[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days


Bryan Flynn

We're days away from the start of football. The NFL Hall of Fame game is Aug. 5. I can already smell in the air that football is coming.

Thursday, July 12

Basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN): Exhibition game between the Dominican Republic and the United States team live from Las Vegas. Team USA is tuning up for London.

Friday, July 13

WNBA (7-9 p.m. Sports South): The Atlanta Dream hit the road to face the San Antonio Silver Stars on a night that's light on sports.

Saturday, July 14

Cycling (7-10 a.m. NBC Sports Network): The Tour de France hits stage 13 on Bastille Day in a 217-kilometer ride (a little under 134 miles) from Saint-Paul-Toris-Chateaux to Le Cap d'Agde.

Sunday, July 15

NASCAR (noon-3:30 p.m. TNT): Sprint Cup travels to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Ryan Newman won this race last year.

Monday, July 16

Basketball (4:30-6:30 p.m. ESPN 2): The U.S. Women's basketball team gets ready for London with a match against Brazil. The U.S. Men play Brazil's men following the women's game.

Tuesday, July 17

NFL (8-9 p.m. ESPN): "2011 Denver Broncos Yearbook" takes a look back at the 2011 Broncos' season as Tim Tebow saved Denver and upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

Wednesday, July 18

Soccer (8:30-10:30 p.m. ESPN): Champions League winner Chelsea faces the Seattle Sounders in the 2012 ESPN Summer Soccer Series.

The New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals play in the 2012 Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 5. Hopefully the days will pass quickly, so we can all get back to football.


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