Back to the Brickyard

For the 20th time, the gentlemen (and lady) starting their engines at Indianapolis will be NASCAR drivers.
ESPN carries the Brickyard 400 Sunday at 1 p.m. Following the final off weekend of the season, it’s seven weeks until the 10-race Chase for the Cup.
There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, after practice coverage on ESPN2 at 9 a.m.
The Nationwide racers take the track Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
Formula One racers will be in Hungary, with NBC Sports network covering the race Sunday at 8 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Orioles close a series in Kansas City Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN, then host the East-leading Red Sox for the weekend on MASN (TBS also covers Sunday’s contest). The Nationals meet Pittsburgh Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then have a four-game set with the Mets. Friday afternoon’s contest will be on MASN, Saturday on Fox, and Friday night and Sunday on MASN2.
Other Fox offerings on Saturday include Angels-A’s and Cardinals against Braves. ESPN’s Sunday night brings Cardinals against the Braves.
Senior golfers stay across the pond for the British Senior Open – ESPN2 has coverage Thursday through Sunday at noon. CBS brings the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox shows the final of the Gold Cup between the United States and Panama Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
D.C. United faces New England in MLS play Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. On NBC Sports network, Chicago travels to Houston Saturday at 9 p.m. and ESPN2 has Colorado-Los Angeles Saturday at 7 p.m.
The WNBA holds its All-Star game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The World Team Tennis season ends with the final Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
The road to the U.S. Open begins on ESPN2 this weekend, with the Atlanta Open and Bank of the West Classic. Coverage from Atlanta will be Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. and final Sunday at 6 p.m. Out west, there’s play Friday at 11 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m. and the final Sunday at 5 p.m.
Chesapeake meets Denver in major league lacrosse Saturday at 2 p.m.
ESPN offers the bowling U.S. Open Saturday at noon.NBC Sports network has the AMA Spring Run National 250 Saturday at 4 p.m.


Early morning sports

Don’t sleep too late this weekend.
There’s some big events on the calendar.
The British Open visits Muirfield this weekend, starting Thursday at 4 a.m. on ESPN. The second round begins Friday at 4 a.m., with third round at 7 a.m. and final round starting at 6 a.m.
Tour de France finishes its run in Paris on Sunday, after stages in the Alps Thursday and Friday at 6 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Saturday’s stage will begin at 7:30 a.m., then the teams fly to Versailles for the final stage at 11:30 a.m.
The Nationals return from the All-Star break against the Dodgers on MASN, (TBS also covers Sunday) while the Orioles visit Texas on MASN2 – Sunday night on MASN.
The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend at Fenway, Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also offers Pirates-Reds and Braves taking on the White Sox.
The Sprint Cup series takes the weekend off, but the Nationwide racers will be in Chicago Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United travels to Chicago Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Up north, Montreal travels to Calgary for a CFL contest on ESPN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
There’s stateside golf from Nevada, with the American Century Championships. NBC Sports network has coverage Friday at 4 p.m., and NBC shows the stars Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Major League Lacrosse action between New York and Charlotte Saturday at 4 p.m.
In WNBA, Phoenix visits Los Angeles Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network brings motorcycle racing Saturday at 6 p.m.
There’s pro slo-pitch softball on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. between the USSSA Pride and the Comets. There’s a rematch Sunday at 3 p.m.


End of summer already

It seems summer has just started, but TNT’s Summer NASCAR series closes this weekend.
TNT offers the final of its six races Sunday at noon in New Hampshire. The rest of the campaign will be on ESPN and ABC, including the Chase for the Cup starting in September.
ABC has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit heads to Toronto, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday.
Heading into the All-Star break, the Orioles’ homestand continues against Texas Thursday on MASN2 and against Toronto on MASN over the weekend.
The Nationals take on the Phillies Thursday on MASN before going to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, and Saturday’s contest will be part of the Fox coverage. Other featured games are Pirates against Mets, Rockies-Dodgers, Cardinals at Cubs and Rangers facing the Tigers.
TBS has Rangers-Tigers on Sunday afternoon, with Cardinals against Cubs from Wrigley Field on ESPN Sunday night.
All-Star festivities in New York begin Sunday with the Futures Game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and Celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
The Tour de France continues its run through the countryside on NBC Sports network. Stage 12 begins Thursday at 8 a.m., and coverage continues each morning at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour prepares for the British Open with the Scottish Open on NBC Saturday and Sunday at noon, while CBS shows the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best of the senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m., then NBC carries the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
British Columbia meets Edmonton in the CFL Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United takes on Chivas in an International friendly on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m. The under-20 World Cup concludes Saturday at 1:47 p.m. with France playing Uruguay.
In the MLS, Portland hosts Los Angeles Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The United States faces Canada in the World Cup of Softball Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then meets Australia Friday at 8 p.m. There’s games against Canada Saturday at noon and Japan Saturday at 9 p.m. They battle Puerto Rico Sunday at 1 p.m., then there’s a contest between Team USA and the Futures team at 3 p.m. The World Cup championship will be Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
World Team Tennis season starts on Comcast Thursday, with Springfield visiting Washington at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles faces Tulsa in the WNBA Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse has its all-star game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

Many of the stars are gone. But new stars will shine this weekend at Wimbledon.
wimbledonThe fortnight closes this weekend with the women’s final Saturday at 9 p.m. and men’s championship Sunday at 9 a.m. ESPN has the coverage of the final matches.
None of the four women vying for the crown have a Grand Slam championship to their names. Agniezska Radwanska, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final,  faces Sabine Lisicki in one semifinal, while Kristen Flipkens meets Marion Bartoli for the other spot in Saturday’s final.
Top-seed Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin del Porto in one men’s semifinal, while hometown favorite Andy Murray meets Jerzy Janowicz in the other.
ESPN has the women’s semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. and the men’s semifinals are Friday at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour makes its closest stop to Fishersville, with the top players gathering about 100 miles away at the Greenbrier. CBS has weekend coverage starting at 3 p.m. each day.
The Orioles and Nationals start play early on July 4th. The Nationals host the Brewers at 11 a.m. on MASN, while the Orioles take on the White Sox at 2 p.m. on MASN2. The Orioles then head to New York to face the Yankees for the weekend on MASN (Sunday afternoon on TBS), while the Nationals host San Diego on MASN2.
The Saturday night slate on Fox includes Dodgers at Giants and Astros facing the Rangers. Other games include White Sox-Rays, Mets at Brewers and the Braves against the Phillies. ESPN shows the Red Sox meeting the Angels Sunday night.
NASCAR returns to Daytona for 400 more miles of action Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go in the Firecracker 250 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit visits Pocono on ABC Sunday at noon, while the American Le Mans tour has its Northeast Grand Prix Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 heads north of the border for CFL play between Winnipeg and Montreal Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. NBC has coverage Saturday at 8 p.m., and the ninth stage starts Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gearing up for the World Cup, the United States plays Guatemala in an International Friendly on NBC Sports network Friday at 11 p.m. The Messi All-stars face the World All-Stars Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United continues a western swing at Colorado Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast, while Seattle visits Vancouver Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN brings Chicago against Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m.
Charlotte faces Boston in Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.