1. Manchester City vs. Newcastle United
Details: Monday, August 19 @ 3:00 PM ET - Etihad Stadium - Manchester, England
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch: Manchester City had an overhaul of an offseason, signing a new manager and four impact players on the pitch. Newcastle brings a team that was down last year due to injury, so a healthy club could only mean good things ahead. Monday we will see if the additions help The Blues and a clean bill of health helps the Magpies, as both take the pitch for their BPL opener.
#5ToFollow Insider: Kyle Bonn - @the_bonnfire
Kyle Bonn writes from NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk and is excited about the BPL moving to an American audience. In a recent article, he highlighted Man City's Edin Dzeko as a top striker to watch for the upcoming season. Tweet Bonn with your #BPL queries during Monday's match at Etihad.
Follow - @the_bonnfire
2. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins
Details: Monday, August 19 @ 8:00 PM ET - FedEx Field - Washington D.C.
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch: Get ready for your first taste of Monday Night Football! Week Two of the preseason means more playing time for the starters and position battles plots will thicken. Here are two competitions to keep your eye on: Pittsburgh’s stable of backs – will rookie Le’Veon Bell win the starting role? And Washington’s free safety status – Bacarri Rambo vs. Phillip Thomas – two rookies battling it out for the starting spot.
#5ToFollow Insider: Neal Coolong - @NealCoolong
Neal Coolong is the editor of Behind The Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Steelers blog. Coolong will be focused on the Burgh's backfield Monday night as the Steelers face the Redskins. Follow Neal to see if the Steelers season can be saved by Le'Veon Bell.
Follow - @NealCoolong
3. Boston Red Sox vs. San Francisco Giants
Details: Monday, August 19 @ 10:00 PM ET - AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch: This can't miss matchup on the mound, featuring Tim Lincecum vs. Jon Lester, will entertain viewers as the SP’s look to tame the opposing lineups. Anytime David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz picks up a bat, it’s a must watch moment, but to see him play in the field is a whole other experience. How will the DH do at first? How will these aces perform? Catch all the baseball on ESPN Monday night.
#5ToFollow Insider: Marc Normandin - @Marc_Normandin
Marc Normandin is currently co-managing SB Nation's Red Sox blog, Over the Monster. For tweets on the BoSox series in San Fran and the latest from the team's farm system, give Normandin a follow.
Follow - @Marc_Normandin
4. Northwestern vs. Mississippi State - 2013 Gator Bowl
Details: Tuesday, August 20 @ 6:00 PM ET
Watch Here: Big Ten Network on XFINITY
Why Watch: One of the top bowl games of 2013 is airing on the Big Ten Network Tuesday night and you don’t want to miss this historic game. 64 years had gone by since Northwestern won their last bowl matchup, and this one will leave you at the edge of your seat! Watch and see how a trio of second half touchdowns leads to a great ending to the 2013 Gator Bowl.
#5ToFollow Insider: Big Ten Network - @BigTenNetwork
We are less than two weeks away from college football’s kickoff and the Big Ten Network is getting fans ready with last season's top games. Make sure you're following the Network and the hashtag #B1G for the latest from the conference.
Follow - @BigTenNetwork
5. Los Angeles Sparks vs. Seattle Storm
Details: Tuesday, August 20 @ 10:00 PM ET - Key Arena - Seattle, WA
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch: Tuesday night there is a battle of the "bigs" in the WNBA as MVP-favorite Candace Parker collides with the Storm’s veteran forward, Tina Thompson. You don’t want to miss Thompson, who in her 16th WNBA season scored 23 pts and brought down 8 rebs against the much younger Parker. How will she do in round two? Find out Tuesday night on ESPN2.
#5ToFollow Insider: Aaron Fischman - @aaronhartf
Aaron Fischman is reporting from the The City of Angels and covering the LA Sparks. The team is on a run for first in the West, Parker's looking strong for MVP, and Fischman is your source for this and more Tuesday night.
Follow - @aaronhartf
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