Here’s a guide for what to watch in the sports world this upcoming weekend.
NBA Summer League
Friday July 5th – Thursday July 11th:
Live from Las Vegas, it’s the 2019 NBA Summer League with all 30 NBA teams and 2 international teams (China, Croatia) in action. NBA fans will be given the opportunity to watch their favorite teams’ young stars in action for the first time. The highly anticipated debuts of Zion Williamson (NOP) and RJ Barrett (NYK) take place tonight at 9:30pm, when the former Blue Devils face off against one another on ESPN. Entering the beginning of Summer League play, the New York Knicks open with the best odds to win the Summer League title. While every team is aiming to improve and develop, the chance to win a Summer League title is also on their minds. After playing their scheduled games, the top eight teams will be put into a bracket and participate in a single elimination tournament with a chance to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Saturday, July 6th @ 11 am 3rd Place Game: England vs. Sweden (FOX)
Sunday, July 7th @ 11 am Championship Game: USA vs. Netherlands (FOX)
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be coming to an end this weekend, as both the 3rd Place and Championship games will be taking place.
Entering the Championship game off of a 2-1 win over England, the USA will be looking to win their second straight World Cup title. Megan Rapinoe is expected to be back for the United States after not playing in the semi-final match against England. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are entering the championship game off of a goal by Jackie Groenen in the 99th minute of the match, leading to their 1-0 win. Sunday will mark the first time that the Netherlands will participate in a World Cup Championship match.
2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Sunday, July 7th @ 9 pm Gold Cup Final: United States vs. Mexico
The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will come to a conclusion this Sunday at Solider Field in Chicago, as the United States Men’s National Team will face off against Mexico. Entering Sunday’s matchup, the United States will be looking to win back to back Gold Cup championships after besting Jamaica 2-1 in 2017. Mexico and the United States have combined to win each of the past 9 Gold Cup titles, and the United States with a win would clinch their 7th Gold Cup title. Currently, Mexico stands alone with 7 Gold Cup titles.
2019 MLB Home Run Derby Presented by T-Mobile
Monday July 8th @ 8 pm Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Leading off the 2019 All-Star festivities will be none other than the 2019 Home Run Derby. This year, the field of 8 features a good crop of young sluggers, including Vlad Guerrero Jr., Pete Alonso, Josh Bell, and hometown Indians’ first baseman Carlos Santana. We now know the first round matchups for the derby.
#1 Christian Yelich vs. #8 Vlad Guerrero Jr.
#4 Alex Bregman vs. #5 Joc Peterson
#2 Pete Alonso vs. #7 Carlos Santana
#3 Josh Bell vs. #6 Ronald Acuna Jr.
The winners of each matchup will then be paired up as follows:
#1/#8 winner vs. #4/#5 winner
#2/#7 winner vs. #3/#6
The final matchup will be the winner of the second round matchups.
All participants will hit for 5 minutes and will receive one 45-second time-out to use while batting during the first and second rounds. The participants in the final round will receive two time-outs: one 45-second and one 3o-second. Each participant will be eligible to collect 30 seconds of bonus time if they hit at least 2 Home Runs over 440+ feet.
So if you’re looking for something to watch be sure to check out these events throughout the weekend!
Written by Ethan Perlman
About the Author
Ethan Perlman has been a sports fanatic for a long time and has also been involved in the sports world at the high school, college, and professional levels. Currently coaching football and JV basketball at Eton Academy, Ethan has also served on the Bowling Green State University baseball coaching staff from 2014-2018 and worked in the Detroit Tigers Clubhouse from 2014-2018 as a Bat/Ball Boy. Ethan now works at NRMStreamcast with writing sports blogs on football, basketball, and baseball.