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With a handful of thrilling international sporting events coming to an end last week, we head into the dog days of summer featuring the final major of the golf year, the second half of Major League Baseball’s season, the UEFA Champions League titleholders coming to America and a battle for Los Angeles in MLS.
Must Watch: The Open Championship
Set your alarms for some morning golf because the 148th Open Championship is this week at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. With golf’s new major schedule, the British Open is the last major on the calendar for 2019. The three major winners this season are Tiger Woods at the Masters, Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship and Gary Woodland at the U.S. Open. Francesco Molinari is the defending champion at The Open.
The Open @TheOpen
3x Champion Golfer @TigerWoods tees off alongside @mattsjwallace and @PReedGolf 🏌️♂️#TheOpen
For the full list of tee times click here 👉 https://t.co/CGXiWpxYxi ⛳️
The above tee time for Woods’ group is 10:10 a.m. ET Thursday, and Friday they will tee off at 5:09 a.m. More notable groups and tee times for the first two rounds are:
- Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry and Branden Grace: Thursday, 2:52 a.m.; Friday, 7:53 a.m.
- Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott: Thursday, 4:58 a.m.; Friday, 9:59 a.m.
- Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland and Paul Casey: Thursday, 5:09 a.m.; Friday, 10:10 a.m.
- Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Shubhankar Sharma: Thursday, 8:04 a.m.; Friday, 3:03 a.m.
Coverage all week will be on Golf Channel and NBC. First- and second-round coverage will be on Golf Channel from 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. Third-round coverage on Saturday begins at 5 a.m. on Golf Channel and shifts to NBC at 7 a.m. For Sunday’s final round, watch on Golf Channel from 4-7 a.m. and then on NBC from 7 a.m. until a winner lifts the Claret Jug.
For every group and tee time at The Open Championship and to follow live scores and the leaderboard, go here.
Watch This: MLB 2nd Half
The first full week of Major League Baseball’s second half of the season gets rolling this week following the All-Star break and last weekend’s series. The July 31 trade deadline is nearing, meaning this next stretch of games will be crucial for teams trying to solidify their status as playoff contenders. Check out the standings here.
Some series to watch this week include:
Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies: Four games Monday-Thursday, featuring Clayton Kershaw pitching Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels: Four games Monday-Thursday, featuring Houston standout pitcher Gerrit Cole going up against the best player in the game, the Angels’ Mike Trout, on Wednesday night at 10:07 p.m. ET
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers: Three games Monday-Wednesday, featuring the first-place team in the National League East against the second-place team in the NL Central along with a couple of All-Stars in Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. for Atlanta and Christian Yelich and Yasmani Grandal for Milwaukee.
More to Watch This Week: MLS
With the Gold Cup and Copa America completed, MLS squads should be back to full strength heading into a big summer stretch. Here are the tables in the Eastern and Western Conferences currently. A huge showdown in Los Angeles looms Friday.
Midweek matches to watch (all times ET):
- Atlanta United vs. Houston Dynamo, Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
- Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls, Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
- FC Cincinnati vs. DC United, Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN
- Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City, Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN
LA Galaxy vs. LAFC, Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN: Carlos Vela and LAFC are comfortably in first place in the West, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the third-place Galaxy can close the gap and make a push, starting with the season’s first El Traffico.
What’s on B/R Live This Week
1. Liverpool’s US Tour Begins
The Reds are coming to the land of Red, White and Blue. Liverpool’s United States leg of its preseason summer tour arrives with matches Friday and Sunday nights.
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🚨 The champs are coming 🚨
7/19 – vs. Borussia Dortmund, Notre Dame Stadium
7/21 – vs. Sevilla, Fenway Park
7/24 – vs. Sporting CP, Yankee Stadium
Watch every @LFCUSA pre-season friendly on #BRLive https://t.co/gXTlDrY8hn
After opening the preseason with wins over Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City in the U.K., Liverpool plays German club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and Spanish side Sevilla on Sunday. Both matches can be streamed on B/R Live, and Sunday’s match will be free.
- Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund, 8 p.m. Friday ET from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana: This match will also broadcast on TNT. Watch on B/R Live
- Liverpool vs. Sevilla, 6 p.m. Sunday from Fenway Park in Boston: Watch FREE on B/R Live
For complete schedule and ticket information on the Liverpool U.S. Tour, go here.
2. UEFA Champions League Qualifying
Qualification for the group stage of the 2019-20 Champions League continues this week with four second-leg matches that will determine which clubs move onto the next round.
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A silky finish inside the 6 puts Ararat-Armenia up by 1 😎
Watch the second half of this #UCL first qualifying round match on #BRLive ➡️ https://t.co/mGyUHJVJIS https://t.co/b6A7sIpjwQ
You can watch each of these UCL qualifying matches this week here on B/R Live. First leg scores are in parentheses:
Red Star Belgrade (0) vs. Suduva (0), 2:45 p.m. ET
AIK (1) vs. Ararat-Armenia (2), 1 p.m.
Ludogorets (1) vs. Ferencvaros (2), 1:30 p.m.
Piast (1) vs. BATE Borisov (1), 2 p.m.
3. World Armwrestling League
WAL heads west as its season continues from Los Angeles with WAL 504 this Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Five matches are on the card, highlighted by the main event between Dave Chaffee and WAL legend Devon Larratt.
World Armwrestling League @WALUnderground
Devon has never beat Dave, will he do it at #WAL504?
Watch on @brlive July 18th here: https://t.co/VxVqlbjSJC
Avalilable on @FanseatCom if you live outside North America. https://t.co/hl5OhEEoEl
To watch WAL 504 on B/R Live, go here. For a full breakdown and tale of the tape for each match on the event card, go here. And to watch WAL highlights and full previous matches, check out the WAL playlist on our YouTube page.
1. Angels on the Pitcher’s Mound
On an emotional Friday night in Anaheim, the Angels played their first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. His mother Debbie threw out the first pitch, and then two L.A. pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 13-0 win. It was one of many beautiful moments on the night before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday.
Mike Trout @MikeTrout
I was lucky enough to know someone as special as Tyler. You were there last night, 45… we’ll always have you in our hearts. I love and miss you. https://t.co/TMIgSTTpJz
2. Wimbledon Classic
Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in the gentlemen’s final Sunday, saving two match points in the fifth set before winning the first-ever tiebreak to decide a men’s championship match after it reached 12-all. The win, after nearly five hours, means the Serb has 16 Grand Slam titles in his career, two behind Rafael Nadal and four behind Federer.
In the ladies’ final, Simona Halep thoroughly dominated Serena Williams, winning her second career Grand Slam and becoming the first Romanian woman to ever win Wimbledon. She was pretty excited to meet English royalty afterward.
Gert’s Royals @Gertsroyals
.@Simona_Halep greeted by her mother & Duchess Kate, Patron of @Wimbledon after being presented with the trophy. https://t.co/ENcMCb0HPL
3. AEW Fight for the Fallen
All Elite Wrestling’s third event brought the intensity, craziness and passion to which we’ve now become accustomed. Check out the highlights below, and if you missed anything or just want more AEW, you can watch the full replay free here on B/R Live.
Bleacher Report Live @brlive
After @AEWrestling’s Fight for the Fallen, the question is clear.
Are you coming with us? https://t.co/kE2Do1Rlvu
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