Black Wednesday turns red, white and blue
Women's World Cup: The U.S. women face France in the semifinals of the World Cup today in Monchengladbach, Germany. A win would send Hope Solo & Co. to the World Cup final Sunday against the winner of the Sweden-Japan semifinal. The last time the Americans made it to the final, back in 1999, they won it all behind the strength of superstars Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain. The U.S. has never lost to France, boasting an 11-0-1 record against Les Bleus, but today's meeting is the first in five years (noon, ESPN).
The latter game pits Sweden, who breezed into the semis with a 3-1 win over Australia, against Japan, who ousted two-time defending champion Germany with an extra time game-winner (2:45 p.m., ESPN). For complete coverage of both games, behind-the-scenes videos and more from Germany, visit espnW's Women's World Cup page.
WNBA: There are four afternoon games on the docket today. The action kicks off with the Dream visiting the Liberty at the Prudential Center (noon). Atlanta could get Sancho Lyttle, who spent nearly a month playing for Spain in Europe and missed her first game back with the team Saturday due to a sore back. New York enters the contest having won five of its last six; its lone loss during that stretch was to the Dream on June 30. ... In Chicago, the stumbling Sky will try to get a confidence boost with a win over the league-worst Shock. Tulsa lost by at least 30 points for the third time this year Sunday, falling to Phoenix 102-63 in interim head coach Teresa Edwards' debut (12:30 p.m.).
The Fever are currently enjoying the longest win streak in the WNBA, taking six straight victories into today's contest with Connecticut. The Sun have won two of their last three games, but they've lost four of their last five contests at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (1 p.m.). ... The Mercury will try to steal the top spot in the West from the Lynx when they meet today at the Target Center. Phoenix has won four straight heading into the contest, including that 39-point victory over Tulsa on Sunday (1 p.m.).
The ESPYs: Tune in to ESPN tonight for the best awards show of the year, featuring the biggest stars of sport and screen. For behind-the-scenes videos, clips with host Seth Meyers and more, check out the official ESPY's page (9 p.m., ESPN).