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Germany's Mesut Özil scoring against Ghana

[Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters]

Two weeks ago, in my sports roundup, I warned that “July is always the peak sporting month of the year for me. There’s always the weekend when Wimbledon ends and the Tour de France starts. … ” I went on to note that on top of the usual wealth of events, this year brings us the World Cup.

Well, that first weekend is upon us. Tomorrow morning, the Wimbledon women’s final between Serena Williams and Vera Zvonareva starts just after 6:00 AM (Seattle time). Coverage of the opening stage of the Tour de France will start shortly after — an 8.9 kilometer time trial through Rotterdam. Normally, that would be plenty. But remember, there’s that World Cup going on, and 7:00 AM marks the start of what may be its most interesting game, Argentina versus Germany.

Sadly, the two teams are meeting in the quarter-finals. Based on the quality of their play so far, they would be worthy championship game opponents. And of course, at 11:30, by which time the tennis and cycling will be long over, Spain will meet Paraguay in the last of the four quarter-finals.

What to do? That’s easy. Argentina-Germany takes precedence. Williams may steamroll Zvonareva, and if she doesn’t, I’m content to catch up on the drama later. I am eager to see the Tour coverage. I can’t wait to be re-united with my pals Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen as they talk cycling and scenery. But it too can be shifted without harm. Argentina-Germany could be a game for the ages. Watch it if you can.

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