Back to the Brickyard

For one last time, the ESPN crew will bring you the final part of the NASCAR season.
The Brickyard 400 Sunday at 1 p.m. starts ESPN’s part of its final contract year. In 2015, Fox and NBC will split TV duties.
It’s been 20 years since Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard. He leads the points race going into Indianapolis, with several drivers seeking that first win that might nab a spot in the final 10-race playoff.
Qualifying will be Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Nationwide race Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
On two wheels, the cyclists head for the finish in Paris this weekend. NBC Sports network has stages of the Tour de France Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m., with the final race to Paris Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles start a four-game set in Seattle Thursday at 10 p.m. on MASN, with the rest of the series on MASN2. The Nationals host the Reds on MASN starting Friday.
FoxSports1 has the Reds and Nationals Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Royals. The Yankees host the Blue Jays on TBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and it’s Dodgers against Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Senior Open will be on ESPN2, with the opening round Thursday at noon. Coverage continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
Calgary takes on Edmonton in CFL action Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Toronto battles Saskatchewan Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open begins in Atlanta, with quarterfinal play Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Mystics host Tulsa Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.
The World Series of beach volleyball will be on NBC Sports network Friday at 3 p.m.


Open up

We usually wonder if Tiger Woods is going to win at a major tournament.
open logoThis week, we’ll be wondering if he’ll make the cut.
Woods tries for his elusive 15th major championship at the British Open, starting Thursday at 4 a.m. on ESPN. The second round begins Friday at 4 p.m., with the third round at 7 a.m. Saturday. The final round begins Sunday at 6 a.m.
One of Woods’ Open championships has come at Royal Liverpool, site of this week’s tournament. He missed the cut in his only action since surgery in March.
If you can’t get enough Woods on the regular coverage, ESPN3 will follow his trip around the course for each day’s action.
The Nationals start the second half of the season at home against Milwaukee on MASN. The Orioles start a West Coast swing with three games in Oakland on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers a pair of games Saturday, with the Dodgers against Cardinals at 4 p.m. followed by Indians-Tigers. The Red Sox host the Royals on TBS Sunday at 1:35 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend when the Cardinals face the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
The Sprint Cup series has the weekend off, but the Nationwide racers visit Chicago Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network carries the IndyCar races in Toronto Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The German Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Sunday at noon.
On two wheels, the Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network. There’s stages Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., with Saturday’s race starting at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.
Edmonton faces Winnipeg in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s Hamilton against Calgary Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Missing soccer with the World Cup over? There’s MLS play this weekend as D.C. United hosts Chivas USA on Comcast Sunday at 8 p.m. Sporting Kansas City takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 while Colorado meets Portland Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In women’s soccer, Portland plays Boston Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Liverpool has a friendly match against Preston North End Saturday at 9 a.m. on Comcast, and Seattle meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
The best of the WNBA meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.


Gol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

world cupBrazil will be playing this weekend.
Just not the game they expected.
Fresh off the 7-1 loss to Germany, the host country has been relegated to the third place game against Netherlands Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
In Sunday’s final at 2 p.m. from Rio on ABC, Argentina has the home hemisphere advantage after its penalty kick win on Wednesday. They beat the West Germans in the 1986 final played in Mexico, then lost to the Germans in 1990 in Italy.
Stateside, D. C. United travels to San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Seattle meets Portland Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Nationals close out their series in Baltimore Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and MASN2. The Orioles host the Yankees for the weekend – Friday and Saturday on MASN and Sunday night on ESPN – while the Nationals visit the Phillies on MASN2 Friday, Fox Saturday and MASN Sunday.
Fox also offers Pirates-Reds and Angels against the Rangers Saturday night. The Cardinals and Brewers will be on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and TBS Sunday at 2 p.m.
TNT closes its coverage of NASCAR from New Hampshire Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Indy Cars visit Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On two wheels, NBC carries Saturday’s stage of the Tour de France starting at 8 a.m. NBC Sports network brings the action Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., then again Sunday at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Illinois for the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the first two rounds of the U.S. Senior Open Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. NBC carries the final two rounds, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Across the pond, the British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. Play in the third round starts Saturday at 8 a.m. and the final round Sunday at 8 a.m. NBC brings the Scottish Open Saturday and Sunday at noon.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League action, with the Wizards against the Hawks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Timberwolves Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
In WNBA play, Seattle visits Minnesota Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the World Cup of softball, the United States faces Canada Thursday at 9 p.m. and Japan Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. It’s the United States against Mexico Saturday at 1 p.m. and Taiwan at 8 p.m. before the final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Canada faces the United States in the World Cup of Lacrosse Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

