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For sports fans in lockdown (and even those with permission to move), this weekend is a godsend.
There’s Ash Barty in her first Wimbledon final, a South American superclasico between Argentina and Brazil in the Copa America final, and England and Italy battling for European supremacy at Euro 2020. In cycling, the riders who have managed to stayed on their bikes will face the so-called “roof” of the Tour.
Even if it was T-shirt weather and the Delta Variant was but a mere blues band, would anyone even want to leave the house? Here’s a quick guide to this weekend’s sporting riches.
Ash Barty is into a maiden Wimbledon final.Credit:Getty
Wimbledon women’s final: Ash Barty (AUS) vs Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
When: Saturday, July 10, 10.30pm
Where: Channel 9 and 9Gem, streaming on 9NOW, and ad-free on Stan Sport
What: WTA number one Barty, the first Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980, is looking to win her second career grand slam after the 2019 French Open. If the Barty party isn’t already enough fuzzy ball excitement for you, the men’s final will air on Sunday, July 11, same time and places.
Copa America final: Argentina vs Brazil
When: Sunday, July 11, 9.30am
Where: Optus Sport
What: While the empty stadiums of COVID-ravaged Brazil have lacked the atmosphere of the Euros, the football has been golden – and this final, featuring ol’ Barca buddies Messi and Neymar going head-to-head for national glory, should be war-like. Because of Australia’s Eurocentric bent, Optus Sport’s gift of lifting the paywall on its Euro 2020 coverage this week doesn’t extend to the Copa America so local South Americans (and fellow futbol enthusiasts) will need their subscription.
Lionel Messi is hoping to lead Argentina to a Copa America title over favourites Brazil.Credit:AP
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3
When: Sunday, July 11, 11am
Where: Main Event PPV via Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
What: The trilogy that began back in 2014 and is now evenly split gets its conclusion here, and the blood is bad (McGregor has spent much of the pre-fight rhetoric name-dropping Poirier’s wife, for starters). There’s no title on the line but there is the chance to see Conor McGregor get owned.
Tour De France, Stage 15
When: Sunday, July 11, 8.30pm
What: A week from the race’s finish on the Champs-Elysees, this mountain stage runs from the “mecca of Cubism” in Ceret to Andorre-La-Vieille in the Pyrenees, which means nothing to me but hopefully there are pretty cobblestones. In more useful information, race director Christian Prudhomme says the stage will “crown a real king of the mountains”.
Jorginho celebrates after his penalty sent Italy to the final of Euro 2020.Credit:AP
Euro 2020 final: Italy vs England
When: Monday, July 12, 4am
Where: Optus Sport
What: It’s a dream final between two impressive and well-matched teams in what’s been a delightfully bonkers tournament. And while an England international title might prove insufferable to anyone but Brits (to be fair, it’s been a long time coming – 55 years, in fact), it’s at least a good excuse to blast New Order’s World in Motion all weekend. Optus Sport’s free coverage, accessible via its app and website, also includes their Euro 2020 Warm-Up show and post-match Euro Brekky Wrap.
NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns, Game 3
When: Monday, July 12, 10am
Where: ESPN via Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
What: Sure, this officially steps into Monday’s work hours but you’re working from home aren’t you, who’s going to know? The finals series moves to Milwaukee for Game 3 with “Greek freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks badly on the back foot. With Chris Paul in Napoleon mode for the Suns, it’s a vital one for the Bucks – no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
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