October Sports ’17

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MLB POSTSEASON
National Football League
NCAA College Football
National Hockey League
National Basketball Association
NASCAR
Golf
Professional Tennis
Chicago Marathon
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October is a great time of year, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change and the Major League Baseball Postseason gets underway. In addition, we start to see who the teams are to beat in the National Football League, and the top 10 teams in College Football start to solidify their places for The College Football Playoff (CFP).

The CFP system is going on it’s fourth year and will again determine a national champion for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Under the playoff, four teams play in two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the College Football Championship Game. Six bowl games — the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach Bowl — rotate as hosts for the semifinal games. The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach. The two semifinals plus the other four top-tier bowls are marketed as the “New Year’s Six”, with three bowls played per day, typically on consecutive days that include New Year’s Day. The championship game is played on the first Monday that is six or more days after the semifinals. This year it will be played the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on January 8, 2017 between the winners of the Rose Bowl and Rose Bowl that will be held on January 1st, 2018.

Also again this year is the NASCAR Championship format. Like the NCAA, NASCAR is jumping on the playoff bandwagon as they added a collection of Playoff races.  Under the new format, races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points. The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs. Championship points following the first two stages of each race will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second earning nine points, and so on. The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on. All ending in the Monster Energy Series Championship Race. Click Here for links and a guide to the playoff-style format.

Not to be outshined, the men of the National Hockey League begin their quest for the holy grail, The Stanley Cup as they take to the ice and drop the puck as the NHL’s 2017-18 regular season commences on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Pittsburgh Penguins raising their fifth Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena

They are still playing tennis in October as the men vie for the BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS in November. The highlight for the women is the BNP Paribas WTA FINALS in Singapore.

The Historic Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 8th, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park. Click here for more information and a video course overview.

This is the time for Oktoberfest gatherings. So you want to host your own Oktoberfest party? Wunderbar! We have created an article to help you plan for, set up, and enjoy the best Oktoberfest party outside of Munich.

Happy FANFOODBER!

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Major League Baseball

 

 

Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday — and it is similar to last year’s, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record.

The standard playoff tiebreaker rules will apply should the two pennant winners finish with identical regular-season records. First is head-to-head winning percentage during the regular season, then higher winning percentage in intradivision games.

Gone are the days when World Series home-field advantage went to the league that won that year’s All-Star Game. It resulted in fun times in Miami at the Midsummer Classic, and now it means hypothetical fun and unrelenting focus on divisional opponents.

• Complete 2017 postseason schedule

If anything, the new World Series home-field rule, a byproduct of the latest collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association, adds even greater incentive for runaway division leaders like the Dodgers and Astros to keep pressing the gas pedal through September and leave no key tiebreaker scenario exposed.

Let’s just say those two teams, which each has the best record in its respective league, zoom through the postseason and meet in Game 1 of the World Series. As of now, the Series would open at Dodger Stadium. But the Dodgers and Astros have no Interleague meetings in 2017, and that means that if they finish with identical regular-season records and meet in the Fall Classic, Game 1 would be at Minute Maid Park, because Houston has a better intradivision record.

Now let’s say it’s a rematch of the historic 2016 World Series, which the Cubs clinched in Game 7 despite the Indians’ home-field advantage. Cubs fans would have loved those four home games instead of three, right? Cleveland (59-50) currently has a slight lead over Chicago (59-52), but they have no Interleague head-to-head meetings in 2017, so a tiebreaker would go to intradivision records. Right now, the Cubs would have that tiebreaker by a slight margin.

Until 2003, World Series home field alternated back and forth between leagues. There have been 90 World Series under the 2-3-2 format, and in only 46 of them did the team with the better regular-season record have the home-field edge. For fans hoping for a Dodgers-Astros matchup in late October, note that since 1999, the only time the teams with the best record in each league met in a World Series was 2013 (Red Sox over Cardinals). It’s a rarity.

The regular season will conclude again with all 15 games played concurrently starting at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 1. Then any potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN on Monday, Oct. 2. The American League Wild Card Game will be on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 3, followed a day later by the National League Wild Card Game, televised exclusively by TBS.

Both AL Division Series will be scheduled to begin on Thursday, Oct. 5. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NLDS openers and a pair of ALDS Game 2 contests, will be held on Friday, Oct. 6. Overall, the Division Series are scheduled to run from Thursday, Oct. 5, through the following Thursday, Oct. 12, with potential Game 5s on Wednesday, Oct. 11 (ALDS) and Thursday, Oct. 12 (NLDS).

TBS will cover all NLDS games, while FS1 or MLB Network will cover the ALDS.

The AL Championship Series, beginning on Friday, Oct. 13, will be telecast by FOX or FS1. The NLCS, set to start on Saturday, Oct. 14, will be telecast by TBS. A potential Game 7 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, while a potential Game 7 of the NLCS is set for Sunday, Oct. 22.

Game 1 of the 2017 World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24, and the best-of-seven series will change sites for Game 3 on Friday, Oct. 27. If a Game 7 proves necessary once again, it is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 1. Scheduled days off are Oct. 26 and 30 (if a Game 6 is necessary).

FOX Sports will present live telecast coverage of the World Series for the 20th time.

Since the Wild Card Game was instituted in 2012, the annual total of actual postseason games played was 32 in ’12, 38 in ’13, 32 in ’14, 36 in ’15 and 35 in ’16.

All postseason games telecast on MLB Network, TBS, FS1 and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2017 postseason games, including the Wild Card Games and any necessary tiebreakers. MLB.com will have full coverage of all postseason action.

 

 

 

American League Wildcard

 

DATEGAMEMATCHUPTV
Tuesday, October 3
ALWCAL Wild Card @ NY YankeesESPN

 

 

National League Wildcard

 

DATEGAMEMATCHUPTV
Wednesday, October 4
NLWCNL Wild Card #2 @ D-backsTBD

 

 

 

DATEGAMEMATCHUPTV
Thursday, October 5
ALDS Gm 1AL Div. Winner #3 @ AL Div. Winner #2FS1 / MLBN
ALDS Gm 1AL Wild Card @ AL Div. Winner #1FS1 / MLBN
Friday, October 6
NLDS Gm 1NLC Champ or NLWC @ NationalsTBD
NLDS Gm 1NLC Champ or NLWC @ DodgersTBD
ALDS Gm 2AL Div. Winner #3 @ AL Div. Winner #2FS1 / MLBN
ALDS Gm 2AL Wild Card @ AL Div. Winner #1FS1 / MLBN
Saturday, October 7
NLDS Gm 2NLC Champ or NLWC @ NationalsTBD
NLDS Gm 2NLC Champ or NLWC @ DodgersTBD
Sunday, October 8
ALDS Gm 3AL Div. Winner #2 @ AL Div. Winner #3FS1
ALDS Gm 3AL Div. Winner #1 @ AL Wild CardFS1
Monday, October 9
NLDS Gm 3Nationals @ NLC Champ or NLWCTBS
NLDS Gm 3Dodgers @ NLC Champ or NLWCTBS
ALDS Gm 4*AL Div. Winner #2 @ AL Div. Winner #3FS1
ALDS Gm 4*AL Div. Winner #1 @ AL Wild CardFS1
* if necessary
Tuesday, October 10
NLDS Gm 4*Nationals @ NLC Champ or NLWCTBS
NLDS Gm 4*Dodgers @ NLC Champ or NLWCTBS
* if necessary
Wednesday, October 11
ALDS Gm 5*AL Div. Winner #3 @ AL Div. Winner #2FS1
ALDS Gm 5*AL Wild Card @ AL Div. Winner #1FS1
* if necessary
Thursday, October 12
NLDS Gm 5*NLC Champ or NLWC @ NationalsTBD
NLDS Gm 5*NLC Champ or NLWC @ DodgersTBD
* if necessary

 

 

