June 18th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Sports Update: Lakers win, World Cup, U.S. Open battles

England's striker Wayne Rooney will lead his team Friday against Algeria.

The Lakers claimed another NBA championship last night – the team’s fifth title in 11 seasons and 16th overall – but there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend (all times Eastern) including a smorgasbord of World Cup soccer and the U.S. Open golf championship.

-England vs. Algeria (2:30 p.m., ESPN2)
After Robert Green’s catastrophic goaltending blunder against the United States, England returns to the pitch in a game they must win. Algeria lost its opening match to Slovenia and sit at the bottom of Group C. With the likelihood of goal differential separating the top teams, England needs as many goals as possible. It also needs Green to have a clean game for his mental health.

-U.S. Open (Friday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10:00 p.m., ESPN,  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., NBC)
Tiger Woods trailed the leaders by five strokes after shooting a first-round 74. World No. 2 Phil Mickelson was one stroke behind at the start of Friday’s play. Woods tees off today at 11:06 a.m. Mickelson goes at 4:36 p.m. Coverage from Pebble Beach continues on Saturday and Sunday on NBC, including a primetime finish on Sunday night.

-Ghana vs. Australia (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., ESPN)

Ghana carries the hopes of Africa after beating Serbia 1-0 in its opener.  This is a huge opportunity for the Ghanaians against an Australian team who must overcome a minus-4 goal differential thanks to its loss to Germany. The Aussies must also overcome the loss of star Tim Cahill, who was ejected after a straight red card in the 56th minute against Germany.

Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (Sunday, 2:30 p.m., ABC)

In the so-called Group of Death, it’s a deadly meeting between two high-powered squads. Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba had just two touches and one shot against Portugal in his return from a broken arm. Brazil beat a gutty North Korea 2-1 in its opener on goals from Maicon and Elano.

By The Numbers

37 years, 151 days

age of Mexico’s Cuauhtémoc Blanco, the third-oldest player to score in a World Cup at 37 years, 151 days. Blanco scored yesterday in Mexico’s 2-0 win over France.

Rebounds by Lakers forward Pau Gasol last night.

Game 7s between the Lakers and Celtics in the NBA Finals

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  1. Max

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