by | July 9, 2014 at 2:00 AM | #5ToFollow, ESPN, MLB, Soccer

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. Tour de France – Stage 5

Details: Wednesday, July 9 @ 8:00 AM ET

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Stage 5 gets underway Wednesday morning and what better way to start your day than breakfast and bikes? Chris Froome, last year’s Le Tour champion, will look to back to the front of the pack after a nasty crash in the fourth stage. Can the leader of the pack, Vincenzo Nibali, continue to create space from the field? The 101st #TDF is live on NBCSN every morning and you can stream the cycling on the way to work with the XFINITY TV Go app!

#5ToFollow Insider: Radio Tour
For a day-by-day preview and recap of the Stage at hand, follow the official voice of the 101st #TDF!

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2. Netherlands vs. Argentina

Details: Wednesday, July 9 @ 4:00 PM ET – Corinthians Arena – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Can Robin van Perise and Robben defeat Lionel Messi and the Argentines? It’s been an amazing run for both sides, but the semifinals must have a winner and a loser. The Netherlands are coming off an amazing win on penalties where they subbed in keeper Tim Krul and the heroics ensued. Argentina has looked strong defensively coming off consecutive shutouts and Lionel Messi making things happen all over the pitch. It’s winner to face Germany, loser face Brazil. Grab a seat in front of the TV or stream it live with SEEiT – just don’t miss this semifinal match.

#5ToFollow Insider: Roger Bennett
Bennett’s brilliance on the beautiful game cannot be denied. From outrageous analogies to inspiring anecdotes, the Men In Blazers star will pack plenty of humor and highbrow in his tweets for this World Cup semifinal.

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3. Pirates vs. Cardinals

Details: Wednesday, July 9 @ 8:00 PM ET – Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Two rookies that know how to rake take center stage on ESPN’s midweek NL Central clash. The Pirates Gregory Polanco has reached base in 24 of his 27 big league games, that’s ridiculous! His counterpart, the Cards centerfielder, Oscar Taveras homered in his first big league game. Tavares was just recalled and is ready to prove he’s here to stay. Get a good luck at the future stars of the NL Central as the Pirates and Red Birds battle for the division Wednesday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Dejan Kovacevic
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review beat writer for the Buccos will be tweeting from the ballgame in Red Bird land as the two NL Central favorites play ball. Follow for a live game tweeting for Dejan.

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4. 7on7 Championship

Details: Thursday, June 10 @ 8:00 PM ET – Nike HQ – Beaverton, OR

Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY

Why Watch? The future of football is here. You’re getting a sneak peek at the players set to become Saturday’s heroes and possibly Sunday’s stars. The top college prospects from across the country are rounded up, divided into teams (such as #VaporCarbon or #AlphaPro), and compete for the right to be called champion. Here nothing is given and everything is earned. See who your school’s recruiting and could sign – #TheOpening is your football fix Thursday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Jeremy Crabtree
ESPN.com’s Senior Writer (RecruitingNation) has the scoop on the recruits. Whether they’re three-star or five-star studs, or diamonds in the ruff, follow Crabtree to get the skinny on the standouts at #TheOpening Finals.

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5. USA vs. Canada

Details: Thursday, June 10 @ 9:00 PM ET – Bill Barber Park – Irvine, CA


Why Watch? The Red, White and Blue lace up the spikes, warm up the arms, and take some hacks to get ready for their border battle with Team Canada. It’s a tournament compiled of eight teams competing for the title WORLD’S BEST and it’s Team USA’s to lose. In the United States’ two games they’ve outscored their opponents 20-1, in only two games. I’d say good luck Canada, but I don’t believe in luck! Swing away U-S-A, swing away.

#5ToFollow Insider: USA Softball
An inside look at the dugout, the web gems on the field, and behind-the-scenes at the #GTWorldCup9 is what USA’s account is tweeting. Stay tuned for Chidester Words of Wisdom – a Vine guaranteed to make you LOL.

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