It’s the dog days of summer when the sports calendar gets a little thin, as the NBA and NFL are still on hiatus, but there’s plenty of great baseball, as well as our favorite super-rando basketball tournament to fill your weekend, a few friendlies and the UEFA u-19 championship.
Major League Baseball
Yankees vs Red Sox, Saturday @ 4:05pm ET on FS1 and Sunday @ 7pm ET on ESPN
The Red Sox opened up this four-game set with a 19-3 drubbing of the Yankees, who nonetheless maintain a 10-game lead over Boston and are looking to put the defending champs away for good. The Yankees are enjoying their second-highest winning percentage since the days of Mickey Mantle, while the Sox may well end up as the most infuriating 90-win team in MLB history.
Astros vs Cardinals, Saturday @ 7:15pm ET on FS1
The ‘Stros enjoy a comfortable 8-game lead over the A’s in the AL West, but the Cards are currently fighting for their playoff lives as they are tied with the Cubs atop the NL Central and with the Nats in the Wild Card race.
Dodgers vs Nationals, Sunday @ 1:35pm ET on TBS
Led by presumptive NL MVP Clay Bellinger, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the winningest team in baseball and enjoy an absurd 14.5-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the NL West. The Nats are tied with e Cubs and Cards atop the Wild Card race with the Phillies lurking just a game back. The Dodgers will send 2019 All Star Walker Buehrle to the mound sporting a 9-1 record with a 3.23 ERA 7.71 SO/BB.
The Basketball Tournament
Boeheim’s Army vs We Are D3, Friday @ 7pm ET on ESPN2
A group of ex-Orangemen take on a ragtag bunch former Division III players in this under-the-radar tournament that’s in its sixth year. Founded in 2014, it features 64 teams, made up mostly of ex-college players, many formed of alum from one school, like Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) and the After Shock (Wichita State). Teams from around the country battle it out in a single-elimination tournament, but they’ll have to get past four-time defending champions Overseas Elite to claim the $2 million prize. You can find the full schedule of all TBT action on ESPN and its affiliates here.
The International Champions Cup
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Friday at 7:30pm ET on ESPN
With the season about to start, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane finds himself struggling to deal with the Gareth Bale situation and the club has just loaned out up-and-comer Dani Ceballos to Arsenal for the year, but, hey, they were just named the most valuable football franchise in the world, so things aren’t all bad.
UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Portugal vs Spain, Saturday at 10am ET on ESPNNews
It’s the Battle for Iberia as the famed peninsula’s two proud nations send their youths to fight it out for supremacy.
Arsenal vs Lyon, Sunday at 10:15am ET on ESPN3
Arsenal are eager to field their newest additions, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos, and William Saliba after falling to Real Madrid in a Stateside shootout. Lyon, meanwhile, is desperate to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to Servette and Genoa.
The International Champions Cup
AC Milan vs Benfica, Sunday at 3pm ET on ESPN2
AC Milan finished last season with four straight wins to secure 5th place in the Serie A standings, but opened this preseason with a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Benfica, meanwhile, is 2-0 in this International Champions Cup series, with wins over Chivas and Fiorentina, and come into the match as the favorites