Vermont tourism officials are expecting a busy foliage season this year and encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek deals being offered through the fall. Dozens of inns, hotels, historic sites and museums are offering a variety of midweek specials during the fall foliage season as part of the statewide Midweek Peek promotion organized by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Deals range from discounted lodging to reduced admission prices to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek(link is external). Foliage season is an incredibly popular time to come to Vermont, but visitors can still find a diverse range of options for lodging, dining and activities, especially midweek, says Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Fall in Vermont is spectacular any day of the week, and we hope people will take advantage of the special Midweek Peek deals around the state.During fall foliage, Vermont s magnificent countryside shimmers in red, orange, green and gold, drawing millions of visitors here from all corners of the globe. Vermont forestry experts agree with the prediction that a beautiful foliage season is on the way. The trees throughout Vermont received an abundance of moisture this summer, which is one of the key ingredients to a bright foliage season, says Ginger Anderson, Chief of Forest Management for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Vermont is currently experiencing a drying trend and will begin to transition into typical fall weather with warm days and cool nights. As that happens, we expect Vermont’s foliage to display magnificent autumn color.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing offers a number of resources on its website at www.VermontVacation.com(link is external) for foliage season visitors. The site includes tips on planning ahead, a Lodging Availability Forecaster, and the Foliage Forecaster, which shows the progression of the colors across Vermont during a typical foliage season. Also included are seasonal stories and 20 different suggested driving tours. Visitors can also access the Vermont Travel Planner, an extensive database of lodging, dining, events, attractions and recreational opportunities. Weekly foliage reports will begin on Sept. 15 and will be available on www.VermontVacation.com(link is external) and also the state s toll-free visitor information line 1-800 VERMONT. Reports will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.Visitors make 14.3 million trips to Vermont each year and visitor spending adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the state s economy, according to VDTM research. The research shows that 23 percent of those visits, or 3.7 million, are during the fall season. Vermont is also the nation s leading producer of maple syrup and attributes much of its fall foliage beauty to the high concentration of sugar maples, the official state tree.Source: Vermont Department of Tourism
MORE: Watch Saints vs. Titans live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)New Orleans (11-3) looks to try and shore up a top seed in the NFC. Despite already clinching the NFC South, the Saints aren’t satisfied just yet. New Orleans currently holds the 3-seed due to the Packers holding the tiebreaker. But Green Bay faces a tough divisional matchup with Minnesota on “Monday Night Football” this week, so a win on Sunday for New Orleans could possibly vault them into a top seed in the conference.Tennessee’s caught fire in recent weeks with a 6-2 record since benching quarterback Marcus Mariota in October in favor of Ryan Tannehill. However, the Titans face a tough task in these next two weeks with the Saints coming to town on Sunday and then a date with the Texans in Houston in Week 17. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Saints vs. Titans game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 16 NFL schedule.MORE: Breaking down Saints seeding scenarios for the NFC bracketWhat channel is Saints vs. Titans on today?TV channel (national): FoxTV channel (New Orleans): WVUETV channel (Nashville): WZTVLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Saints vs. Titans game will be shown on Fox to a majority of viewers across the country. For local viewers in New Orleans and Nashville, you can find the game broadcast on your Fox affiliate station. Kenny Albert will call the Ravens vs. Browns play-by-play action, and Ronde Barber will provide analysis.You can also live stream Saints vs. Titans by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 16Saints vs. Titans: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 22Time: 1 p.m. ETThe Saints vs. Titans game starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 22. New Orleans heads into Sunday’s game having won four of its last five games while Tennessee’s won six of its last eight.NFL schedule Week 16You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold.Saturday, Dec. 21GameTimeTVTexans at Buccaneers1 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVBills at Patriots4:30 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVRams at 49ers8:15 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVSunday, Dec. 22GameTimeChannelJaguars vs. Falcons1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRavens vs. Browns1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVSaints vs. Titans1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVPanthers vs. Colts1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBengals vs. Dolphins1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVSteelers vs. Jets1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVGiants vs. Redskins1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVLions vs. Broncos4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRaiders vs. Chargers4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVCowboys vs. Eagles4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVCardinals vs. Seahawks4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVChiefs vs. Bears8:25 p.m.NBC, fuboTVMonday, Dec. 23GameTimeTVPackers vs. Vikings8:15 p.m.ESPNSaints schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 9 (Monday)vs. Texans7:10 p.m. ETESPNWeek 2Sept. 15at Rams4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22at Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 29vs. Cowboys8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 13at Jaguars1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20at Bears4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Cardinals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 9BYE—Week 10Nov. 10vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11Nov. 17at Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Panthers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Nov. 28 (Thursday)at Falcons8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 14Dec. 8vs. 49ers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 16 (Monday)vs. Colts8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 16Dec. 22at Titans1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 17Dec. 29at Panthers1 p.m. ETFoxTitans schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Browns1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 3Sept. 19 (TNF)at Jaguars8:20 p.m. ETNFL NetworkWeek 4Sept. 29at Falcons1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Bills1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 6Oct. 13at Broncos4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Chargers4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Buccaneers 1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3at Panthers1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24vs. Jaguars4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Dec. 1at Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 8at Raiders4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Texans1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 16Dec. 22vs. Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 17Dec. 29at Texans1 p.m. ETCBS Tennessee looks to keep its playoff hopes alive as it host New Orleans on Sunday in Week 16.The Titans (8-6) are the lone team behind the Steelers for the final wild-car spot in the AFC. Pittsburgh currently holds the tiebreaker over Tennessee based on a better winning percentage in conference games, so the Titans need every win they can get.
Riding high on a rousing campaign in the Asia Cup, the Bangladesh cricket team has reached the city of Dharamsala to play the World T20 tournament.They will play against the Netherlands in their opening match of the first round on Wednesday, which is essentially a qualifying round for the Super 10 stage.They reached the city late on Monday and have just a day in hand to hone their skills.After losing the rain-hit Asia Cup final against India by eight wickets on Sunday, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza had insisted the defeat would not dent the team.In the first round, Mashrafe and his men have been pitted in Group A which also includes Ireland and Oman.If they get through to the Super 10s, Bangladesh are set to move into Group 2 alongside India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.