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MLB playoffs, football, boxing fill weekend sports schedule

Tyson Fury poses for photos at the official arrivals for the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III heavyweight boxing match Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nev. Photo by James Atoa/UPI
Tyson Fury poses for photos at the official arrivals for the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III heavyweight boxing match Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nev. Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The 2021 MLB playoffs lead the weekend sports schedule. Hundreds of football games, MLS contests, a PGA Tour golf tournament, a boxing title bout and the NASCAR playoffs also fill the Friday through Sunday slate.

American League and National League Wild Card Games launched the 2021 MLB postseason earlier this week. The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers advanced out of those games to narrow the baseball playoff field to eight teams.

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Two American League Division Series and National League Division Series continue through the weekend and could carry into late next week. The ALCS and NLCS start next weekend and the World Series starts Oct. 26.

ALDS, NLDS baseball

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The Houston Astros (1-0) look to jump ahead 2-0 in their series against the Chicago White Sox (0-1). Game 2 of that ALDS starts at 2:07 p.m. EDT Friday in Houston and airs on MLB Network.

White Sox right-handed starter Lucas Giolito will face Astros left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez.

The Milwaukee Brewers host the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS at 4:37 p.m. EDT Friday on TBS. Braves starter Charlie Morton faces fellow right-handed pitcher Corbin Burns in that matchup.

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The Red Sox turn to left-handed pitcher Chris Sale for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:02 p.m. EDT Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Right-handed pitcher Shane Baz will start for the Rays in that game, which airs on FS1.

The San Francisco Giants host the rival Dodgers in another Game 1 of the NLDS at 9:37 p.m. EDT Friday in San Francisco. Dodgers starter Walker Buehler is expected to face fellow right-handed pitcher Logan Webb at Oracle Park. That game airs on TBS.

The NLDS continues with two Game 2 matchups Saturday in Milwaukee and San Francisco, respectively. The two ALDS Game 3s are Sunday in Boston and Chicago.

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Football matchups

More than 100 total NFL and college football games air from Friday through Sunday.

Cincinnati, the No. 6 team in the Coaches Poll, hosts Temple in the first game of the weekend at 7 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN. No. 25 Arizona State hosts Stanford at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 18 Florida and No. 23 Texas are among the teams with noon games Saturday.

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Oklahoma battles Texas in the Red River Showdown on ABC. Arkansas faces Ole Miss on ESPN.

No. 1 Alabama faces Texas A&M at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. No. 2 Georgia battles No. 19 Auburn at 3:30 p.m. CBS. No. 3 Iowa faces No. 4 Penn State in a major Big Ten game at 4 p.m. on Fox.

Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season features 14 games Sunday, including a morning matchup between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons in London. The Jets and Falcons kick off at 9:30 a.m. EDT on NFL Network.

Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. on CBS. The 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals host the 3-1 Green Bay Packers at 1 p.m. on Fox.

Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers host Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in another matchup between 3-1 teams at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Arizona Cardinals, the only undefeated team in the NFL, look to improve to 5-0 with a win over the San Francisco 49ers (2-2). The Cardinals and 49ers kick off at 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs host Josh Allen's Buffalo Bills in Week 5's Sunday Night Football matchup. That game airs at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

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Boxing

A major boxing bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder airs Saturday night on ESPN+. Fury's WBC heavyweight title is up for grabs in the 12-round heavyweight fight. The bout is expected to start at 11 p.m. EDT Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nev.

Fury (30-0-1) is a heavy favorite to retain the title belt against Wilder (42-1-1). The 6-foot-9, 273-pound British boxer beat his 6-foot-7, 226-pound American foe with a seventh-round technical knockout (TKO) in February 2020 in Las Vegas.

Wilder entered that fight with 42 wins, one draw and no losses. The draw came against Fury in 2018 in Los Angeles.

Saturday's main card, expected to start at 9 p.m., features three other fights. Jared Anderson faces Vladimir Tereshkin an an eight-round heavyweight bout. Robert Helenius fights Adam Kownacki in a 12-round heavyweight bout.

Efe Helenius battles Frank Sanchez in a 10-round heavyweight both in the third fight on the main card.

Friday

MLB

ALDS Game 2: White Sox (0-1) at Astros (1-0) at 2:07 p.m. EDT on MLB Network

NLDS Game 1: Braves at Brewers at 4:37 p.m. EDT on TBS

ALDS Game 2: Red Sox (0-1) at Rays (1-0) at 7:02 p.m. EDT on FS1

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NLDS Game 1: Dodgers at Giants at 9:37 p.m. EDT on TBS

Soccer

World Cup qualifier: Czech Republic vs. Wales at 2:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

World Cup qualifier: Cyprus vs. Croatia at 2:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

World Cup qualifier: Germany vs. Romania at 2:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

World Cup qualifier: Egypt vs. Libya at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

Golf

PGA Tour Shriners Children's Open: Second round from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel

College football

Temple at Cincinnati at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Stanford at Arizona State at 10:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Saturday

College football

Maryland at Ohio State at noon EDT on Fox

Michigan State at Rutgers at noon EDT on Big Ten Network

Vanderbilt at Florida at noon EDT on SEC Network

Oklahoma vs. Texas at noon EDT on ABC

Arkansas at Ole Miss at noon EDT on ESPN

West Virginia at Baylor at noon EDT on FS1

South Carolina at Tennessee at noon EDT on ESPN2

Georgia at Auburn at 3:30 p.m. EDT on CBS

SMU at Navy at 3:30 p.m. EDT on CBSSN

Florida State at North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Wake Forest at Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

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Boise State at BYU at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC

San Jose State at Colorado State at 3:30 p.m. EDT on FS1

Penn State at Iowa at 4 p.m. EDT on Fox

TCU at Texas Tech at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN

LSU at Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. EDT on SEC Network

Notre Dame at Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ACC Network

Michigan at Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ABC

Alabama at Texas A&M at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS

Utah at USC at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox

Memphis at Tulsa at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

New Mexico at San Diego State at 9 p.m. EDT on FS1

UCLA at Arizona at 10:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Soccer

World Cup qualifier: Andorra vs. England at 2:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

Friendly: Portugal vs. Qatar at 3:15 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Inter Miami at New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Philadelphia at Cincinnati at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Vancouver at Seattle at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

NASCAR

Xfinity Series Playoffs: Drive For The Cure 250 at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC

Golf

PGA Tour Shriners Children's Open: Third round from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel

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MLB

NLDS Game 2: Braves at Brewers at 5:07 p.m. EDT on TBS

NLDS Game 2: Dodgers at Giants at 9:07 p.m. EDT on TBS

Boxing on ESPN+

Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin at 9 p.m. EDT

Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki after first fight

Efe Helenius vs. Frank Sanchez after second fight

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder after third fight

Sunday

Soccer

UEFA Nations League: Belgium vs. Italy at 9 a.m. EDT on ESPNU

UEFA Nations League: France vs. Spain at 2:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN

MLS: Colorado at Minnesota at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

World Cup qualifier: Brazil vs. Colombia at 5 p.m. EDT on FuboTV

World Cup qualifier: USA vs. Panama at 6 p.m. EDT on Paramount+

World Cup qualifier: Argentina vs. Uruguay at 7:30 p.m. EDT on FuboTV

NFL

Jets vs. Falcons at 9:30 a.m. EDT on NFL Network

Lions at Vikings at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Saints at Washington at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Patriots at Texas at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Dolphins at Buccaneers at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Packers at Bengals at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Broncos at Steelers at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

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Eagles at Panthers at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Titans at Jaguars at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Browns at Chargers at 4:05 p.m. EDT on CBS

Bears at Raiders at 4:05 p.m. EDT on CBS

49ers at Cardinals at 4:25 p.m. EDT on Fox

Giants at Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. EDT on Fox

Bills at Chiefs at 8:20 p.m. EDT on NBC

NASCAR

Cup Series Playoffs: Bank of America ROVAL 400 at 2 p.m. EDT on NBC

MLB

ALDS Game 3: Rays at Red Sox at 4:07 p.m. EDT on MLB Network

ALDS Game 3: Astros at White Sox at 8:07 p.m. EDT on FS1

Golf

PGA Tour Shriners Children's Open: Final round from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel

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