Hunt for Mr. October

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


Football all day long

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


The Chase is on

Sixteen NASCAR drivers have three races to survive and advance.
The Chase of the Cup begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Kenseth posted his fourth win of the season last Saturday at Richmond, putting him atop the leaderboard with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.
Jeff Gordon made the chase in his final competitive season, and hopes to still be in contention when the final flag drops at Homestead in November. Race qualifying will be Friday at 6:30 p.m., with final practice Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Xfinity series hits the track Saturday at 6 p.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
The Truck Series runs Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 with qualifying at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 9:30 a.m.
CBS’ portion of the Thursday night package kicks off this week when the Broncos visit Kansas City at 8:25 p.m.
The Redskins host the Rams on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Cowboys-Eagles. The Ravens try to bounce back in Oakland on CBS at 4 p.m.
Seattle visits Green Bay on NBC Sunday night, then the Jets take on the Colts Monday night on ESPN.
The ACC kicks off the college weekend Thursday, with Clemson visiting Louisville on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Florida State heads to Boston College Friday at 8 p.m.
Michigan State meets Air Force on ABC Saturday at noon. Miami meets Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with some parts of the nation watching Ohio State-Northern Illinois while ESPN2 carries the alternate game. In primetime, Stanford faces Southern California.
LSU tangles with Auburn on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and NBC carries Notre Dame’s contest with Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings Texas and California at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Connecticut’s visit to Missouri. South Carolina tangles with Georgia at 6 p.m. and it’s Mississippi-Alabama at 9:15 p.m.
North Carolina heads to Illinois at noon on ESPN2, then Texas Tech takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma battles Tulsa on FoxSports1 at noon, with Texas-San Antonio facing Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. and it’s BYU-UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast has action from the CAA Saturday, with Delaware-Villanova at noon followed by James Madison meeting Albany.
ESPN2 offers high school football between Mississippi’s Wayne County and Archbishop Rummel of Louisiana Friday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Tampa Bay Thursday on MASN2, while the Nationals start a series with the Marlins on MASN.
The Mets and Yankees battle Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also offers Cubs-Cardinals Saturday, and the series closes Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS. The Tigers and Royals meet on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Manchester City against West Ham United at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United plays Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN carries Portland against the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. and Houston plays Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women and Australia play an international friendly on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour has its BMW Championship on NBC Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2 p.m.
It’s conference semifinals time for the WNBA. Indiana plays Chicago on ESPN2 Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Tulsa-Phoenix. The Mystics play game two of their series with the Liberty Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Minnesota-Los Angeles at 3 p.m.
The FIBA Eurobasket final will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.


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.


Back to the Brickyard

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 race in 1994.
He gets his final shot at the famous track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gordon claimed his fifth win at Indianapolis last year, but hasn’t won yet on his farewell tour around the circuit. Sunday’s winner will get their chance at history, and to kiss the bricks.
NBC has the Xfinity race Saturday at 3 p.m.
There’s qualifying Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for both series on NBC Sports network and practices for the races will be Friday at noon.
The Tour de France rides into Paris for its finale Sunday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There are mountain stages Thursday at 8 a.m. then Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. before the trip to the final stage.
The Orioles close a series against the Yankees Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then head to Tampa Bay for the weekend.
The Nationals visit Pittsburgh for a four-game set, with Thursday’s game on MASN at 7 p.m. and the rest of the series on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers the A’s against Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Braves and Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Dodgers take on the Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on TBS, with the Tigers meeting the Red Sox on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Jamaica faces Mexico in the Gold Cup final from Philadelphia Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Barcelona meets Manchester United in International Champions Cup play Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
D.C. United visits Philadelphia on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Orlando against New York City Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Canada hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with the Canadian Open on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best senior golfers gather for the British Senior Open starting Thursday at noon on ESPN2. Play continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
The United States amateur concludes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. The semifinals are Friday at 2 p.m.
ABC carries the WNBA all-star game Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Pan-Am games close Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage of the action will be Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m.
The Opening Ceremonies of the World Special Olympics games are Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. There’s more action Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.