wimbledonIt’s the final weekend for strawberries and cream. But it won’t be as sweet as last year for English tennis fans.
Wimbledon closes its fortnight, but 2013 men’s champion Andy Murray will not return to Centre Court Sunday with a chance to repeat. Murray lost in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, leaving Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic as top contender to meet Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.
The women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN will likely feature a new champion, as only 2011 champion Petra Kvitova reached the semifinals.
The ladies semifinals are Thursday at 8 a.m. on ESPN and men’s semifinals Friday at 8 a.m.
It’s down to the World Cup’s quarterfinal round in Brazil. The host nation takes on Colombia Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, after Germany meets France at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
Belgium faces Argentina Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ABC, and Costa Rica tangles with Netherlands at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Stateside, D.C. United travels to Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Friday, with the Red Bulls facing Houston at 8 p.m. followed by Portland at the Galaxy.
The Orioles close out a homestand against Texas Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit Boston for the weekend. Friday’s game is on MASN2 and Sunday’s on MASN, with Saturday on Fox. Other games on Fox include Giants-Padres and Rangers against the Mets.
The Nationals meet the Cubs Friday at 11 a.m. on MASN, Saturday afternoon on MASN and Sunday on MASN2.
Baseball on the Fourth of July includes Yankees visiting the Twins on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. and Rays at Tigers at 7 p.m. The Diamondbacks battle the Braves on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., then the Twins host the Yankees on TBS Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rays and Tigers close out the weekend Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR returns to Daytona to mark the halfway point of the season. TNT has the Coke Zero 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m., after the Nationwide racers go in the Firecracker 250 Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race from Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. There’s practice for the British Grand Prix Friday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
On two wheels, the Tour de France starts on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 a.m. The second stage starts Sunday at 6 a.m.
The PGA tour visits the Greenbrier this weekend, with coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Toronto hosts Saskatchewan in CFL play Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s off the running at the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Tiger’s back

Tiger Woods will be there at the Congressional Thursday when the PGA tour arrives.
Will he be there Saturday and Sunday when the CBS cameras will be there?
Tiger’s first tournament since March tees off Thursday. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The event gives Woods a chance for tournament competition before the British Open in three weeks. He remains four Major victories behind Jack Nicklaus, and recent health struggles have dropped him behind Nicklaus’ pace.
The World Cup closes its first round Thursday with games in Group G and H. The United States battles Germany on ESPN at noon, while Ghana faces Portugal on ESPN2. ESPN has South Korea against Belgium at 4 p.m., with Russia and Algeria on ESPN2.
The knockout round starts Saturday when host Brazil faces Chile at 11:30 a.m. on ABC. Colombia and Ecuador meet at 4 p.m.
Mexico battles Netherlands Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, with Costa Rica against Greece at 4 p.m.
Stateside, Seattle visits D.C. United Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while the Galaxy play San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
The Nationals visit Wrigley Field for the weekend, with games on MASN Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon, then on Fox Saturday night. The Orioles host Tampa Bay for a day/night doubleheader Friday on MASN2, with games Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday afternoon on MASN.
Fox also offers Red Sox-Yankees, Braves against Phillies and Cardinals facing the Dodgers. ESPN shows the Red Sox and Yankees Sunday night.
Early round play at Wimbledon continues on ESPN Thursday at 7 a.m. There’s more action Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
NASCAR visits Kentucky this weekend, with the Sprint Cup racers going Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. ESPN has the Nationwide race Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the truck series goes Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar racers head to Houston, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The future stars of the NBA find their new homes during the draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The NHL holds its entry draft Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The CFL opens its season this weekend, and ESPN2 offers Montreal against Calgary Saturday at 3 p.m. In Arena Football, the Kiss take on Spokane Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network offers the track and field outdoor championships Friday at 10 p.m. NBC brings coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Dew Tour hits Ocean City, with NBC coverage Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Santa Anita hosts the Gold Cup Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Staying alive in Brazil

