Into the home stretch

Saturday is August 1.
The time of the baseball season for contenders to kick into gear and pretenders to begin thinking about Spring Training 2016.
The Nationals hold the lead in the National League East, and close a series in Miami Thursday at noon on MASN. They visit the Mets for the weekend, with games Friday and Saturday on MASN before playing Sunday night on ESPN.
The Orioles have a four-game set with the Tigers, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Saturday will be on MASN2, with the series finale Sunday afternoon on MASN.
FoxSports1 has the battle of Los Angeles between the Angels and Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS offers Yankees-White Sox Sunday at 2 p.m.
NASCAR visits Pocono, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck race goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Northern Virginia this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 carries the British Women’s Open, starting with first-round play Thursday at 9 a.m. Action continues Friday at 9 a.m., with the third round Saturday at 10 a.m. and final round Sunday at noon.
The best NBA players from Africa take on the world in South Africa Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.
Former NBA players try to shine in the Basketball Tournament semifinals Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. on ESPN. The winners meet for the championship Sunday at 3 p.m.
Winnipeg battles British Columbia in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Saskatchewan takes on Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. San Jose tangles with Portland Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 while Dallas heads to Chicago on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has the semifinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open Saturday at 4 p.m., with the final Sunday at 3 p.m. There’s World Team Tennis play Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Special Olympics World Games continue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Action continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.


Back to the Brickyard

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 race in 1994.
He gets his final shot at the famous track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gordon claimed his fifth win at Indianapolis last year, but hasn’t won yet on his farewell tour around the circuit. Sunday’s winner will get their chance at history, and to kiss the bricks.
NBC has the Xfinity race Saturday at 3 p.m.
There’s qualifying Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for both series on NBC Sports network and practices for the races will be Friday at noon.
The Tour de France rides into Paris for its finale Sunday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There are mountain stages Thursday at 8 a.m. then Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. before the trip to the final stage.
The Orioles close a series against the Yankees Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then head to Tampa Bay for the weekend.
The Nationals visit Pittsburgh for a four-game set, with Thursday’s game on MASN at 7 p.m. and the rest of the series on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers the A’s against Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Braves and Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Dodgers take on the Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on TBS, with the Tigers meeting the Red Sox on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Jamaica faces Mexico in the Gold Cup final from Philadelphia Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Barcelona meets Manchester United in International Champions Cup play Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
D.C. United visits Philadelphia on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Orlando against New York City Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Canada hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with the Canadian Open on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best senior golfers gather for the British Senior Open starting Thursday at noon on ESPN2. Play continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
The United States amateur concludes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. The semifinals are Friday at 2 p.m.
ABC carries the WNBA all-star game Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Pan-Am games close Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage of the action will be Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m.
The Opening Ceremonies of the World Special Olympics games are Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. There’s more action Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.


Open up

Will there be a Speith slam?
Jordan Speith claimed the first two majors of 2015, and goes for the third this weekend at The Open, being played at St. Andrews.
ESPN has coverage starting Thursday and Friday at 4 a.m. The third round gets underway Saturday at 7 a.m., with the final round beginning at 6 a.m.
Tom Watson, five-time winner of the Open, will be making his trip around the course. Wild weather might invade on Friday, making the historic course even tougher.
Celebrity golfers gather at Tahoe this weekend, with action Friday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network and moving to Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
With the All-Star break over, the Nationals host the Dodgers on MASN for the weekend. Saturday’s game will also be shown on FoxSports1, and TBS carries the Sunday contest.
The Orioles tangle with the Tigers in Detroit on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Indians-Reds Saturday at 7 p.m. and ESPN closes the weekend when the Red Sox visit the Angels Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the NASCAR race from New Hampshire Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m., after qualifying for both groups at 11 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The IndyCar series visits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Baltimore hosts the United States’ match with Cuba in the Gold Cup Saturday at 5 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Meadowlands Sunday, with Trinidad-Panama at 4:30 and  Mexico meeting Costa Rica at 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United heads to Dallas on Comcast Saturday at 9 p.m. The Crew take on Chicago Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday at 6 a.m. Friday’s stage starts at 8 a.m., and there’s more racing Sunday at 8 a.m.
ESPN2 has the Pan-Am games from Toronto Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m. The action continues Saturday at 7 p.m., with more on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

The best players of the fortnight reach for the championship this weekend.
wimbledonESPN has the men’s and women’s finals from Wimbledon. The men hit the court Sunday at 9 a.m., after the women’s championship Saturday at 9 a.m.
The ladies semifinals are Thursday at 8 a.m. Garbine Muguruza takes on Agnieszka Radwanska in the first match followed by Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova.
Friday’s men’s semifinals feature top-seed Novak Djokovic against Richard Gasquet, then Andy Murray battles Roger Federer.
The Nationals and Orioles have their Battle of the Beltways at Camden Yards this weekend. Coverage is on MASN and MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Fox carrying Saturday’s game at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings the Tigers and Twins Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Red Sox and Yankees meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on TBS, while the Cardinals battle the Pirates Saturday on Fox and Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Kentucky for the weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. and there’s the truck race Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s practice Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit visits Milwaukee Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS offers the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The U.S. Women’s Open airs on Fox Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The first two rounds will be on FoxSports1 Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
Play continues in the Gold Cup Thursday at 9:30 p.m. with Mexico and Cuba battling in Chicago on FoxSports1. The United States meets Haiti Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Foxborough.
New York FC tangles with Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Galaxy take on Club America Saturday at 11:30 p.m. in the International Champions Cup.
North of the border, Ottawa takes on Edmonton Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montreal meets Winnipeg Friday at 7 p.m.
In Arena Football, New Orleans faces San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour de France spends some time along the roads of northwest France, with Stage 6 starting Thursday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage 7 is Friday at 8 a.m., with NBC carrying Saturday’s stage at 8 a.m. It’s back to NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 a.m.
There’s action from the Pan American Games Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League play, with the Wizards against the Suns Saturday at 6 p.m. and the D-League select team Sunday at 4 p.m.


Fireworks at the Greenbrier

July is a big month at West Virginia’s Greenbrier resort.
The Saints come marching in for training camp at the end of the month, but this weekend it’s the best of the PGA in town.
Even Tiger.
CBS has weekend coverage of the Greenbrier Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR moves to the NBC networks for the second half of the season, with the Sprint Cup racers in Daytona Sunday at 7:45 p.m.
The Xfinity series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has practice coverage for both sets of drivers Friday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles close a series against the Rangers on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then head to Chicago to face the White Sox. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday’s contest on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Giants over the weekend. Friday’s game at 6 p.m. will be on MASN and ESPN, with Saturday at 11 a.m. on MASN and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 offers the Cubs-Marlins Friday at 2:20 p.m. and ESPN has the Mets against the Dodgers at 10 p.m.
The Rays battle the Yankees on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings the choice of five games Saturday at 7 p.m. – Mets taking on Dodgers, Phillies-Braves, Twins tangling with the Royals, Brewers-Reds and Cubs meeting the Marlins.
ESPN has Wimbledon coverage Thursday at 7 a.m., and more Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
Hamilton meets Winnipeg in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Calgary tangles with Montreal Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Women’s World Cup concludes with the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on Fox as Japan tries to defend its title against the United States. Germany and England battle in the third place game Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on Fox.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and Guatemala on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m.
In MLS, Portland battles San Jose on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Tour de France kicks off this weekend, with the second stage on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 a.m.