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Friday, July 8, 2011
Quarterfinal quest for U.S.

By Patricia Lee

Women's World Cup: Scheduled for back-to-back quarterfinal matches this weekend, the 2011 Women's World Cup will be in full swing. Germany looks to continue its dominance and the U.S. looks to recover from its first group stage loss. Saturday's slate includes a showdown between two European teams -- England and France (noon, ESPN/ESPN3) -- and one between Germany and Japan (2:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3). Sunday's games start off with a surprising Sweden vs. Australia (7 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3) and ends with a tough match for the United States against Brazil (11:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3). This weekend is sure to keep soccer fans on their toes as these four teams battle it out to see who comes out kicking.

MLB: There's no question as to what the biggest series this weekend is -- the New York Yankees vs. the Tampa Bay Rays (Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET). Derek Jeter has 2,998 hits under his belt and is just two hits short of becoming the 28th major leaguer and the only Yankee to hit the 3,000 mark. Going into the series against the Rays this weekend at home, the only question that remains is when -- not if -- he will notch 3k. In other baseball news, the Phillies face the Braves at Citizens Bank Park this weekend and look to keep up their division lead before heading into the All-Star break. Atlanta is 2 1/2 games behind in the AL East and is missing two of its top three starting pitchers, who played during the four-game sweep of Colorado.

LPGA: This weekend marks one of the most important tournaments in women's golf in the U.S. Women's Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. Not only is it the first major in a long stretch, but it is a great chance for up-and-comers. The first day of the tournament saw 18-year-old Amy Anderson leading the board when The Broadmoor was surprised with rain. The amateur walked off 2-under par after 12 holes of play, but her lead could be temporary, as only 25 of the field's 156 players completed first-round play. This weekend is sure to provide much excitement in women's golf, whether Anderson comes away with a definite lead or if other LPGA veterans manage to take over.

WNBA: With multiple NBA players looking at overseas options, homegrown basketball is in desperate need of a rejuvenating spark. For your on-the-court fix, check out this weekend's WNBA games. On Friday, the New York Liberty travel to San Antonio, as the Silver Stars look to avoid falling to the Liberty for the fifth straight time. On Saturday, the Connecticut Sun face the Minnesota Lynx (8 p.m.) that could be an early East-West All-Star showdown. The Sun have Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Asjha Jones, the Lynx Maya Moore, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Rebekkah Brunson.