world cupThe United States plays its second World Cup game Sunday.
By the end of the weekend, we should have a pretty good idea of the 16 teams advancing to the knockout round.
The United States heads into the Amazon rainforest to face Portugal Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. They enhanced their chances with Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, while Portugal lost 4-0 to Germany and will play without a top defender who drew a red card in Monday’s match.
Thursday’s action on ESPN begins at 11:30 a.m. with Colombia against Ivory Coast. Uruguay and England try to bounce back from opening losses at 2:30 p.m., and Japan faces Greece at 5:30 p.m.
Costa Rica takes on Italy Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Switzerland-France and Ecuador playing Honduras at 5:30 p.m.
Argentina battles Iran Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, then Germany and Ghana meet at 2:30 p.m. Nigeria takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina at 5:30 p.m. The final day of the second round closes on ABC Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Belgium and Russia, and Algeria faces South Korea at 2:30 p.m.
Teams are trying to stay alive in Omaha at the College World Series. TCU, fresh off a 15-inning loss to Virginia, meets Mississippi Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN in a loser’s bracket game. Virginia will play the winner of that game Friday at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt won the first two games in its bracket, and plays Texas Friday at 3 p.m.
Deciding games in the two brackets will be played Saturday, if necessary. The best-of-three championship series starts Monday.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. It’s over to MASN2 Friday and Sunday, while the Orioles visit the Yankees on MASN for the weekend.
Fox offers Nationals-Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., and other areas of the country will see Pirates visiting the Cubs and Tigers against Indians. The Rangers and Angels battle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR hits the road to Sonoma, with coverage on TNT Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide Series visits Road America Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Austria this weekend. The race gets underway Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Don’t forget your umbrella when the PGA tour visits Connecticut Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Pinehurst hosts the U.S. Women’s Open this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN2 shows the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Tulsa takes on Chicago in WNBA action Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers Major League Lacrosse between the Bayhawks and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m.


Father’s Day viewing

Father’s Day comes early this year – with plenty on the sporting calendar.
The World Cup kicks off Thursday from Sao Paolo, with host Brazil facing Croatia at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Spain meets Netherlands Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Mexico battles Cameroon on ESPN2 Friday at 11:30 a.m. and it’s Chile-Australia at 5:30 p.m.
ABC joins the action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when Colombia meets Greece, and it’s Uruguay-Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. ESPN has England against Italy at 5:30 p.m., followed by Ivory Coast-Japan at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday’s play on ABC starts with Switzerland facing Ecuador at 11:30 a.m. and France faces Honduras at 2:30 p.m. ESPN has the action at 5:30 p.m. when Argentina plays Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Heat and Spurs continue their battle for the NBA championship Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Game 5 will be back in San Antonio Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Stanley Cup Final returns to Los Angeles for Game 5 Friday on NBC at 8 p.m.
Pinehurst hosts the best golfers at the U.S. Open starting Thursday. NBC has coverage 3-5 on Thursday and Friday, and starts action Saturday and Sunday at noon. ESPN starts Thursday’s action at 9 a.m., and rejoins at 6 p.m. There’s more Friday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Orioles close their homestand with a four-game set against the Blue Jays (Thursday on MASN2 and the rest of weekend on MASN). The Nationals have a Thursday afternoon contest against the Giants on MASN, then visit St. Louis on MASN2 Friday and Sunday.
Fox has Nationals and Cardinals Saturday at 7 p.m., along with the Angels against Braves and Reds meeting the Brewers. FoxSports1 offers Twins-Tigers at 4 p.m. Saturday, and ESPN has the Angels facing the Braves Sunday at 8 p.m.
Eight teams, including Virginia, have gathered in Omaha for the College World Series. UC-Irvine takes on Texas to start the action Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, and Vanderbilt meets Louisville at 8 p.m. Texas Tech tackles TCU at 3 p.m. Sunday, and the Cavaliers faces Mississippi at 8 p.m.
Pool play continues through the week.
NASCAR visits Michigan for the weekend, with Sprint Cup series coverage on TNT Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN and the truck series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Mystics host Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. and Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 has Minnesota hosting Phoenix Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Diamond League Grand Prix Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Motocross circuit visits High Point on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 p.m.


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