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Mornings on MSG
MSG Network has premiered a new weekday morning show, “MSG A.M.” It will air live from 8-9 a.m., with replays following until noon. Monica McNutt and Kazeem Famuyide are the hosts with a mix of correspondents and guests, including ex-Knicks Latrell Sprewell (Thursdays) and Steve Novak (Tuesdays), ex-Giant David Diehl (Fridays), ex-Jet Nick Mangold (Mondays), ex-Ranger Anson Carter (Wednesdays) and Madelyn Burke.
The show will feature discussions on New York sports, plus national. There will be highlights and conversations with guests.
The show will also air on the MSG Go app.
CBS will release its national TV ratings for The Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, per a spokesman. The New York City market numbers (WCBS-2) for the final two rounds were nearly identical: 2.4 rating/7 share on Saturday and 2.6/7 on Sunday. A ratings number is the percentage of all TV households and the share is percentage of all TV sets on at the time watching.
If the numbers look down, they probably are because of the earlier telecasts. Normally, the Masters might be on from 2-7 p.m. during its April time slot, when there is more daylight. With the November dates and less daylight, Saturday’s telecast was from 1-5:30 p.m. and Sunday’s telecast was from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (earlier because CBS had 4 p.m. NFL games to show).
The “Football Night in America” NFL studio team on NBC Sports discussed a wide range of topics on Sunday, including the New York Giants’ key NFC East win over the Philadelphia Eagles, pulling within a game of the division leaders.
Chris Simms on NY QB Daniel Jones: “He played really well. He became a meme the last time he ran the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles. Not today. He got the last laugh.”
Tony Dungy on the Eagles: “You’ve got a chance to really stretch your lead in the NFC East and put the Giants away and the defense really didn’t come through.”
Simms on the Eagles: “I don’t know what to think of the Eagles. I keep waiting for them to take hold of this division, but between (Carson) Wentz being inconsistent, the run game being hit or miss, and the defense has been inconsistent all year…I still think they’re the leader in the clubhouse in the NFC East, but it’s not a very pretty clubhouse.”
ON THE IMPACT OF THE LEAGUE’S YOUNG QUARTERBACKS
Dungy: “I have to credit the NFL coaches for saying, you know what, I’m going to look at these college young men and bring them in and do what they do best…It’s exciting for us and you know who else it’s exciting for, young kids.”
Simms: “It’s been the most popular sport in our country by far for so long, all the best athletes want to play quarterback…These young kids right now, reps, reps, reps, reps. Flag football, seven-on-seven…They’re more ready when it comes time to play in the NFL.”
Dungy: “It used to be, ‘you’ve got to learn the defenses and you’ve got to read.’ Now, defensive coordinators are scared. ‘I can’t play all these coverages, I’ve got to spy the quarterback, I’ve got to play man-to-man.’”
Mike Tirico: “And they take advantage of it because they know how to run…Russell Wilson has shown these guys how you can run and stay healthy, get out of bounds, get down. They’re using the rules to keep themselves on the field.”
Cris Collinsworth: “They’re changing philosophies here a little bit. They’re having Cam Newton be a lot more conservative. No turnovers from him last week for the first time all season.”
Tirico: “This is a week where if the Patriots were the Patriots that we’ve come to know for the last decade-plus, you’d expect to see a blueprint for how to stop Lamar Jackson, and something that the rest of the league would be watching real closely for the rest of the season. Do the Patriots have that mystique about them that they can give you a way to stop these elite offenses?”
Dungy: “The mystique is gone. We used to go into Foxboro and say, ‘we’ve got to do something special, we’ve got to step up our game.’ The Ravens know they just have to go in there and play. But here is one thing I would be worried about – when you play the Patriots, you can throw out the last four or five games. You don’t know what you’re going to see. What is Bill Belichick going to dial up, trying to stop this Ravens offense?”
Simms: “I don’t think there’s anything that opponents playing the Patriots are fearful of…what Coach brings up there with the roster and, ‘we don’t know what the (Patriots defense) is going to do to us this week’…That flexibility is gone. We mentioned all of the players they’ve lost on their roster. It’s not the same team…they’re a little stuck right now and they’re not able to do that…they don’t have big people in New England, and they’re going to be physically overmatched by one of the biggest offensive lines in football, let alone keeping track of No. 8 running around everywhere.”
