Let the Games begin

The youth of the world have gathered once again in London.
For the third time, the British capitol will host the Summer Olympics. NBC and its networks will offer plenty of coverage through the closing ceremonies on August 12. NBC will start coverage with the Opening Ceremonies Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s action starts at 5 a.m. and includes women’s basketball against Croatia. Sunday, there’s cycling at 7 a.m. and men’s volleyball against Serbia.
NBC Sports network got things going Wednesday with women’s soccer at 11:30 a.m. The U.S. men’s basketball team plays Sunday at 11 a.m. against France.
The Orioles close out a series with Tampa Bay Thursday afternoon on MASN, then host Oakland for the weekend on MASN. The Nationals spend four days in Milwaukee, starting Thursday on MASN and moving to MASN2 for games the rest of the weekend. TBS will broadcast Sunday afternoon’s game nationally.
The Yankees and Red Sox meet again at Yankee Stadium, getting coverage Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also shows the Giants and Dodgers Saturday.
NASCAR visits the Brickyard this weekend, with ESPN picking up coverage for the rest of the season. The flag drops Sunday at noon, after the Nationwide Series visits Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA Tour goes from the British Isles to Canada. CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The senior golfers stick around England for another week, with the British Senior Open on ESPN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday at noon. ESPN has coverage Saturday at noon.
The top tennis players participate in the Farmers Classic Saturday at 4 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The finals are Sunday at 4 p.m.


Open up

As the top athletes gather in London for the Olympic games, the best golfers also compete on the British isles.
Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s hosts the British Open starting Thursday at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN. The second round starts Friday at 7:30 a.m., with third round play Saturday at 7  a.m. The final round gets underway at 6 a.m. If that’s too early for you, ABC shows highlights Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
It’s the first Open at this venue since 2001, when David Duval took home the Claret Jug.
If you prefer celebrity golfers, NBC has the American Century Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC Sports network offers coverage Friday at 4 p.m.
The Tour de France closes its run this weekend. NBC Sports network has coverage Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and Friday at 8 a.m. The final time trials start Saturday at 8 a.m., with the ride into Paris Sunday at 8 a.m.
The Nationals close their series with the Mets Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then host the Braves for the weekend – including a day-night doubleheader Saturday. The Orioles play the Twins Thursday at 1 p.m. before going to Cleveland on MASN2.
ESPN offers the Rangers’ game with the Angels Sunday night at 8 p.m. The teams meet on Fox Saturday afternoon, along with Giants-Phillies and White Sox facing the Tigers. TBS shows the Dodgers at Mets Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
While NASCAR takes the weekend off, the Indy car racers head to Edmonton on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m. The American LeMans series races on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gearing up for the Olympics, the U.S. basketball team takes on the British Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United visits Columbus Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, while the Red Bulls head to Philadelphia Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s two tournaments in the U.S. Open series this weekend. ESPN2 has two matches in the Atlanta Open Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., and a women’s quarterfinal Friday at 11 p.m. from the Mercury Insurance Open. Saturday, there’s a men’s semifinal at 7 p.m. from Atlanta and a women’s semifinal at 11 p.m. from the Mercury Insurance Open. The finals are Sunday at 3 p.m. from Atlanta and 5 p.m. at the Mercury Insurance Open.
The World Team Tennis goes on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m., with New York taking on Philadelphia. Sunday at 7 p.m., Washington meets Kansas City on Comcast.


Starting the pennant race for real

The All-Star game is done. Time for the contenders to step up and pretenders to trade away players.
This year, the Orioles and Nationals remain as contenders. The Orioles added slugger Jim Thome on June 30, and continue their hopes of a wild-card berth this weekend at home against Detroit. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN, and the Saturday afternoon game has moved into the Fox schedule.
The NL East-leading Nationals open the second half in Miami on MASN2 (Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN).
The Reds and Cardinals battle on ESPN Sunday night along with Fox Saturday afternoon. Fox also offers the Mets at Braves, while TBS has the Angels taking on the Yankees Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
NASCAR closes its time on TNT this Sunday, racing in New Hampshire at noon. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The best senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. ESPN2 has early-round coverage Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. While many of the PGA stars are preparing for the British Open, the tour continues on CBS with the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network. Action begins Thursday at 7 a.m. and Friday at 6:30 p.m., with weekend coverage starting at 8 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Houston Sunday at 9 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has the Red Bulls heading to Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m., while Portland hosts the Galaxy Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gearing up for the Olympics, Team USA plays Dominican Republic Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The Wizards have a summer league game against the Hawks on Comcast Friday at 4 p.m.
In WNBA play, Los Angeles heads to Indiana on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Bayhawks face Rochester Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while Charlotte takes on Denver on ESPN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
The World Team Tennis season gets underway Thursday in Washington, with the Kastles taking on New York on Comcast at 7 p.m. Orange County takes on Sacramento Friday at 10:30 p.m. The U.S. Open series begins on ESPN2 Saturday with


Breakfast at Wimbledon

It’s once again time for Breakfast at Wimbledon. But the TV venue will be different.
After years on NBC – back to the days of Bjorn Borg – ESPN takes over the finals for women Saturday at 9 a.m. and the men Sunday at 9 p.m.
The women’s semifinal is Thursday at 8 a.m. on ESPN, and the men’s semifinal goes Friday morning.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., then moves to NBC Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles close out the first half of the season in Los Angeles, taking on the Angels. Games Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on MASN. The Nationals face the Giants Thursday on MASN, then host the Rockies for the weekend.
The Yankees head to Boston, getting coverage Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Braves visit Philadelphia on Fox Saturday and TBS Sunday afternoon, and the other Fox game Saturday will be Texas-Minnesota. Getting ready for the All-Star game, ESPN2 has the Futures Game Sunday at 5 p.m.
NASCAR starts the second part of the season, returning to Daytona Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC has the Indy Car race from Toronto Sunday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour makes its closest stop to Fishersville, going to the Greenbrier this weekend. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best women golfers gather for the U.S. Women’s Open in Wisconsin. ESPN2 carries the first two days starting at 4 p.m., then NBC takes over for the weekend at 3 p.m. each day.
Colorado visits Seattle in MLS action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. ESPN offers the Fire against the Galaxy Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Mystics host San Antonio Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN2 shows Seattle-Los Angeles Saturday at 10 p.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, the Bayhawks take on Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. ESPN2 brings Rochester taking on Long Island Saturday at 7 p.m.