GameDay returns

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


Best football weekend of the year

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


Road to 50

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


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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


Who wants to finish 5-8?

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


Army-Navy

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


Gordon’s last ride

Jeff Gordon made his Winston Cup debut at the final race run by Richard Petty in 1992.
Sunday, he can go out like a king.
Gordon and three other drivers will battle for the season-long run Sprint Cup championship at Miami Homestead. NBC has coverage Sunday at 3 p.m.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. complete the four-man final field. The driver who finishes best among those four will be crowned the season champion.
The final Xfinity race will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC while FoxSports1 has the Truck Series finale Friday at 8 p.m.
The Titans take on Jacksonsville in NFL Network’s Thursday night game. The Bengals head to Arizona on NBC Sunday night, while the Patriots face the Bills on ESPN Monday night.
Fox shows the Redskins’ contest with the undefeated Panthers Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Packers against Vikings. CBS offers the Broncos without Peyton Manning against the Bears at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when East Carolina heads to South Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Air Force tangles with Boise State Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Frank Beamer takes on the Lane Stadium sideline for the final time Saturday, with the Hokies meeting North Carolina on ESPN at noon.
Fenway Park hosts Notre Dame and Boston College on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day at noon when Michigan takes on Penn State. Ohio State plays Michigan State at 3:30 p.m., with TCU-Oklahoma in primetime.
Mississippi battles LSU at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, with UCLA and Utah on Fox at 3:30 p.m. followed by Baylor meeting Oklahoma State.
Syracuse takes on N.C. State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas getting Miami-Georgia Tech.
Oregon takes on Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Mississippi State-Arkansas at 7 p.m. The night closes with the battle between California and Stanford.
Iowa battles Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, followed by top-ranked Clemson against Wake Forest. Tennessee takes on Missouri at 7:15 p.m. before Washington State hosts Colorado.
FoxSports1 offers Iowa State-Kansas State at noon and Arizona tangles with Arizona State at 3:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers West Virginia facing Kansas at noon, followed by Louisiana Tech-UTEP.
Lafayette tangles with Lehigh on MASN at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Ohio Valley action between Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State.
William & Mary tangles with Richmond at noon on Comcast, followed by UT-Chattanooga against Florida State.
NBC Sports network offers Brown-Columbia Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Game between Harvard and Yale Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Stars Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before Colorado comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
TNT offers Cavaliers meeting the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Warriors-Clippers. The Spurs play the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Bulls-Warriors as the nightcap.
ESPN2 has four contests from the college court Thursday, starting with Miami-Mississippi State at 5 p.m. Utah takes on Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m., followed by Virginia against Bradley and SMU facing Stanford at midnight.
Sunday on ESPN brings a Feast Week game at 1 p.m., followed by four more on ESPN2 starting at 3:30 p.m.
St. Johns hosts Rutgers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Iowa-Marquette. Villanova takes on Akron in the NIT preseason tournament Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
George Washington takes on South Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, while MASN offers Nicholls State against Southeastern Louisiana. Oklahoma takes on McNeese State Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
Brown battles Providence on MASN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Mississippi meets Middle Tennessee Sunday at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
It’s Conference final time in the MLS, with Columbus against the Red Bulls on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by Dallas-Portland at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC has Liverpool facing Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Watford meets Manchester United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Tottenham Hotspur against West Ham United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Conference USA crowns its women’s volleyball champions Sunday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.

 


The ball is tipped…

Can Kentucky complete the 40-0 run?
finalfour15The Wildcats take aim at college basketball history this weekend, facing Wisconsin Saturday in the second semifinal at the Final Four.
TBS has coverage of Saturday’s contests, starting at 6 p.m. when Duke battles Michigan State.
CBS carries Monday’s final at 9 p.m., finishing with the cutting down of the nets and a new edition of One Shining Moment.
The women hold their Final Four Sunday, with four top seeds taking the court. South Carolina clashes with Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m., followed by Maryland-Connecticut. The women’s championship contest will be Tuesday.
Stanford takes on Miami in the NIT championship Thursday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has a boys high school championship game Saturday at noon, after semifinals on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 5. The best girls teams play Saturday at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBA basketball returns to TNT Thursday, with Cleveland hosting the Heat at 8 p.m. before the Suns meet the Warriors.
Oklahoma City battles Memphis on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Trail Blazers-Lakers as the nightcap.
The Wizards meet the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Thunder take on the Rockets Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by Bulls-Cavaliers.
With the Wrigley Field bleachers under construction, the Cubs and Cardinals open the season Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Braves get ready for Opening Day with a contest Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN, while the Nationals host the Yankees Saturday at 1 p.m. ESPN has the Yankees and Tigers Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals hit the road this weekend, visiting Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast before meeting Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast offers Flyers-Hurricanes Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC has the Flyers’ battle with the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Red Wings face the Bruins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Blues battle the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal tangles with Liverpool Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Aston Villa. Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 11 a.m.
San Jose takes on Real Salt Lake Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Philadelphia meets Kansas City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and New Zealand Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour gears up for the Masters at the Houston Open this weekend, with NBC coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the road to the Kentucky Derby with the Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Arizona meets Las Vegas in Arena Football Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 offers action from the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinals are Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. with the women’s championship Saturday at 1 p.m. The men’s crown will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has Villanova against Denver in college lacrosse Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Oregon takes on UCLA in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.