Collinsworth on the Ravens’ rushing attack: “It’s exciting. It all starts with power football…what do you do with this thing? Does Gus Edwards have it? Does Lamar Jackson have it? What does the unblocked defensive guy do? The unblocked (defensive player) is always the key guy, and he can never be right. If Lamar Jackson is on his game, whatever that guy does is wrong. These defensive players have to have their head on a swivel and they’re not sure where the ball is going. If you’re hesitating as a linebacker trying to figure out where the ball is, and Lamar Jackson gets on the edge, you’re never catching that guy.”
Collinsworth on Lamar Jackson’s comments of opposing defenses calling out plays: “Guys like Tony Dungy were calling out plays back when we played. You call them out, you take a shot, and once in a while you get one right…maybe Tony got a few more right.”
Dungy: “We did call out plays, but you’re just guessing for the most part – and you’re definitely guessing on this Baltimore offense because even if you know the play, you don’t know where it’s going.”
Simms: “Joe Burrow was harassed all day. This defense got back to its basics. They really took away the short passing game and pressured Burrow. We didn’t see that last week.”
Simms on Chase Claypool: “He is a matchup nightmare.”
Dungy: “The Rams’ focus knowing the Seattle running backs were out was to bring pressure and get the ball out of Russell Wilson’s hands.”
Tirico: “I think the Rams got back in the mix significantly with today’s performance.”
Simms: “Agreed. The Rams have a little of everything. They play good defense, they can run the ball, and of course we know they are going to throw the ball with the bootlegs…the other teams have other flaws to me. Arizona is all Kyler Murray and of course Seattle is all Russell Wilson.”
Dungy: “Special teams haunted the 49ers.”
Dungy: “There’s a newsflash. Tom Brady is not dead. Last week, only three points. What happened? They got back to Ronald Jones and the running game, 46 points and 544 yards. The Bucs are back.”
Simms on Bucs’ return to run game: “Today was two tight ends and ‘we’re going to run the ball and beat you at the line of scrimmage’…and it opens up the play action pass and the ability to max protect for Brady and throw the ball down the field. They’re at their best under center and imposing their physical will on people.”
Simms on RB Nick Chubb: “He is special. The best thing the Browns do is run the ball with that offensive line and Nick Chubb is awesome between the tackles.”
Mike Florio: “I spoke to Nick Chubb after the game…on that 59-yard run at the end of the game, he told me in the huddle before the play, Baker Mayfield told him if you get the first down, don’t score, let’s just end the game and go home. He told me how hard it was as the end zone was approaching to not score the points.”
Simms: “They were handicapped by the weather more than Cleveland because they have to rely on (DeShaun) Watson’s arm and his receivers to throw the football. They never could get it going consistently today.”
Tirico: “That’s one of those games where you’ve got to get it, and they did – but they didn’t look great doing it.”
Simms: “I especially worry about the interior part of their defense. They can rush the passer, but we’ve seen when teams can run the football and have a good offensive line and running attack, man do they struggle slowing that down. Jacksonville ran the ball on them just about every series.”
Tirico on the game-winning play: “Not Hail Mary, Hail Murray!”
Dungy on DeAndre Hopkins: “The strongest hands in football in terms of catching the ball.”
Dungy on game-ending Hail Mary defense: “What I don’t like here is that no one is jamming these receivers. They are getting free access off the ball to get down to the end zone.”
Simms: “I don’t understand that approach either. What I also don’t understand is their aggression (to cover) underneath receivers. There’s no timeouts. Let them throw the ball 15 yards down the field.”
Not so Little
Talented pit reporter Jamie Little has been named the play-by-play announcer for the ARCA racing series in 2021 on Fox Sports 1. She will be joined on the broadcast team by Phil Parsons and reporter Kate Osborne.
