World Series, NASCAR playoffs, and soccer games fill weekend sporting schedule

Atlanta Braves wide receiver Travis d’Arnaud hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Photo by Maria Lysaker / UPI | License photo

MIAMI, October 29 (UPI) – Three World Series games, the NASCAR playoffs, and more than 100 NFL and college football games fill the sports program this weekend. A UFC title fight and regular season NBA, NHL and football games also round out the slate.

The MLB final is in the spotlight next week. The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros shared the first two games of the series in Houston. The best-of-seven match continues with matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All World Series matches are broadcast on Fox.

Game 3 of the 2021 World Series begins at 8:09 p.m. EDT Friday at Truist Park in Atlanta. Right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia will start for the Astros. The Braves will start right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson.

“I’m going to try to be on the attack, try to feed the energy of the crowd and put pressure on them,” Anderson told reporters Thursday.

World events

The Astros, who hold home advantage in the series, lost Game 1 but tied the series with a 7-2 victory in Game 2 Wednesday in Houston.

The Braves are unbeaten (5-0) in playoff games at Truist Park. The Astros’ last game at Truist Park was in 2017.

“It was a long time ago not to be familiar with the terrain, the dimensions, the carambolas and the corners,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday. “We’re going to try to go out there and learn as best we can.”

The series will feature at least five games due to the Braves’ road victory. Game 4 takes place at 8:09 p.m. on Saturday in Atlanta. Game 5 is at 8:15 p.m. Sunday in Atlanta.

Game 6, if necessary, will take place in Houston on Tuesday. A possible Game 7 would take place Wednesday in Houston.

The Braves and Astros are expected to name their Game 4 starters after Game 3. Charlie Morton started for the Braves in Game 1, but broke his leg in the win and won’t return to the series. Framber Valdez started Game 1 for the Astros.

Max Fried and Jose Urquidy were the Braves and Astros’ respective starters for Game 2.

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley clocked a record 0.556 with a total of five hits in nine batting appearances in the first two games. Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker hit 0.429 (3 for 7) and infielder Yuli Gurriel hit 0.375 (3 for 8). ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez reached 0.200, with a five-time hit for the Astros.

NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario reached 0.222 (2 for 9) in the Braves’ first two games. Ozzie Albies and Travis d’Arnaud each hit 0.375. Shortstop Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler each hit 0.333. Soler, Arnaud and Adam Duvall each scored a home run for the Braves.

“The land of the Braves is real,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters on Thursday when asked about the game’s advantage in Atlanta. “It’s been around for a while. It’s a special area. Fans come out in droves. It’s a great place to play.

“I don’t know if this group needs a lot more energy, but they can tap into the energy of the crowd.”

NASCAR playoffs

The NASCAR playoffs are drawing to a close, with two races remaining in the Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Cup Series. Kyle Larson is the only contender to clinch a spot in the four-driver field for the Cup Series championship.

Larson has won four playoff races, including the last three consecutive events.

Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch occupy the next three spots and could score strong performances in Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Round of 8 airs at 2 p.m. on NBC.

Martin Truex Jr., Larson, Elliott, Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, William Byron and Christopher Bell are among the favorites to win at Martinsville.

The Truck Series kicks off the weekend shopping list with the United Rentals 200 at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday on FS1. The Xfinity Dead On Tools 250 series at 6 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN.

Football matches

Navy and Tulsa face off in one of three games on Friday to kick off the weekend’s college football schedule. This game airs at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

The schedule continues with over 100 games on Saturday. Cincinnati, the No. 2 team in the coaching poll, faces Tulane in one of 16 noon games. This game airs on ESPN2.

Michigan’s No.6 and Michigan State’s No.7 go head to head in the latest edition of their rivalry at the same time on Fox. The Iowa No.10 takes on Wisconsin at noon on ESPN.

Georgia No. 1 faces Florida in a 3:30 p.m. SEC rivalry game on CBS. The Oklahoma No.4 and Oregon No.8 each kick off their games at 3:30 pm The Sooners host Texas Tech on ABC. The Ducks host Colorado on Fox.

# 21 Auburn hosts # 9 Ole Miss at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Ohio State No.5 faces No.17 Penn State in a 7:30 p.m. Big Ten clash on ABC.

No.11 Notre-Dame takes on North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

Week 8 of the NFL season features eight games at 1 p.m., two at 4:05 p.m. EDT, and two at 4:25 p.m. Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-1) at 8:20 p.m. in NBC’s Sunday night football game.

The Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) face the New York Jets (1-5) in the first wave of games on CBS. Derrick Henry’s Tennessee Titans (5-2) face the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) at the same time on the same network.

The Los Angeles Rams (6-1) take on the Houston Texans (1-6) at 1 p.m. on Fox. The New Orleans Saints (4-2) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) at 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

Weekend schedule (EDT)



Ligue 1: Lille at PSG at 3:30 p.m. on beIN Sports


Panthers at the Red Wings at 7 p.m. on ESPN +

College football

Marine in Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2


World Series Game 3: Astros at Braves at 8:09 p.m. on Fox



Premier League: Arsenal at Leicester City at 7:30 am on NBCSN

La Liga: Real Madrid in Elche at 8 a.m. on ESPN +

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich at FC Union Berlin at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN +

Bundesliga: FC Cologne at Borussia Dortmund at 9:30 am on ESPN +

Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion in Liverpool at 10 a.m. in the USA

Premier League: Crystal Palace at Manchester City at 10 a.m. on NBCSN

Premier League: Chelsea at Newcastle United at 10 a.m. on Peacock Premium

Serie A: Juventus at Hellas Verona at noon on beIN Sports

Premier League: Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m. on NBC

MLS: NYCFC in Miami at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN +

La Liga: Alaves in Barcelona at 3 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: San Jose to Salt Lake City at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Montreal vs. New York Red Bulls at 4 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Toronto to Atlanta at 6 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Columbus at DC United at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Austin in Dallas at 8 p.m. on ESPN +

College football

Iowa, Wisconsin at noon on ESPN

Cincinnati to Tulane at noon on ESPN2

Michigan to Michigan State at noon on Fox

Miami to Pittsburgh at noon on ACC Network

Texas at Baylor at noon on ABC

Iowa State in West Virginia at 2 p.m. on ESPN +

Washington State to Arizona State at 3 p.m. on FS1

Georgia vs. Florida at 3:30 p.m. on CBS

Texas Tech in Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Colorado to Oregon at 3:30 p.m. on Fox

Florida State at Clemson at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Purdue in Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Duke at Wake Forest at 4 p.m. on ACC Network

Wyoming to San Jose State at 4 p.m. on FS2

Ole Miss in Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Kansas to Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on fS1

SMU in Houston at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Kentucky at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on SEC Network

Arizona at USC at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU

Penn State at Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. on ABC

North Carolina at Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on NBC

UCLA in Utah at 10 p.m. on ESPN

Virginia at BYU at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN2

Fresno State at San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. on CBSSN

Washington at Stanford at 10:30 p.m. on FS1


Playoffs Truck Series: United Rentals 200 at 1 p.m. on FS1

Xfinity Series Playoffs: Dead On Tools 250 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN


Islanders vs. Predators at 1:30 p.m. on NHL Network

Jets at Sharks at 7 p.m. on NHL Network

UFC 267 on ESPN +

Magomed Ankalaev against Volkan in Oezdemir at 2 p.m.

Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev after the first fight

Alexander Volkova vs. Marcin Tybura after the second fight

Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker after the third fight

Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen after fourth fight

Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira after fifth fight


World Series Game 4: Astros at Braves at 8:09 p.m. on Fox



La Liga: Real Betis at Atletico Madrid at 11:15 am on ESPN +

MLS: Kansas City, Minnesota at 1 p.m. on ESPN

Serie A: Napoli at Salernitana at 1 p.m. on beIN Sports

MLS: Colorado to Houston at 3 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Nashville to Orlando at 4 p.m. on ESPN +

MLS: Cincinnati to Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN +


Bengals at Jets at 1 p.m. on CBS

Titans at Colts at 1 p.m. on CBS

Rams to the Texans at 1 p.m. on Fox

Steelers at Browns at 1 p.m. on CBS

Eagles at Lions at 1 p.m. on Fox

49ers at Bears at 1 p.m. on Fox

Panthers at Falcons at 1 p.m. on Fox

Dolphins at Bills at 1 p.m. on CBS

Patriots at Chargers at 4:05 p.m. on CBS

Jaguars at the Seahawks at 4:05 p.m. on CBS

Washington at the Broncos at 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Buccaneers at Saints at 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Cowboys at Vikings at 8:20 p.m. on NBC


Playoffs Cup Series: Xfinity 500 at 2 p.m. on NBC


World Series Game 5: Astros at Braves at 8:15 p.m. on Fox


Rangers at the Kraken at 9 p.m. on NHL Network

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