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What Islanders’ mindset is heading into another must-win

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The Islanders didn’t just stave off elimination Tuesday night. They did so in dramatic fashion.

Now, they will try to ride those emotions to being the latest team to come from behind against the Lightning in an Eastern Conference final.

“I think you just gotta try to maintain that momentum that we earned from [Tuesday] night and carry that into the next game,” captain Anders Lee said Wednesday, a day after the Islanders’ 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 5. “When you have a win like that, it definitely is easier to carry over.”

The Lightning still own the 3-2 advantage in the series, but recent history is not on their side. They held the same lead in the same round in both 2016 and 2018 before letting both series and trips to the Stanley Cup final slip away.

It was Barry Trotz’s Capitals who came back to beat the Lightning in the 2018 conference final, but the Islanders coach indicated the greater pressure still lies with his team.

“We have one life left. They have two,” Trotz said. “So I don’t know, you tell me which [team] has more pressure.”

Anders Lee battles Zach Bogosian for the puck during the Islanders' Game 5 win.
Anders Lee battles Zach Bogosian for the puck during the Islanders’ Game 5 win.NHLI via Getty Images

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said an argument could be made for either side facing more pressure, but insisted he is “at peace” with his team and where it currently stands — though he’d certainly have to feel more comfortable if Brayden Point is able to return after missing Game 5 with an injury.

Still, Cooper said he believes the Lightning played well enough to win Tuesday night and insisted he wouldn’t ride the highs and lows like he might have in the past in the same situation.

“[The Islanders] are probably sitting there saying, ‘Hey, we just won in overtime, we’ve got them thinking, and the ball’s in our court, and let’s just keep pushing,’ ” Cooper said. “And then you’re in our locker room saying, ‘Hey, we’re still up 3-2, and they were a lucky bounce away from the game still being going or us scoring.’ The players are going to decide it [Thursday] night one way or the other.”

In the first three rounds of the postseason, it was the Islanders who had missed out on their first shot at closing out a series, including the last round in which they blew a 3-1 lead over the Flyers and had to win it in seven games. Now, they’re on the other side, hoping their strong showing in Game 5 was more than just a one-game save.

“You still have to attack the game the same way that you would any other night,” Lee said. “We’re on our heels, or I guess our backs are against the wall a little bit, and we gotta come out flying.”

Jordan Eberle won Game 5 on a two-on-one in double overtime, but before that, the Islanders had turned in a stout defensive performance. They blocked 32 shots and remained committed to winning it the hard and gritty way — the same kind of effort it will take twice more for the Islanders to have a chance at completing the comeback.

“At this time of year, what you find out as you go along in the playoffs [is] the game is about all those commitment elements and less about the artistic part of the game,” Trotz said. “That sort of gets thrown out a little bit. Just because so many battles happen, there’s no space, there’s no time. It becomes a little bit less creative sometimes just because there’s no space. … You gotta manage the puck, you gotta will yourself, you gotta jump and execute on a moment, a missed play, whatever. That’s how you win in the playoffs.”

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What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Bristol night race

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The TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule before NBC and NBCSN take over for the second half. The schedule shake-up associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the “what channel is today’s NASCAR race on” question even more understandable.

The NASCAR playoff schedule, though, remains unchanged. So the TV channel for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is still NBCSN. This is the third of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs in the Cup Series and the first cut-off race.

MORE: Watch tonight’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Bristol marks NBC/NBCSN’s 13th broadcast of the season after Fox/FS1’s slate ended with the July 15 All-Star Race. It is the 25th race in NASCAR’s return on an altered, short-term schedule, and the 29th Cup Series races overall as NASCAR keeps its 36-race slate intact for 2020.

The start time for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Bristol marks the fourth of five consecutive night races for the Cup Series. Below is how to watch Saturday night’s race, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Race: Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 19
  • TV channel: NBCSN
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: PRN

NASCAR is back on schedule even after its two-month hiatus amid COVID-19 in the spring, so Saturday night’s race at Bristol will still be shown on NBCSN as originally scheduled.

Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races NBC was scheduled to broadcast in 2020, 12 were slated to be shown on NBCSN with the other eight on NBC’s flagship cable network. Five of the last six races of the season will be shown on NBC.