Little is entering her 20th year of broadcasting. She will continue her duties as a NASCAR pit reporter, a role she has held on Fox Sports since 2015. She was the first female pit reporter for the Indy 500 in 2004, and has done so for NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and truck series. She worked 13 years for ESPN/ABC for NASCAR and IndyCar races.
“I am beyond excited and humbled to be offered this role for the ARCA Menards Series,’’ Little said. “Although I’ve always preferred to be viewed as a motorsports broadcaster and not solely as a female broadcaster, it is an honor to be the first in this role. I definitely don’t take for granted being the first at anything. I know it can open other opportunities for women in the future, and I hope the younger girls aspiring to cover racing see the sky is the limit.’’
College soccer playoffs
The Southeastern Conference men’s tournament has reached the quarterfinals in Orange Beach, Ala.
Tuesday’s matches on SEC Network are No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Tennessee at 1 p.m.; No. 14 LSU vs. No. 3 texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.; No. 8 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama at 6 p.m.; and, No. 5 Missouri at No. 4 South Carolina at 8:30 p.m. The Thursday semifinals on SEC Network are at 7 p.m. (bottom half of draw) and 9:30 p.m. The championship is 2 p.m. Sunday on SEC Network.
The Atlanic Coast Conference men’s tournament has reached the semifinals. On Wednesday on ACC Network, Clemson takes on Virginia at 6 p.m. and Notre Dame plays Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. The championship is noon Sunday in Cary, N.C., on ESPNU.
The truncated ATP men’s tennis finals are behind held in London this week, on Tennis Channel and ESPN networks
Monday (all Tennis) – Singles at 3 p.m.
Tuesday (all Tennis) – Doubles at 7 a.m., 1 p.m.; Singles at 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Wednesday (all Tennis) – Doubles at 7 a.m., 1 p.m.; Singles at 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Thursday – Doubles round robin, 7 a.m., 1 p.m. (Tennis); Singles Round robin, 9 a.m. (Tennis), 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday – Doubles round robin, 7 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Tennis); Singles Round robin, 9 a.m. (Tennis), 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday – Doubles semifinals, 7 a.m., 1 p.m. (Tennis); Semifinal, 9 a.m. (Tennis and ESPNews); Semifinal, 3 p.m. (Tennis), delayed 6 a.m. Sunday (ESPN2)
Sunday – Doubles final, 10:30 a.m. (Tennis); Singles final, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
High school football
Friday – Tru Prep (Fla.) vs. IMG Academy (Fla.), 7 p.m., ESPNU; Hamilton (Ariz.) vs. Chandler (Ariz.), 10 p.m., ESPNU
The UEFA Nations League gets some air time this week on the ESPN networks.
Tuesday – Portugal at Croatia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wednesday – Netherlands at Poland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL this week
The assignments for NFL games have not been determined as of yet, but the New York City market will get a doubleheader on WNYW-5 this week since the Giants have a bye week. There are three choices for the 1 p.m. game, so I am leaning toward the Eagles at Browns game due to NFC East interest. The 4:25 p.m. nightcap is also a tossup because the Cowboys are usually a big draw, but I will lean toward the Packers at Colts contest.
WCBS-2 will air the Jets at Chargers game at 4:05 p.m.
MONDAY NIGHT: Vikings (SXM 226) at Bears (SXM 225), 8:15 p.m., ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick)
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cardinals (SXM 226) at Seahawks (SXM 225), 8:20 p.m., WNYW-5 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
Sunday schedule (all games rotated through NFL Red Zone):
Steelers at Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS
Lions at Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
Patriots at Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
Titans at Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
Eagles at Browns, 1 p.m., Fox
Falcons at Saints, 1 p.m., Fox
Bengals at Washington, 1 p.m., CBS
Jets at Chargers, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dolphins at Broncos, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Cowboys at Vikings, 4:25 p.m., Fox
Packers at Colts, 4:25 p.m., Fox
SUNDAY NIGHT: Chiefs at Raiders, 8:20 p.m., WNBC-4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
MONDAY NIGHT: Rams at Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m.
Early look at following week:
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY: Texans at Lions, 12:30 p.m.
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY: Washington at Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY: Ravens at Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Drafting by video
ESPN and ESPNews will televise a virtual 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday. Pre-draft coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., ahead of the 8 p.m. draft. The broadcast will be available on the EPSN app, and ESPN Radio (ESPNradio.com), including WEPN 98.7-FM.
Up to 60 draftees will appear virtually, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announcing the selections.
ESPN’s telecast will have announcers Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, draft analyst Mike Schmitz and reporter Malika Andrews.
ESPN Radio (also heard on the ESPN app) will feature announcers Marc Kestecher, Doris Burke, P.J. Carlesimo and LaPhonso Ellis.
MSG Network has a Knicks Draft Preview special at 8 p.m. Tuesday (MSG Plus replay at 10 p.m.; MSG replays following the rest of the night). MSG and MSG Plus will air a live Knicks Draft Night Special at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (again, with replays following on MSG).
Starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBA TV will provide player evaluations as the picks are announced. Host Matt Winer will be joined by analysts Tom Penn, Steve Smith, Brendan Haywood, Andy Katz and reporter Stephanie Ready. NBA TV will also feature free agency news starting Friday.
There’s plenty of college football action in the week prior to Thanksgiving, but we are already starting to see postponements due to the COVID 19 virus. There were 15 postponements and cancellations on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Here is this week’s schedule, but you can expect changes as the week progresses (there’s already two postponements), so stay tuned.
Buffalo at Bowling Green, 7 p.m., CBSSN, CBSsports.com
Akron at Kent State, 8 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 7 p.m., ESPN2, WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Northern Illinois at Ball State, 7 p.m., ESPNews, WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m., CBSSN, CBSsports.com
Tulane at No. 25 Tulsa, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Utah State at Wyoming, 9 p.m., CBSSN, CBSsports.com
Syracuse at Louisville, 7 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Purdue at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten, FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app
Massachusetts at Florida Atlantic, 8 p.m., CBSSN, CBSsports.com
New Mexico at Air Force, 9:30 p.m., FS1, FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app
To be determined: UCLA at No. 11 Oregon, TBD
ABC / WABC-7 (also ESPN3.com): No. 4 Clemson at Florida State, noon; No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern, 3:30 p.m.; No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
CBS / WCBS-2 (also CBSsports.com): Mississippi at No. 5 Texas A&M, POSTPONED
CBSSN (also CBSsports.com): Georgia Southern at Army, noon; San Diego State at Nevada, 3:30 p.m.; San Jose State at Fresno State, 7 p.m.; Boise State at Hawaii, 11 p.m.
Fox / WNYW-5 (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State, noon; Kansas State at No. 17 Iowa State, 4 p.m.; Arizona at Washington, 8 p.m.
FS1 (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): Illinois at Nebraska, noon; California at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m.; Washington State at Stanford, 11 p.m.
FS2 (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): Nevada Las Vegas at Colorado State, 5:30 p.m.
Big Ten Network (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): Michigan State at Maryland, noon (TIME MAY CHANGE); Iowa at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.; Michigan at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m., also WOR 710-AM
ESPN (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): No. 6 Florida at Vanderbilt, noon; No. 7 Cincinnati at Central Florida, 3:30 p.m.; Tennessee at No. 23 Auburn, 7 p.m.; No. 20 USC at Utah, 10:30 p.m.
ESPN2 (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Appalachian State at No. 15 Coastal Carolina, noon; No. 22 Texas at Kansas, 3:30 p.m.
ESPNU (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Houston at Southern Methodist, noon; Georgia State at South Alabama, 4 p.m.; Navy at South Florida, 8 p.m.
SEC Network (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): LSU at Arkansas, noon; Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama, 4 p.m.; Mississippi State at No. 13 Georgia, 7:30 p.m.
SEC Network alternate (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Missouri at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
ACC Network (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Wake Forest at Duke, noon; Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 4 pm.; Georgia Tech at No. 12 Miami, 8 p.m.
ACC regionals (also YES, ESPN3.com, FoxSportsGo app): Abilene Christian at Virginia, 4 p.m.; No. 21 Liberty at North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m.