68….64….32….16

Who’s your favorite double-digit seed?
Will they survive the weekend?
 finalfour15It’s likely we’ll see a few teams seeded 10 and above make it to the Sweet 16. We’ll find out Thursday starting at noon when Notre Dame plays Northeastern on CBS.
There’s 16 games on Thursday, split among CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTv. In primetime, CBS offers play from Louisville as Cincinnati battles Purdue before top-seeded and undefeated Kentucky takes on Hampton. What’s the point spread?
Virginia starts its tournament Friday around 3:20 p.m. on TruTv against Belmont. The day on CBS begins at noon with Kansas against New Mexico State and Duke tackles Robert Morris Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS starts the round of 32 Saturday at noon, with coverage on TBS and TNT in primetime. There’s three more games in CBS Sunday, along with doubleheaders on TBS and TNT and a 7:30 p.m. game on TruTV.
Then we’ll be down to 16 teams.
The women’s tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2, with the rest of the field getting underway Saturday at 11 a.m. The second round starts Sunday at noon on ESPN, with games on ESPN at 7 and 9 p.m.
It’s Miami-Alabama in the second round of the NIT Saturday at 11 a.m., and another contest Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Wizards battle the Clippers Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast, and face the Kings Sunday at 6 p.m.
It’s mat madness on ESPN this weekend, with the NCAA wrestling tournament semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. and finals Saturday at 8 p.m.
ESPN offers exhibition baseball Thursday at 7 p.m., with the Phillies taking on the Yankees.
Marshall meets UAB on the college diamond Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2 and FoxSports1 offers Oklahoma State-TCU Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits California for the Auto Club 400 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals head to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and continue the road trip at Winnipeg Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Rangers host the Ducks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the semifinals of Hockey East Friday at 5 and 8 p.m. and final Saturday at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday on FoxSports1, with Dynamo Kyiv against Everton at 2 p.m. followed by Internazionale Milano facing Wolfsburg.
Manchester City meets West Bromwich Albion on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:45 a.m., and West Ham United takes on Sunderland at 1:30 p.m. There’s two more contests Sunday, with Liverpool-Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. followed by Hull City clashing with Chelsea at noon.
D.C. United battles the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Chicago heads to San Jose on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
Army takes on Lehigh in college lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
The quarterfinals of the Paribas Open are Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN has a men’s quarterfinal Friday at 3 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. and finals Sunday at 2 p.m.
Comcast offers college softball between UNC-Greensboro and Tennessee-Chattanooga Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Big 12 gymnastic championships will be on MASN2 Saturday at 6 p.m.


Bracket time

By the end of the weekend, you can take your clean, perfect NCAA tournament bracket and start worrying about it.
finalfour15CBS announces the 68-team field Sunday at 6 p.m., and ignites four days of debate and analysis.
Virginia tries to maintain its spot on the top line, starting Thursday at noon on ACC network and ESPN against Florida State. Louisville makes its tournament debut at 2 p.m., playing North Carolina. The evening session features Duke-North Carolina State at 7 p.m. and Notre Dame facing Miami at 9:30 p.m.
The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with the final Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
CBS has the Big Ten semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the final tips at 3:30 p.m. The Mountain West crowns its champion Saturday at 6 p.m., with the Atlantic 10 title game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Northwestern takes on Indiana in the Big Ten first round Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ohio State-Minnesota on ESPN2. There’s two quarterfinals games Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s four games from the Big East tournament on FoxSports1, with Villanova getting the action going at noon. The semfinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and the championship starts Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PAC-12 tournament gets coverage on ESPN Thursday at 11:30 p.m. with the final quarterfinal game, with the second semifinal Friday at 11:30 p.m. and final Saturday at 11 p.m.
West Virginia battles Baylor on ESPN2 in a Big 12 quarterfinal contest Thursday at 12:30 p.m., then it’s another game at 3 p.m. The semifinals are Friday on ESPN2, starting at 7 p.m. and the final Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday at noon, with top-seed SMU playing before Memphis meets Temple at 2 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 3 and 5:30 p.m. and final Sunday at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.
The Atlantic 10 championship tournament will be Thursday at noon on NBC Sports network, starting with LaSalle-Massachusetts. VCU plays at 2:30 p.m., and the evening session starts with Saint Bonaventure facing St. Joseph’s at 7 p.m. before George Washington takes the court at 9:30 p.m.
The top four seeds begin play Friday, starting at noon.
Saturday on ESPN offers the semifinals of the SEC tournament at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Five berths will be claimed Saturday on ESPN2. Stony Brook faces Albany in the American East final at 11 a.m., then the MEAC crowns its champion at 1 p.m. It’s off to the MAC tournament at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Southland and Big West finals.
The Sun Belt final tips Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Conference USA takes the stage on Comcast Thursday, with games at 1, 3:30 and 7 p.m. The final airs on FoxSports1 Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The CAA women play on Comcast Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
TNT offers the Wizards and Grizzlies Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Cavaliers-Spurs. Comcast has the Wizards’ game with the Kings Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Thunder host Chicago on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m., then the Clippers take on the Rockets.
NASCAR continues its western tour at Phoenix, with coverage on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 p.m. There’s practice Friday at 12:30 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles’ spring training schedule continues Saturday at 1 p.m., playing the Rays on MASN.
West Virginia travels to Texas on the college diamond Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Islanders host the Canadiens Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Capitals take on the Bruins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals meet the Stars Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while NBC offers Red Wings- Penguins Sunday at noon.
The PGA tour paints the town at the Valspar Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
New York City takes on New England in MLS action on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m., and FoxSports1 offers the Galaxy against Portland Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Premier League slate on NBC Sports network starts Saturday at 8:45 a.m. with Crystal Palace facing Queens Park Rangers. Arsenal meets West Ham United before Burnley battles Manchester City. Sunday, Chelsea clashes with Southampton at 9:30 a.m. then it’s Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur.