August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

TOWSON AT KENT STATE ON THURSDAY, RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA ON SATURDAY HIGHLIGHT OPENING-WEEK COVERAGE
2012 SCHEDULE FEATURES WEEKLY ACC AND CAA MATCH-UPS
Bethesda, Md. (Aug. 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced its 44-game schedule of 2012 NCAA football games, which features weekly match-ups from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as well as games from other top conferences. The networks live coverage kicks off with Towson at Kent State on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CSN Plus) and continues on Saturday, Sept. 1, with Richmond at Virginia at 3 p.m.As the regions official network of the ACC and CAA, Comcast SportsNet will televise weekly match-ups from both conferences this season. The networks 28-game ACC and CAA combined schedule will feature many of the regions top football programs, as well as teams from throughout their conferences. In addition, the network will present 14 games from Conference USA and two Southeastern Conference contests.Comcast SportsNets schedule of live ACC football features 14 games this season. In addition to this weekends Richmond at Virginia season opener, the schedule includes North Carolina at Wake Forest on Sept. 8 (3 p.m.) and Furman at Clemson on Sept. 15 (3 p.m.) The remainder of the ACC schedule, which includes a doubleheader on Sept. 29, will be announced during the season. The networks ACC programming also includes the weekly programs ACC All Access, Inside Maryland Football, Cavalier Sports Weekly and Virginia Tech Sports Today, as well as weekly playbacks of Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech games.This season, Comcast SportsNet is providing expanded coverage of the CAA with 14 live games. The networks schedule includes multiple appearances by regional CAA programs James Madison (3 games), Old Dominion (2 games), Richmond (3 games), Towson (3 games) and William & Mary (4 games). Highlighting the schedule are three games between regional programs: William & Mary at James Madison on Oct. 13 (3:30 p.m.), James Madison at Richmond on Oct. 20 (3:30 p.m.) and William & Mary at Old Dominion on Nov. 10 (12 p.m.) New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Villanova, Rhode Island and Georgia State are also scheduled for appearances on the network.Please see the attached schedule for a complete listing of Comcast SportsNets 2012 NCAA football coverage. CSN 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

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Dodgers set rotation for playoff series against Nationals

Dodgers set rotation for playoff series against Nationals

The Nationals have plenty of questions facing their starting rotation as they enter the 2016 postseason, but they now know exactly what the Dodgers will be rolling out for their NL Division Series.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts announced the Dodgers' rotation on Tuesday with Clayton Kershaw set for Game 1, Rich Hill for Game 2 and Kenta Maeda for Game 3. Julio Urias is a possibility for Game 4, though Kershaw could always go on short rest.

That's three lefties, with Maeda the only exception. That's also two rookies in Maeda and Urias.

Kershaw getting Game 1 is no surprise, of course. The three-time Cy Young winner and former MVP is the best pitcher in baseball. He's 12-3 with a 1.65 ERA in 20 starts this season and has 168 strikeouts to just 10 walks.

Hill has also been very good with a 2.05 ERA in 19 starts this season. The Dodgers acquired him in a trade with the Athletics on Aug. 1. Hill actually spent part of the 2015 season as part of the Nationals' minor league system.

Maeda has been one of the best rookies this season with a 16-9 record and 3.20 ERA. Urias is not far behind him with a 3.53 ERA through 17 appearances.

The Nationals are likely to pitch Max Scherzer in Game 1 and Tanner Roark in Game 2. Who pitches Game 3 is less clear, though it will be a choice between Joe Ross and Gio Gonzalez. The other could pitch Game 4, unless the Nats decide to start Scherzer again on short rest.

Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the series at all, the Nationals revealed on Tuesday. He remains out with a right flexor mass strain.

[Via the Los Angeles Times]

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Nats pitcher A.J. Cole suspended by MLB, is appealing

Nats pitcher A.J. Cole suspended by MLB, is appealing

Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been suspended five games and issued an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for his role in the benches-clearing altercation between the Nats and Pirates on Sunday in Pittsburgh. The rookie has already decided to appeal the ban.

Cole is in line to pitch for the Nationals on Friday against the Marlins. That start is in jeopardy if the suspension is upheld, or he decides to drop it.

Cole, 24, threw behind Pirates first baseman Jung Ho Kang in the third inning of the Nationals' win over the Pirates. It was after Kang faked a tag at third base on a triple by Bryce Harper, a move that led to Harper jamming his left thumb on the play.

Harper has since missed two games with the injury, but X-rays showed no broken bones. He is expected to return to the Nats soon, possibly on Wednesday.

Cole is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA this season. He has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings pitched. Friday would be his final chance to prove himself before the Nats decide their playoff roster, but he may not get it.

[RELATED: X-ray on Bryce Harper's left thumb brings good news]

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