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What to Watch: U.S. Open approaches finals, NWSL and WNBA look forward to playoffs

The U.S. Open continues on to the semifinals on Thursday with the finals lined up over the weekend. Wearing confidence on her sleeve, seven-time major champion Venus Williams will compete against 24-year-old Sloan Stephens for a spot in the finals. The draw, currently dominated by Americans, has high chances of having CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison keys competing for the finals on the other side. The last time four American women contested a Grand Slam semifinal was at Wimbledon in 1985. The team was comprised of Martina Navratilova, who later went on to win the tournament. The runner-up was Chris Evert and in third and fourth place were Kathy Rinaldi and Zina Garrison. You can catch the showdown on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.

[More from Excelle Sports: Sloane Stephens ousts Anastasija Sevastova to advance to her first US Open semifinal]

With the NWSL playoffs coming up, two spots have been taken and two spots remain with five teams still in contention: Chicago Red Stars, Orlando Pride, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, and FC Kansas City. The two spot holders are the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC. The Chicago Red Stars moved up in ranking after defeating table-leader North Carolina. The Stars will compete against FC Kansas City on Saturday. The Orlando Pride will play Seattle Reign FC on Thursday night. Sky Blue FC lost to FC Kansas City earlier this week after which its standing in the table dropped from the fifth spot to sixth, leaving it six points out of fourth place.

[More from Excelle Sports: 12 WNBA takeaways: The Excelle Sports playoff preview]

The WNBA playoffs begin tonight with the first set of games featuring single elimination contests. The No. 5 Phoenix Mercury will play the eight-seeded Seattle Storm, while the No. 6 seed Washington Mystics play against the seventh-seeded Dallas Wings. The playoffs will continue on Sunday and Tuesday with the winners of Wednesday’s games in the second round and semifinals. The four other teams in the playoffs are the New York Liberty, Connecticut Sun, Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx. Playing its best ball of the season, the Los Angeles Sparks have star defender Alana Beard showing her prowess to slow down Lynx star Maya Moore.

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

** You can stream most events below on ESPN.com in both live and replay formats

Basketball

Date Time Event Network
Sunday, September 10th 3:00 PM WNBA Playoffs ESPN 2
5:00 PM WNBA Playoffs ESPN 2
Tuesday, September 12th 8:00 PM WNBA Playoffs ESPN 2
10:00 PM WNBA Playoffs ESPN 2

*You can purchase the WNBA league pass for $16.99, or a team pass for $9.99. The league pass gives you access to stream all WNBA regular season and playoffs games online, multiple game viewing features, box score and play-by-play overlays, and even DVR functionality.

Golf

Date Time Event Network
Thursday, September 7th 3:00 PM LPGA Tour Golf: Women in Tech Championship Golf
Saturday, September 9th 12:30 PM LPGA Tour Golf: Women in Tech Championship Golf

Soccer

Date Time Event Network
Friday, September 8th 3:00 PM Holy Cross vs. Iona (W Soccer) ESPN 3
5:00 PM Western Illinois vs. Kentucky (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
6:00 PM Loyola (MD) vs. St. John’s (W Soccer) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Toledo vs. Cleveland State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Ball State vs. IUPUI (W Soccer) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Valparaiso vs. Wright State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Florida State vs. Florida (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
7:00 PM College of Charleston vs. Miami (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
7:00 PM South Carolina vs. Clemson (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
7:00 PM Cedarville vs. Grand Valley State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Colorado vs. Texas (W Soccer) Longhorn Network
7:30 PM High Point vs. Auburn (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
7:30 PM Purdue vs. Louisville (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
8:00 PM Butler vs. Texas A&M (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
8:00 PM South Dakota State vs. Northern Iowa (W Soccer) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Indiana State vs. Loyola (IL) (W Soccer) ESPN 3
Saturday, September 9th 3:30 PM FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars ACC ESPN Network
7:30 PM Orlando Pride vs. Seattle Reign ACC ESPN Network
7:30 PM North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash ACC ESPN Network
Sunday, September 10th 11:00 AM Wagner vs. Iona (W Soccer) ESPN 3
12:00 PM Minnesota State vs. Grand Valley State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Boston University vs. Boston College (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
1:00 PM Niagara vs. Cleveland State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Southern Utah vs. Milwaukee (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Illinois State vs. IUPUI (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Toledo (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Davidson vs. NC State (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
1:00 PM Montana vs. Northern Iowa (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Stetson vs. Miami (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
1:00 PM South Dakota State vs. Drake (W Soccer) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Harvard vs. Syracuse (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
2:00 PM Creighton vs. Kansas State (W Soccer) ESPN 3
2:00 PM San Diego State vs. Missouri (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
2:00 PM Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
2:00 PM South Alabama vs. Mississippi State (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
2:00 PM Texas A&M vs. Kansas (W Soccer) ESPN 3
2:00 PM Penn State vs. Virginia (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
2:00 PM Morehead State vs. Evansville (W Soccer) ESPN 3
2:00 PM Northeastern vs. Texas (W Soccer) Longhorn Network
6:00 PM Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC ESPN 3
6:00 PM Sky Blue vs. Washington Spirit ESPN 3
6:00 PM Tennessee Tech vs. Alabama (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
6:00 PM South Florida vs. Florida (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
6:00 PM Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (W Soccer) ESPN U
7:00 PM Lehigh vs. St. John’s (W Soccer) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Lipscomb vs. Vanderbilt (W Soccer) SEC ESPN Network
Monday, September 11th 7:00 PM Utah vs. Duke ACC ESPN Network
Tuesday, September 12th 7:00 PM Troy vs. Florida State (W Soccer) ACC ESPN Network
Wednesday, September 13th 5:00 PM Queens (NC) vs. Wingate (W Soccer) ESPN 3

