I’ll do the Week Ahead first, then do your links for today.
The Week in Sport is a slow one as we come off a scintillating Wimbledon, the U.S. Olympic Trials are over, MLB is gearing up for next week’s All-Star Game and the British Open isn’t until next weekend. So this is going to be a rather quiet week.
Looking at Major League Baseball, we’re already at the halfway point of the regular season. One of the more intriguing series will be the Tampa Bay Rays traveling to New York to face the Yankees. The early week series will show us if the AL East-leading Rays can win the on the road. For the National League, the NL East-leading Phillies take on the Cardinals in the midwest. Then on the final weekend before the All-Star break, Minnesota and Detroit square off in a AL Central battle and the Brewers who appear to have CC Sabathia in the fold will host Cincinnati. And out west, the Angels host Oakland. Fox’s Saturday games will be Minnesota-Detroit and Arizona-Philadelphia. ESPN will have the Rockies-Mets on Sunday night.
NASCAR heads to the Chicagoland Speedway for the LifeLock.com 400, Saturday night. This will be TNT’s last race before handing off to ESPN/ABC for the rest of the season.
The Indy Car Racing series will be in Nashville for the Firestone 200. ESPN has the race this Saturday night at 8.
The PGA Tour is in Illinois for the John Deere Classic. Golf Channel and CBS share the coverage.
Over to the LPGA, the women’s tour will stop at Toledo, OH for one of its more popular dates, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. ESPN2 has coverage starting Friday.
I told you it a slow week for sports. Next week, you have the All-Star Game and the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. That is a look at the Week Ahead.