ESPN3.com (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Rice at North Texas, 2 p.m.; Florida International at Western Kentucky, 2 p.m.; Arkansas State at Texas State, 3 p.m.; Western Carolina at Eastern Kentucky, 3 p.m.; Middle Tennessee at Troy, 3:30 p.m.
ESPN+: East Carolina at Temple, noon; Stephen F. Austin at Memphis, noon; Central Arkansas at Louisiana, 2 p.m.; Texas San Antonio at Southern Mississippi, 3 p.m.
Stadium regionals (also MSG Plus 2, Spectrum Ch. 327, FoxSportsGo.com, FoxSports Go app): Charlotte at No. 15 Marshall, 12:30 p.m.; Louisiana Monroe at Louisiana Tech, 4 p.m.
BYU TV (also ESPN3.com, BYUtv.org): North Alabama at Brigham Young, 3 p.m.
POSTPONEMENTS (2): Mississippi at No. 5 Texas A&M; Arizona State at Colorado
CBS has announced it will show the Auburn-Alabama game on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m.
Honoring race champs
NBC Sport Network will present the 2020 NASCAR Awards at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The series champs were Chase Elliott (Cup), Austin Cindric (Xfinity) and Sheldon Creed (trucks).
The virtual program will honor recently retired Jimmie Johnson. The show will reveal the Bill France Award of Excellence, humanitarian award finalists, crown the most popular drivers and honor the Sunoco rookies of the year.
Kelli Stavast and Marty Snider will host the program.
The golf world is still buzzing about Dustin Johnson’s dominant win in The Masters. This week, the PGA Tour stays in the state of Georgia and conducts the RSM Classic at Sea Island.
The broadcast schedule:
Thursday – Twitter, 9:15-10:25 a.m.; PGA Tour Live, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; SXM 92, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Golf, 1-4 p.m.
Friday – Twitter, 9:15-10:25 a.m.; PGA Tour Live, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; SXM 92, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Golf, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday – SXM 92, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Golf, 1-4 p.m.
Sunday – SXM 92, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Golf, 1-4 p.m.
Johnnies post early schedule
The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team announced its TV plans for the early portion of its schedule. Radio station information is not confirmed as of yet – last season, games appeared on WNYM (970-AM) and WMCA (570-AM).
Wed. 25 – vs. St. Peter’s, 7 p.m. (FS2); Thur. 26 – vs. LaSalle, 2 p.m. (FS1); Mon. 30 – vs. Boston College, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Thur. 3 – at Texas Tech, TBD; Sun. 6 – vs. Sacred Heart, noon (FS1); Tues. 8 – vs. Fordham, 7 p.m. (CBSSN); Fri. 11 – at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (FS1); Mon. 14 – at Butler, 5 p.m. (FS1); Thur. 17 – vs. Creighton, 5 p.m. (FS1); Sun. 20 – vs. Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Here comes the Hall
The Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball team has yet to announce any November games, but has five on tap for December.
Fri. 11 – vs. DePaul, 4:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Tues. 15 – at Xavier, 8 p.m. (FS1); Thur. 17 – at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1); Sun. 20 – vs. Providence, 4:30 p.m. (FS1); Wed. 23 – vs. Georgetown, 5 p.m. (FS1)
ESPN announces bowl schedule
The ESPN networks will broadcast 35 of the 37 scheduled college football bowl games in December and January, plus the College Football Playoffs. You can be certain a number of these games will also be on ESPN Radio affiliates and ESPNradio.com.
