manchester United meets Southampton at 11 a.m.

New New Year’s Traditions

2015 starts a new tradition – two bowl games where the winners advance to a National Championship contest.
And continues a recent tradition – outdoor ice hockey.
ESPN has the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, matching the four teams selected to appear in the first National Championship playoff. Second-seed Oregon plays defending national champion Florida State at 4:30 p.m., with top-ranked Alabama against Ohio State from New Orleans at 8:30 p.m.
The winners meet 11 days later at Cowboys Stadium to battle for the title.
Elsewhere in the bowl season, ESPN2 has Auburn-Wisconsin Thursday at noon. Baylor meets Michigan State at 12:30 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl on ESPN, and ABC carries the Citrus Bowl between Missouri and Michigan.
Friday brings four bowl games on ESPN, starting at noon with Houston-Pittsburgh. Iowa tangles with Tennessee in Jacksonsville at 3:20 p.m., followed by Kansas State playing UCLA at the Alamo Bowl and Washington facing Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl.
East Carolina battles Florida Saturday at noon in Birmingham, while you can fire up your browser to see Toledo and Arkansas State Sunday at 9 p.m.
Washington gets to host outdoor ice hockey this New Year’s Day, with the Capitals meeting the Blackhawks at 1 p.m. on NBC. The Capitals won their first New Year’s contest at rainy Pittsburgh four years ago while Chicago lost the second Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009.
The Capitals head back indoors Sunday, playing Florida at 3 p.m. on Comcast. The Blackhawks take on Dallas on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NFL postseason starts Saturday, with ESPN getting a contest Saturday at 4:30 p.m. between the Cardinals and NFC South champion Carolina. NBC gets the battle between the Ravens and Steelers at 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, the Bengals visit Indianapolis at 1 p.m. and the Cowboys take on the Lions at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.
Among the high school stars, NBC shows the Army All-American Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards visit Oklahoma City Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and San Antonio Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
CBS brings college hoops action Saturday at 2 p.m., with Connecticut against Florida. UNLV meets Kansas Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Third-ranked Virginia faces Miami Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2, after Ohio State-Illinois at 3:30 p.m. The day starts at 11 a.m. with SMU against Cincinnati, and it’s Big Ten play between Penn State and Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. Gonzaga visits Portland at 9:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Syracuse Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by College of Charleston against William & Mary and Boston College taking on Duke at 4 p.m.
UCLA meets Colorado on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m. Big East play heats up Saturday, with Villanova-Seton Hall at noon and Xavier against DePaul at 2 p.m. before Creighton goes to Georgetown at 4:30 p.m. Arizona meets Arizona State Sunday at 7 p.m.
North Carolina State meets Pittsburgh on the ACC network Saturday at noon.
NBC Sports network offers three games Saturday, as Duquesne duels with Dayton at 1 p.m. Rhode Island faces St. Louis at 3 p.m. followed by Richmond-Davidson.
Fairfield faces Siena on MASN Friday at 7 p.m. There’s an Atlantic 10 contest between St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts Saturday at 2 p.m. and Liberty hosts Presbyterian at 7 p.m. C-USA takes the stage Sunday, with Old-Dominion-Charlotte at 1 p.m. followed by UTEP against Rice.
MASN2 has UTEP against North Texas Friday at 8 p.m. Marquette meets Providence Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by West Virginia-TCU and Xavier battling DePaul. Texas-San Antonio tangles with North Texas Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Maryland meets Nebraska in a Big Ten contest on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma State visits Baylor Saturday at noon on MASN2, and TCU takes on Texas Tech Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast offers Notre Dame and Syracuse Sunday at 1 p.m. while George Mason meets St. Louis Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Georgetown plays Marquette on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m., and West Virginia heads to Oklahoma Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network starts 2015 with Premier League play. Stoke City plays Manchester United at 7:45 a.m., and Tottenham Hotspur clashes with Chelsea at 12:30 p.m.
In the FA Cup, Tranmere Rovers clash with Swansea City on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 a.m. There’s three games Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. with Crystal Palace against Dover Athletic. Manchester United meets Yeovil Town before Hull City-Arsenal at 1:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Union meets Boston University Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Week 17

There’s three division crowns and a wild-card slot on the line as the NFL season hits its final weekend.
NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday night. The winners claims the division title, while the loser has a wild-card contest next weekend.
The NFC North showdown between Detroit and Green Bay will be on Fox at 4:25 p.m., with both teams postseason bound and playing for seeding. CBS gets the NFC South contest with the Panthers and Falcons at 4:25 p.m., with the winner going to the playoffs with a record under .500.
At 1 p.m., the Redskins close their season against the Cowboys on Fox while the Ravens hope for a wild-card berth against the Browns. They need a win and San Diego loss to advance.
The college bowl season continues Friday with a trio of games on ESPN. Illinois heads to the Heart of Dallas to play Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m., followed by Rutgers-North Carolina and North Carolina State against Central Florida in St. Petersburg.
Virginia Tech clashes with Cincinnati in the Military Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Arizona State meeting Duke in the Sun Bowl on CBS at 2 p.m., and ABC offers Miami against South Carolina in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl at 3:30 p.m. Penn State returns to the postseason, taking on Boston College on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. from Yankee Stadium before Nebraska battles Southern Cal at the Holiday Bowl.
The NBA fills Christmas Day with five contests, starting with the Wizards meeting the Knicks on ESPN and Comcast at noon. ABC has the Thunder and Spurs at 2:30 p.m. before LeBron James returns to Miami at 5 p.m. The Lakers battle the Bulls at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Warriors-Clippers as the nightcap.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has Christmas night college basketball, with the Diamond Head Classic third-place game at 6:30 p.m. and championship at 9 p.m.
Georgetown takes on Indiana Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Louisville and Kentucky battle at 2 p.m., followed by Alabama-Birmingham against North Carolina and Gonzaga meeting BYU at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Maine against Seton Hall Saturday at noon. There’s four games with Big East teams Sunday, starting with Tulane-St. John’s at noon. Morgan State meets Marquette at 2 p.m., followed by Florida Gulf Coast facing Xavier and Belmont-Butler at 6 p.m.
Howard faces Fordham Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Richmond hosts Wake Forest on NBC Sports network Sunday at 4 p.m.
Kansas State hosts Texas Southern on MASN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of NHL games on Saturday. The Capitals visit the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. before the Sharks meet the Kings.
There’s a trio of Boxing Day contests in the Premier League on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with West Ham United at 7:45 a.m., then it’s Manchester United-Newcastle United and Arsenal faces Queens Park Rangers at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, Southampton plays Chelsea at 9 a.m. before Newcastle United-Everton.