Back to the Brickyard

It’s time for another major race at Indianapolis – and it’s not Memorial Day.

NASCAR heads to the historic home of motor sports Sunday for the Brickyard 400. ESPN starts its NASCAR run with coverage Sunday at 1 p.m.

NASCAR’s stature has grown in the 17 years since the first Brickyard. And only NASCAR could bring the “kiss my bricks” tradition to the track.

The Nationwide racers are at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway for the Kroger 200 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. But next year, they’ll race the Brickyard as well.

The Cubs are in St. Louis for the weekend, playing Saturday on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. Other games on FOX are Angels at Tigers and Tampa Bay’s trip to Seattle. Sunday afternoon, TBS offers the Red Sox at the White Sox.

The Orioles are in Toronto Thursday on MASN, then go to New York for a four-game series, including a Saturday day-night doubleheader, on MASN. The Nationals have a Thursday afternoon contest with Florida before taking on the Mets on MASN2.

It’s X Games weekend on ESPN. Events start Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Friday’s action begins from 3-5 p.m. before four more hours starting at 7 p.m. ABC joins the party Saturday at 4 p.m., with ESPN on the air at 2 p.m. and at 10 p.m. after the Nationwide race. ESPN2 goes Saturday at 9 p.m.

The final day offers coverage from 5-7 p.m. on ESPN, and final four hours on ESPN2.

The best senior golfers gather in Toledo for the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m., and NBC takes over Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

The PGA tournament is pretty close to Fishersville – the Greenbrier Classic is less than two hours away. CBS will have coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Farther away, the British Women’s Open will be held this weekend. Play begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with the third round going at 10 a.m.

The D. C. United are on the west coast  this weekend, visiting San Jose Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast. The World Football Challenge continues this weekend, Juventus meeting CD Guadalajara Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Barcelona facing Manchester United at Washington’s FedEx Field Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The road to the U.S. Open continues with a pair of tournaments on ESPN2.  The Farmers Classic will be on Friday at 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and the final Sunday at 5 p.m. The Best of the West Classic has late night action Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s final at 3 p.m.

In WNBA action, Washington hosts Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.

There’s Major League Lacrosse action on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., with Hamilton taking on the Bayhawks.


Riding into Paris

Who’s leading the Tour de France? Who knows?
It’s not Lance Armstrong, I know that. At least you know where it’s going to end.
Versus closes its three-week trek through France this weekend. The racers go through the Alps in stages Thursday and Friday, and have a time trial in Grenoble Saturday before the closing ride into Paris.
Back in the States, Atlanta heads to Cincinnati, getting coverage Saturday on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. FOX also has the Tigers at Twins and the Padres’ visit to Philadelphia, while TBS shows the Mariners at Boston Sunday afternoon.
It’s east meets west this weekend on MASN. The Orioles host the Angels on MASN, while the Nationals are in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers on MASN2.
NASCAR has the weekend off, but the IndyCar racers are in Edmonton Sunday at 2 p.m. on Versus. The Nationwide racers will hit the track, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday from Nashville on ESPN.
CBS heads north of the border for the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. The senior golfers hung around the United Kingdom for this week’s Senior Open championship. ESPN2 coverage starts at noon Thursday and Friday, and coverage continues throughout the weekend on ESPN.
MLS continues the World Football Challenge through the weekend. Chicago takes on Manchester United Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 while L.A. meets Manchester City Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m., with Long Island taking on Chesapeake.
World Team Tennis hosts its final Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Gearing up for the U.S. Open, ESPN2 shows action from the Atlanta Tennis Championship. It takes the air Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., then Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The World Cup of Softball goes Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the United States taking on the Czech Republic. Friday at 8 p.m., it’s the U.S. vs. Australia, and Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 Japan faces the United States. The U.S. meets Great Britain Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Hit the beach and the half-pipe for the Dew Tour Pantech Open Saturday and Sunday afternoon on NBC.


Going for the Claret Jug

Lots of big doings across the Atlantic Ocean this weekend.

Royal St. George hosts the 151st British Open, starting at 4 a.m. Thursday on ESPN. The second round begins Friday at 4 a.m., and play starts Saturday at 7 a.m.

The final round gets underway on ESPN at 6 a.m. Sunday. If you don’t want to get up early, ABC has highlights starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The women’s World Cup concludes this weekend in Germany, with the United States battling  Japan for the crown Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The third place game matches France and Sweden Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

The Tour de France has three days of high mountain riding starting Thursday at 6:30 a.m. on Versus. Racing begins Friday and Sunday at 8 a.m., while the ride starts Saturday at 6:30 a.m.

Stateside, Boston’s visit to Tampa Bay gets coverage Saturday afternoon on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. Other games on FOX are Angels at Oakland, White Sox-Tigers and Phillies facing the Mets (also the Sunday TBS game).

The Orioles face Cleveland starting Thursday on MASN, and moving to MASN2 for the weekend. The Nationals head to Atlanta for a visit with the Braves starting Friday on MASN.

TNT closes its run of NASCAR coverage in New Hampshire Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

D.C. United heads to Dallas Saturday at 9 p.m. on Comcast. The L.A. Galaxy go against Real Madrid Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN2 has WNBA play Thursday at 9 p.m., with Seattle visiting San Antonio.

In World Team Tennis, Washington faces Springfield Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


All-star time

In June, major league teams play against teams from the other league.

In July, the best of each league get together for the Mid-Season Classic.

The Arizona Diamondbacks host the game Tuesday on FOX, while ESPN has the Home Run Derby Monday at 8 p.m. The best minor leaguers get their chance to shine in the Futures Game Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

In the days before the game, the Braves host the Phillies Saturday on FOX and Sunday afternoon on TBS. Other games on FOX are Padres-Dodgers and Twins at White Sox. ESPN shows the Mets’ visit to San Francisco Sunday night. 

The Orioles visit Boston for a four-game series on MASN, while the Nationals host the Cubs Thursday and Rockies over the weekend on MASN2. 

The Women’s World Cup enters the elimination stage this weekend. Saturday, England goes against France  at noon, then host Germany takes on Japan at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday, it’s Sweden taking on Australia at 7 a.m. then the United States meets Brazil at 11 a.m. Which powerhouse will be going home before the semifinals?

NASCAR makes its first-ever visit to Kentucky Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide drivers have been going there for years, and race Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Indy cars head to Toronto Sunday at 2 p.m. on Versus.

While the top players get ready for the British Open, the PGA tour stops in Illinois for the John Deere Classic. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The LPGA holds the U.S. World’s Open this weekend from Colorado, with ESPN2 coverage starting Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. NBC takes over for the weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. each day.

D.C. United visit New York Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has the MLS game between Portland and Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m.

Serena Williams is playing for the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis. They face the Boston Lobsters Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.

Versus opens each day at 8 a.m. with coverage of the Tour de France. Thursday and Friday offers rides through the plains, heading to the mountains for the weekend.