The schedule (all ESPN unless indicated):
Saturday, Dec. 19 – Frisco Bowl, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 21 – Myrtle Beach Bowl, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Idaho Potato Bowl (Mid-American vs. Mountain West), 3:30 p.m.; Boca Raton Bowl, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23 – New Orleans Bowl (Conf. USA vs. Sun Belt), 3:30 p.m.; Montgomery Bowl (ACC vs. American), 7 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Thursday, Dec. 24 – New Mexico Bowl (Conf. USA vs. Sun Belt), 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25 – Camellia Bowl, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 26 – Gasparilla Bowl (ACC or SEC vs. pool), noon (WABC-7); Cure Bowl, noon; First Responder Bowl (Big 12 or ACC vs. pool), 3:30 p.m. (WABC-7); LendingTree Bowl (Sun Belt vs. at large), 3:30 p.m.; Independence Bowl (Army vs. Pac 12 team or at large), 7 p.m.; Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Big 12 vs. Big Ten), 10:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28 – Military Bowl (ACC vs. American), 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 – Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. at large), 2 p.m.; Cheez-It Bowl (ACC vs. Big 12), 5:30 p.m.; Alamo Bowl (Big 12 vs. at large), 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Duke’s Mayo Bowl (ACC vs. at large), noon; Music City Bowl (SEC vs. at large), 3:30 p.m.; Cotton Bowl (at large teams), 7:15 p.m.; LA Bowl (Pac 12 vs. Mountain West), 10:45 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31 – Armed Forces Bowl (American vs. pool), noon; Liberty Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC), 4 p.m.; Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC), 8 p.m.; Sun Bowl (ACC vs. at large), TBD (WCBS-2); Arizona Bowl (Mountain West vs. Mid-American), TBD (CBS Sports Network)
Friday, Jan. 1 – Birmingham Bowl (ACC or SEC vs. pool), noon (ESPN2); Peach Bowl (at large teams), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN); Citrus Bowl (Big Ten vs. SEC), 1 p.m. (WABC-7); Rose Bowl – CFP semifinal, 5 p.m.; Sugar Bowl – CFP semifinal, 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2 – Gator Bowl (SEC vs. at large), noon; Outback Bowl (SEC vs. at large), 12:30 p.m. (WABC-7); Fiesta Bowl (at large teams), 4 p.m.; Orange Bowl (ACC or Notre Dame vs. SEC or Big Ten), 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11 – National Championship, 8 p.m.
Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced soon, per ESPN
MLS playoff TV schedules
Major League Soccer has announced the TV windows and assignments for the upcoming playoffs. The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC have both qualified for the Eastern division playoffs and compete on Saturday.
6:30 p.m. – Montreal at New England, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
8:30 p.m. – Miami at Nashville, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Noon – New York City FC at Orlando, YES, UniMas/Spanish (English SAP button), TUDN/Spanish
3 p.m. – New York Red Bulls at Columbus, MSG, UniMas/Spanish (English SAP button), TUDN/Spanish; MSG PREGAME show at 2:30 p.m.; MSG replays at 7 p.m., 11 p.m., 2 a.m.
4 p.m. – San Jose at Kansas City, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
7:30 p.m. – Colorado at Minnesota, ESPN, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
10 p.m. – Dallas at Portland, ESPN, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Tuesday, Nov. 24
6 p.m. – Play-in winner at Toronto, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
8 p.m. – Play-in winner at Philadelphia, ESPN, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
10:30 p.m. – Los Angeles FC at Seattle, ESPN, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Sunday, Nov. 29
3 p.m. – Eastern or Western semifinals, WABC-7, ESPN Deportes/Spanish
8 p.m. – Eastern or Western semifinals, ESPN, ESPN Deportes/Spanish; WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. – Eastern or Western semifinals, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
Wednesday, Dec. 2
6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. – Eastern or Western semifinals, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
Sunday, Dec. 6
3 p.m. – Eastern or Western finals, WABC-7, ESPN Deportes/Spanish
6:30 p.m. – Eastern or Western finals, FS1, Fox Deportes/Spanish
Saturday, Dec. 12
8 p.m. – MLS Cup championship, WNYW-5, UniMas/Spanish; TUDN/Spanish
More minor league football
Fox Sports will present coverage of The Spring League, a new developmental football league.
All the games will be contested at San Antonio’s Alamodome, with games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app. Broadcast and announce teams are still to be announced, as are the rosters.
Tuesday – Jousters vs. Conquerors, 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Aviators vs. Generals, 8 p.m.
TBD – Championship game
EPL in the USA
English Premier League soccer has a full schedule on the NBC sports networks this weekend. This week’s TV assignments have yet to be announced, but I will leave good guesses.
