Play It Forward: July 22-28 on your sports calendar: Volleyball in Long Beach, surf’s up in Huntington, and Cooperstown becomes a ghost town

How to plan out your lazy summer week ahead:


1001053_662101613804670_1683768363_nWORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL, Long Beach, Monday-Sunday:
b75836dc-268c-4500-a54a-c1674c5a6bc3.jpg.ashxSharknado warnings aside, this  week-long festival near Marina Green Park off Shoreline Drive has “all things beach,” as the organizers call it. That’s the actual volleyball matches mixed in with music, sun screen and likely some adult beverages.“It will be the most extraordinary beach volleyball event in the history of the planet,” said creator Leonard Armato, the former AVP commissioner and CEO. “It will ignite the entire volleyball community. Nothing like this has ever been done. It combines beach volleyball and beach lifestyles.”
google-map1Sanctioned by FIVB, the sport’s international governing body, it includes AAU youth tournament, a NCSVA college event, amateur co-ed four-person and six-man competitions, and concludes with a women’s semifinal and final on Saturday, a men’s semi and final on Sunday (Channel 4, 1:30 p.m.).
Kerri Walsh Jennings decided not to play in the FIVB Grand Slam event because of an abdominal strain, but instead will play in the World Series Cup tournament that starts Saturday. FIVB participants include Whitney Pavlik, Annett Davis, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal among 128 pros attending from 16 countries. NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports also has coverage.
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MLB: DODGERS at TORONTO, 4 p.m., Channel 9:
Is there a shot out of the blue that the Dodgers could jump in and stay first in the NL West by the time this awkward series against the bottom-feeder in the AL East ends? The momentum from the three-game sweep in Washington should translate in Canada. The Dodgers will miss having to face R.J. Dickey or Mark Buehrle — but that’s kind of a bad thing.
The series continues:
Tuesday and Wednesday,  4 p.m., Channel 9

MLB: ANGELS vs. MINNESOTA, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
Best we can offer up here is a Surfing Rally Monkey Plush toy giveaway during Tuesday’s game.
The series continues:
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m., FSW
Wednesday, 12:35 p.m., FSW


vinbobbleMLB: DODGERS vs. CINCINNATI, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
Last time they gave out a Vin Scully bobble head, a rare rainbow appeared over the right-field pavilion. Here’s another Scully trinket giveaway on the first game of this set. Where do we look to the heavens this time?
The rest of the series:
Friday, 7:10 p.m., Prime
Saturday, 6:10 p.m., Prime
Sunday, 1:10 p.m., Prime

MLB: ANGELS at OAKLAND, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
Another major opportunity for the Angels and “Arte-Ball” to make up some ground in the AL West. But again, they’ll have to face Bartolo Colon.
The series continues:
Friday, 7:05 p.m., FSW
Saturday, noon, Channel 11
Sunday, 1:05 p.m., FSW

GOLF:SENIOR BRITISH OPEN at Southport, England, first round, 9 a.m., ESPN2:
Royal Birkdale is the 11th different course to host this event in its 27th year. A year ago, Fred Couples birdied his last two holes, closing with a 25-foot putt, to secure a two-shot victory in Turnberry, Scotland.
ESPN2 has coverage Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m.)

WNBA: SPARKS vs. SEATTLE, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
You’ve got something better to do on your downtown lunch break?


NorthernColoradoSOCCER: GALAXY at COLORADO, 4 p.m., ESPN2:
Have you seen the rapidly developing stories about how a group of counties in Colorado are talking about colluding to break away and form their own state — Northern Colorado — as the nation’s 51st star on the flag? The MLS Rapids play in Commerce City, a suburb north of Denver and part of Adams County, which somehow is not part of the eight-county coalition that wants to pull out. The Rapids would still be drawing from fans in Greeley, which would be part of this new Northern Colorado annex. At least the team could market itself as being a multi-state attraction.

BOWLING: 70th U.S. OPEN from Columbus, Ohio, 9 a.m., ESPN:
Pete Weber won his fifth title last year — his first was in 1988 — with a 215-214 victory over Mike Fagan. Go ahead, pump your fist and shout it out.


SOCCER: CONCACAF GOLD CUP FINAL, at Soldier Field, Chicago, 1 p.m., Channel 11:
Team Landon Donovan will plant a flag here if it gets past its semifinal match against Honduras on Wednesday at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Tex. (4 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel, against the winner of Mexico-Panama).


Since Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were not given Hall passes in their first year of eligibility, they might as well hold this year’s ceremony in an Iowa cornfield. Where else would we find former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, former umpire Hank O’Day and former catcher/third baseman Deacon White – all of whom died before 1940? For the first time since 1960, there are no living Hall inductees. “This will definitely have a different flavor than when we have fans who come to celebrate living inductees,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson told the Wall Street Journal. “No one here expects our (attendance) numbers to be what they would be if we had a headline Hall of Famer.” Know who could have brought a crowd: Gil Hodges. If the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman ever makes it in, you might even get Vin Scully there to accept it for him.
In a ceremony Saturday before Sunday’s event, former Dodgers team doctor Frank Jobe will be honored for his contributions to the game – particularly the Tommy John surgery. We asked Dr. Jobe back in January of 2012 if he thought he was worthy of being inducted into the Hall — which is still isn’t going to be, but will be getting recognition from the Hall in any regards. “I’d be happy to accept it. I’m not sure if I know what ‘worthy’ means. It’s been a wonderful 38 years (since the John surgery) , and if (the Hall acknowledge) happened, that would be a beautiful thing. I’d be very proud and happy about it.”

ASP RipCurl Pro Search Somewhere in San FranciscoU.S. OPEN OF SURFING, Huntington Beach pier, men’s and women’s final round,  noon:
Yup, 11-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater is back on board, along with Dane Reynolds, defending champ Julian Wilson and two-time champ and local star Brett Simpson. On the women’s side, it’s top-ranked Tyler Wright going against Courtney Conlogue and defending champ Lakey Peterson.

NASCAR: BRICKYARD 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 9 a.m., ESPN:
Crown Royal Presents The Curtiss Shaver 400 At The Brickyard
Defending champ Jimmie Johnson, who has won four of the last seven times at the famous track, is tied with Jeff Gordon, the inaugural Brickyard winner in 1994, for the most wins in the event’s history. Then there’s the Danica Patrick factor – this is her first NASCAR race on the track where she’s also competed in seven Indianapolis 500s with the IRL.

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