Road to Williamsport

The best young baseball teams in the world gather this weekend in Williamsport.
The Little League World Series gets going on ESPN Thursday at 1 p.m. when Latin America faces Mexico. It’s New Jersey-Connecticut at 3 p.m., followed by Italy meeting Canada and Michigan against Texas in the nightcap.
Friday’s play begins with Australia-Japan at 2 p.m., then Washington clashes with California. South Korea plays the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. and South Dakota battles North Carolina at 8 p.m.
There’s four games in the loser brackets Saturday, with one on ABC at 3 p.m. and the rest on ESPN. The winners of the first two days will play Sunday, hoping to advance to next Sunday’s final.
ESPN2 has the Junior League final Sunday at noon.
The Orioles return home to face the Angels this weekend on MASN.
The Nationals have a four-game set against the Padres, starting Thursday at 10 p.m. on MASN, and moving to MASN2 the rest of the weekend.
FoxSports1 has the Dodgers’ visit to Detroit Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS has Red Sox-Yankees Sunday afternoon. ESPN closes the weekend as the Cardinals face the Pirates.
NFL’s preseason continues as the Redskins host the Packers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
The Buccaneers tangle with the Jaguars Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and it’s Giants-Browns Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Bristol hosts its NASCAR night race Saturday, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Indy Car circuit visits Pocono Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Greensboro for the weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox brings the United States Amateur final Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at noon on Fox, after quarterfinals Friday and early round action Thursday at 6 p.m.
Swansea City battles Manchester United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Huddersfield Town takes on Newcastle United Sunday at 8:25 a.m., then it’s Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Schalke-Leipzig at noon on FoxSports1.
Freiburg takes on Eintracht Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before Koln meets B. M’gladbach on FoxSports1.
Seattle meets Minnesota Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series airs on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Gymnastics Championships Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has action from the Western and Southern Open, with finals Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. There’s semifinal play Saturday at noon, with earlier rounds Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m.


Preseason Battle of the Beltways

The NFL preseason gets going this weekend, with the rivalry between Baltimore and Washington getting things going for those teams.
The Ravens host the Redskins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Both teams are looking to improve after missing postseason play in 2016.
NFL network has several live games opening weekend, including the Cowboys facing the Rams Saturday at 9 p.m. and the Los Angeles Chargers’ first home preseason contest Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Seahawks.
North of the border, British Columbia clashes with Saskatchewan Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles take a west coast swing, meeting Oakland on MASN2 Thursday
The Nationals host the Marlins Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and the Giants come to town for the weekend on MASN.
The Yankees host the Red Sox Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS offers Indians-Rays Sunday afternoon.
Little League baseball’s road to Williamsport continues with six games on ESPN Thursday. The day starts with a Midwest regional semifinal at 11 a.m., then it’s off to New England at 1 p.m. and the Northwest at 3 p.m. The Great Lakes regional takes the field at 5 p.m., with Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
There’s six more games Friday on ESPN starting at 11 a.m., with six more Saturday at 11 a.m.
NASCAR’s Monster Series visits Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series rolls through Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It’s time for the final golf major championship of the year, with CBS covering the PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the United States’ women’s amateur championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 4 p.m., after quarterfinals Friday at 6 p.m. and earlier rounds Thursday at 6 p.m.
The new Premier League season gets going Friday at 3 p.m. with Arsenal taking on Leicester City on NBC Sports network. Watford faces Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Chelsea-Burnley. NBC has Manchester City meets Brighton and Hove Albion at 12:30 p.m.
Newcastle United battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:25 a.m. with Manchester United against West Ham United at 10:55 a.m.
Real Madrid battles Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Galaxy host New York City Saturday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
Phoenix meets Dallas in WNBA action Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open tennis tournament continues with the Rogers Cup Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more action Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. The finals are Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.


Are you ready for some football?

