NFL kickoff

The road to Super Bowl XLIX begins this weekend.
NBC brings the first exhibition of the 2014 season Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills meet the New York Giants at 8 p.m. in the Hall of Fame game.
The Bills are awaiting their first postseason trip of the 21st century, while the Giants are three seasons removed from a Super Bowl championship run.
The Hall of Fame enshrinement will be on ESPN2 and NFL network Saturday at 7 p.m.
NFL fans, your weekends are now set until Feb. 1 – when NBC covers the Super Bowl in Arizona.
The Orioles close a series with the Angels Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Mariners over the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals face the Phillies – Thursday on MASN2 and the rest of the weekend on MASN.
The Yankees and Red Sox battle Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. TBS brings the Angels and Rays Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NASCAR visits Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide series hits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Honda Indy 200 Sunday at 3 p.m.
CBS has the Bridgestone Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Houston Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. NBC offers the Galaxy meeting Portland Saturday at 2:30 p.m. while Philadelphia plays Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Seattle-San Jose Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In friendly action, ESPN has Bayern Munich against Chivas Thursday at 8 p.m. Liverpool faces AC Milan Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the International Champions Cup on NBC Sports network and Fox offers Manchester United against Real Madrid Saturday at 4 p.m.
Arsenal faces AC Monaco in the Emirates Cup Sunday at 11:15 a.m. on ESPN2.
Portland plays Houston in women’s soccer Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The U.S. Open series continues on both coasts this weekend. ESPN2 has quarterfinals from the Citi Open in Washington Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., with play from the Bank of the West Classic at 11 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Citi Open and 5 p.m. out west, with championships on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.
The Breeders Cup Challenge visits Saratoga Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC.

Back to the Brickyard

For one last time, the ESPN crew will bring you the final part of the NASCAR season.
The Brickyard 400 Sunday at 1 p.m. starts ESPN’s part of its final contract year. In 2015, Fox and NBC will split TV duties.
It’s been 20 years since Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard. He leads the points race going into Indianapolis, with several drivers seeking that first win that might nab a spot in the final 10-race playoff.
Qualifying will be Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Nationwide race Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
On two wheels, the cyclists head for the finish in Paris this weekend. NBC Sports network has stages of the Tour de France Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m., with the final race to Paris Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles start a four-game set in Seattle Thursday at 10 p.m. on MASN, with the rest of the series on MASN2. The Nationals host the Reds on MASN starting Friday.
FoxSports1 has the Reds and Nationals Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Royals. The Yankees host the Blue Jays on TBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and it’s Dodgers against Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Senior Open will be on ESPN2, with the opening round Thursday at noon. Coverage continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
Calgary takes on Edmonton in CFL action Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Toronto battles Saskatchewan Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open begins in Atlanta, with quarterfinal play Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Mystics host Tulsa Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.
The World Series of beach volleyball will be on NBC Sports network Friday at 3 p.m.

Open up

We usually wonder if Tiger Woods is going to win at a major tournament.
open logoThis week, we’ll be wondering if he’ll make the cut.
Woods tries for his elusive 15th major championship at the British Open, starting Thursday at 4 a.m. on ESPN. The second round begins Friday at 4 p.m., with the third round at 7 a.m. Saturday. The final round begins Sunday at 6 a.m.
One of Woods’ Open championships has come at Royal Liverpool, site of this week’s tournament. He missed the cut in his only action since surgery in March.
If you can’t get enough Woods on the regular coverage, ESPN3 will follow his trip around the course for each day’s action.
The Nationals start the second half of the season at home against Milwaukee on MASN. The Orioles start a West Coast swing with three games in Oakland on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers a pair of games Saturday, with the Dodgers against Cardinals at 4 p.m. followed by Indians-Tigers. The Red Sox host the Royals on TBS Sunday at 1:35 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend when the Cardinals face the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
The Sprint Cup series has the weekend off, but the Nationwide racers visit Chicago Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network carries the IndyCar races in Toronto Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The German Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Sunday at noon.
On two wheels, the Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network. There’s stages Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., with Saturday’s race starting at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.
Edmonton faces Winnipeg in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s Hamilton against Calgary Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Missing soccer with the World Cup over? There’s MLS play this weekend as D.C. United hosts Chivas USA on Comcast Sunday at 8 p.m. Sporting Kansas City takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 while Colorado meets Portland Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In women’s soccer, Portland plays Boston Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Liverpool has a friendly match against Preston North End Saturday at 9 a.m. on Comcast, and Seattle meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
The best of the WNBA meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.