Back on the road to Omaha

A few weeks ago, the University of Virginia baseball team was struggling to make the top 10 in the ACC.
Now, they are among the final eight teams playing for the national title.
Virginia, the 2014 runner-up, returns to Omaha this weekend for the College World Series. The Cavaliers meet Arkansas Saturday at 3 p.m. to start their double-elimination pool. ESPN has coverage of the action.
Miami meets Florida in Saturday’s nightcap at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt begins the defense of its title at 8 p.m. Sunday against Cal-State Fullerton on ESPN2, after LSU and TCU tangle at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Play continues in the two pools throughout the week, getting down to the final two for the best-of-three finale starting June 22.
The Orioles close a series against the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Yankees for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on ESPN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox Saturday package.
The Nationals visit Milwaukee for a four-game set, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday afternoon.
The Giants host Arizona Saturday on Fox, and the Cubs and Reds meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN.
The Stanley Cup Final continues Saturday on NBC, with Game 5 between the Lightning and Blackhawks at 8 p.m.
Cleveland hosts Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC, with the scene shifting to Golden State Sunday at 8 p.m.
The WNBA season starts with a pair of games on ESPN2 Sunday – Chicago against Indiana at 1 p.m. before Minnesota takes on Phoenix at 3 p.m.
The United States women face Sweden in their second match of the World Cup Friday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Germany meets Norway Thursday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Ivory Coast-Thailand at 7 p.m. Host Canada battles New Zealand at 9 p.m.
Australia goes against Nigeria Friday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1. Switzerland faces Ecuador at 7 p.m. while Japan-Cameroon finishes the night at 10.
Fox brings a pair of games Saturday – France against Colombia at 1 p.m. and England meeting Mexico at 4 p.m. It’s Brazil-Spain Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Croatia meets Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Saturday at 11:55 a.m. before England plays Slovenia Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
D.C. United tangles with Orlando City Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Memphis hosts the PGA Tour this weekend, with the St. Jude Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC carries the Women’s PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR travels to Michigan this weekend, with the Sprint Cup series Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity drivers ride Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
Jacksonville visits Tampa Bay in Arena Football Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA’s best track and field athletes meet on ESPN2 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. There’s are men’s finals Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and the women’s semifinals are Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC brings the Adidas Grand Prix from New York Saturday at 1 p.m.
Horses hit the track for the Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

 


Jeter’s farewell tour

Two and a half more weeks left in Derek Jeter’s last season – unless the Yankees can make the postseason.
The Yankees’ hopes for one more playoff run may depend on this weekend’s series in division-leading Baltimore – four games starting Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
Friday’s day-night doubleheader is due to a rainout in August. Both Friday games will be on MASN, with Saturday afternoon’s contest on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN.
Jeter played at Camden Yards in the postseason of 1996 and 2012. Winning this series may keep his postseason hopes alive a little while longer.
The Nationals visit the Mets, with games on MASN Thursday, Saturday and Sunday while Friday’s contest is on MASN2.
Fox also shows the Braves against the Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. The Padres meet the Diamondbacks on FoxSports1 Saturday at 8 p.m., and TBS shows the AL Central battle between the Indians and Tigers.
CBS starts its Thursday night NFL package with the Steelers visiting the Ravens at 8:30 p.m.
The 49ers open their new stadium against the Bears Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC while the Eagles visit the Colts on ESPN Monday night.
The Redskins head to Jacksonsville Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Broncos-Chiefs as the nightcap. Fox shows the Cardinals at Giants at 1 p.m. in the Harrisonsburg area.
ESPN starts the college football weekend Thursday at 9 p.m. when BYU hosts Houston. Friday, Baylor visits Buffalo at 8 p.m.
Fresh off the big win over Ohio State, Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN. Virginia opens its ACC season, facing Louisville on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
The SEC on CBS kicks off at 3:30 p.m. when Georgia faces South Carolina.
Notre Dame hosts Purdue at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, while Fox has a pair of contests – Illinois-Washington at 4 p.m. followed by UCLA-Texas.
ABC starts its day at noon with either Kent State-Ohio State or Boise State against Connecticut, with the game not over the air in your area on ESPN2. Arkansas tangles with Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. and the primetime matchup brings Tennessee against Oklahoma.
Iowa battles Iowa State on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., and Boston College hosts Southern Cal at 8 p.m. Third-ranked Alabama faces Southern Miss at 6 p.m., and it’s Rice against Texas A&M at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day at noon with Pittsburgh traveling to Florida International. Minnesota travels to TCU at 4 p.m.
There’s a pair of ACC teams on Comcast, with Georgia Tech hosting Georgia Southern at noon followed by Duke-Kansas.
Texas-San Antonio visits Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Comcast offers high school football between DeMatha and LaSalle Friday at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Race for the Chase time, starting at Chicagoland Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide racers will go fast Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The PGA tour crowns its season-long champion in Atlanta this weekend. Coverage starts Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Liverpool faces Aston Villa in the Premier League Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has two games Saturday, with Arsenal-Manchester City at 7:45 a.m. followed by Chelsea meeting Swansea City. Manchester United meets Queens Park Rangers Sunday at 11 a.m.
Real Salt Lake visits Seattle on NBC Sports network Friday at 10:30 p.m. The Red Bulls take on Philadelphia Saturday at 3 p.m.
It’s the semifinals of the World Cup of basketball from Spain, with the first contest Thursday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and second Friday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners play for the title Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, and the third place game is at 1 p.m.
Phoenix tries to clinch the WNBA championship Friday, taking on Chicago in Game 3 at 8 p.m. Game 4, if necessary, will be Sunday at 5:30 p.m.


Week 1

Seattle crushed Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl hopes in February.
The reward? A season opening home game.
The Seahawks begin their title defense Thursday, hosting the Packers on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The teams’ last meeting at CenturyLink Field came early in 2012, when the Seahawks won on the final play “Fail Mary” in the final game officiated by replacement referees.
Manning and his Denver teammates do get their NBC primetime game, facing the Colts Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Redskins open their season at Houston, looking to end a 14-game losing streak with top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Coverage is Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, followed by the 49ers at Cowboys. The Ravens start their season at home against Cincinnati on CBS at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its opening Monday night doubleheader in Detroit, with the Lions battling the Giants at 7 p.m. The Chargers head to Arizona in the nightcap.
North of the border, Saskatchewan takes on Winnipeg Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The college week starts Thursday on FoxSports1 when Arizona visits Texas-San Antonio at 8 p.m. ESPN has a Friday doubleheader, with Pittsburgh-Boston College at 7 p.m. followed by Washington State facing Nevada at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to the Horseshoe, meeting Ohio State Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame hosts Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on NBC while Michigan State heads west to battle Oregon on Fox at 6:30 p.m.
ABC has a pair of choices at noon – Akron against Penn State and Oklahoma taking on Tulsa. ESPN2 will have the game not shown over the air in your area. At 3:30 p.m., Stanford meets Southern Cal.
Missouri tackles Toledo at noon and Mississippi battles Vanderbilt at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has Ball State against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Auburn meets San Jose State at 7 p.m., and Colorado State travels to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day at noon with Kansas State-Iowa State from the Big 12. Texas hosts BYU at 7:30 p.m. and Texas Tech tackles UTEP at 11 p.m.
Clemson takes on South Carolina State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Florida State hosts The Citadel Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN2 brings SMU-North Texas Saturday at noon, followed by Missouri State facing Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR sets its 16-car Chase for the Cup after Saturday’s race in Richmond. Thirteen racers have already clinched their spots, and the others can grab a place with a win Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Orioles close out their homestand against the Reds Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit Tampa Bay for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday afternoon’s contest on Fox. The Nationals host the Phillies for the weekend on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers Yankees-Royals Saturday at 4 p.m., and the two teams battle on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Giants visit the Tigers Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN.
The U.S. Open closes this weekend, with the women’s final Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and men’s championship Monday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has quarterfinal action Thursday at noon and 8 p.m., and the men’s doubles championship Sunday at 12:30 p.m. while CBS carries the women’s semifinals Friday at 12:30 p.m. and men’s semifinals Saturday at noon.
NBC carries the BMW championships from Denver Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Vancouver Saturday at 11 p.m. on Comcast. Colorado clashes with the Galaxy Friday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network while Sporting Kansas City visits the Red Bulls Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 has Portland against San Jose Sunday at 4:45 p.m.
The United States meets Ukraine in group play of the International World Cup Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2. Play in the round of 16 will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Chicago and Phoenix battle for the WNBA title, starting Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.


