Things I’ll try to watch this weekend while we finish up a long week of dog-sitting …
8:30 a.m.: Cycling, Tour de France, Stage 18. Flat stage with a likely sprint finish that will help decide the green jersey. Thor SMASH! Thor SMASH! Versus
8 p.m.: Softball, USA-Japan. First game of a lot of World Cup softball on ESPN networks this weekend. Jennie Finch has announced her imminent retirement. ESPN – full schedule of games at USA Softball
6 a.m.: Rugby, Tri-Nations, Australia-South Africa. RugbyZone.com (pay)
8:30 a.m.: Cycling, Tour de France, Stage 19. Time trial. That’s Andy Schleck’s last real chance to take the yellow jersey from Alberto Contador, but he’s an underdog. Versus
4 p.m.: Action sports, BMX Open. NBC
10 p.m.: Basketball, U.S. national team intrasquad game. World Championships start in late August. LeBron apparently not involved this time, though without a one-hour special, can we be sure? ESPN2
5:30 a.m.: Soccer, USA-Nigeria, U-20 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal. ESPNU/ESPN3.com
7:30 a.m.: Cycling, Tour de France, final stage. Possibly a final sprint for the green jersey, but more importantly, time to bid a fond farewell to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for now. And what will we do with our mornings now? Versus
4 p.m.: Beach volleyball, AVP Long Beach men’s final. ABC
10:30 p.m.: Soccer, Seattle-Colorado. In case you prefer league games to friendlies. Fox Soccer Channel
11 p.m.: Beach volleyball, AVP Long Beach women’s final (same-day). ESPN2
- Full soccer listings at Soccer America: MLS, international friendlies, U-20 Women’s World Cup, Mexico.
- Selected weekend listings at USA TODAY
- ESPN3: U-20 Women’s World Cup, Australian Rules football, CFL, cricket, AAU basketball, tennis, fishing, lacrosse
- Tennis Channel: Two live ATP tournaments.
- Universal Sports: Triathlon, World Juniors track and field.
- More Olympic sports: Handful of U.S. championships and junior competitions.