Thursday, December 25, 2014

Weekend watchdog

There's three division crowns and a wild-card slot on the line as the NFL season hits its final weekend.
NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday night. The winners claims the division title, while the loser has a wild-card contest next weekend.
The NFC North showdown between Detroit and Green Bay will be on Fox at 4:25 p.m., with both teams postseason bound and playing for seeding.
CBS gets the NFC South contest with the Panthers and Falcons at 4:25 p.m., with the winner going to the playoffs with a record under .500.
At 1 p.m., the Redskins close their season against the Cowboys on Fox while the Ravens hope for a wild-card berth against the Browns. They need a win and San Diego loss to advance.
The college bowl season continues Friday with a trio of games on ESPN. Illinois heads to the Heart of Dallas to play Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m., followed by Rutgers-North Carolina and North Carolina State against Central Florida in St. Petersburg.
Virginia Tech clashes with Cincinnati in the Military Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. It's Arizona State meeting Duke in the Sun Bowl on CBS at 2 p.m., and ABC offers Miami against South Carolina in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl at 3:30 p.m.
 Penn State returns to the postseason, taking on Boston College on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. from Yankee Stadium before Nebraska battles Southern Cal at the Holiday Bowl.
The NBA fills Christmas Day with five contests, starting with the Wizards meeting the Knicks on ESPN and Comcast at noon. ABC has the Thunder and Spurs at 2:30 p.m. before LeBron James returns to Miami at 5 p.m. The Lakers battle the Bulls at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Warriors-Clippers as the nightcap.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has Christmas night college basketball, with the Diamond Head Classic third-place game at 6:30 p.m. and championship at 9 p.m.
Georgetown takes on Indiana Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Louisville and Kentucky battle at 2 p.m., followed by Alabama-Birmingham against North Carolina and Gonzaga meeting BYU at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Maine against Seton Hall Saturday at noon. There's four games with Big East teams Sunday, starting with Tulane-St. John's at noon. Morgan State meets Marquette at 2 p.m., followed by Florida Gulf Coast facing Xavier and Belmont-Butler at 6 p.m.
Howard faces Fordham Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Richmond hosts Wake Forest on NBC Sports network Sunday at 4 p.m.
Kansas State hosts Texas Southern on MASN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of NHL games on Saturday. The Capitals visit the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. before the Sharks meet the Kings.
There's a trio of Boxing Day contests in the Premier League on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with West Ham United at 7:45 a.m., then it's Manchester United-Newcastle United and Arsenal faces Queens Park Rangers at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, Southampton plays Chelsea at 9 a.m. before Newcastle United-Everton.

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