*You can also watch live NWSL games online at MyLifetime.com. International fans can watch the games live on NWSLsoccer.com. For more information on how to access the games via the go90 app mentioned above, read Excelle Sports’ NWSL announces multiyear partnership with go90 to stream games.

Tennis

Date Time Event Network
Thursday, September 7th 7:00 PM U.S. Open: Women’s Semifinals ESPN
Saturday, September 9th 4:00 PM U.S. Open: Women’s Finals ESPN
Sunday, September 10th 1:00 PM U.S. Open Tennis: Women’s Doubles final ESPN 2

Volleyball

Date Time Event Network
Thursday, September 7th 11:00 AM Denver vs. #1 Minnesota (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
12:00 PM Northwestern State vs. Ole Miss (W Volleyball) SEC Network
1:00 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. #5 Texas (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
6:00 PM Xavier vs. Georgia Tech (W Volleyball) ACC Network
6:00 PM #1 Minnesota vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
7:00 PM Oakland vs. Western Michigan (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Austin Peay vs. Ole Miss (W Volleyball) SEC Network
8:00 PM Omaha vs. Drake (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Denver vs. #5 Texas (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
Friday, September 8th 11:00 AM Tennessee State vs. Alabama (W Volleyball) SEC Network
12:00 PM UNC Greensboro vs. #2 Florida (W Volleyball) SEC Network
12:00 PM Illinois-Chicago vs. Bradley (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
1:00 PM Fort Wayne vs. Youngstown State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
1:00 PM North Florida vs. Georgia Tech (W Volleyball) ACC Network
1:00 PM Belmont vs. #7 Kansas (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
2:30 PM Texas Southern vs. Stephen F. Austin (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
4:00 PM St. Francis (PA) vs. Youngstown State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
4:00 PM Southeast Missouri State vs. Drake (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Bucknell vs. Canisius (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
6:00 PM Butler vs. Kent State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Tennessee vs. #20 Florida State (W Volleyball) ACC Network
6:30 PM LIU Brooklyn vs. North Carolina (W Volleyball) ACC Network
7:00 PM American vs. #2 Florida (W Volleyball) SEC Network
7:00 PM Mercer vs. Ole Miss (W Volleyball) SEC Network
7:00 PM South Alabama vs. Auburn (W Volleyball) SEC Network
7:30 PM Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Indiana vs. Evansville (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM San Jose State vs. Drake (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Dayton vs. Illinois State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Kansas State vs. Georgia Tech (W Volleyball) ACC Network
8:00 PM #17 Purdue vs. #7 Kansas (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:30 PM Hofstra vs. Alabama (W Volleyball) SEC Network
9:00 PM #1 Minnesota vs. #5 Texas (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
11:00 PM Denver vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
Saturday, September 9th 11:00 PM Denver vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (W Volleyball) Longhorn Network
1:00 PM Furman vs. Alabama (W Volleyball) SEC Network
1:30 PM Seton Hall vs. Illinois State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
4:30 PM #21 Michigan State vs. #2 Florida (W Volleyball) SEC Network
6:00 PM Eastern Washington vs. Canisius (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Illinois-Chicago vs. Bradley (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Clemson vs. Auburn (W Volleyball) SEC Network
7:00 PM Southern Illinois vs. Western Michigan (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
Sunday, September 10th 12:00 PM College of Charleston vs. Kent State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
1:00 PM LSU vs. North Carolina (W Volleyball) ACC Network
2:00 PM LIU Brooklyn vs. NC State (W Volleyball) ACC Network
5:00 PM Chicago State vs. UIC (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
Tuesday, September 12th 6:00 PM UNC-Asheville vs. Western Carolina (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Florida State vs. Florida (W Volleyball) SEC Network
6:00 PM VCU vs. Liberty (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Fort Wayne vs. Eastern Michigan (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:00 PM Georgia Southern vs. North Florida (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
6:30 PM Georgia vs. Kennesaw State (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Marquette vs. Milwaukee (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Newberry vs. Wingate (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:30 PM Texas State vs. Stephen F. Austin (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Lipscomb (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Illinois State vs. Northern Illinois (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM DePaul vs. Loyola (IL) (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
8:00 PM Southeast Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
Wednesday, September 13th 7:00 PM South Dakota State vs. UIC (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
7:00 PM Texas Tech vs. Georgia (W Volleyball) SEC Network
8:00 PM Texas vs. Texas A&M (W Volleyball) SEC Network
8:00 PM Eastern Illinois vs. Valparaiso (W Volleyball) ESPN 3
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