Sports Weekend Preview: July 20-22

July 20, 2012

The start of the 2012 London Olympics is just a week away but there’s still plenty of action for sports fans before the opening ceremony. Starting this weekend, don’t miss these upcoming events:

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels | Friday, July 20, at 10 p.m. ET
It’s the first game of a critical 3-game series between division rivals Rangers and Angels, featuring one of the best pitching matchups you’ll see all year: Yu Darvish vs. Jered Weaver. Weaver, who is having a fantastic year thus far and a likely Cy Young candidate, will faceoff against arguably the best offensive team in the league. Meanwhile, Darvish will have his hands full against the Angels, led by Albert Pujols and the red hot rookie sensation Mike Trout. Tune in this Friday starting at 10 p.m. More info.

UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao | Saturday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET
Faber was originally supposed to fight Dominick Cruz but the current bantamweight champion was forced out because of a knee injury. However, Cruz’s replacement Renan Barao shouldn’t be overlooked—the Brazilian fighter owns the most intimidating record in all of mixed martial arts at 30-1-0 (1NC), including a 31-fight unbeaten streak. Faber believes he’ll be the one to end that streak with either a TKO or submission in the 4th round. Interim title or not, this has all the makings to be the fight of the night. Tune in this Saturday starting at 10 p.m. ET on DIRECTV Pay Per View. More info.

The 2012 Open Championship | July 19-22
The 141st Open Championship got underway Thursday and will go on throughout this weekend. Predicting who’ll come out on top is as easy as hitting a hole-in-one, especially since the last 15 majors have all been won by different golfers. None of them was named Tiger Woods. That said, all eyes will be on Tiger to see if he can come out of his majors slump and be one step closer to catching Jack Nicklaus’s total of 18 majors. Tune in all weekend on ESPN (Ch. 206) or watch up to 4 channels of LIVE coverage at the same time on the Open Mix Channel (Ch. 701). Learn more.