Little League, preseason NFL and more stuff to watch.

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There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside.

1. Little Leaguers! Williamsport is always a blast. It’s like regular baseball, but 150 percent more heartwarming and cute. You can watch the Little League World Series on ESPN essentially all weekend during the day, and if you’re still jonesing, for the first time, there’s a big-league game out there, with the Cardinals and Pirates playing in Williamsport at 7:10 p.m. ET on Sunday night (also on ESPN) in the MLB Little League Classic. Read more about that here from my colleague, Mike Lupica.

2. One more weekend to go. Can you believe this is the last weekend in which there are no football games that count in the standings until 2018? College football starts a week early this year — remember, there are five games on August 26, including a sort-of-intriguing Colorado State-Oregon State game — so this is it for having to make do with preseason NFL games. (Unless you have morally renounced the sport of football, which is becoming a bit of a thing.) If you absolutely cannot wait until next weekend, there’s your obligatory dull nationally televised NFL preseason game: It’s Panthers-Titans on NFL Network at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. But all told: Just take the last weekend off while you can. You’re going to need those weekends.

3. Your semi-regular WNBA check-in. The second half of the season is off and running, so it’s time to get your basketball jones on before football comes and overwhelms everything. The fun matchup this weekend is the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Lynx hosting the upstart New York Liberty at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBA TV. The Lynx and the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks are the two best teams again, but the Liberty – who, because they are owned by James Dolan and run by Isiah Thomas, have never won a title – have a chance to sneak into the finals out of the weak Eastern Conference. Remember: Rooting for the Lynx would have made Prince happy.

4. Your Weekly MLB matchup rankings:

1. Yankees at Red Sox
2. Brewers at Rockies
3. Angels at Orioles
4. Mariners at Rays
5. Indians at Royals
6. Dodgers at Tigers
7. Cardinals at Pirates
8. Blue Jays at Cubs
9. A’s at Astros
10. Nationals at Padres
11. Diamondbacks at Twins
12. White Sox at Rangers
13. Marlins at Mets
14. Phillies at Giants
15. Reds at Braves

5. Brewers-Rockies battle it out. Let’s ignore the Red Sox and Yankees for a moment. Instead, let’s focus on a fascinating Brewers-Rockies series. The Brewers are still hanging around the NL Central race, while the Rockies are trying to hold off a potential collapse in the wild-card race, where the Cardinals and Brewers are looming. The Brewers could buy themselves some slack in the NL Central with a great series here: MLB.com actually gives them better odds of winning the Wild Card than catching the Cubs. They’re on MLB.tv Saturday at 8:10 ET and Sunday at 3:10 p.m. ET.

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Dive Into Five is a weekly guide to the weekend’s activities of sport. Make sure I don’t miss anything great by emailing me leitch@sportsonearth.com.



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