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Friday, July 15, 2011
Thrice as nice for the U.S.?

By Amanda Rykoff

Women's World Cup: The 2011 Women's World Cup final is Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, and you do not want to miss it (2:45 p.m., ESPN). The U.S. squad seeks an unprecedented third WWC title and its first since 1999. Across the pitch, Japan will have to defeat the United States for the first time ever to win its first World Cup. The USA is 22-0-3 all time versus Japan and has won the past nine meetings, including three this year. Abby Wambach now has 12 career WWC goals, tying Michelle Akers for the most in U.S. history and for third overall in WWC play. The third-place match between Sweden and France will take place in Sinshein on Saturday (11:30 a.m., ESPN2). Get the latest news, game previews and more on espnW's Women's World Cup page.

The Open Championship: The second, third and final rounds of The Open Championship (aka the British Open) from Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, take place this weekend. It's a wide-open field and the leaderboard is constantly changing, so be sure and tune into ESPN for live coverage (7 a.m. Saturday, 6 a.m. Sunday).

MLB: Although we're well past the actual halfway mark, the first weekend after the All-Star break starts the so-called "second half" of the season. It's a full slate of games, so check your local listings. ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" has the finale of the Red Sox-Rays series in Tampa (Josh Beckett vs. Jeff Niemann, 8 p.m.).

WNBA: It's a busy weekend in the WNBA. We start with four games on Friday night: Minnesota at Indiana (7 p.m.), Connecticut at New York (7 p.m.), Los Angeles at Tulsa (8 p.m.) and Washington at Phoenix (10 p.m.). Saturday brings us Chicago at Atlanta (7:30 p.m.) and Seattle at Minnesota (8 p.m.). We have three more games on Sunday: Tulsa visits New York (4 p.m.), Connecticut hosts Indiana (5 p.m.) and the Sparks host the Mystics (8:30 p.m.).