world cupBrazil will be playing this weekend.
Just not the game they expected.
Fresh off the 7-1 loss to Germany, the host country has been relegated to the third place game against Netherlands Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
In Sunday’s final at 2 p.m. from Rio on ABC, Argentina has the home hemisphere advantage after its penalty kick win on Wednesday. They beat the West Germans in the 1986 final played in Mexico, then lost to the Germans in 1990 in Italy.
Stateside, D. C. United travels to San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Seattle meets Portland Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Nationals close out their series in Baltimore Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN and MASN2. The Orioles host the Yankees for the weekend – Friday and Saturday on MASN and Sunday night on ESPN – while the Nationals visit the Phillies on MASN2 Friday, Fox Saturday and MASN Sunday.
Fox also offers Pirates-Reds and Angels against the Rangers Saturday night. The Cardinals and Brewers will be on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and TBS Sunday at 2 p.m.
TNT closes its coverage of NASCAR from New Hampshire Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Indy Cars visit Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On two wheels, NBC carries Saturday’s stage of the Tour de France starting at 8 a.m. NBC Sports network brings the action Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., then again Sunday at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Illinois for the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the first two rounds of the U.S. Senior Open Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. NBC carries the final two rounds, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Across the pond, the British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. Play in the third round starts Saturday at 8 a.m. and the final round Sunday at 8 a.m. NBC brings the Scottish Open Saturday and Sunday at noon.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League action, with the Wizards against the Hawks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Timberwolves Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
In WNBA play, Seattle visits Minnesota Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the World Cup of softball, the United States faces Canada Thursday at 9 p.m. and Japan Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. It’s the United States against Mexico Saturday at 1 p.m. and Taiwan at 8 p.m. before the final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Canada faces the United States in the World Cup of Lacrosse Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

Breakfast at Wimbledon

wimbledonIt’s the final weekend for strawberries and cream. But it won’t be as sweet as last year for English tennis fans.
Wimbledon closes its fortnight, but 2013 men’s champion Andy Murray will not return to Centre Court Sunday with a chance to repeat. Murray lost in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, leaving Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic as top contender to meet Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.
The women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN will likely feature a new champion, as only 2011 champion Petra Kvitova reached the semifinals.
The ladies semifinals are Thursday at 8 a.m. on ESPN and men’s semifinals Friday at 8 a.m.
It’s down to the World Cup’s quarterfinal round in Brazil. The host nation takes on Colombia Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, after Germany meets France at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
Belgium faces Argentina Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ABC, and Costa Rica tangles with Netherlands at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Stateside, D.C. United travels to Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Friday, with the Red Bulls facing Houston at 8 p.m. followed by Portland at the Galaxy.
The Orioles close out a homestand against Texas Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit Boston for the weekend. Friday’s game is on MASN2 and Sunday’s on MASN, with Saturday on Fox. Other games on Fox include Giants-Padres and Rangers against the Mets.
The Nationals meet the Cubs Friday at 11 a.m. on MASN, Saturday afternoon on MASN and Sunday on MASN2.
Baseball on the Fourth of July includes Yankees visiting the Twins on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. and Rays at Tigers at 7 p.m. The Diamondbacks battle the Braves on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., then the Twins host the Yankees on TBS Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rays and Tigers close out the weekend Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR returns to Daytona to mark the halfway point of the season. TNT has the Coke Zero 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m., after the Nationwide racers go in the Firecracker 250 Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race from Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. There’s practice for the British Grand Prix Friday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
On two wheels, the Tour de France starts on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 a.m. The second stage starts Sunday at 6 a.m.
The PGA tour visits the Greenbrier this weekend, with coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Toronto hosts Saskatchewan in CFL play Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s off the running at the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.