#5ToFollow

by | July 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM | #5ToFollow, ESPN, Golf, MLB, MLS

Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. The Open – Round 3

Details: Saturday, July 19 @ 7:00 AM ET – Royal Liverpool Golf Club – Liverpool, London, England

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Rory McIlroy has been unstoppable. He’s gone out and shot back-to-back 66’s, is 12-under for the tournament, and has a four-stroke lead as king of the leaderboard. Round Three, or moving day, at the 143rd British Open could be another round that lands Rory closer to the Claret Jug, or could someone like Dustin Johnson or Sergio Garcia skyrocket up the standings? I’ve got my eyes on you Rickie Fowler, and that somewhat ridiculous facial hair. They tee off early, so brew the coffee, set the alarm, and get up for golf!

#5ToFollow Insider: Bob Harig
The Senior Golf Writer from ESPN.com is an encyclopedia of facts on the PGA Tour and an outstanding follow on Twitter. Get set to become a smarter watcher by following Harig when the #TheOpen tees off at 7 AM ET on ESPN.

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2. WNBA All-Star Game

Details: Saturday, July 19 @ 3:30 PM ET – US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? The WNBA’s got three superstars, the 3 TO SEE, and these standout sophomores will put their skills on full display Saturday afternoon. Who are these stars that look to separate themselves during Saturday’s showcase? Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), and Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock). Other All-Stars that will ball-out will be Maya Moore, averaging 24.1 PPG at the break, Chiney Ogwumike (2014 No. 1 overall pick), and everyone’s favorite point guard – Diana Taurasi. The stars will shine Saturday afternoon – tune in or stream live on the XFINITY TV Go app.

#5ToFollow Insider: Nancy Lieberman
Former coach and now WNBA/NBA analyst, Lieberman will be on the bench and around the arena during the 2014 ASG. Get the coach speak and behind-the-scenes sights via Twitter from Coach Lieberman.

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3. Sounders vs. Tottenahm Hotspur

Details: Saturday, July 19 @ 4:00 PM ET – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA

Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY

Why Watch? The USMNT made their statement in the World Cup. Survived Group G, took Belgium to the wire, showed they wouldn’t go down without a fight, and now we’re seeing if the sport will carry that momentum to the MLS. Now this is just a friendly match, but I think it means so much more for the MLS – it’s a statement match. Can they hang with the BPL’s Hotspur? Many will get their first look at Tottenham’s new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and how we’ll align his starting XI. The MLS vs. BPL – take notice Saturday afternoon.

#5ToFollow Insider: Matthew Doyle
The man known as the Armchair Analyst will have his wit and wisdom available to all that follow during Saturday’s epic friendly. Click follow and enjoy his takes on this test – the MLS vs the BPL.

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4. The Open Championship – Final Round

Details: Sunday, July 20 @ 7:00 AM ET – Royal Liverpool Golf Club – Merseyside, England, U.K.

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? The final day. 18 holes on deck. The Claret Jug to be claimed. A major moment – history to be made. There’s no better day on the PGA Tour than a major Sunday, and the buzz will be there as #TheOpen tees off on the 20th of July. Will it be McIlroy’s confidence and consistent play that carries him to his third Major Championship? Will we see someone soar up the leaderboard and shock the world? Get set for Sunday – a champion will rise.

#5ToFollow Insider: Jason Sobel
The GolfChannel.com Senior Writer is in Major Championship form for the final day of #TheOpen. He’s an under-par tweeter with a knack for the funny.

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5. Dodgers vs. Cardinals

Details: Sunday, July 20 @ 8:00 PM ET – Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO

Watch: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Two electric starters will take control of this ballgame as 2-time Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, and St. Louis Cardinals young flame thrower, Carlos Martinez, duel on the diamond. Both these teams pack a punch at the plate with STL rolling out sluggers like Matt Holliday (48 RBI) and Jhonny Peralta (14 HRs), while the Dodgers bring the speed of Dee Gordon (43 SBs) and the power of Yasiel Puig (12 HRs). We’re treated to a great game between two of baseball’s best franchises on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, enjoy!

#5ToFollow Insider: Bernie Pleskoff
The former Pro Scout has found Twitter fame for his player analysis and call it like you see it attitude. See how he grades the MLB’s ace (Kershaw) against a tough Red Birds lineup Sunday night.

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