By Sam Graham
France’s forward Karim Benzema (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
5. World Cup Quarterfinals – France vs. Germany – 9AM PT – ESPN2
2 of the favorites to win the greatest tournament in all of sports face off in a much-anticipated quarterfinals matchup. France and Germany have both yet to lose a match in the World Cup, respectively winning their groups and their knockout round games. Look for top scorers Karim Benzema for France and Thomas Muller of Germany to be difference makers.
Colombia’s midfielder James Rodriguez (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
4. World Cup Quarterfinals – Brazil vs. Columbia – 1PM PT – ESPN
With host Brazil barely sneaking pass Chile in the knockout round, look for the crowd to be heavily one-sided in this matchup against Columbia. Top goal scorer of the tournament so far, James Rodriguez of Columbia, will be favored to put another one in the back of the net.
Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
3. New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins – 12PM PT – ESPN2
There may not be too many more occasions to watch The Captain take the field this year. With Derek Jeter’s farewell tour hitting up Target Field in Minnesota, not only can you get a preview of the stadium for this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, but you can also see one of the greatest shortstops of all-time before he hangs up his cleats for the last time.
NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
2. NASCAR Nationwide Series – Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona – 4:30PM PT – ESPN2
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with fireworks on the track at Daytona International Speedway. The Nationwide Series is home to the up and comers of the NASCAR world with several of the big boys from the Sprint Cup Series taking part in this race under the lights at Daytona. Can a Nationwide regular best a Sprint Cup veteran this year? Tune in to find out!
Tigers’ first-baseman Miguel Cabrera (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
1. Tampa Bay Rays @ Detroit Tigers – 4PM PT – ESPN
The Tigers are riding a recent hot streak, winning 8 of their last 10 and are always a perennial postseason threat. The Rays, even though occupying the basement of the AL East at the moment, have won 7 of 10 themselves. Can the Rays continue to make up ground in their division or will Detroit pad their lead in the AL Central?