Europe gets its kicks

For soccer fans, the big event happens every four years – the World Cup.
In between, the best of Europe battle.
The Euro 2012 final will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, matching Spain against either Italy or Germany. The second finalist will be determined in Thursday’s match at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Spain defeated Germany 1-0 in the 2008 final, and has looked strong on the path to a repeat title.
We’ll be halfway through the fortnight of Wimbledon Sunday. ESPN2 has action Thursday at 7 a.m., and ESPN takes over Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
The riding starts in the Tour de France Saturday. NBC Sports network shows the Prologue Saturday at 8 a.m. and the first stage Sunday at 8 a.m.
The Orioles start a four-game set with Cleveland Thursday on MASN, then spend the rest of the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals face Colorado Thursday at 3 p.m. before visiting the Braves on MASN.
The Dodgers host the Mets on ESPN’s Sunday night game, and join five other contests on Fox’s Saturday night offerings. Other games are Padres at Rockies and Diamondbacks-Brewers, while American League featured contests include Royals-Twins, Oakland against Texas and the Tigers’ visit to Tampa Bay. TBS has the White Sox at Yankees Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series makes its stop at Kentucky this weekend, with coverage on TNT Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Nationwide drivers race Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Washington hosts the PGA tour stars this weekend, with the AT&T National on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The future stars of the NBA find their new homes starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the NBA draft on ESPN.
It’s X Games time on ESPN, with events from Los Angeles. ESPN2 starts the coverage Thursday at 9 p.m., and ESPN takes over Friday at 9 p.m. There’s action throughout the day Saturday on ESPN, starting at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. ESPN2 has the main coverage Sunday at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
NBC’s road to the London Olympics continues this weekend, with swimming trials Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Women’s gymnastics take the stage Friday and Sunday at 9 p.m., with the men’s competition Saturday at 4 p.m. There’s track and field Saturday at 9 p.m and Sunday at  7 p.m., while the women’s soccer team prepares against Canada Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Over on NBC Sports network, there’s gymnastics Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Track and field takes the air Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Montreal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, while NBC Sports network offers Seattle-Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. ESPN2 has MLS action on Saturday at 10 p.m., with San Jose meeting the Galaxy.
The Mystics host Connecticut Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The best players of the Major League Lacrosse gather for the all-star game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The United States competes in the World Cup of Softball this weekend, facing Puerto Rico Thursday at 7 p.m. They play Australia Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Canada Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Netherlands at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The weekend closes with a game against Brazil on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.


World Series preview?

It’s the last weekend of interleague play.
Could we have a preview of the 2012 Fall Classic?
Could that series be in Baltimore?
The Nationals hold first place in the National League East, and the Orioles remain in the race for one of the two wild-card berths in the American League. They gather at Camden Yards for the weekend after the Nationals host Tampa Bay Thursday.
MASN and MASN2 have the coverage of the Battle of the Beltways Friday and Sunday, while Saturday’s game is part of the Fox Saturday night package. Fox has cross-town battles between the Yankees and Mets, Giants-A’s and Angels vs. Dodgers along with the Braves’ trip to Boston and the Brewers facing the White Sox.
TBS shows the finale of Atlanta-Boston Sunday afternoon, and ESPN caps the night with Mets-Yankees at 8 p.m.
The College World Series could have its final two decided by the end of the day Thursday. At noon, South Carolina meets Kent State in an elimination game postponed from Wednesday. Florida State takes on Arizona at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, then Arkansas goes against the winner of the noon game in the other bracket. The final games of the brackets, if necessary, will be Friday and the best-of-three final series between the bracket winners starts Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NBA Finals may finish Thursday, as the Miami seeks to finish its series with Oklahoma City at 9 p.m. on ABC. If the Thunder win, it’s back to Oklahoma City Sunday at 8 p.m. for Game 6.
NASCAR heads west to the California wine country, with TNT coverage from Sonoma starting at 2 p.m. The Nationwide racers are on a road course in Wisconsin, going Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Indy Car drivers head over to Iowa, with the flag dropping on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9:15 p.m.
Euro2012 moves into the Final Eight Thursday, with Czech Republic taking on Portugal at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. Germany meets Greece Friday on ESPN2, while Saturday brings Spain and France together at 2:30 p.m. The last member of the final four will be decided Sunday, when England faces Italy on ESPN.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Portland meets Seattle Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA tour heads to Connecticut this weekend, with the Travelers Championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The future stars of the NHL find their first pro organizations Friday, when the NHL draft starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN offers a pair of WNBA games Saturday. Chicago meets Minnesota at 12:30 p.m., while the Sparks play the Mercury at 9 p.m.
The Bayhawks host the Cannons in Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network helps you gear up for the Summer Olympics this week. The U.S. trials in diving are Thursday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 11 p.m., while the track and field competitors go Friday at 9 p.m. The field hockey trials are Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


