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.



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