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.


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.


Week 1

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


Laboring to beat the champs

The opening weekend of the college football season includes many big contests – building to Monday night’s battle in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech hosts defending champion Ohio State Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Buckeyes’ run to the championship nearly ended in September, when the Hokies pulled the upset in Columbus. When Virginia Tech struggled through the ACC as the season wore on, the loss nearly kept Ohio State out of the four-team playoff.
A spot in this year’s national semifinals on New Year’s Eve might await Monday’s winner.
The season begins Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina taking on South Carolina before Minnesota hosts TCU at 9 p.m. The Jim Harbaugh era begins at Michigan, traveling to Utah on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of games Friday, with Baylor-SMU at 7 p.m. followed by Washington against Boise State.
Virginia starts its season at UCLA Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
Notre Dame takes on Texas on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and CBS carries Auburn’s contest with Louisville at 3:30 p.m
ABC brings Nebraska-BYU at 3:30 p.m., then Cowboys Stadium hosts Wisconsin and Alabama at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Stanford-Northwestern, then Penn State tackles Temple at 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M plays Arizona State in Houston at 7 p.m.
Clemson battles Wofford in the ACC game of the week Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has action from the Southland Conference between Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games Saturday, starting at noon with South Dakota State-Kansas. Texas Tech takes on Sam Houston State at 3:30 p.m., with Georgia Southern against West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Mississippi State facing Southern Mississippi Saturday at 10 p.m. and Purdue-Marshall Sunday at 3 p.m.
South Carolina State plays Arkansas Pine Bluff on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The NFL preseason concludes Thursday, and Comcast shows the Redskins facing the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. while Comcast-plus has the Ravens and Falcons.
The Nationals host Atlanta in a four-game set starting Thursday  at 7 p.m. on MASN. while the Orioles visit Toronto on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Rays-Yankees at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by Pirates taking on the Cardinals at 4 p.m. The series finale between the Rays and Yankees will be on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and ESPN has the Pirates and Cardinals Sunday night.
NASCAR returns Darlington to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, with the Southern 500 on NBC Sunday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, after qualifying at 11:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Sprint Cup series has qualifying Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and there’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Coverage of the U.S. Open continues Thursday on ESPN at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 at 7 p.m. There’s third round action Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday starts the Round of 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC carries the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m. and the final round Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The United States faces Australia in rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


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.


Into the home stretch

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


Breakfast at Wimbledon

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


Fireworks at the Greenbrier

July is a big month at West Virginia’s Greenbrier resort.
The Saints come marching in for training camp at the end of the month, but this weekend it’s the best of the PGA in town.
Even Tiger.
CBS has weekend coverage of the Greenbrier Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR moves to the NBC networks for the second half of the season, with the Sprint Cup racers in Daytona Sunday at 7:45 p.m.
The Xfinity series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has practice coverage for both sets of drivers Friday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles close a series against the Rangers on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then head to Chicago to face the White Sox. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday’s contest on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Giants over the weekend. Friday’s game at 6 p.m. will be on MASN and ESPN, with Saturday at 11 a.m. on MASN and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 offers the Cubs-Marlins Friday at 2:20 p.m. and ESPN has the Mets against the Dodgers at 10 p.m.
The Rays battle the Yankees on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings the choice of five games Saturday at 7 p.m. – Mets taking on Dodgers, Phillies-Braves, Twins tangling with the Royals, Brewers-Reds and Cubs meeting the Marlins.
ESPN has Wimbledon coverage Thursday at 7 a.m., and more Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
Hamilton meets Winnipeg in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Calgary tangles with Montreal Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Women’s World Cup concludes with the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on Fox as Japan tries to defend its title against the United States. Germany and England battle in the third place game Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on Fox.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and Guatemala on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m.
In MLS, Portland battles San Jose on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Tour de France kicks off this weekend, with the second stage on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 a.m.