DATEGAMEMATCHUPTV
Friday, October 13
ALCS Gm 1AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher SeedFOX / FS1
Saturday, October 14
NLCS Gm 1NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher SeedTBS
ALCS Gm 2AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher SeedFOX / FS1
Sunday, October 15
NLCS Gm 2NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher SeedTBS
Monday, October 16
ALCS Gm 3AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower SeedFOX / FS1
Tuesday, October 17
NLCS Gm 3NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower SeedTBS
ALCS Gm 4AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower SeedFOX / FS1
Wednesday, October 18
NLCS Gm 4NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower SeedTBS
ALCS Gm 5*AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower SeedFOX / FS1
* if necessary
Thursday, October 19
NLCS Gm 5*NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower SeedTBS
* if necessary
Friday, October 20
ALCS Gm 6*AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher SeedFOX / FS1
* if necessary
Saturday, October 21
NLCS Gm 6*NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher SeedTBS
ALCS Gm 7*AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher SeedFOX / FS1
* if necessary
Sunday, October 22
NLCS Gm 7*NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher SeedTBS
* if necessary

 

 

DATEGAMEMATCHUPTV
Tuesday, October 24
Gm 1Lg Champ #2 @ Lg Champ #1FOX
Wednesday, October 25
Gm 2Lg Champ #2 @ Lg Champ #1FOX
Friday, October 27
Gm 3Lg Champ #1 @ Lg Champ #2FOX
Saturday, October 28
Gm 4Lg Champ #1 @ Lg Champ #2FOX
Sunday, October 29
Gm 5*Lg Champ #1 @ Lg Champ #2FOX
* if necessary
Tuesday, October 31
Gm 6*Lg Champ #2 @ Lg Champ #1FOX
* if necessary
Wednesday, November 1
Gm 7*Lg Champ #2 @ Lg Champ #1FOX

 

 

   Links:

Today’s Schedule

Probable Pitchers

Player News

MLB Scoreboard – The Score

MLB Transactions

MLB Trade Rumors

ESPN HR Tracker

Fangraphs M*A*S*H Report

MLB Injury Calendar

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National Football League

 

 

 

  1. Chiefs
  2. Falcons
  3. Patriots
  4. Cowboys
  5. Steelers
  6. Vikings
  7. Titans
  8. Bills
  9. Lions
  10. Broncos

 

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2017 NFL Schedule Grid

source | fftoolbox.com

 

 

2017-18 NFL TV SCHEDULE – OCTOBER
Single = Singleheader, DH = Doubleheader
All times Eastern; Subject to change
TimeGameTV
WEEK FOUR
Thursday, September 28
TNF8:25 PMBears-PackersCBS, NFLN,
Amazon
Sunday, October 1
Special9:30 AMSaints-DolphinsFOX
Single1:00 PMRams-Cowboys
Lions-Vikings
Panthers-Patriots
4:05 PM49ers-Cardinals
Eagles-Chargers
Giants-Buccaneers
Early DH1:00 PMBills-FalconsCBS
Steelers-Ravens
Jaguars-Jets
Titans-Texans
Bengals-Browns
Late DH4:25 PMRaiders-Broncos
SNF8:30 PMColts-SeahawksNBC
Monday, October 2
MNF8:15 PMRedskins-ChiefsESPN,
ESPN2
WEEK FIVE
Thursday, October 5
TNF8:25 PMPatriots-BuccaneersCBS, NFLN,
Amazon
Sunday, October 8
Single1:00 PMBills-BengalsCBS
Titans-Dolphins
Jaguars-Steelers
Chargers-Giants
4:05 PMRavens-Raiders
Seahawks-Rams
Early DH1:00 PMJets-BrownsFOX
Panthers-Lions
49ers-Colts
Cardinals-Eagles
Late DH4:25 PMPackers-Cowboys
SNF8:30 PMChiefs-TexansNBC
Monday, October 9
MNF8:30 PMVikings-BearsESPN,
ESPN2
WEEK SIX
Thursday, October 12
TNF8:25 PMEagles-PanthersCBS, NFLN,
Amazon
Sunday, October 15
Single1:00 PMBears-RavensFOX
Packers-Vikings
Lions-Saints
49ers-Redskins
4:05 PMBuccaneers-Cardinals
Rams-Jaguars
Early DH1:00 PMDolphins-FalconsCBS
Browns-Texans
Patriots-Jets
Late DH4:25 PMSteelers-Chiefs
Chargers-Raiders
SNF8:30 PMGiants-BroncosNBC
Monday, October 16
MNF8:30 PMColts-TitansESPN,
ESPN2
WEEK SEVEN
Thursday, October 19
TNF8:25 PMChiefs-RaidersCBS, NFLN,
Amazon
Sunday, October 22
Single1:00 PMBuccaneers-BillsFOX
Panthers-Bears
Saints-Packers
Jets-Dolphins
Cardinals-Rams
From London
4:05 PMCowboys-49ers
Early DH1:00 PMTitans-BrownsCBS
Jaguars-Colts
Ravens-Vikings
Bengals-Steelers
Late DH4:25 PMBroncos-Chargers
Seahawks-Giants
SNF8:30 PMFalcons-PatriotsNBC
Monday, October 23
MNF8:30 PMRedskins-EaglesESPN,
ESPN2
WEEK EIGHT
Thursday, October 26
TNF8:25 PMDolphins-RavensCBS, NFLN,
Amazon
Sunday, October 29
Special9:30 AMVikings-BrownsNFLN
Single1:00 PMRaiders-BillsCBS
Colts-Bengals
Chargers-Patriots
4:05 PMTexans-Seahawks
Early DH1:00 PMBears-SaintsFOX
Falcons-Jets
Panthers-Buccaneers
49ers-Eagles
Late DH4:25 PMCowboys-Redskins
SNF8:30 PMSteelers-LionsNBC
Monday, October 30
MNF8:15 PMBroncos-ChiefsESPN,
ESPN2

 

 

  LINKS:

 

Rotoworld – NFL Players News

NBC Sports – NFL Matchups

506 Sports – NFL on TV

NFL Breaking News on Twitter

RotoWire NFL Injury News

CBS Sports Eye on Football

National Football Post

CBSsports – NFL Weekly Stats Leaders LIVE

NFL – podcasts

ffmastermind – quick bits

 

 

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College Football

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn State
  5. USC
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Michigan
  9. TCU
  10. Wisconsin

RANKINGS: Full AP Top 25

 

College Football on TV

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE – OCTOBER
Includes select FCS games
All times Eastern; subject to change
TimeGameConf.TV
WEEK FIVE
Thursday, September 28
7:30 PMN.C. CentralFCSESPNU
FAMU
8:00TexasBig 12ESPN
PMIowa State
Friday, September 29
7:00#14 MiamiACCESPN
PMDuke
8:00NebraskaBig TenFS1
PMIllinois
BYUInd.CBSSN
Utah StateMWC
10:30#5 USCPac-12ESPN
PM#16 Washington State
Saturday, September 30
NoonNorthwesternBig TenABC
#10 Wisconsin
VanderbiltSECESPN
#21 Florida
UNCACCESPN2
Ga. Tech
HoustonAmericanESPNU
Temple
New Mexico St.Ind.SEC Network
ArkansasSEC
MarylandBig TenFS1
Minnesota
#18 USFAmericanCBSSN
ECU
3:30#7 GeorgiaSECCBS
PMTennessee
UTEPC-USACBSSN
ArmyInd.
FSUACCABC
Wake Forest
BaylorBig 12ESPN2
K-State
4:00IowaBig TenFOX
PMMichigan St.
UConnAmericanESPNEWS
SMU
E. MichiganMACSEC Network
KentuckySEC
Arizona St.Pac-12Pac-12 Network
Stanford
5:00Miami (Ohio)MACNBCSN
PM#22 Notre DameInd.
6:00 PM#24 Miss. St.SECESPN
#13 Auburn
7:00 PMMemphisAmericanESPN2
UCF
TroySun BeltESPNU
#25 LSUSEC
Air ForceMWCCBSSN
New Mexico
Mid Tennessee St.C-USAStadium
FAU
7:30 PM#11 Ohio StateBig TenBTN
Rutgers
So. CarolinaSECSEC Network
Texas A&M
8:00#2 ClemsonACCABC
PM#12 Va. Tech
#15 Oklahoma St.Big 12FOX
Texas Tech
#6 WashingtonPac-12Pac-12 Network
Oregon State
9:00 PMMississippiSECESPN
#1 Alabama
10:30ColoradoPac-12ESPN2
PMUCLA
San Jose St.MWCESPNU
UNLV
CalPac-12FS1
Oregon
No. IllinoisMACCBSSN
San Diego St.MWC
WEEK SIX
Wednesday, October 4
8:00Arkansas StateSun BeltESPN2
PMGeorgia Southern
Thursday, October 5
8:00LouisvilleACCESPN
PMN.C. State
Friday, October 6
7:00MemphisAmericanESPN
PMUConn
10:15Boise StateMWCESPN
PMBYUInd.
Saturday, October 7
TBDMiamiACCTBD
FSU
NoonTo be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
To be announcedtbdFOX
To be announcedtbdFS1
3:30To be announcedSECCBS
PMAir ForceMWCCBSSN
NavyAmerican
To be announcedtbdFS1
To be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN2
4:00To be announcedtbdFOX
PMTo be announcedtbdSEC Network
6:00 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
FAUC-USAStadium
Old Dominion
6:30 PMArmyInd.beIN
RiceC-USA
7:00 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
7:30To be announcedtbdABC
PMTo be announcedtbdSEC Network
To be announcedtbdFS1
8:00To be announcedtbdFOX
PM
9:15 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
10:30 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN2
HawaiiMWCCBSSN
Nevada
11:00To be announcedPac-12FS1
PM
WEEK SEVEN
Wednesday, October 11
8:00South AlabamaSun BeltESPN2
PMTroy
Thursday, October 12
7:30Texas StateSun BeltESPNU
PMUL-Lafayette
8:00**POSTPONED TO 10/14**ACCESPN
PMGeorgia Tech
Miami
Friday, October 13
7:00ClemsonACCESPN
PMSyracuse
10:30Washington StatePac-12ESPN
PMCal
Saturday, October 14
TBDGeorgia TechtbdTBD
Miami
NoonTo be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
To be announcedtbdESPNEWS
To be announcedtbdFS1
To be announcedBig 12FSN
E. MichiganMACCBSSN
ArmyInd.
3:30To be announcedSECCBS
PMTo be announcedMACCBSSN
To be announcedtbdFS1
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdABC or
ESPN2
To be announcedtbdABC or
ESPN2
4:00 PMTo be announcedtbdSEC Network
6:30 PMMid. Tennessee St.C-USAbeIN
UAB
7:00 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedAmericanCBSSN
UTEPC-USAStadium
Southern Miss
7:30To be announcedtbdSEC Network
PMTo be announcedtbdFS1
8:00 PMTo be announcedtbdABC
10:30 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
Boise StateMWCCBSSN
San Diego St.
11:00To be announcedPac-12FS1
PM
WEEK EIGHT
Thursday, October 19
7:30UL-LafayetteSun BeltESPNU
PMArkansas State
8:00MemphisAmericanESPN
PMHouston
Friday, October 20
6:00 PMW. KentuckyC-USACBSSN
Old Dominion
7:00MarshallC-USAESPN2
PMMiddle Tennessee
9:30 PMAir ForceMWCCBSSN
Nevada
10:15Colorado StateMWCESPN2
PMNew Mexico
Saturday, October 21
NoonTo be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedtbdESPNEWS
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
To be announcedtbdFOX
To be announcedtbdFS1
TempleAmericanCBSSN
ArmyInd.
3:30To be announcedSECCBS
PMUCFAmericanCBSSN
Navy
To be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdFS1
4:00To be announcedtbdFOX
PMTo be announcedtbdSEC Network
6:30 PMUABC-USAbeIN
Charlotte
7:00 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedAmericanCBSSN
Southern MissC-USAStadium
La. Tech
7:30USCPac-12NBC
PMNotre DameInd.
To be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
8:00To be announcedtbdFOX
PMTo be announcedtbdFS1 or
FS2
10:15WyomingMWCESPN2
PMBoise State
10:30 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
Fresno St.MWCCBSSN
San Diego st.
WEEK NINE
Thursday, October 26
7:00 PMTo be announcedMACCBSSN
7:30South AlabamaSun BeltESPNU
PMGeorgia State
9:00StanfordPac-12ESPN
PMOregon State
Friday, October 27
8:00FSUACCESPN
PMBoston College
TulaneAmericanCBSSN
Memphis
9:00TulsaAmericanESPN2
PMSMU
Saturday, October 28
11:30 AMBuffaloMACCBSSN
Akron
NoonTo be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
To be announcedtbdESPNEWS
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
3:00To be announcedtbdFS1
PMAir ForceMWCCBSSN
Colorado St.
3:30Penn StateBig TenFOX
PMOhio State
GeorgiaSECCBS
Florida
N.C. StateACCNBC
Notre DameInd.
To be announcedtbdABC
To be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdSEC Network
4:30 PMFAUC-USAStadium
W. Kentucky
6:30To be announcedtbdFS1
PMTo be announcedAmericanCBSSN
7:00 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN2
To be announcedtbdESPNU
7:15 PMTo be announcedtbdSEC Network
8:00 PMTo be announcedtbdABC
10:00 PMBoise StateMWCCBSSN
Utah St.
10:15 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN2
10:30 PMTo be announcedtbdESPN
To be announcedtbdESPN
WEEK TEN
Tuesday, October 31
7:30Bowling GreenMACESPN2 or
or 8Kent StateESPNU
PM
7:30Miami-OhioMACESPN2 or
or 8OhioESPNU
PM

 

Heisman Watch

 

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson returns as the Heisman Trophy winner, and will to try to become the second two-time winner in the award’s history alongside Ohio State’s Archie Griffin. but he has competition at quarterback from USC’s Sam Darnold and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, among others, and at running back from Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and LSU’s Derrius Guice.  Given that the Heisman winner has been either been a quarterback or running back for the last 20 years, it’s a good bet the winner is on one of those.

 

Heisman watch links:

nfl.com

ESPN Heisman Watch

Sportsonearth

cbssports Heisman Watch

sbnation

odds shark

hero sports

 

 

LINKS:

ncaa.com/sports/football

ESPN

CBS

SI

Bleacher Report

FOX

fbschedules.com

Matt’s College Sports Media Blog

506 Sports – NCAAF

College Football News – Scout.com

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National Hockey League

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Penguins
  2. Predators
  3. Oilers
  4. Lightning
  5. Blackhawks
  6. Ducks
  7. Canadiens
  8. Stars
  9. Rangers
  10. Capitals

 

 

Hockey on TV

 

Coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Final without an Original Six team on record, NBC Sports Group is scheduled to present 99 NHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 season, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins host the St. Louis Blues.

All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.

“We’re proud to offer our most diverse NHL schedule ever to fans across the country,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & President of Production. “From classic rivalries and historic franchises, to young stars such as Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, a hockey-crazed market in Nashville, and a new franchise in Vegas, this schedule represents our commitment to present the NHL’s diverse and emerging stars, teams, and stories.”

 

Schedule highlights include:

• NBCSN will televise seven games through the first week of the season, highlighted by the season-opener between the St. Louis Blues and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins; the Detroit Red Wings’ first-ever regular-season home game at Little Caesars Arena vs. the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 5; the Vegas Golden Knights’ first-ever home game vs. the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 10; and a Wednesday Night Rivalry clash between the Penguins and Washington Capitals on Oct. 11.

• NBC will present the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres from Citi Field in New York City, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, on Jan. 1, 2018, at 1 p.m. ET.

• NBC will air exclusive coverage of the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in primetime on March 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET, when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., home of the U.S. Naval Academy.

• NBC will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL All-Star Weekend will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

• The 2017-18 regular season on NBCSN will feature 23 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus five Wednesday Nightcaps and five Sunday Night Hockey exclusive games. WNR will feature the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Penguins-Capitals, Blues-Blackhawks, and Canadiens-Bruins.

• Auston Matthews’ Toronto Maple Leafs and Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers will each make three appearances on NBC or NBCSN. In addition to its Stadium Series game on NBC, Toronto will face off against the Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 24, and visit Buffalo on March 5, both on NBCSN. The Oilers will visit St. Louis on Nov. 21, host Los Angeles on Jan. 2, and visit the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Jan. 9, all on NBCSN.

• The defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators will make seven appearances this season on NBCSN, including a pair of home matchups against the Blackhawks on Nov. 28 and Jan. 30.

• The Blackhawks lead all clubs with 17 total appearances on NBC and NBCSN, followed by the Penguins and Flyers with 16, and the Capitals, Red Wings, and Bruins with 15 appearances apiece, respectively. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will be featured on NBCSN five times this season. (Some games are subject to local blackouts).

• At least 53 of NBC and NBCSN’s 99 telecasts will feature at least one Western Conference team, and every U.S. team will appear on NBC or NBCSN in the regular season.

 

 

NHL ON NBCSN

 

NBCSN will televise 90 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 23 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, five Wednesday Nightcaps, five Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live leading into coverage of Blues-Penguins from Pittsburgh. Coverage shifts to San Jose immediately following Blues-Penguins for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Flyers and Sharks.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NBCSN

Beginning on March 4, NBCSN will present five Sunday Night Hockey matchups. These exclusive telecasts include Red Wings-Wild, Blues-Blackhawks, and Capitals-Penguins.

 

Following is NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey schedule:

March 4 Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

March 11 Dallas at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

March 18 St. Louis at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

March 25 Boston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

April 1 Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

 

NHL LIVE AND NHL OVERTIME

NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while NHL Overtime will air immediately following most games.

 

NHL on NBC

 

NHL ON NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. ET, with the 2017 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, marking the first of nine games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on Jan. 14, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.

 

Following is the 2017-18 NHL on NBC regular season schedule:

Fri., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh at Boston, 1 p.m. (2017 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown)

Sun., Jan. 1 N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (2018 NHL Winter Classic)

Sun., Jan 14 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan 21 Philadelphia at Washington, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 3 Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. (2018 NHL Stadium Series)

Sun., Mar. 11 Boston at Chicago, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 25 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 1 Boston at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 7 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

 

 

NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP

The NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Comcast’s X1, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.

 

NBC Sports Group 2017-18 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Wed., Oct. 4 St. Louis at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 4 Philadelphia at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 5 Minnesota at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 5 Philadelphia at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 10 Chicago at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 10 Arizona at Vegas NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 11 Pittsburgh at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 17 Tampa Bay at New Jersey NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 17 Montreal at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 18 Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 18 Montreal at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 21 Florida at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 24 Detroit at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 25 Buffalo at Columbus NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 1 Philadelphia at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 1 Nashville at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 7 Washington at Buffalo NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 7 Los Angeles at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 8 Boston at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 8 Tampa Bay at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 14 Washington at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 15 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 21 Edmonton at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 22 Chicago at Tampa Bay NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh at Boston NBC, 1 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 28 Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 29 Tampa Bay at Boston NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 5 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 5 Minnesota at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 6 Chicago at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 12 Tampa Bay at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 13 Boston at Detroit NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 16 Montreal at Ottawa NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 19 Boston at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 20 Detroit at Philadelphia NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 27 Washington at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 28 Boston at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 28 Vegas at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 29 Nashville at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 1 N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo NBC, 1 p.m.

Tue., Jan 2 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 2 Los Angeles at Edmonton NBCSN, 9:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 3 Chicago at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 7 Boston at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 9 Edmonton at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 10 Minnesota at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 14 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh NBC, 12:30 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 15 N.Y. Islanders at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 16 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan 17 Montreal at Boston NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 17 Pittsburgh at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Thur., Jan 18 Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Jan 18 Pittsburgh at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Fri., Jan 19 Los Angeles at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 21 Philadelphia at Washington NBC, 12:30 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 22 Tampa Bay at Chicago NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 23 Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 24 Toronto at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 25 Chicago at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 30 Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 31 Philadelphia at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Feb. 1 Los Angeles at Nashville NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 2 Vegas at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 6 Minnesota at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 7 Boston at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 26 Philadelphia at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 27 St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 27 Los Angeles at Vegas NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 28 Detroit at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 1 Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 1 Chicago at San Jose NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 3 Toronto at Washington NBC, 8 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 4 Detroit at Minnesota NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Mon., Mar. 5 Toronto at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Mar. 6 Detroit at Boston NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Tue., Mar. 6 Washington at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 11 Boston at Chicago NBC, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 11 Dallas at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Mar. 13 Colorado at Minnesota NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 14 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 15 Pittsburgh at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 15 Detroit at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 18 St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Mon., Mar. 19 Los Angeles at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Tue., Mar. 20 Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 21 Boston at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 22 Washington at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 22 Vegas at San Jose NBCSN, 10 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 25 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 25 Boston at Minnesota NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Mon., Mar. 26 Washington at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 28 N.Y. Rangers at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 29 Dallas at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 1 Boston at Philadelphia NBC, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 1 Washington at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Apr. 3 TBD at TBD   NBCSN, TBD

Wed., Apr. 4 Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.

Thur., Apr. 5 Carolina at Philadelphia NBCSN, 7 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 6 TBD at TBD NBCSN, TBD

Sat., Apr. 7 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBC, 3 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 7 TBD at TBD NBCSN, TBD

*Some games will be blacked out in local markets and televised in those markets by a regional carrier

 

 

NHL on NHL.tv

 

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NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry

 

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a fifth season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Penguins-Capitals, Blues-Blackhawks, and Canadiens-Bruins. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 23 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s 10 most-watched games in 2016-17 were either Wednesday Night Rivalry or Sunday Night Hockey games.

 

NBCSN 2017-18 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

October 4 St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (Opening Night)

October 11 Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

October 18 Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

October 25 Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.

November 1 Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m.

November 8 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

November 15 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 8 p.m.

November 29 Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

December 6 Chicago at Washington, 8 p.m.

December 13 Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.

December 20 Detroit at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

January 3 Chicago at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

January 10 Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m.

January 17 Montreal at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

January 24 Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

January 31 Philadelphia at Washington, 8 p.m.

February 7 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

February 28 Detroit at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

March 4 Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

March 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

March 14 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

March 21 Boston at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

March 28 N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 8 p.m.

April 4 Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP

In addition, NBCSN will present five games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when Philadelphia visits San Jose following Blues-Penguins.

 

Following are the five Wednesday Nightcap games:

October 4 Philadelphia at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

October 18 Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

November 1 Nashville at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

November 8 Tampa Bay at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

January 17 Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

 

NHL WINTER CLASSIC, NHL STADIUM SERIES AND NHL100 CLASSIC

On Jan. 1, the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers on NBC at 1 p.m. ET at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. This year’s edition will mark the 10-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic®, which has produced five of the most-watched NHL regular-season games on record.

NBC will present exclusive coverage of the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic. The NHL Stadium Series will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals on March 3 in primetime on NBC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. NBCSN will televise the outdoor NHL100 Classic on Dec. 16, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens from Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, commemorating the first-ever NHL game, which featured the Senators and Canadiens nearly 100 years ago.

 

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND (JAN. 27-28 – Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.)

NBC and NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL All-Star will take place January 27-28, 2018, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 27, on NBCSN, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28, on NBC. Last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Calif., fueled by the second consecutive season featuring the 3-on-3 tournament style format, returned to NBC to mark the first time the game was played on network television since 2004.

 

 

NHL Full Schedule – OCT’17:

 

OctoberGameGame Time
   Wed 4Toronto @ Winnipeg7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Thu 5Nashville @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
   Fri 6NY Islanders @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Vegas @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
   Sat 7Colorado @ New Jersey2:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Vegas @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Calgary10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 8Montreal @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
   Mon 9Colorado @ Boston1:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ NY Islanders1:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Buffalo3:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Tue 10St. Louis @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Ottawa @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Vegas10:00 PM ET
   Wed 11New Jersey @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Colorado9:30 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Thu 12Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 13Washington @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Vegas10:30 PM ET
   Sat 14Carolina @ Winnipeg7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Boston @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
NY Islanders @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 15Boston @ Vegas7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Anaheim9:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Mon 16Tampa Bay @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
   Tue 17Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ New Jersey7:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Vegas10:00 PM ET
Montreal @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Wed 18Detroit @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Thu 19Vancouver @ Boston7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
   Fri 20Vancouver @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Sat 21Nashville @ NY Rangers12:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Philadelphia1:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Washington7:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Calgary10:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Vegas10:30 PM ET
   Sun 22Vancouver @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
   Mon 23Los Angeles @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
   Tue 24Arizona @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Buffalo7:30 PM ET
Calgary @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Vegas10:00 PM ET
   Wed 25Calgary @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Columbus8:00 PM ET
   Thu 26San Jose @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ Florida7:30 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
   Fri 27Colorado @ Vegas6:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Carolina7:30 PM ET
Nashville @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
   Sat 28San Jose @ Buffalo1:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
   Sun 29Anaheim @ Carolina5:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
   Mon 30Vegas @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Toronto @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Tue 31Vegas @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET

 

 LINKS:

 

thehockeynews.com

sportsoverdose.com/nhl

hockey-reference.com/

sports.yahoo.com/nhl/

http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings

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Which NBA Team Will Make the Biggest Leap This Season?

Five teams saw win increases of seven games or more last season, with four of those squads reaching the postseason. So which teams are primed for a significant improvement in 2017–18? Here are four teams that could take a leap forward this season.

 

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

 

After four years of racing to the bottom of the league standings, Philadelphia has its eyes set on playoff contention in 2017–18. A young core of Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will have growing pains early—especially if Simmons struggles with his jumper—but if the trio stays healthy, the 76ers should blow past the 30-win mark for the first time since 2013.

Competing for the playoffs, though, is another matter entirely. The aforementioned trio has a combined 31 games of NBA experience under its belt, and a rookie wall in March and April could seriously hinder Philly’s playoff hopes. Head coach Brett Brown will need to be careful with his minutes for each player early in the season.

Throw in 23-year-old Dario Saric and 25-year-old T.J. McConnell, and Philly’s crunch-time lineup could be as young as any in the league. But there are still a few veterans on the roster. The 76ers added Amir Johnson and J.J. Redick in the offseason, two players with significant playoff experience. They’ll be an integral presence in Philly’s locker room.

The addition of Redick should do wonders for the 76ers’ spacing and shooting. Philadelphia ranked No. 24 in the league in three-point percentage last year, and no player with more than 50 attempts deep shot over 40%. Embiid flashed some range in limited action, but with Jahlil Okafor (and the now-traded Nerlens Noel) clogging the paint, Philly often relied on a slew of mid-range jumpers to generate points.

Redick is a spot-up marksman of the highest caliber, shooting 43% from three last year. With a quick release and propensity for firing triples off of screens, he’ll have plenty of plays drawn for him in Brown’s offense. And if Simmons is even 70% of the passer he was in college, look out. Redick could see a similar situation to what he enjoyed alongside Chris Paul.

Philadelphia still has plenty of question marks moving forward. Can Fultz and Simmons effectively share the ball together? Will Embiid stay healthy for a full season? And is there enough depth to fill in the gaps when the three youngsters sit? These questions will persist throughout the season, but there’s too much talent to go around for Philly to end its season under the 30-win mark. Expectations are high in the City of Brotherly Love, and rightly so. Anything less than playoff contention in 2017–18 will be a disappointment.

 

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

 

The last time Minnesota made the playoffs, Karl-Anthony Towns was just 8 years old. But after adding Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague in the offseason, the Target Center seems poised to host playoff basketball for the first time in over a decade.

The acquisition of Butler gives Minnesota a focal point on offense and a chance to have one of the highest-octane attacks in the league. No team outside of Golden State will enter 2017–18 with three players who averaged over 20 points per game last year, and head coach Tom Thibodeau should be salivating over the options at his disposal.

The Timberwolves are all but guaranteed to improve next season, but in order to truly make a leap into the upper echelon of the Western Conference, they must undergo a vast improvement on the defensive end. Minnesota ranked No. 27 in the league in defensive rating last season, ceding over 112 points per 100 possessions.

The team’s defensive issues start with their two young stars. Towns is an adept shot blocker and a valuable rim presence, but he often struggles with rotations down low. Opposing units attacked him from the weak-side with a vengeance. As for Wiggins, the shortcomings seem to stem from a lack of commitment and focus. Wiggins was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 due in part to his defensive prowess, an impressive combination of length and lateral quickness. However, those skills have yet to be on full display in the pros.

Butler and free-agent signing Taj Gibson should help spark the Timberwolves’ defensive transformation, and Minnesota could mirror the stifling defenses Thibodeau enjoyed during his time with Chicago. But even if the Timberwolves are just average defensively next year, they should find themselves clinching a playoff spot by the end of March.

 

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

 

The Bucks made a nine-win leap in 2016–17, vaulting six spots in the Eastern Conference en route to their first winning season since 2010. And with another year of experience for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker heading into next season, Milwaukee is expected to compete for a top-four seed in the East.

Antetokounmpo experienced a meteoric rise last season, delivering career highs in nearly every statistical category. He started in the All-Star Game, took home the Most Improved Player Award, and ended the season on second-team All-NBA. And he’s just 22 years old. With MVP buzz now circulating around the four-year pro, it seems as though Milwaukee will go as far as The Greek Freak can take them.

The main concern surrounding the Bucks’ roster is its lack of scoring punch outside of Antetokounmpo. Jabari Parker looked to be a perfect wingman for Giannis after scoring 20 points per game in 51 contests last season, but a torn ACL will keep him out of commission until the All-Star break. Tony Snell and Malcolm Brogdon can’t be counted on for large outputs, and Greg Monroe will likely see a reduction in playing time with the rise of Maker.

Look for Khris Middleton to emerge as Milwaukee’s No. 2 option in Parker’s absence. The Texas A&M product missed much of last season with a torn hamstring, but shined the year prior. He averaged more than 18 points per game in 2015–16, canning nearly 40% of his threes. He’ll be counted on to space the floor when Antetokounmpo takes his mammoth strides to the tin.

There’s a chance Milwaukee sees a slight regression next year, especially if Antetokounmpo struggles to shoot a high percentage, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Giannis is too talented, and the Bucks’ young rotation meshed well together through the end of last season and into the playoffs. Barring any health setbacks, Milwaukee should find itself competing for one of the East’s top seeds next season.

 

CHARLOTTE HORNETS

 

Following a 48-win campaign two years ago, Charlotte spiraled down to 36 wins and the No. 11 seed in the East in 2016–17. The Hornets featured a middling roster aside from Kemba Walker, one with no standout stars or dangerous offensive weapons.

So why the optimism surrounding Buzz City? Look no further than Charlotte’s front line. The Hornets went an abysmal 3–17 when Cody Zeller was injured last season, and a full season from him will add a significant interior presence. Pair Zeller with Frank Kaminsky, and the Hornets will have a quality inside-out game with its two big men. The second-year man from Wisconsin averaged nearly 12 points per game last year, increasing his range out to the three-point line. He should see even more looks from behind the arc next season.

Alongside Zeller and Kaminsky, Charlotte also added Dwight Howard in the offseason. The eight-time All-Star is far from the dominant player he once was, but he’s still a walking double-double, and a force to be reckoned with in the paint. He’ll make his presence felt on the offensive glass, where he nabbed four rebounds per game last year (Charlotte ranked No. 26 in offensive rebounding in ’16-17).

All that said, don’t expect the Hornets to get back to 48 wins this season—that’s a pipe dream. But the team’s disappointing 2016-17 will prove to be more of an aberration than the norm.

source | si.com

 

 

Notable upcoming dates

 

- 2017 -

 

August 5

NBA Africa Game 2017 (Johannesburg, South Africa)

September 8

Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

October 5

Global Games – China (Shenzhen, China)

October 8

Global Games – China (Pudong, Shanghai, China)

October 17

Regular Season Begins

December 7-9

Global Games – Mexico (Mexico City)

 

- 2018 -

January 11

Global Games – London (London, England, UK)

February 16-18

NBA All-Star Weekend (Los Angeles, CA)

April 11

Last day of regular season

 

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If you’re an NBA fan, you’re in luck. There are some great options available to catch your favorite teams live without a cable subscription. A great option to watch NBA online is Sling TV. This popular streaming service offers ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 (streaming coverage of all NBA games on ABC), and TNT streaming as part of their channel lineup. Both networks are home to a plethora of games throughout the regular season, and Sling TV gives you a way to enjoy a legal NBA playoffs live stream. You can also watch the NBA All-Star Game online with TNT. You also get access to ESPN2, which sometimes carries a few playoff games. Finally, don’t forget the NBA Draft airs on ESPN.

Sling TV also now carries regional FOX Sports networks (along with FS1 and some local FOX affiliates) in its new $20 a month multi-stream beta package. Why is this important for NBA fans? Because many teams have all of their games broadcasted on the local FOX Sports regional network. This includes the Suns, Cavaliers,Thunder, Clippers, Magic, Hawks, Pistons, Timberwolves, Hornets, Mavericks, Spurs, Nets, Bucks, Pacers, and Pelicans. Regional networks are available subject to your location. Click here to learn more about this package.

In short, there’s no better all-around solution to stream live sports. Try the free 7-day trial here.

NBA League Pass is another popular way to watch NBA online. With this live sports streaming service, you get to choose your five favorite teams and watch them all season long for $69, or watch any team you want for $99. The downside? Local blackout rules still apply and no live access to the NBA Playoffs. Get more information here.

Throughout the regular season, ABC will air a few games each week. They also cover a portion of the postseason, including the NBA Finals. Obviously, you can watch these free over-the-air with an antenna. You can also watch ABC’s nationally televised games on ESPN3.

Finally, there’s TNT Overtime. This site usually has a couple of games on free games each week. You can check out TNT Overtime here.

 

2017-18 NBA TV SCHEDULE
All times Eastern; subject to change
Games on NBA TV subject to local blackout
TIME GAMENET
PRESEASON
Saturday, September 30
10:00 PMT’Wolves-LakersNBA TV
Sunday, October 1
6:00 PMHawks-HeatNBA TV
10:00 PMClippers-RaptorsNBA TV
From Honolulu
Monday, October 2
7:30 PMHornets-CelticsNBA TV
10:30 PMNuggets-LakersNBA TV
Tuesday, October 3
8:00 PMRockets-ThunderNBA TV
10:00 PMSuns-BlazersNBA TV
1:00 AMRaptors-ClippersNBA TV
From Honolulu
Wednesday, October 4
7:00 PMHawks-CavsNBA TV
10:00 PMNuggets-LakersNBA TV
2:00 AMT’Wolves-WarriorsNBA TV
From China
Thursday, October 5
7:30 PMHeat-NetsNBA TV
10:00 PMRaptors-BlazersNBA TV
Friday, October 6
7:00 PMCeltics-SixersNBA TV
Saturday, October 7
7:00 PMHeat-MagicNBA TV
Sunday, October 8
7:30 AMWarriors-T’WolvesNBA TV
From China
3:00 PMCavs-WizardsNBA TV
9:00 PMKings-LakersESPN
Monday, October 9
7:30 PMRockets-KnicksNBA TV
10:00 PMBlazers-KingsNBA TV
Tuesday, October 10
8:00 PMBulls-CavsESPN
10:30 PMJazz-LakersESPN
Wednesday, October 11
8:00 PMCeltics-HornetsESPN
10:30 PMRockets-GrizzliesESPN
Thursday, October 12
7:30 PMMavericks-HawksNBA TV
10:30 PMKings-ClippersNBA TV
Friday, October 13
8:00 PMSpurs-RocketsTNT
10:30 PMClippers-LakersTNT
REGULAR SEASON
Tuesday, October 17
8:00 PMCeltics-CavsTNT
10:30 PMRockets-WarriorsTNT
Wednesday, October 18
7:00 PMSixers-WizardsESPN
9:30 PMT’Wolves-SpursESPN
Thursday, October 19
8:00 PMKnicks-ThunderTNT
10:30 PMClippers-LakersTNT
Friday, October 20
7:00 PMCavs-BucksESPN
9:30 PMWarriors-PelicansESPN
Saturday, October 21
8:00 PMWarriors-GrizzliesNBA TV
10:30 PMSuns-ClippersNBA TV
Monday, October 23
8:30 PMRaptors-SpursNBA TV
Tuesday, October 24
7:00 PMBulls-CavsNBA TV
10:00 PMPelicans-BlazersNBA TV
Wednesday, October 25
8:00 PMSpurs-HeatESPN
10:30 PMWizards-LakersESPN
Thursday, October 26
8:00 PMCeltics-BucksTNT
10:30 PMPelicans-KingsTNT
Friday, October 27
8:00 PMThunder-T’WolvesNBA TV
10:30 PMWizards-WarriorsNBA TV
Monday, October 30
7:30 PMSpurs-CelticsNBA TV
10:30 PMWarriors-ClippersNBA TV
Tuesday, October 31
8:00 PMThunder-BucksNBA TV
10:30 PMPistons-LakersNBA TV

 

 

NBA Full Schedule – OCT’17:

OctoberGameGame Time
   Tue 17Boston @ Cleveland8:00 PM ET
Houston @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Wed 18Charlotte @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston7:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Denver @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ San Antonio9:30 PM ET
Portland @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Houston @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
   Thu 19Chicago @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
New York @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Fri 20Atlanta @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Portland @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Milwaukee7:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Utah @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Golden State @ New Orleans9:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
   Sat 21Philadelphia @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Cleveland8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ New York8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Portland @ Milwaukee8:30 PM ET
Sacramento @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Sun 22Atlanta @ Brooklyn3:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Oklahoma City7:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Mon 23Philadelphia @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Toronto @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Washington @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
   Tue 24Chicago @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
New York @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Utah @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Wed 25Denver @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
Houston @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
San Antonio @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Utah @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
Washington @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Thu 26Atlanta @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Boston @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Portland10:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Fri 27Houston @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Denver @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ New York7:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
Toronto @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Sat 28Cleveland @ New Orleans7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Houston @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Detroit @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Sun 29Milwaukee @ Atlanta3:30 PM ET
San Antonio @ Indiana4:30 PM ET
Denver @ Brooklyn6:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Charlotte6:00 PM ET
Washington @ Sacramento6:00 PM ET
New York @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Golden State8:30 PM ET
   Mon 30San Antonio @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Denver @ New York7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Orlando @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Golden State @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Tue 31Sacramento @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET

 

 

 LINKS:

thescore.com/nba/news

allball.blogs.nba.com

nba-ball-dont-lie

sbnation.com/nba

basketballinsiders.com

ballislife.com/category/nba

lastwordonsports.com/category/basketball

cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball

hangtime.blogs.nba.com/

 

 

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NASCAR, in collaboration with its industry stakeholders, announced Monday competition format enhancements that will be implemented in all three of its national series — the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesNASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The new race format is designed to emphasize aggressive racing and strategy, with the goal of delivering more dramatic moments over the course of a race and season. Monday’s announcement came with NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France and NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell sharing the stage with drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, along with additional team and track representatives. All industry stakeholders collaborated on the format.

“Simply put, this will make our great racing even better,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO. “I’m proud of the unprecedented collaboration from our industry stakeholders, each of whom had a common goal — strengthening the sport for our fans. This is an enhancement fully rooted in teamwork, and the result will be an even better product every single week.”

Under the new format, races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points. The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs.

The structure also ensures that competition will be dialed up throughout the duration of the 26-race regular season, as points for both stage winners and race winners will transfer into the postseason — and an official regular-season champion will be crowned, and rewarded with 15 playoff points to the driver’s playoff reset of 2,000. The stage format also gives fans a pair of natural breaks in the action.

All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the postseason (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

Championship points following the first two stages of each race will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second earning nine points, and so on. The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on.

In addition, the top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, and so on.

“These are enhancements that the NASCAR fan has long sought, and the entire industry has worked hard to develop a better racing format for our fans,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “This format puts a premium on every victory and every in-race position over the course of the season. Each point can eventually result in winning or losing a championship.”

 

 

The Playoffs

 

— Races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The green flag begins the race, and therefore is Stage 1. Its length is approximately 25-30 percent of the event’s total length and is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length.

 

— At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there is a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment.

 

— The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points.

 

— The Chase will now be referred to as the playoffs.

 

— The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs.

 

— Points for both stage winners and race winners will transfer into the postseason and an official regular-season champion will be crowned, and rewarded with 15 playoff points to the driver’s playoff reset of 2,000. The stage format also gives fans a pair of natural breaks in the action.

 

— All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the postseason (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

 

— The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, etc.

