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The Week in Sports TV: July 9-15

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 9th 2010 4:30PM
At long last, the world can finally breathe a sigh of relief, because LeBron James has made his monumental decision, freeing Earth's population from the tyranny of uncertainty. Yes, it's a joyous moment in the sports world -- or it would be if most of the planet weren't busy paying attention to actual sports being played, such as the Tour de France, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and a little something called the World Cup Final.

So our apologies to King James, but we have a small request: now that you've had your prime time special to talk about yourself, is it cool if the rest of us get back to watching and caring about things that matter? Plus, we're guessing that the good folks of Cleveland could probably use a distraction right about now anyway, and nothing distracts quite like the spectacle of sport.

And nothing quite matches the spectacle of a World Cup final, not even the annual Home Run Derby, both of which help fill a crowded week. So pull on your Spanish or Dutch jersey, grab your vuvuzela and settle down in your lawn chair, because when it comes to soccer, this is one decision that's going to be made the right way: on the field of play.

Here's the rundown of the week in televised sports. As always, listed times are Eastern unless otherwise noted.

Friday, July 9: It's a pretty slow night in sports, unless you're really into the Nationwide Series of auto racing. If so, you're in luck, because ESPN is showing the Dollar General 300 at 8PM. Your best bet, though, is to flip over to FX for an encore presentation of the classic hockey film 'Miracle,' also at 8PM. We dare you not to get choked up. And for the early birds, the Tour de France continues on Versus at 8:30AM.

Saturday, July 10: Germany plays Uruguay in the third place game at the World Cup starting at 2:30PM on ABC. We're guessing those players have about ten billion other places they would rather be. CBS has PGA golf with the John Deere Classic, beginning at 3PM, while Fox has their weekly Saturday baseball game between team to be determined at 4PM. And in Women's basketball action, the WNBA All-Stars take on Team USA starting at 3:30PM. Shouldn't some of those All-Stars be on team USA? Just saying. Also, the Tour de France continues on Versus at 7:30AM.

Sunday, July 11: This is the big one: Spain vs. The Netherlands for all the world's marbles, beginning at 2:30PM on ABC. CBS has final round action of the John Deere Classic at 3:00PM, while NBC matches that with the LPGA Women's U. S. Open at the same time. ESPN has the last baseball game before the All-Star break, the Dodgers vs. the Cubs, starting at 8PM. And the Tour de France continues on Versus at 7:30AM.

Monday, July 12: The Home Run Derby is live on ESPN starting at 8PM. Which major star will completely destroy his swing and end up either on the DL or totally ineffective for the rest of the season? Find out tonight! That's pretty much it on a light Monday; everyone else has gotten out of the way of MLB's biggest slabs of meat. Even the Tour de France has a rest day today, so go ahead and sleep in.

Tuesday, July 13: America's pastime takes a much needed siesta in the form of the All-Star Game. Will Bud Selig intervene again and halt play during a tie game? Will the National League continue to get steamrolled like human pavement? Tune in to Fox starting at 8PM to find out the scoop. If that's not your deal, well, the WNBA has Tulsa and Los Angeles at 7PM (ESPN2). And AMC airs Kevin Costner's ode to ballsy golf, 'Tin Cup,' at 8PM, while back in the morning hours, the Tour de France continues on Versus at 7:00AM.

Wednesday, July 14: Seth Meyers hosts the 18th annual ESPY Awards on ESPN starting at 9PM. At this point, though, we wouldn't be surprised if they just surrendered entirely, renamed it the LeBron awards, and named him winner in every category. Stuart Scott would be so proud. Meanwhile, PBS replays the Seventh Inning of the Ken Burns masterpiece 'Baseball' starting at 9PM, and Women's under-20 soccer between America and Ghana can be found on ESPNU at 8PM. We're not kidding. The Tour de France, of course, continues on Versus at 8:00AM.

Thursday, July 15: The Tour de France continues on Versus at 8:30AM, but this time it has some stiff continental competition, as first round play at the British Open begins on ESPN at 7AM. Major League Soccer attempts to cash in on the World Cup buzz with a game on ESPN2 at 8PM between D.C. and Seattle, but the biggest sports event of the evening actually involves bowling: 'The Big Lebowski' airs at 8PM on The TV Guide Network, whatever that is.

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You fail to mention the NBA summer basketball league that's showing on NBA tv.


July 09 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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