Chelsea at Newcastle, 7:30 a.m. (Peacock premium)
Brighton at Aston Villa, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Manchester City at Tottenham, 12:30 p.m. (WNBC-4)
West Bromwich at Manchester United, 3 p.m. (Peacock premium)
Everton at Fulham, 7 a.m. (Peacock premium)
West Ham at Sheffield United, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)
Arsenal at Leeds United, 11:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Leicester City at Liverpool, 2:15 p.m. (Peacock premium)
Crystal Palace at Burnley, 12:30 p.m. (Peacock premium)
Southampton at Wolves, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, Nov. 27
Newcastle at Crystal Palace, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Liverpool at Brighton, 7:30 a.m.
Burnley at Manchester City, 10 a.m.
Leeds United at Everton, 12:30 p.m.
Sheffield United at West Brom, 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29
Manchester United at Southampton, 9 a.m.
Tottenham at Chelsea, 11:30 a.m.
Wolves at Arsenal, 2:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30
Fulham at Leicester City, 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa at West Ham, 3 p.m.
The UEFA Champions League has moved into match play.
CBSSN will broadcast “The Golazo Pre-Match Show,’’ starting at 2:30 p.m. on game days. CBS Sports HQ, a streaming sports news network, will offer pre-game coverage at 11 a.m. and post-game at 6 p.m. Subscription based CBS All Access will stream all the matches, with some matches to be replayed on CBSSN.
The upcoming group stage matches will be held Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. The draw for the Round of 16 will be held Dec. 14. Quarterfinal and semifinal draws will be held March 19. The final is May 29.
The CBS All-Access schedule (some matches to be replayed on CBS Sports Network):
Match Day 4 schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 24
12:55 p.m. – Chelsea at Rennes; Sevilla at Krasnodar
3 p.m. – Zenit at Lazio; Club Brugge at Dortmund; Barcelona at Dynamo Kyiv; Ferencvaros at Juventus; Leipzig at Paris Saint Germain; Istanbul Basakehir at Manchester United
Wednesday, Nov. 25
12:55 p.m. – Shakhtar Donetsk at Monchengladbach; Manchester City at Olympiacos
3 p.m. – Salzburg at Bayern; Lokomotiv Moskva at Atletico; Real Madrid at Internazionale; Porto at Marseille; Midtjylland at Ajax; Atalanta at Liverpool
Match Day 5 schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 1
12:55 p.m. – Salzburg at Lokomotiv Moskva; Real Madrid at Shakhtar Donetsk
3 p.m. – Bayern at Atletico; Internazionale at Monchengladbach; Olympiacos at Marseille; Manchester City at Porto; Ajax at Liverpool; Midtjylland at Atalanta
Wednesday, Dec. 2
12:55 p.m. – Rennes at Krasnodar; Leipzig at Istanbul Basaksehir
3 p.m. – Chelsea at Sevilla; Lazio at Dortmund; Zenit at Club Brugge; Dynamo Kyiv at Juventus; Barcelona at Ferencvaros; Paris Saint Germain at Manchester United
Match Day 6 schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 8
12:55 p.m. – Club Brugge at Lazio; Dortmund at Zenit
3 p.m. – Sevilla at Rennes; Krasnodar at Chelsea; Ferencvaros at Dynamo Kyiv; Juventus at Barcelona; Istanbul Basaksehir at Paris Saint Germain; Manchester United at Leipzig
Wednesday, Dec. 9
12:55 p.m. – Atalanta at Ajax; Liverpool at Midtjylland
3 p.m. – Lokomotiv Moskva at Bayern; Atletico at Salzburg; Shakhtar Donetsk at Internazionale; Monchengladbach at Real Madrid; Porto at Olympiacos; Marseille at Manchester City
Fall horse racing
Racing from Aqueduct and additional thoroughbred tracks will be featured on the telecasts shown by MSG networks and Fox Sports cable networks.
Wednesday – MSG, MSG Plus, 12:30-6 p.m.
Thursday – MSG, MSG Plus, 12-6 p.m.
Friday – MSG, MSG Plus, 12-6 p.m.
Saturday – MSG Plus, 12-6:30 p.m.
Sunday – MSG, MSG Plus, 12:30-6 p.m.
Ken McMillan is the sports editor of the Times Herald-Record and former broadcaster and producer.