 

— Top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, etc.

 

— There no longer will be a bonus point for leading a lap, or a bonus point for leading the most laps.

 

— The 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona will be worth points to the top-10 drivers on a 10-to-1 scale but the winners do not get bonus points for the playoffs.

 

— Teams won’t be allowed to replace body panels during a race, and teams will have additional limitations on crash repair. This will likely result in wrecked cars not being able to repair and return to the track.

 

— In the case of inclement weather, the race is official at the conclusion of Stage 2. Overtime rules remain the same.

 

— The Caution Clock in the Camping World Truck Series has been eliminated.

 

NASCAR Schedule – OCT’17

 

*PLAYOFF RACE

 

*Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil

Sunday, Oct 1

2:00 PM ET

Dover International Speedway

Preview

 

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*Bank of America 500

Sunday, Oct 8

2:00 PM ET

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Preview

 

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*Alabama 500

Sunday, Oct 15

2:00 PM ET

Talladega Superspeedway

Preview

 

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*Hollywood Casino 400

Sunday, Oct 22

3:00 PM ET

Kansas Speedway

Preview

 

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*First Data 500

 

Sunday, Oct 29

3:00 PM ET

Martinsville Speedway

Preview

 

 

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PGA

 

Oct 13 – Oct 16

Safeway Open

Silverado Resort and Spa

Napa, CA

 

Oct 20 – Oct 23

CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

 

Oct 26 – Oct 30

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai

Shanghai, China

 

Oct 27 – Oct 30

Sanderson Farms Championship

Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, MS

 

Click for more info about these tours: 

LGPA | Champions Tour | European Tour

 

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Here are the Schedules for the Men’s and Ladies Professional Tennis Tours – OCT’17:

 

 

10/2-8

China Open

Beijing, China

500/Premier

 

10/2-8

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships

Tokyo, Japan

500

 

10/8-15

Shanghai Rolex Masters

Shanghai, China

Masters 1000

 

10/16-22

If Stockholm Open

Stockholm, Sweden

250

 

10/16-22

European Open

Antwerp, Belgium

250

 

10/16-22

VTB Kremlin Cup

Moscow, Russia

250/Premier

 

10/23-29

Erste Bank Open 500

Vienna, Austria 500

 

10/23-29

Swiss Indoors Basel

Basel, Switzerland

500

 

 

10/30-11/5

BNP Paribas Masters

Paris, France

Masters 1000

 

 

 

 

10/2-8

China Open

Beijing, China

500/Premier

 

10/9-15

Ladies Linz presented by Upper Austria

Linz, Austria

International

 

10/9-15

Tianjin Open

Tianjin, China

International

 

10/9-15

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

International

 

10/16-21

BGL BNP PARIBAS Luxembourg Open

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

International

 

10/16-22

VTB Kremlin Cup

Moscow, Russia

250/Premier

 

10/22-30

BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

WTA Finals

 

10/31-11/5

WTA Elite Trophy

Zhuhai, China

International

 

 

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Sunday, October 8th

1977 became a landmark year for running in Chicago when over 4,200 runners turned out for the first Mayor Daley Marathon, making it the largest big city marathon in the world.

Running fever soon gripped the city with several other shorter races organized for the first time — including the first Chicago Distance Classic (now the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon) featuring an incredible 5,000 runners.

Adding to the excitement, Chicago aimed to become “the running capital of the world” and turned five miles of an old horseback riding path along the lakefront into jogging paths. Due to overwhelming popularity, it ultimately grew to 18 miles around.

 

Chicago Marathon 2017

 

Today, the Chicago Marathon is renowned for its great local support, superb organization, and for being the world’s fastest and flattest course.

Over 1.2 million spectators are expected to line the 26.2-mile course for the Chicago Marathon for it’s landmark 40th anniversary this year, beginning at 7AM on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The traditional start and finish is in Grant Park on Columbus Drive, near Buckingham Fountain.

 

Chicago Marathon

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Chicago Marathon best viewing

To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard. To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road..

Also watch for comprehensive TV coverage on race day airing on NBC Chicago.

Meanwhile, check out related maps and pictures, recent stats and running times plus lots more on this year’s Windy City run ….

 

 

Links:

Chicago Marathon - The official site with info on this year’s race, entry & registration details, parking and transportation, Chicago travel info, tourist attractions and accommodations, how to become a member of the volunteer crew, spectator guide and course map, race day photos & video, marathon weekend events, complete results.

Chicago Transit Authority - Check out this guide from the CTA on how to get to the start of the race on the big day, as well as prime viewing areas.

Chicago Marathon Race Results - The complete database of winners searchable by finish position, time, or runner name, plus a great collection of over 100 related Chicago Marathon news articles from the past and present, from MarathonGuide.com.

Chicago Area Runners Association - Great resource for prospective Chicago Marathon runners featuring the latest news, local race calendar, membership info, maps, best places to train, interactive pace calculators, fun runs, recent results, related message boards.

 

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So you want to host your own Oktoberfest party? Wunderbar!

This article will help you plan for, set up, and enjoy the best Oktoberfest party outside of Munich. Pop “Oktoberfest” into Pinterest or any search engine, and you’ll find pictures of pretzels, beer, and Bavarian-themed decorations of all kinds. But how can you tell the difference between the authentically German and other less-than-authentic elements? How do you know what’s needed to make your party a success? read on then.

From the moment of the ceremonial keg-tapping to night-long cheers of Ein Prosit, by using the information on this article, your guests will feel as if they’ve been transported to one of Munich’s biergartens, all without having to get a passport first.

 

Invitations

Let’s start at the beginning; you need to inform your guests of your grand event. Most hosts nowadays use social media or email to send out electronic invitations. There are certainly benefits to this method. You can add to or edit the guest list as needed and provide your guests with up-to-the minute information about your Oktoberfest. However, for larger events, or to add a personal touch, try going old-school as a nod to the Old World and send paper invitations along with instructions that tell your guests how to RSVP at least a month before the event. A truly great Oktoberfest party requires a lot of preparation, so nailing down the headcount as early as possible will make planning much easier.

 

Beer

Beer is obviously very important for any Oktoberfest party. Starting in August, you’ll be able to find a number of Oktoberfest-style beers at your local grocery or liquor stores. Grabbing a few six packs of these or other German beers is certainly an option – one that’s recommended by many “how-to host your own Oktoberfest” articles, especially if you do not want to spend a lot of money on imported beverages.

However, if you want to create a truly authentic experience, you should buy beer from the six Munich breweries that have tents at Oktoberfest. Only these six breweries can produce the official Oktoberfestbier that is served in Munich: AugustinerHacker-PschorrHofbräuLöwenbräuPaulaner and Spaten. Not all Munich breweries ship their Oktoberfest beer worldwide. Currently only Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Spaten Oktoberfestbier are shipped to the United States. These are more costly than domestic options, but we think it’s more than worth the extra expense. And your guests, who may not taste these beers anywhere else, will likely appreciate it, too.

If you go the imported route and would like to honor tradition further, Spaten should be the first beer opened at your party. Traditionally, the ceremonial barrel-tapping happens at noon on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest. Whether you tap a keg or crack open some bottles, as the host you should be the first to do so and proclaim “O’zapft is!” (It is tapped!).

 

Food

Believe it or not, there are more options for Oktoberfest fare than pretzels and sauerkraut. Even though the beer is the star of the show, food is a key part of a successful Oktoberfest party. Traditionally, a full meal is served as a part of the celebration. There are a number of different food items served at the Oktoberfest in Munich. For instance, roasted chicken (hendl) is the most popular food item at Oktoberfest. That said, some Oktoberfest food is easier to prepare than others. For a complete Oktoberfest menu, try recommend the following:

Appetizers:

The Bavarian pretzel is a very common starter. Often, these soft pretzels are served with the Bavarian cheese delicacy obatzda

Hard stick pretzels. These are a great substitute if you don’t have the time or funds to prepare fresh warm pretzels for all of your guests.

Dinner:

Sausages (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Thüringer)

German Potato Salad

Sauerkraut

Red Cabbage

Käsespätzel

Boiled Potatoes

Roasted Chicken

Dessert:

Apple Strudel

German Chocolate Cake (Although this is not actually a traditional German dessert, it is enjoyed by many.)

