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What to Read This Weekend
Last year, 18-year-old Sergey Chernyshev won a gold medal at the first break dancing competition in the Youth Olympics. It helped his standing as one of the more promising young breakers in the world, and gave Chernyshev, who dances under the moniker Bumblebee, a clear path toward a new goal. Earlier this year, break dancing was added to the program for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
“Bumblebee has spent half his life breaking, with a style and skill set nurtured by streaming video and social media, feeling every bit a part of, and protective of, hip-hop culture — a culture that has room, in his mind, for the Olympic Games,” Andrew Keh writes.
The International Olympic Committee hopes aspiring medalists like Chernyshev can draw in more fans, and athletes, of unconventional sports.
“I want to make it,” Bumblebee said, “and I want to win.”
Read the full article here.
What to Watch This Weekend
All times are Eastern.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL The start of the college football season is a week earlier than you probably thought, thanks to two games on Saturday. Fans are affectionately calling the matchups “Week 0” games. And at least one, Miami vs. No. 8 Florida (7 p.m., ESPN), involves the allure of an intrastate rivalry, implications for the rankings and two power conferences. In a nightcap, Arizona plays Hawaii in Honolulu (10:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
TENNIS The United States Open begins Monday with wall-to-wall coverage on the ESPN family of networks. But before that, on Saturday, you can catch the women’s final of the N.Y.J.T.L. Bronx Open (2 p.m., Tennis Channel) and the men’s final of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. (5 p.m., Tennis Channel).
M.L.B. It’s hard to look elsewhere when the red-hot Mets are once again facing the rival Atlanta Braves, but this weekend also features the Los Angeles Dodgers going up against the Yankees in a battle of the teams with the best records in the National and American Leagues. On Sunday night in prime time (7 p.m., ESPN), Clayton Kershaw (13-2) is scheduled to start against Domingo German (16-3) in what is likely to be the best pitching matchup of the series.
HORSE RACING Known as the Midsummer Derby, the Travers Stakes is the highlight of the meet at Saratoga. Tacitus, the runner-up at the Belmont, was the morning line favorite (Saturday, 5 p.m., Fox).
SOCCER It’s rivalry week in Major League Soccer, so make sure to wear your best scarf to the grocery store. The two big coastal derbies are Saturday (Red Bulls at New York City F.C., 7 p.m., ESPN2) and Sunday (Galaxy at L.A.F.C., 10:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1).
N.F.L. You can get a new perspective on the N.F.L. during the Titans vs. Steelers preseason game this Sunday. The game will feature a new camera angle — the “High Sky” camera — as the primary play-by-play, live game coverage camera. (Sunday 8 p.m., NBC)
GOLF The PGA Tour season wraps up with the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. There is a new format for the 30-player field: a staggered start in which the FedEx points leader, Justin Thomas, began the event with a two-stroke lead over his nearest challenger, Patrick Cantlay, and a 10-shot advantage over the last five qualifiers (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., NBC; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., NBC).
AUTO RACING IndyCar races Saturday night outside St. Louis. Will Power gained his first win of the season last week and is the defending champion at this track (8:45 p.m., NBCSN).