What to Watch in Sports This Weekend

Any sports fan knows that this part of the year is the most torturous. We're officially in the lull between the NBA Playoffs and the start of college football season. Luckily, baseball prefers playing during the summer, so all is not lost. But it's still slim pickings on TV most of the time.

In case you find yourself slowly sinking into the couch at a loss for what sporting action to check out, here's a rundown of what to watch this weekend.

The Return of Baseball

It was a grueling three-day break from baseball's regular-season schedule -- with a memorable Home Run Derby and All-Star Game sprinkled in, of course -- but this weekend all 30 teams return to action. Most are involved in matchups within their division that aren't worth much attention unless you're a fan of the team, but there are a few noteworthy exceptions.

Among the biggest of this weekend's series is the matchup between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Boston Red Sox. The teams boast the best and third-best records in the majors, respectively, and with their divisional rivals the Oakland A's and New York Yankees also playing each other, neither club can afford to lose the series.

It should be interesting to watch, and the Sunday game can be seen nationally on ESPN ( DIS).

British Open

The 137th British Open Championship officially kicked off first-round play on Thursday, but the coverage will continue until the final shot on Sunday.

Even without Tiger Woods, this year already looks to be more interesting and entertaining than most. As predicted earlier by TheStreet.com's Chris Nichols, the elements are a big factor -- relentless monsoon-like weather caused havoc on Thursday's opening round.

In fact, it took until nearly 3 p.m. for the first player to even shoot below par, after rain and howling wind frustrated the competitors all morning. The 1985 Open champion, Sandy Lyle, quit after only 10 holes, walking off the course and letting someone else suffer the weather instead.

As the rains die down, it will be interesting to see how the early favorites recover from the horrid conditions. Television coverage can be found on TNT ( TWX) through Friday before switching to ABC on Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR Nationwide Series

The latest race in this year's Nationwide ( NFS) Series takes place this Sunday at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis and can be seen on ESPN2 that evening. In last week's Nationwide race, Kyle Busch continued his dominance this season with a resounding victory, and he looks to build on it once again this weekend.

Unlike last week, however, this week's race does not have an accompanying Sprint Cup Series counterpart, so NASCAR fans better watch while they have the chance -- otherwise you'll be waiting another week to see a race.

Tour de France

Sure, the Tour's been tainted with drug scandal the past couple of years, but there are still two American teams competing that are worth cheering for.

Already the blood-doping scandals have hit this year, with Italy's Riccardo Ricco testing positive a few days ago and being removed from the race.

If the favorites can steer clear of controversy, the event could once again return to a level of prominence and respect -- but if the past few seasons are any indication, this one may just be a last resort for the TV sports fan with absolutely nothing else to watch.

If you have the Versus network, you can catch daily coverage of the entire race, which continues this weekend with Stages 13 to 15.

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