Father’s Day viewing

It’s Father’s Day weekend. Time for some big events for dad to watch on his TV.
The U.S. Open gets going Thursday with a super pairing – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Masters’ champion Bubba Watson. ESPN has coverage at noon and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, while NBC has weekday coverage from 3-5. Weekend action on NBC begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, going through primetime.
The Olympic Club has hosted the Open five times, the last one in 1987. The field better be ready for what Tiger Woods calls the “hardest six holes to start a tournament.”
The NBA Finals continue this weekend, with Game 2 Thursday on ABC after Oklahoma City won the opener. The scene shifts to Miami Sunday at 8 p.m. for Game 3.
Some big underdogs made the eight-team field of the College World Series. ESPN2 starts the action Friday at 5 p.m. with the America East champion – Stony Brook – taking on UCLA. Arizona plays Florida State.
Another underdog goes Saturday at 5 p.m. – Kent State of the MAC – facing Arkansas. The night concludes with an SEC battle between South Carolina and Florida. Friday’s losers meet Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and the winners play at 9 p.m.
The Yankees come to Washington this weekend, meeting the Nationals on MASN. Sunday afternoon’s contest will be shown nationally on TBS.
The Orioles host Pittsburgh Thursday on MASN before heading to Atlanta for the weekend on MASN2 Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s game is on Fox, along with Rays-Marlins, Astros against Rangers, Red Sox facing the Cubs and the Reds vs. Mets. ESPN’s Sunday night game features the Red Sox at Cubs.
NASCAR heads to Michigan for the weekend, starting at noon Sunday on TNT. The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Indy car racers are on the other side of Lake Michigan, racing in Milwaukee Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
If you like soccer, Euro 2012 continues on ESPN2. Thursday at 11:45 a.m., Croatia meets Italy followed by Spain-Ireland at 2:30 p.m. Ukraine plays France Friday at 11:45 a.m. before England takes on Sweden. Group A has its third game Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with Poland-Czech Republic on ESPN and Greece vs. Russia on ESPN2.
Sunday offers Portugal against the Netherlands on ESPN at 2:30 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Denmark meeting Germany.
D.C. United takes on Philadelphia Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN shows Houston vs. Dallas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has Chicago vs. the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Mystics host Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


Will horse have another victory?

Over the past 33 years, several horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
They all faltered at the Belmont Stakes.
I’ll Have Another takes his shot at the Triple Crown Saturday on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m., and a few hours later we’ll know if we have another legendary horse.
There’s another night of NHL play, as the Devils forced Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. If they win, the teams head west to Los Angeles Monday for Game 6.
NBC also brings the finals from the French Open. The women crown their champion Saturday at 9 a.m., and the men’s final is Sunday at 9 a.m. The men’s semifinals air Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC, while ESPN2 shows the women’s semifinals starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.
ESPN offers Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Thursday at 8:30 p.m., and will show Game 7 if necessary Saturday night. The winner plays Oklahoma City in the finals next week.
Baseball heads back to interleague play this weekend. The Orioles, who finish a series in Boston Thursday, host the Phillies for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals host the Mets Thursday afternoon before heading to Boston on MASN.
The Mets make their visit to Yankee Stadium, appearing on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Other games Saturday on Fox are Royals-Pirates, Rays at Marlins, Dodgers against Mariners and Indians traveling to St. Louis. ESPN goes with Detroit at Cincinnati Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA super-regionals get going Friday, with UCLA taking on TCU at 9 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 offers three games, beginning at noon with Stony Brook-LSU. St. John’s-Arizona follows at 3:30 p.m., and Stanford battles Florida State at 7 p.m. Saturday, it’s Game 2 of those series on ESPN2 starting at noon.
ESPN2 has more from the Super Regionals Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.
TNT drops the flag on its part of the NASCAR schedule, starting at Pocono Sunday at noon. The Indy car circuit heads to Texas, with coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Euro 2012 starts Friday on ESPN, with host Poland meeting Greece at 11:30 a.m. Russia plays the Czech Republic at 2:30 p.m. Group B play begins Saturday at 11:45 a.m. with Netherlands-Denmark and Germany against Portugal. Spain faces Italy Sunday at 11:45 a.m., followed by Ireland-Croatia.
Across the pond, we’re gearing up for the 2014 World Cup. The United States plays Antigua and Barbuda at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast offers WNBA play Friday at 7 p.m., as the Mystics take on the Liberty.
It’s off to Memphis to the PGA tour, as CBS shows the St. Jude Classic Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
The Bayhawks have a Major League Lacrosse contest with Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.