The choices are as thin as they come this week, but we’ll give it to you anyway, so that if you’re on vacation, you’ll realize you’re really not missing all that much:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
TRACK AND FIELD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Moscow, Monday-Sunday:
It never gets old seeing Allyson Felix compete in an elite track and field event. The 27-year-old out of L.A. Baptist High and USC has done the 100, 200 and 400 meters during her decorated career, but the 2012 London Summer Games 200 meter champion is fine just focusing on that one distance this time, “which I have not done in quite some time,” she told reporters. The women’s 200 starts with qualifying heats Thursday, and the finals on Friday. Felix also hopes to be part of the U.S. women’s 4×400 relay (Friday) and 4×100 relay (Sunday). As for being one of the older U.S. competitors this time, Felix said: “It is very weird, time is going by… and it’s a lot of fun to see the younger athletes come up. It is great to be able to give them advice, make sure they stay focused and enjoy the journey and all that. They have blank pages in front of them, it is the beginning of their careers. It is definitely a different experience to be one of the older people on the team.” Other athletes with USC ties competing include reigning womens’ high jump champion Jesse Williams, men’s 110 high hurdler Ryan Wilson and men’s 800 meter runner Duane Solomon. UCLA incoming senior Marcus Nilsson will compete in the decathlon representing Sweden.
More on the schedule:http://www.iaaf.org
Universal Sports has daily coverage live; Channel 4 has taped coverage Saturday (9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.)
BEST OF THE REST:
DODGERS vs. N.Y. METS, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
Take note that Mets’ 31-year-old situational reliever Scott Rice continues to hold a roster spot at this point in the season. The former Royal High of Simi Valley left-hander, who has made a MLB-high 60 appearances with 12 holds with a 4-5 record and 3.53 ERA, spent the previous 14 seasons in the minor leagues, including some time last year in at the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque team. All-Star starter Matt Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA), scheduled to pitch against the Dodgers on Tuesday, didn’t have a decision in the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Dodgers in New York in late April, giving up three runs in six innings.
The series continues:
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Channel 9
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., Prime
MLB: ANGELS at N.Y. YANKEES, 4:05 p.m., FSW, ESPN:
Alex Rodriguez has nothing to worry about. The fans at Yankee Stadium have already shown him enough love as he waits out his suspension appeal.
The series continues:
Tuesday-Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., FSW
Thursday, 10:05 a.m., FSW
U.S. GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS at Hartford, Conn.:
Who’s in: 2012 women Olympians “Fierce Five” members Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney (go ahead, do the face), plus all five members of the men’s team from ’12: Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, John Orozco, Jake Dalton and Sam Mikulak.
Channel 4 has coverage Saturday (8 p.m., taped) and Sunday (10 a.m.)
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES, from Williamsport, Penn., opening games 10 a.m. and noon, ESPN; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., ESPN2:
The U.S. West Regional champion, Chula Vista, could go all the way to the World Championship on Aug. 25 and face the kids representing Mexico, who happen to be from Tijuana. Small world. Chula Vista, headed to Williamsport for the second time in five years, starts Friday against Great Lakes (noon, ESPN).
The event runs through International and U.S. championship games on Aug. 24, and the World Series final on Aug. 25.
MLB: DODGERS at PHILADELPHIA, 4:05 p.m., Prime:
A Zack Greinke-Cliff Lee match up is aligned to happen in the first game of the series. Unless one of them flinches.
Saturday, 4:05 p.m., Channel 9
Sunday, 10:35 a.m., Prime
MLB: ANGELS vs. HOUSTON, Angel Stadium,7:05 p.m., FSW:
Last we checked, these Astros have given up 172 more runs than they’ve scored in 115 games. No other team in the big leagues has a run differential higher than 95.
The series continues:
Saturday 6:05 p.m., FSW
Sunday 12:35 p.m., FSW
GOLF: SOLHEIM CUP, at Parker, Colo., opening round:
The U.S. team includes Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie. The European team? Not so famous, even with 17-year-old Charley Hull, who will be the youngest player ever to participate in this biennial event. The Colorado Golf Club is host to the competition of foursomes, four-ball, alternate shots and singles matches.
Golf Channel has coverage each day.
ARENA FOOTBALL: ARENA BOWL XXVI, from Orlando, Fla.: Philadelphia vs. Arizona, 10 a.m., Channel 2:
Who can forget when the Rattlers outlasted the Soul, 72-54, in last year’s Arena Bowl, then choked them out again, 66-52, in the ‘13 season opener. We don’t need Ron Jaworski to break this down for us.
GOLF: USGA MEN’S AMATEUR, Brookline, Mass., final round, 1 p.m., Channel 2:
The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., was the place 100 years ago where 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet, who lived just across the street from the course, upset British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to claim the 1913 U.S. Open, a victory that would transcend the game. A year ago, 21-year-old Steven Fox of Tennessee won the title when he defeated 21-year-old Michael Weaver of Fresno at Cherry Hills in Colorado. Fox became the highest seed, at No. 63, to win the U.S. Amateur since the USGA started seeding players in 1985.
A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday, then the field is cut to 64. Six rounds of match play begin on Wednesday and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on the final day.
(And don’t forget: the 2017 U.S. Amateur is going to be at Riviera).
WWE: 26th annual SUMMER SLAM, 4:30 p.m., Staples Center, pay-per-view, $44.95 (or $54.95 in HD):
Back at Staples Center for the fifth year in a row, the highlight from last summer (they tell us) is when Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H by submission in a no disqualification main event. A match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan seems destined to be the headliner this year, with Lesnar vs. CM Punk on the undercard.