With the start of August, fans can look forward to some form of football on TV every weekend from now until Super Bowl LII in early February.
Assuming the turf in Canton cooperates.
The Cowboys and Cardinals meet in the NFL Hall of Fame Game Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The NFL moved the game from its former home on Sunday night this year. Last year’s contest got cancelled when due to field preparations troubles with paint on the artificial turf.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Saturday at 7 p.m. on NFL network and ESPN.
The Orioles host the Tigers in a four-game set, with games on MASN Thursday and Friday before moving to MASN2 Saturday and Sunday.
MASN has the Nationals’ series with the Cubs Friday through Sunday, and TBS carries the Sunday contest.
The Mets host the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Senior League baseball has its international final Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with the Intermediate championship game Sunday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Watkins Glen, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS has the World Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fox has the German Super Cup between Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s the MLS battle of New York Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by Kansas City-Atlanta on FoxSports1. ESPN shows the Timbers and Galaxy Sunday at 4 p.m.
There’s an international friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus Saturday at 12:25 p.m. on ESPN.
The United States women’s team faces Japan in an international friendly Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The championship of the $2 million Basketball Tournament will be on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 offers WNBA play between Atlanta and Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Mystics host the Mercury Sunday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Junior League softball holds its final Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s the Senior League title tilt Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the road to the U.S. Open, ESPN2 shows the Bank of the West Classic Sunday at 5 p.m.


Gearing up for the postseason

With July 31 looming, the major league baseball deadline for non-waiver trades has everybody thinking of the postseason.
Washington hosts a pair of teams aiming for October baseball this weekend as the Nationals host the Rockies on MASN.
The Nationals have a big lead in the NL East, while Colorado battles Arizona for the two wild card spots – several games ahead of the defending champion Cubs.
The Orioles visit Texas for the weekend on MASN2.
Before the Rockies come to town, Central Division leading Milwaukee finishes a series with the Nationals Thursday at noon on MASN.
FoxSports1 has the Dodgers against the Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Marlins meeting the Reds. The Cubs take on the Brewers Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS, with the Dodgers facing the Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR’s Monster Cup Series heads to Pocono for the weekend, with coverage Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Xfinity Series will be in Iowa Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC and the Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network carries the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
North of the border, the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open will be on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Montreal meets Winnipeg in CFL play on ESPN2 Thursday at 8:30 p.m. British Columbia clashes with Edmonton Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Baltimore battles Philadelphia in the Arena Football League Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Manchester United battles Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Real Madrid-Barcelona Saturday at 7:55 p.m., while ESPN2 has Chelsea’s clash with Internazionale at 7:30 a.m. and Manchester City taking on Tottenham Hotspur at 6 p.m.
Roma faces Juventus Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Atlanta takes on Orlando City on Fox Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Galaxy goes against Seattle Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN and it’s Toronto-New York City Sunday at 4 p.m.
The United States women face Australia in an international friendly Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN and Brazil Sunday at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 carries the U.S. Girls Junior Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 3 p.m. after Thursday’s quarterfinals at 4 p.m.
The Mystics host Connecticut in WNBA play Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast offers World Team Tennis action between Orange County and New York Thursday at 7 p.m.
The road to the U.S. Open starts with the Atlanta Open on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The World Aquatics Championships continues on NBC Sports network Thursday at 11:30 a.m., with more action Friday at 11:30 a.m.


Open up

The best golfers in the world have gathered across the pond in search of the Claret Jug.
NBC has coverage of the third round starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, with the final round Sunday at 7 a.m. The Golf Channel has coverage of the first two rounds, and early coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:30 a.m.
Royal Birkdale hosts the tournament for the first time since 2008, when Padraig Harrington won his second Open title.
FoxSports1 carries the United States Junior Amateur, with finals Saturday at 2 p.m. There’s semifinal action Friday at 3 p.m. with quarterfinals Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
The Orioles finish their series with the Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before hosting the Astros for the weekend. TBS also carries Sunday afternoon’s contest.
The Nationals visit Arizona for the weekend on MASN2.
The Cubs host the Cardinals Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 also has Rangers-Rays Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR has its big weekend at Indianapolis, with the Brickyard 400 on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Tour de France arrives in Paris for the final stage Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s a stage Thursday at 7:30 a.m., followed by stages Friday and Saturday starting at 8 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the Gold Cup match between Canada and Jamaica Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Mexico meeting Honduras at 10:30 p.m. There’s a semifinal Sunday at 9 p.m.
Manchester United takes on Manchester City in the International Champions Cup Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Juventus takes on  Barcelona Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN and it’s Paris Saint Germain against Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Orlando City takes on Atlanta United Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and Minnesota United meets the Red Bulls Saturday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 brings Vancouver-Portland Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The best of the WNBA gather for the all-star game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
Comcast offers World Team Tennis play between Springfield and San Diego Friday at 8 p.m.
The Diamond League track and field competes in Monaco Friday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