Various European Cookies. Heart-shaped gingerbread cookies are a particular Oktoberfest favorite.

 

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Clothing

Stylized clothing is the quickest way to get into the right mindset for any theme party, and an Oktoberfest celebration is no exception. Lederhosen and dirndls are the most popular attire worn at Oktoberfest. When hosting a backyard Oktoberfest party, encourage your guests to don the traditional attire, or at least novelty T-shirts that make it look like they are.

 

Music

If you have the funds, hiring a local band is always a great way to entertain your guests. Keep in mind that traditional German bands are likely appearing at local Oktoberfest events throughout September and October. During Oktoberfest season, it’s best to book early to increase the chances that the band you want to hire is available for your event.

Even if you cannot afford a band, you should still play music at your party. It’s a great way to keep guests entertained and encourage them to get into the spirit of the event. You may be surprised to learn that German oompah music is not the only kind of music played at Oktoberfest. There is a good mix of traditional oompah and other German tunes, but there are also a number of popular English songs.

A big part of the Oktoberfest experience in Munich is singing along with the band and your closest 10,000 friends. There are a number of traditional Oktoberfest songs that encourage people to get up and dance. One of the most popular is Fliegerlied. Don’t be afraid to stand up on a chair or sturdy table to do this dance along with your guests. Teach them the steps as you go, and encourage everyone to dance along.

One requirement of any authentic Oktoberfest party is playing “Ein Prosit” every 20-30 minutes, just like they do in Munich. Every time this song is played, encourage your guests to stand up, raise their glasses, and sing along. We recommend placing cards with the lyrics, along with a phonetic pronunciation key and a translation, on every table, so your guests can follow along. At the conclusion of the song, everyone should clink their glasses and take a drink.

 

Decorations

The beer tents at the Munich Oktoberfest are sponsored by each of the six Munich breweries. While the word “tent” is used commonly to describe the beer halls at Oktoberfest, these are more like semi-permanent structures. It takes two months to construct the “tents” on the Wiesn, and they have all the amenities of a modern structure, including electricity and plumbing.

While an event tent is not essential to host a backyard Oktoberfest party, it certainly adds to the ambiance of the event. Tent or not, decorations are vital in turning your event space into the perfect stage for your Oktoberfest party. Traditional Bavarian blue and white is the most common way to decorate your space. Hanging a Bavarian flag, banners, streamers, wreaths, or evergreens will add to the Bavarian feel. Feel free to incorporate these traditional elements into your design or to create a new look specific to your party. All that matters is that you create a space that makes your guests feel welcome.

 

Entertainment

The Oktoberfest in Munich is also known for its rides and games. Here are some games you can do at home.

 

Stein Races

Break off into teams of two (or more), and have each person fill a stein with water (don’t waste good beer!). Challenge participants to go as fast as they can around a relay point without spilling. The fastest team who spilled the least amount of water wins.

Stein Holding Contest

Challenge participants to hold a full stein for as long as they can. Each participant must hold their stein one-handed while extending their arm straight out at shoulder height. The goal of the game is to hold the stein the longest without spilling. Participants are disqualified if they bend their elbows or drop their glasses below their shoulders. It is common to issue one warning before fully disqualifying a participant. Note that this game works best if you have a real glass Maß; otherwise just make sure each participant has the same style of glass with the same amount of water.

Beer Drinking Contest

This game is not necessarily encouraged, but it does happen often. Have participants fill their glass with a specific amount of beer and have them start drinking at the same time. The first to finish wins. Commonly, you will see people at Oktoberfest on their bench with a full Maß stand and chug their beer. People around them (and sometimes the entire tent) cheer them on. It is imperative that participants are actually able to finish the beer in one continuous drink without spilling. If participants fail this challenge, it is common to boo and make fun of them, so if that’s the sort of thing your guests enjoy, proceed with caution.

While these games are not necessarily authentic, they provide good fun at your party.

 

Glassware

Glassware is important for an authentic Oktoberfest event. The Maß or Maßkrug (a one liter glass mug) is the typical way beer is served at Oktoberfest. It is highly encouraged to buy real glass Maß for your party. For the past few years, the Paulaner Brewery has been offering the “Wiesn to Go” package, which includes a Maß as well as a one-liter can of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn. Supply and prices may vary, but that is the easiest way to acquire a Maß. If using real glassware at your party makes you nervous, plastic Maß are also available through various fine online retailers.

 

Tables

To create the full effect, especially if you plan to throw an annual Oktoberfest event, having the correct kind of tables is a great way to make your event even more authentic.

 

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FANFOOD BBQ Tips & Tricks:

Here are some tips that will ensure you’ll be the perfect barbecue host

  • Keep all your barbecuing tools handy – tongs, chopping boards, insulated gloves, brushes ect. Have a plan to light your charcoal, and don’t use lighter fluid, nobody wants to taste it. Always use natural charcoal free of additives.
  • Never mix together different raw foods (i.e. fish and chicken) in the same marinade. Always keep in separate containers. Use separate chopping boards and utensils for handling raw and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking and leave covered in a cool kitchen until required. This will help bring the food back to an ambient temperature, and will result in a more succulent cooked result.
  • Always know how many guests you are expecting and make sure you are seated near to the kitchen. This means you won’t be barging past your guests when going to and from the house.
  • Keep plenty of iced water handy – particularly if you’re barbecuing on a hot day. If you stick with the beer or wine your guests will soon be dehydrated (and you maybe too tipsy to tend the barbecue).
  • Prepare dressings for salads and marinades for the barbecue in advance to be one step ahead of yourself. You can even make your very own mayonnaise. Meat & Poultry will benefit from marinating overnight in the refrigerator rather than for an hour just prior to barbecuing, so do as much preparation ahead of time as possible.
  • Have a good link to a weather website, preferably one with live doppler radar, so you know what is coming and when.
  • If you’re having a barbecue at night, don’t forget to consider the lighting.
  • Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements.
  • Burning citrus candles is a great way to keep the bugs at bay and stop them biting your guests, especially if you’re serving any sweet food or drinks.
  • If you’re having an afternoon barbecue, make sure there’s plenty of shade to avoid sticky sun burnt guests.
  • Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always be cooked through to the center. It might look cooked on the outside but can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then the meat is ready. Any sign if pink juices will require further cooking. Get yourself a digital thermometer, it’ll come in handy, trust me.
  • Be aware of wind direction and the proximity of neighbors when placing your BBQ.
  • Clean your charcoal barbecue after each use, once the grill has cooled down – a wire brush and warm soapy water is all that is needed – little and often is secret. Your gas barbecue can be cleaned by simply burning off the grill for 10 minutes. Have a plan for your used charcoal.

 

PARTY Planning Tips

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

Two Weeks Before:

- Confirm your guest list, order your beef if fresh and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.

- Finalize your shopping lists.

- Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.

- Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

- Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.

- Shop for non-perishables.

- Select music.

- If using frozen meats, plan the day to begin to thaw. The rule of thumb is to allow one day for every five pounds of meat.

- Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

- Purchase all perishable ingredients.

- Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the dips and side dishes.

- Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.

- Prepare recipes such as dips, marinades, sauces. Make a written plan for cooking your meal.

One Day Before:

- Clean the bathroom, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen and back deck.

- Set the table if you are setting up a buffet; take out all of the serving pieces.

- Finish preparing and bake your pies.

- Prepare and refrigerate salads.

Day of the Party:

- Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice you may need.

- Finish preparing appetizers, first courses, and/or side dishes.

- Turn on your music.

- Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.

- Welcome guests.

- Start Cooking

- Set out the food, and count your blessings!

Preparing a BBQ doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the meal. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can make your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. For example, you can buy pre-made dips, and marinades, and bake pies purchased from the store.

Try Fewer Side Dishes

It’s a lot of fun to have a feast, and there are many creative recipes this time of year, but if you cut down on side dishes, you can save yourself quite a bit of time and effort. Just pick a side and vegetable or two, and make a lot of them. This way, while there’s less variety, there’s plenty of food.

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your meal is to let others help with the side dishes. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring a side dish or dessert while you supply the meat. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one side. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the feast.

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.

 

 

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