After weeks of anticipation, UFC 251 is finally upon us. The big event airs live tomorrow night (Saturday, July 11th) from “Fight Island,” a private resort in Dubai that’s been converted into a staging area and main ring for UFC fights. Prelims for UFC 251 start at 6pm ET with the main card starting time set for 10pm ET.
The main title match pits current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman against Jorge Masvidal, UFC’s 2019 Fighter of the Year. Masvidal was a last-minute replacement for top-ranked Gilbert Burns, after Burns tested positive for COVID-19 just last week. UFC officials have introduced a number of safety measures to curb any potential threats of the coronavirus on Fight Island. Fans will not be in attendance for UFC 251, and the company says all staff and athletes will be screened and have their temperature taken before entering the arena Saturday.
You can watch UFC 251 live on ESPN+, which lets you stream the fight on your phone, tablet, laptop or on your TV. Subscribers to the streaming service can watch the prelims for free. The main card, though, is a pay-per-view event available exclusively on ESPN+. To watch UFC 251, you’ll need to sign up for ESPN+ before paying the $64.99 PPV fee.
The world’s largest virtual music festival is coming to Minecraft this week. Previously referred to as the ‘Electric Blockaloo’, the event was originally scheduled for last month but has since been not just rescheduled but re-named as well. The Rave Family Block Fest is set to feature over 950 artists performing live over multiple days inside a private Minecraft server. If you’re hoping to gain entry and check out the performances, keep reading for how to sign in, when the festival starts, and who will be there.
Featuring acts like Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Party Pupils, Lane 8, Gryffin, Louis The Child, and more, this 4-day dance music festival is unlike most others. Even though many of the online concerts that have been popping up over the past few months have been free, this is one of the few which you will need to have a paid ticket for if you want to attend. Tickets start at $10, and even though you might sneer at the idea of paying money for a virtual concert, it’s not much to ask for when nearly 1,000 artists are performing live.
The Rave Family Block Fest is going live inside Minecraft beginning Thursday morning, July 9 at 10 a.m. EST and is set to run through Monday morning, July 13 at 6 a.m. EST. To access the full list of performers, check out this Google Docs guide. It also provides links to buy a ticket from the artist of your choice. Half of the ticket proceeds go to the artist you select, while another portion of the proceeds will be sent to charities which help with issues such as police brutality, musician’s rights, and more.
There’s a LOT going on at the Rave Family Block Fest this week. With over 65 stages and more than 950 artists performing, you might run into a few conflicts when trying to see all your favorite acts. Luckily, the Rave Family Block Fest will be re-broadcast within Minecraft the following three weekends after the live event so you can go back and catch anything you may have missed the first time around.
Stavernfestivalen is a popular yearly music festival occurring at the Larvik Golf Arena.
The very first festival took place in 2001, lasting a single day with 175 attendees. In 2002 it expanded to two days, and this lasted until 2011, after which the festival increased to three days.
Up until 2014 the festival was arranged at Skråvika near Minnehallen in Stavern. In 2015 it relocated to the Larvik Golf Arena – a much larger, spacious area where the organizers could focus on further developing and improving the overall experience.
OL Reign will be hoping for a much stronger performance and outcome in their third match of the NWSL Challenge Cup, which kicks off against the Utah Royals on Wednesday, July 8, at 9:30 AM PT.
The match will stream live — this time without any sun glare — on CBS All Access for viewers in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available on Twitch for international viewers.
Utah enters the game with a 1-0-1 record, having scored four goals and conceded three. Every goal has been scored by a different player, which means they have plenty of attacking threats to keep in check. The two players who have been most dangerous in their opening two matches are forward Amy Rodriguez (1 goal, 1 assist) and midfielder Vero Boquete (1 goal, 2 assists). However, both players have played essentially 90 minutes in their prior two matches (ARod only went 85 last weekend), so we should expect some rotation this game.
The Reign, meanwhile, are 0-1-1 and have scored zero goals while conceding two. While the Reign sit toward the bottom of the table (they’re ahead of Chicago!), a win could put them into a top four spot, which would be a real momentum swing before their final match ahead of the knockout rounds. That match just so happens to be against the Portland Thorns.
No matter the time or the amount of people in attendance, a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an event.
NASCAR returns to the Brickyard for the first non-Daytona July 4 race weekend since wildfires impacted the race weekend in 1998 and the first scheduled as such outside of Daytona since 1959.
The official event name this weekend for the Cup Series is: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records. Yeah.
Y’all, it’s the Brickyard 400. Don’t make it difficult.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s races at Indy:
NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis schedule
Green Flag Time: 3:00 p.m. CT Sunday
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 mile triangle-shaped track)
Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
Stages: 50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps
TV coverage: NBC
Radio: IMS Radio Network
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); TuneIn and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
What is it?
The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, the belated start of the Formula One season, which takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
When is it?
The first two free practice sessions were on Friday July 3, with final practice and qualifying on Saturday July 4. The Austrian Grand Prix itself is on Sunday July 5.
What time does it start?
The Grand Prix starts at the now customary time of 2.10pm BST on Sunday.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. Their qualifying program starts at 1.30pm, with race coverage on Sunday at 1pm.
Channel 4 also have highlights this season, and their qualifying coverage starts at 6.45pm on Saturday, with race highlights at 6.30pm on Sunday.
You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport.
What happened in qualifying?
It was another tale of Mercedes, dominance, with Valtteri Bottas pipping his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position, ahead of Max Verstappen. Ferrari struggled more than they ever have done, qualifying in a lowly seventh and 11th, Sebastian Vettel being eliminated in Q1.
The Fourth of July is one of America’s biggest holidays, with celebrations including fireworks and parades across the USA.
The event in 1776 eventually led to the formation of the United States of America, and the original copy of the Declaration of Independence is housed in the National Archives in Washington DC.July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
When is Independence Day?
This year Independence Day is on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air live on Saturday, July 4, at noon ET on ESPN. The one-hour telecast marks the 17th consecutive year ESPN has televised the event. Coverage kicks off at 12pm ET, with the women’s championship, followed by the men’s championship.
Nathan’s Famous will conduct the 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The annual contest, an American holiday tradition that traditionally has been held on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for generations, will take place in a private location with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
ESPN commentator Mike Golic Jr. will do play-by-play of the eating competition. The show will also include an in-depth analysis by Major League Eating’s Richard Shea, with reporting by ESPN’s Jason Fitz. The coverage will feature Joey Chestnut competing for a record 13th title in the men’s contest against 5 other competitors, and Miki Sudo, who will be competing in the women’s contest for her 7th title.
Encore presentations of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air later that day on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET and on ESPNews at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. It will also air on Sunday, July 5th on ESPNNews at 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET and on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET.