Canada Day Weekend Sports Preview–June 29-July 1–Volleyball, LPGA, Wimbledon, CFL _ MLB

The Edmonton Eskimos will start their 2013 Canadian Football League season Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday, TSN, 1:30 p.m.).

The Eskimos will enter the 2013 season with Mike Reilly at quarterback, who backed up Travis Lulay last season, and won the job when Matt Nichols tore his ACL against the Roughriders in the preseason. According to the Canadian Press, Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey was very excited in the offseason of the acquisitions of backup running back John White from Utah and offensive lineman Carson Rockhill, who was acquired from Hamilton.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching:

Saturday _ Monday–Wimbledon–TSN–6:00 a.m.–The third and fourth rounds of Wimbledon will go this weekend. An Interesting matc is Richard Gasquet of France against Bernard Tomic of Australia. Gasquet has advanced to the semi-finals of Wimbledon before and Tomic has been to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Another one is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, a former Wimbledon finalist, who lost to Rafael Nadal in 2010, against Kevin Anderson of South Africa who eliminated Milos Raonic in the third round at the Canadian Open. On the women’s side, Serena Williams, the defending champion from the United States, will play Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, who is 42 years old, and former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia will play former Wimbldon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Saturday–World Volleyball League–Canada at Finland– Sportsnet–9:30 a.m.– After playing their first six games at home, team Canada will play their final four games on the road in 2013 World Volleyball League action. At 4-2, team Canada is still in contention for first place as they have an identical record of the Netherlands. Canada must finish in first place in Pool C to advance to the finals in Argentina.

Saturday _ Sunday–U.S. Women’s Open–NBC–1:00 p.m.–The third major on the LPGA Tour takes place this weekend in Long Island, New York. Currently Ha-Neul Kim of South Korea leads Inbee Park of South Korea by two strokes at -7. Park has won the first two majors this season, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and LPGA Championship. Park also won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open in Minnesota.

Saturday–MLB–New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles–Sportsnet–5:00 p.m.–In an American League East Division battle, the Orioles are 44-36 and Yankees are 42-36. The Orioles have three players who should be starting in the All-Star Game–outfielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the Major Leagues with 28 home runs.

Saturday–MLB–Chicago Cubs @ Seattle Mariners–FOX–5:00 p.m.–The Mariners and Cubs are both struggling this season, and out of playoff contention. The Cubs are 33-44, despite a solid season from starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 115 K, 3.39 ERA) and the Mariners are getting great pitching from Felix Hernadez and Hisashi Iwakuma.







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