There’s a Williams sister in the semifinals.
No surprise.
There’s an American man in the semifinals.
A surprise.
Venus Williams will be trying to make her first final since 2009 Thursday in the women’s semifinal, starting at 8 a.m. on ESPN. Either Williams or sister Serena have appeared in 13 of the past 17 Wimbledon finals.
On the men’s side, Sam Querry ousted top-ranked Andy Murray Wednesday to advance to Friday’s semifinals. ESPN has coverage starting at 8 a.m.
The women’s final will be Saturday at 9 a.m., with the men crowning their champion Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles start the second half by hosting the Cubs on MASN this weekend, while the Nationals visit Cincinnati on MASN2.
The Yankees and Red Sox get plenty of coverage, with Saturday afternoon’s game on FoxSports1 before the Sunday day/night doubleheader splits between TBS and ESPN. The Rangers meet the Royals Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR visits New Hampshire this weekend, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series takes the track Saturday at 4 p.m.
CBS has the PGA tour’s John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox carries the U.S. Women’s Open Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. FoxSports1 has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Stage 12 of the Tour de France starts Thursday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The race continues Friday at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has NBA Summer League games Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. There’s three more contests Saturday at 4 p.m. and two games Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Galaxy face Manchester United in an international friendly Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
El Salvador faces Curacao in the Gold Cup Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Mexico meets Jamaica at 10:30 p.m. Costa Rica clashes with French Guiana Friday at 7:30 p.m. before Canada takes on Honduras.
Mexico meets Curacao Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s X Games action from Minneapolis Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage continues Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.


Return to Greenbrier

A year after flooding forced the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic, the resort will host the PGA tour this weekend.
CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Last year’s flood – two weeks before the tournament was scheduled – covered the resort’s golf courses in water and debris. Restoring the Old White course means the PGA tour pros will be playing a different type course than the last visit two years ago.
The Orioles visit the Twins for the weekend, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Nationals host the Braves in a four-game set, with coverage on MASN Thursday and Friday, moving to MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. before the series finale airs on MASN.
Fox brings three contests Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with the Royals visiting the Dodgers while the Cubs host the Pirates and the Tigers take on the Indians.
FoxSports1 offers the Diamondbacks against the Reds Saturday at 10 p.m., and ESPN closes the first half of the season by showing the Tigers and Indians.
Coverage of Wimbledon’s second round continues Thursday at 7 a.m. on ESPN. There’s more action Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.
NASCAR visits Kentucky, with the Monster Series going Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 8 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit will be in Iowa Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network with Stage 6 Thursday at 8 a.m. There’s Stage 7 Friday at 8 a.m. and Stage 9 Sunday at 7 a.m.
The United States faces Canada in the World Cup of Softball Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and meets Japan Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s United States against Puerto Rico Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 before the United States takes on Australia at 8 p.m. There’s another contest Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s NBA Summer League action between the Clippers and Lakers Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has the Bucks and Cavaliers Friday at 6:30 p.m., then it’s Suns-Kings at 10:30 p.m.
The Lakers take on the Celtics Saturday at 8:30 p.m., followed by 76ers-Warriors on ESPN.
Sunday’s play starts at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN with the Suns against the Mavericks, followed by three games on ESPN2. The Timberwolves take on the Nuggets at 6:30 p.m., then it’s Trailblazers-Celtics and 76ers meeting the Spurs.
Comcast has an NBA Summer League game between the Wizards and Grizzlies Saturday at 4 p.m.
North of the border, Hamilton takes on Saskatchewan Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s Diamond League track and field Thursday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN2 has WNBA action between the Sparks and Lynx Thursday at 8 p.m.