Staying alive in Brazil

world cupThe United States plays its second World Cup game Sunday.
By the end of the weekend, we should have a pretty good idea of the 16 teams advancing to the knockout round.
The United States heads into the Amazon rainforest to face Portugal Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. They enhanced their chances with Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, while Portugal lost 4-0 to Germany and will play without a top defender who drew a red card in Monday’s match.
Thursday’s action on ESPN begins at 11:30 a.m. with Colombia against Ivory Coast. Uruguay and England try to bounce back from opening losses at 2:30 p.m., and Japan faces Greece at 5:30 p.m.
Costa Rica takes on Italy Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Switzerland-France and Ecuador playing Honduras at 5:30 p.m.
Argentina battles Iran Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, then Germany and Ghana meet at 2:30 p.m. Nigeria takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina at 5:30 p.m. The final day of the second round closes on ABC Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Belgium and Russia, and Algeria faces South Korea at 2:30 p.m.
Teams are trying to stay alive in Omaha at the College World Series. TCU, fresh off a 15-inning loss to Virginia, meets Mississippi Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN in a loser’s bracket game. Virginia will play the winner of that game Friday at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt won the first two games in its bracket, and plays Texas Friday at 3 p.m.
Deciding games in the two brackets will be played Saturday, if necessary. The best-of-three championship series starts Monday.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. It’s over to MASN2 Friday and Sunday, while the Orioles visit the Yankees on MASN for the weekend.
Fox offers Nationals-Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., and other areas of the country will see Pirates visiting the Cubs and Tigers against Indians. The Rangers and Angels battle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR hits the road to Sonoma, with coverage on TNT Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide Series visits Road America Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Austria this weekend. The race gets underway Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Don’t forget your umbrella when the PGA tour visits Connecticut Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Pinehurst hosts the U.S. Women’s Open this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN2 shows the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Tulsa takes on Chicago in WNBA action Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers Major League Lacrosse between the Bayhawks and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m.



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