College kickoff

Hope you’re ready for some college football.
Because there’s plenty coming this Labor Day weekend.
The road to the Division I championship game begins Thursday on the new SEC network with South Carolina against Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Check your local listings and beg your cable operator.
ESPN has Boise State’s visit to Mississippi at 8 p.m., and Rutgers takes on Washington State at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s a pair of games on ESPN Friday, with BYU-Connecticut at 7 p.m. followed by UNLV against Arizona at 10:30 p.m. Colorado and Colorado State battle on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s action begins in Ireland, with Penn State facing Central Florida on ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m.
Virginia hosts UCLA on ESPN at noon.
Notre Dame starts its season on NBC, facing Rice at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings Southern Cal against Fresno State at 7:15 p.m.
ABC has an afternoon doubleheader, featuring West Virginia-Alabama and California meeting Northwestern. ESPN2 will show the game not over the air in your area. Top-ranked Florida State battles Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. from Cowboys Stadium.
Appalachian State travels to Michigan at noon on ESPN2.
Clemson and Georgia have their top-20 battle between the hedges on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. followed by Wisconsin-LSU at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day at noon with Iowa State hosting North Dakota State, while Georgia Tech hosts Wofford on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Baylor battles SMU on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m. and Alabama A&M faces North Carolina A&T at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN.
Louisville makes its ACC debut Monday against Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Redskins close out the preseason in Tampa Bay Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 has high school football from California Friday at 11 p.m., with Jesuit against DeLaSalle.
The Orioles face Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Twins for a four-game set. Washington heads to Washington State, playing the Mariners on MASN2.
FoxSports1 brings the Pirates and Reds Saturday at 4 p.m. The Tigers and White Sox play Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS, and ESPN2 caps the weekend as the Royals host the Indians at 8 p.m.
Brush up on your NASCAR knowledge as the Sprint Cup circuit visits Atlanta Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Indy Car circuit visits Fontana Saturday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s the middle weekend of the U.S. Open, with coverage on CBS Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. ESPN has early round action Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., and there’s primetime play on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s the second game of the WNBA Western finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, with Phoenix going against Minnesota.
The United States faces Finland in the World Cup of basketball Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then takes on Turkey Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC offers Everton against Chelsea Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network gets the day going at 7:45 a.m. with Manchester United-Burnley, then Manchester City plays Stoke City at 10 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Arsenal battles Leicester City at 11 a.m.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while Houston plays Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m.
Seattle plays Kansas City in women’s soccer Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m.  and Monday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Woodward Stakes runs on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.


NASCAR at night

If you want to make NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup, you have to shine at night.
There’s three night races left and four spots left before the 16-car chase, which features race winners this season plus the tops in points among non-winners. Twelve different drivers have locked in their places, and the rest will continue the battle Saturday in Bristol.
ABC has coverage at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Gordon leads the pack with three wins after taking the Michigan race, with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson close behind in points with three trips to Victory Lane also.
Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Formula One racers will be in Belgium Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m.
IndyCar visits Sonoma on NBC Sports network, with the race Sunday at 4 p.m. after qualifying Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles finish their week in Chicago with a three-game set against the Cubs on MASN. The Nationals host Arizona Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then the Giants visit for the weekend – Friday on MASN and Saturday and Sunday on MASN2. Saturday’s game will also be on FoxSports1 and Sunday on TBS.
FoxSports1 shows Braves at Reds Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Angels and A’s close the weekend Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Little League World Series closes its run Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC. ESPN has a pair of elimination games Thursday at 3 and 7 p.m., with Mexico and Japan seeking a spot in the international final before Chicago and Pennsylvania play for the final United States slot.
South Korea awaits the Mexico-Japan winner Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, then the United States champion will be crowned at 3:30 p.m. as Nevada plays either Chicago or Pennsylvania. ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Redskins and Ravens battle in the NFL preseason Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
CBS has the Raiders facing the Packers Friday at 8 p.m. and Colts-Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. The Chargers visit the 49ers’ new stadium Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC closes the weekend with Bengals against Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
Arena Football ends its season Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Arizona battling Cleveland for the title.
The college season get an early kickoff on ESPN. Bowl Championship Series members Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Miami Central meets Hoover of Alabama on the high school gridiron Saturday at noon on ESPN. Trinity Christian takes on Buford of Georgia on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 p.m.
Sunday, it’s off to Tennessee at noon for Oakland-Blackman on ESPN2. Florida’s Dwyer and American Heritage play on ESPN 3 p.m. Sunday.
Everton faces Arsenal Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Aston Villa meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Leicester City. Sunderland takes on Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Real Salt Lake takes on Dallas Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 brings Portland-Seattle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Women’s soccer has a semifinal match between Kansas City and Portland Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, then Seattle takes on Washington Sunday at 11 p.m.
NBC carries the U.S. women’s gymnastics competition from Pittsburgh Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour’s Fed Ex playoff run begins this weekend at the Barclays in New Jersey. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
CBS prepares for the U.S. Open with Arthur Ashe Kids Day Sunday at noon. The men gear up for the tournament in Winston-Salem, with quarterfinals Thursday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. CBS carries the final Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Connecticut hosts top women, with quarterfinals on ESPN2 Thursday at 1 p.m. followed by semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 3 p.m.
In international basketball, the United States faces Puerto Rico Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The WNBA playoffs start on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. with Washington-Indiana, followed by San Antonio against Minnesota at 9 p.m. There’s game 2 for both series Saturday at 5 p.m. from Washington and 7 p.m. from San Antonio. Sunday at 7 p.m., Atlanta faces Chicago on ESPN2 before the Sparks face Phoenix.
The Travers Stakes from Saratoga will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC. The Pacific Classic will be on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the fourth stage of the U.S. Pro cycling championships Thursday at 3:30 p.m., with coverage continuing Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The seventh stage will be on NBC Sunday at 4 p.m.