The MLB All-Star Game always leads to a small break in the sports world. Luckily, there will be a much-needed return to normalcy in the second-to-last weekend in July.
As we count down the weekends before football returns, let’s look at the best sports to watch this weekend.
Top Sports Events for This Weekend – July 23 – July 24
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
At 60-30, the Dodgers boast the best record in the National League. And after hosting a successful All-Star break, LA will remain at Dodger Stadium to welcome the arch-rival Giants.
San Francisco won the NL West in 2021 with 107 wins to LA’s 106 before the Dodgers eliminated the one-seed Giants in the NLDS. This year, the Dodgers have a steady 12.5-game lead over the 48-43 Giants, even though San Francisco swept LA in its last series from June 10-12.
Following Thursday’s nationally-televised showdown, the two clubs will play Saturday night on FOX before closing out their four-game series on Sunday. Every baseball should tune in, but don’t fret if you miss it. The two rivals will face off in another four-game series from August 1-4 in San Francisco.
French Grand Prix
If you’re a fan of fast cars and historical races, there are few spectacles that match up to Sunday’s French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, Var, near Marseille.
Widely known as the first-ever “Grand Prix,” the 2022 French Grand Prix is set to feature all of the top Formula One drivers on the circuit. Among them is Max Verstappen, the star of Team Red Bull and last year’s winner, as well as the two-time champ Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, and Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez.
The French Grand Prix left in 2009 before returning to Paul Ricard in 2018, where it’s been ever since. However, there’s a possibility the race leaves again after this year. So soak it up while you can, as it may be the last one for a while.
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall
Across the English Channel from France, the O2 Arena in London will host UFC Fight Night 208. Of the 14 fights on the preliminary and main cards, the headliner is a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall.
While only two years of age separate the fighters, there is a definitive advantage in UFC experience. The 29-year-old Aspinall is undefeated in his five UFC fights, the first of which came just under two years ago. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Blaydes is 11-3-1 since making his UFC Fight Night debut in 2016.
Aspinall, who’s No. 6 in the official heavyweight rankings, is a small favorite over the fourth-ranked Blaydes. Between this fight and the middleweight battle between Jack Hermansson and Chris Curtis, fighting fans need to tune in this Saturday.
As LIV Golf continues to eat away at the establishment, the PGA Tour is soldiering on this weekend with a pair of great rounds in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The 3M Open teed off Thursday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. After Friday’s cut, many great golfers will aim to conquer this Arnold Palmer-designed course. While the tournament lacks some of the luster attached to last week’s Open Championship, expect to see plenty of birdies on Saturday and Sunday.
Sungjae Im, the 24th-ranked golfer according to the OWGR, opened the tournament tied for the lead and should contend for the title. Tony Finau, who’s 17th, is also expected to be in the mix.