By Mike Bebernes
August 17, 2013


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Things just got a whole lot more complicated. Send any suggestions to (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • A former inmate finds redemption in a hobbled race horse by Kent Babb for the Washington Post.
  • Two enemy fans pay begrudging respect: Madrid fan Elliott Turner tips his hat to Barcelona for The Classical and Matt Kiebus of Buzzfeed swallows his hate for Derek Jeter.


Arena Football League Arena Bowl XXVI: Philadelphia Soul vs. Arizona Rattlers, 1:00p.m. Saturday (CBS)

It's been a good week for Jon Bon Jovi. His arena team qualified for the championship game. Also, the league announced Thursday that Los Angeles will be getting a new team called the L.A. KISS, meaning JBJ won't be the saddest washed-up rocker in the league.



UFC Fight Night Prelims: Shogun vs Sonnen, 6:00p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 1)

You've got a new channel number to memorize. The much ballyhooed Fox Sports 1 finally launches today. Most of the talk has been about the network's studio shows, but its most important addition to your schedule is a strong slate of live events including UFC, NASCAR, college football and basketball, the UEFA Champions League, and eventually MLB and the World Cup.

Boxing: Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker, 9:45p.m. Saturday (HBO)


(First time is Saturday, second time is Sunday)

Diamondbacks vs. Pirates, 4:05p.m. (Fox-Regional), 1:35p.m.

Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4:05p.m. (Fox-Regional), 8:05p.m. (ESPN)

Giants vs. Marlins, 7:10p.m (Fox-Regional), 1:10p.m.

Cardinals vs. Cubs, 4:05p.m., 2:20p.m.

Rockies vs. Orioles, 7:05p.m., 1:35p.m.

Dodgers vs. Phillies, 7:05p.m., 1:35p.m. (TBS)

Royals vs. Tigers, 7:08p.m., 1:08p.m.

White Sox vs. Twins, 7:10p.m., 2:10p.m.

Reds vs. Brewers, 7:10p.m., 2:10p.m.

Blue Jays vs. Rays, 7:10p.m., 1:40p.m.

Nationals vs. Braves, 7:10p.m, 1:35p.m.

Mariners vs. Rangers, 8:05p.m., 3:05p.m.

Mets vs. Padres, 8:40p.m., 4:10p.m.

Indians vs. Athletics, 9:05p.m., 4:05p.m.

Astros vs. Angels, 9:05p.m., 3:35p.m.



Fox Sports 1 on 1: Tom Brady, 2:30p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:30p.m. (NFL Network)

Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengels, 7:30p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets, 7:30p.m. (NFL Network)

Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans, 8:00p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams, 8:00p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10:00p.m. (NFL Network)


Indianpolis Colts vs. New York Giants, 7:00p.m Sunday (Fox)


Women's Golf Solheim Cup, 9:30a.m. Sat, 2:30p.m. Sunday (Golf)

Wyndham Cup, 3:30p.m. Saturday, 3:00p.m. Sunday (CBS)



Phoenix Mercury vs. San Antonio Silver Stars, 8:00p.m

Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm, 10:00p.m.


Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream, 3:30p.m. (NBA TV)

Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky, 6:00p.m.

New York Liberty vs. Minnesota Lynx, 7:00p.m.

Little League World Series


Perth, Australia vs. San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, 12:00p.m. (ESPN)

Brno, Czech Republic vs. Ottawa, Ontario, 6:00p.m. (ESPN)

Urbandale, Iowa vs. Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)


Teams TBD, coverage begins 12:00p.m. (ESPN & ESPN2)

Olympic Sports

World Track and Field Championships, 2:30p.m. Saturday & Sunday (NBC)

Gymnastics: P&G Championships, 8:00p.m. Saturday (NBC)



Western and Southern Open: Men's Semifinal, 1:00p.m., Women's Semifinal, 7:00p.m. (ESPN2)


Western and Southern Open: Men's Final, 12:30p.m. (CBS), Women's Semifinal, 7:00p.m. (ESPN2)



D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact, 7:00p.m.

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution, 7:30p.m.

Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew, 7:30p.m.

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, (NBC Sports)

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo, 9:00p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids, 9:30p.m.

Real Salt Lake vs. L.A. Galaxy, 10:30p.m.

FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers, 11:00p.m.


Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:00p.m. (Univision Deportes)

English Premier League


Liverpool vs. Stoke City, 7:40a.m. (NBC Sports)

Premier League on NBC. Premier League on NBC. Premier League on NBC. The chant that has been pounding through your head for months finally comes to fruition. NBC Sports brings the most comprehensive coverage of one of world's most important sporting leagues to the U.S. Here's an amuse bouche to get you salivating.

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa, 9:55p.m. (NBC Sports)


Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham, 8:25a.m. (NBC Sports)

Chelsea vs. Hull, 10:55p.m. (NBC Sports)

Canadian Football League


Montreal Alouettes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders, 4:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Calgary Stampeders vs. British Columbia Lions, 9:00p.m. (ESPN3)


Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts, 7:00p.m Sunday (ESPN3)



Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio, 2:30p.m. (ESPN)


MotoGP World Championship, 2:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Deep bench

Horse Racing: Sword Dancer Invitational: 5:00p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Every horse race features some high-income owners, but this one brings an incredible amount of skill. I suspect the purse for the final race will be somewhere near the gross domestic product of Fiji.



Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls Striker, 35

Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors Forward, 26

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox Second Basemen, 29

Ed McCaffery, Retired Broncos Wide Receiver, 44

Jorge Posada, Retired New York Yankees Catcher, 41

John Gruden, Former NFL Head Coach & Broadcaster, 49

Rodney Mullen, Skateboarder, 45

Tyrus Thomas, NBA forward, 26

Christian Laettner, Former Duke Basketball Superstar, 43


Jeremy Shockey, Former NFL Tight End, 32

Rafer Johnson, Olympic Decathalete, 77

Miesha Tate, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, 26

Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves Catcher, 26

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