#5ToFollow

by | July 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM | #5ToFollow, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, MLB, Soccer, Tennis, UFC

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. Women’s Final – Wimbledon

Details: Saturday, July 5 @ 9:00 AM ET – Centre Court at Wimbledon – London, England, U.K.

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? 2011 champion, Petra Kvitova, is back in the Grand Slam final and looking great on grass. Kvitova is ready to take Centre Court and hoist the trophy, known as the Venus Rosewater Dish, once again! The young champion will be matched up against another up and coming star in the pro circuit, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian has cruised through the field, winning six straight matches without dropping a set! She’ll have the weight of a nation on her shoulders, as she’s the first Canadian singles player to make a Grand Slam tennis final! Will Kvitoka be crowned once again, or will Bouchard claim Canada’s first Grand Slam title? A lot rides between the white lines of Wimbledon – make sure you wake up to watch!

#5ToFollow Insider: Courtney Nguyen
Nguyen reports live from Wimbledon, with the wit and wisdom of a tennis junkie. She’s a pro journo who enjoys her job and makes the can’t miss moments memorable, and the subtleties standout with her tweets.

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2. Argentina vs. Belgium

Details: Saturday, July 5 @ 12:00 PM ET – Estadio Nacional – Brasilia, Brazil

Watch Here: ABC on XFINITY

Why Watch? It’s the biggest stage of Lionel Messi’s career. Will the superstar set the World Cup on fire with a barrage of goals and his signature style of charismatic creativity and shocking strikes? After watching the Argentines play, it seems they will go as far as the three-time Ballon d’Or winner takes them. Belgium has a strong offensive attack with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku leading the way, but the backend of their defense is what’s most impressive. The goalie, Thibaut Courtois, is renowned as the world’s best, and Vincent Kompany has made some of the world’s best goal scorers look MIA in action. Will the Belgian’s defense be too much for Messi and La Albiceleste? #ARGvsBEL is Saturday’s can’t miss match!

#5ToFollow Insider: beIN Sports
The World Cup will be covered most by the home of international soccer, beIN Sports! You’ve got to follow their handle for the best analysis of each match and inside info on the players.

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3. UFC 175 – Prelims

Details: Saturday, July 5 @ 8:00 PM ET – Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

Watch Here: Fox Sports 1 on XFINITY

Why Watch? One name that headlines PPV fights takes the spotlight on the #UFC175 preliminary card on Fox Sports 1, Urijah Faber! The UFC is giving fans a real treat having the ‘California Kid’ fighting on the free broadcast, and he’ll have a challenge in Alex Caceres. Carceres hasn’t lost in his last five fights and has upset on his mind. Carceres requested stiffer competition – did he bite off more than he can chew with Urijah Faber? Before the PPV, make sure you tune in to the prelims on FS1!

#5ToFollow Insider: Kenny Florian
Florian joined us for a #XFINITYDreamJob tweetchat last week and enlightened us on this insane prelims card. Watch the fights, follow Kenny’s tweets, and you will be entertained.

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4. Men’s Final – Wimbledon

Details: Sunday, July 6 @ 9:00 AM ET – Centre Court at Wimbledon – London, England, U.K.

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? The greatest on grass, that’s the title (the only title) Roger Federer is chasing as he contends for his eighth Wimbledon title. Novak Djokovic comes into this finals clash hungry, ready for that seventh Grand Slam title that has eluded him since his 2013 Australian Open victory. Djokovic has appeared in three Grand Slam titles since, losing all three. In their storied eight-year history, Federer edges out a slight advantage with a head-to-head record of 18-16. Greatness awaits the one who is ready and willing to leave it all on Centre Court. Will the fourth time be the charm for Djoker, or will King Roger make history? Put the coffee on and enjoy a match between two of the greatest in the game – Djokovic vs. Federer on the tennis’ most historic grounds – Wimbledon.

#5ToFollow Insider: Douglas Robson
USA Today’s tennis writer is reporting from the Men’s Final at Wimbledon and is thrilled to be covering this elite showdown of world greats. Follow Robson’s tweets as the play on the court unfolds Sunday morning.

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5. Rays vs. Tigers

Details: Sunday, July 6 @ 8:00 PM ET – Comerica Park – Detroit, MI

Watch: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? If you want to see a slugfest, change the channel. We’re all about the whiff on Sunday Night Baseball, as aces take the mound and steal the show. The Rays have David Price toeing the rubber, a former Cy Young winner who has struck out 32 in his last three outings (2-1, only 4 earned runs allowed in 23.1 innings pitched during that stretch). Detroit will give the ball to an emerging righty, Rick Porcello. Porcello has been a highly touted name in the Tigers organization and has come into his own this season, not allowing an opponent to touch home plate in the last 25 he’s been on the mound. Who needs good wood when you’ve got great pitching? Tune in Sunday night and you shall see!

#5ToFollow Insider: MLB Social
Your source for the top trends of the #MLB on Twitter is MLB Social – follow along to jump into conversations on the game’s biggest moments.

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