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Sunday open thread: USWNT vs. Netherlands, Mystics vs. Sparks, NBA Summer League

Talk about all the sports here.

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FC Barcelona midfielder Lieke Martens represents the Netherlands national team. They hope to beat the United States on Sunday but she’s injured.
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There’s a lot of sports on Sunday. So here we go!

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final: United States vs. Netherlands

Watch this at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 7 on FOX TV for English and Telemundo in Spanish. In the D.C. area, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) has the game in English and WZDC-TV (Channel 44) has it in Spanish.

The United States heads into this game in Lyon, France as heavy favorites against De Oranje Leeuwinnen (Orange Lionesses). FC Barcelona midfielder Lieke (Lee-kuh) Martens has a toe injury which she suffered against Italy in the quarterfinals. According to the Algemeen Dagblad, a Rotterdam-based newspaper, she is doubtful against the Americans. Without Martens, it will probably be a dreary day for the Dutch and their fans

The Americans have injury issues of their own, with Megan Rapinoe possibly out due to a hamstring injury.

Most likely, expect a fourth World Cup trophy for De Verenigde Staten since they have more depth and rest than they do. But then again, Nederland is winning hearts like their southern neighbors did in women’s basketball not too long ago.

Mystics vs. Sparks

The Mystics had to end their game against the Aces early, but we’ll see if they can keep things hot against the Sparks at 5 p.m. ET. There are no reports about the game being cancelled due to earthquakes, but we’ll see!

NBA Summer League

Games begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with nine games on the calendar. ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA TV are your places to watch the action. Click here for the schedule.


I have a separate post on BIG3 coming up at 12 p.m. ET.

The biggest thing is still the USA vs. Netherlands. What are the most popular songs in the countries?

Here in the USA, the top song is Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

And Khalid’s “Talk” is also popular here.

For the USWNT’s foes across the pond and then some, they listen to every song we do. But the Dutch also have their hit songs in their own language. The top Dutch language song is “TikTok” by Dopebwoy and Boef which you can hear in car stereos from Amsterdam down to ... yes ... IEPER and probably the Mystics’ locker room.

Armin van Buuren is one of the world’s most popular EDM artists and his songs are usually in English. But van Buuren was a featured artist with pop singers Marco Borsato and Davina Michelle with “Hoe Het Danst (How It Dances).”

And since we’re a basketball site, we should show a basketball music video, right? Though the Netherlands wasn’t in Women’s EuroBasket like Belgium, they have a better music game.

Numidia and Famke Louise (Fam-ka Louisa) are two of the more popular younger Dutch singers out there, and “Alleen Wij (Only We)” features them coaching basketball teams, though the lyrics have nothing to do with hoops.

Anyway, hope you enjoy your Sundays.

Go USA (unless you are from the Netherlands), go Mystics and can’t wait for the Wizards’ game on Monday!