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The Week in Sports TV: June 25-July 1

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 25th 2010 2:45PM
We're not sure about you guys, but we're still exhausted from watching that ridiculous Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Seriously, 70-68? We're pretty sure there were games during the NBA Finals that had lower scores than that. Which... says something about the NBA Finals, but that's a different story.

We only bring this up, of course, because this week Wimbledon kicks into an even higher gear. Add to that the continued thrills of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which found a new gear once the group stage reached critical mass in the final games, and it's a great week for international sports. Domestically, well, not so much, unless you're really into the 75th game of the baseball season, in which case, don't worry, we'll wake you when nap time is over.

That's not to say that tennis and soccer are the only events going on this week. Far from it. To find out just what else is happening on the sports tube, check out our weekly listing of the top viewing possibilities. After all, we haven't steered you wrong yet, have we?

As always, times listed are Eastern. Wimbledon coverage is generally from 7AM until 3PM on ESPN2 and ESPNU unless otherwise noted.

Friday: Baseball's offseason is called the Hot Stove league, but what do you call Hockey's summer break? You can ponder this imponderable tonight while watching the NHL Draft on Versus, starting at 7PM. World Cup Schedule (all games on ESPN unless otherwise noted): North Korean vs. Ivory Coast (10AM, ESPN2), Portugal vs. Brazil (10AM), Switzerland vs. Honduras (2:30PM, ESPN 2), Chile vs. Spain (2:30PM)

Saturday: The quarterfinals of the World Cup start today, with the one of the biggest matches in American history as the U. S. team faces off against Ghana for a chance to advance to the elite eight (2:30PM ABC). CBS pitches in with coverage of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship starting at 3PM. NBC picks up Wimbledon from noon until 3PM. Fox has their weekly Saturday baseball game, but it's not until 7PM, so plan your life accordingly. SpikeTV replays UFC 113 at 10PM. World Cup Schedule: Uruguay vs. South Korea (10AM)

Sunday: The World Cup serves up a fantastic doubleheader, as Germany and England re-enact World War II on the pitch (10AM), followed by Argentina and Mexico, battling for the hearts of Univision watchers around the country (2:30PM ABC). THE LPGA Championship concludes on the Gold Channel (3PM), while on the men's side, The Travelers Championship final round also starts at 3PM on CBS. Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN brings the Dodgers vs. the Yankees, so if you live in Brooklyn in 1955, get pumped (8PM).

Monday: The Finals of the College World Series kick off on ESPN at 7:30PM. Versus gets people pumped for the Tour De France with a special on Lance Armstrong (7PM). FX shows the rousing Samuel L. Jackson high school basketball drama 'Coach Carter' at 8PM. NBC picks up Wimbledon from 10AM until 1PM, just another nail in the coffin of soap operas. World Cup Schedule: Netherlands vs. Slovakia (10AM), teams to be determined (2:30PM).

Tuesday: NBC picks up Wimbledon from 10AM until 1PM. Catch the excitement of women's basketball with the WNBA on ESPN2 (Indiana at Washington, 7PM). Game 2 of the College World Series is on ESPN at 7:30PM. Do you think Goldie Hawn would make a good football coach? Well, someone did, and you can see the results on Versus at 9PM when they air 'Wildcats.' World Cup Schedule: Paraguay vs. Japan (10AM), teams to be determined (2:30PM)

Wednesday: The World Cup takes a bit of a breather between rounds, resuming play on Saturday, leaving millions of people scrambling to find a different excuse to keep from doing work each morning. Best choice? The Wimbledon Men's Quarterfinals, which can be seen on NBC starting at 10AM. Game 3 of the College World Series will be played on ESPN at 7:30PM if necessary. If not, then it won't. Pretty basic. ESPN2 will be handling the duties for the Marlins vs. the Mets (7PM) if ESPN is tied up with the college kids.

Thursday: Wimbledon ramps up even more, with NBC airing the Ladies' Semifinals from noon until 5PM. ESPN2 tries to cash in on the World Cup buzz by broadcasting an MLS game (Houston vs. Toronto, 7PM). Good luck with that.

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