As for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol on NBCSN, the network has a channel finder feature for viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call Saturday night’s race at Bristol with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 19
  • Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET

The green flag for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol will wave shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time will make mid-race adjustments key for race teams, even at a short track like Bristol. The track will be hot and slick at the beginning of the race and get cooler and faster as the night progresses.

Bristol Motor Speedway obviously has lights, so a weather delay could push the race into the late hours of Saturday and early hours of Sunday. The race is scheduled for 500 laps (266.5 miles) and needs to reach the halfway point to be considered official in the event of weather issues.

NASCAR live stream for Bristol race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Bristol live via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. All five currently offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCAR remains committed to running 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.

Despite so many changes to the regular-season schedule, NASCAR is keeping its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks. Below is that playoff schedule.

Date Track TV channel Start time
Sun., Sept. 6 Darlington NBCSN 6 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 12 Richmond NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 19 Bristol NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sun, Sept. 27 Las Vegas NBCSN 7 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 4 Talladega NBC 2 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 11 Charlotte (ROVAL) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 18 Kansas NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 25 Texas NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 1 Martinsville NBC 2 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 8 Phoenix Raceway NBC 3 p.m. ET

As for the regular season, a previously unscheduled Darlington race ran on May 17 instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. Another Darlington race ran on May 20 instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.

The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox’s closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.

Previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan became part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.

Because New York required people to quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races but was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The Aug. 16 race was the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona.

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US Open leaderboard 2020: Live golf scores, results from Saturday’s Round 3

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And then there were two.

The U.S. Open, golf’s penultimate major on the reshuffled PGA Tour schedule, is under way in September and without fans, two traits that will make for a surreal weekend sandwiched between the Tour Championship, which dubbed Dustin Johnson the FedEx Cup champion, and the Masters, the crown jewel of all majors scheduled for November.

Johnson, who won the U.S. Open in 2016, is the clear favorite to win at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club. The world’s No. 1-ranked golfer finished the season on a tear, winning two of the three FedEx Cup playoff tournaments and tying for second at the PGA Championship in August.

MORE: Watch the U.S. Open live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Also in the field are Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, considered the two biggest threats to cool off Johnson, as well as Gary Woodland, the 2019 champion, and Tiger Woods, who enters the weekend as a longshot. One notable absence is Brooks Koepka. The two-time champion withdrew from the tournament due to coronavirus concerns.

The U.S. Open, originally scheduled for June 18-21, was one of more than a dozen PGA tournaments postponed from the spring and summer because of the COVID-19 outbreak, a list that also includes the PGA Championship and the Masters. Golf’s fourth major, the British Open, was canceled entirely.

Follow live scores from each round of the 2020 U.S. Open with our leaderboard, along with updated tee times and TV coverage.

U.S. Open leaderboard 2020

Click here or refresh the page if you don’t see scores and results above.

How to watch the U.S. Open

  • Dates: Sept. 17-20
  • TV channels: NBC, Golf Channel
  • Live stream: GolfChannel.com, NBCSports.com, USOpen.com, Peacock, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NBC and Golf Channel have live coverage of the U.S. Open in 2020. The tournament starts on Golf Channel each morning before shifting to NBC for afternoon and evening coverage. You can stream the U.S. Open on both networks’ subscription services, on PGA Tour Live or via fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

Here is the full breakdown for the U.S. Open TV schedule (all times Eastern):

Date Time (ET) TV channel
Thursday, Sept. 17 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Golf Channel, fuboTV
  2 p.m.-5 p.m. NBC, fuboTV
Friday, Sept. 18 7:30 a.m-4 p.m. Golf Channel, fuboTV
  4 p.m.-7 p.m. NBC, fuboTV
Saturday, Sept. 19 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Golf Channel, fuboTV
  11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. NBC, fuboTV
Sunday, Sept. 20 10 a.m.-noon Golf Channel, fuboTV
  Noon-6 p.m. NBC, fuboTV

U.S. Open tee times

Here are the complete U.S. Open tee times for Saturday’s Round 3:

Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 19

Hole No. 1

Tee time (ET) Pairing
8:55 a.m. Troy Merritt, Robert MacIntyre
9:06 a.m. Ryo Ishikawa, Patrick Cantlay
9:17 a.m. Jason Day, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
9:28 a.m. Brian Harman, Alex Noren
9:39 a.m. Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey
9:50 a.m. Abraham Ancer, Shane Lowry
10:01 a.m. Lucas Herbert, Chesson Hadley
10:12 a.m. Sebastian Munoz, Charles Howell III
10:23 a.m. Adam Hadwin, Adam Scott
10:34 a.m. Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin
10:45 a.m. Danny Lee, Romain Langasque
10:56 a.m. Shugo Imahira, Sungjae Im
11:07 a.m. Bernd Wiesberger, Michael Thompson
11:18 a.m. Adam Long, John Pak
11:29 a.m. Rory Sabbatini, Taylor Pendrith
11:40 a.m. Erik van Rooyen, Tyler Duncan
11:51 a.m. Will Zalatoris, Zach Johnson
12:02 p.m. Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy
12:13 p.m. Thomas Detry, Dustin Johnson
12:24 p.m. Daniel Berger, Lee Westwood
12:35 p.m. Renato Paratore, Lucas Glover
12:46 p.m. Webb Simpson, Viktor Hovland
12:57 p.m. Billy Horschel, Tony Finau
1:08 p.m. Stephan Jaeger, Jon Rahm
1:19 p.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Joaquin Niemann
1:30 p.m. Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama
1:41 p.m. Brendon Todd, Matthew Wolff
1:52 p.m. Xander Schauffele, Thomas Pieters
2:03 p.m. Jason Kokrak, Justin Thomas
2:14 p.m. Harris English, Rafa Cabrera Bello
2:25 p.m. Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed

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How Jimmy Butler Celebrated His Birthday With His Miami Heat Teammates in the NBA Bubble

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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler turned 31 a few days ago, but he’s really not a birthday person! Butler celebrated his birth anniversary on September 14 inside the NBA bubble, along with his teammates. Though Jimmy isn’t a big fan of birthdays, he made sure his hardworking Heat team got treated to something different from the ordinary. 

We’ve all seen and enjoyed Jimmy B and his coffee-making business inside the bubble. The former Bulls star is certainly making a profit with his coffees, which he sells for $20 in the bubble. The beverages are available to anyone who wants to have a sip of Butler’s coffee. 

We aren’t sure if Butler offers a special discount to his teammates, but we do know that he made them feel special on his birthday. As per ESPN’s Mark Jones, Jimmy Butler treated his teammates to a gourmet dinner on his birthday. 

But, the Miami Heat did not enjoy a team gourmet dinner on Jimmy’s birthday. In fact, he prepared them through his chef and then asked his teammates to take it to their rooms and feast on it. Classic Jimmy! But, he did fuel them right when he offered the delicious food. “I love y’all. Let’s get this ring,” Butler said. 

Sep 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) celebrates with forward Kelly Olynyk (9) and guard Goran Dragic (7) after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in game two of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, Jimmy Buckets received a special birthday wish from the Heat rookies, who sang for him. Butler wanted the rookies to look him in the eye while they were signing him the birthday song. Here’s the video of it for a better experience: 

Jimmy Butler and the Heat are unstoppable in the 2020 NBA Playoffs

Not many would have predicted the Miami Heat to make it to the conference finals at the start of the season. But here they are, sweeping the Indiana Pacers and knocking out Giannis and the Bucks in five games. The Heat are now 10-1 in the playoffs, establishing themselves as the favorites to reach the NBA finals. 

Jimmy Butler has been the heart of the Miami team that’s defying all odds to reach the mountain top. Butler is currently averaging 20.9 points in the bubble playoffs, second only to Goran Dragic, who’s leading the team in PPG average. 

Moreover, Butler is pushing the Heat to perform better with his undying attitude to succeed. They never seem to accept defeat at any point during a game. The Heat are playing like a championship team at the moment, and they’re absolutely capable of winning it all this season! Jimmy Buckets finally an NBA champion? Let’s wait and watch! 

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