IMG Academy will be well represented in competition this weekend, no matter your favorite sport.
This weekend marks the beginning of the NFL season, and the Thursday night game between the Packers and Saints set a high bar for the other teams to strive for. Here are some matchups that include athletes with ties to IMG Academy: (All times in Eastern)
Cam Newton makes his first NFL start as his Carolina panthers go into Arizona to play the Cardinals. This game will also be the first chance to see Anthony Sherman play fullback for the Cardinals in a regular season game. (Sunday- 4:15 pm)
Expect Anthony Castonzo and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line to play a big part in the game against the Houston Texans. With Peyton Manning out indefinitely, the Colts will need to protect Kerry Collins as he gets used to his new team. (Sunday- 1 pm)
Tandon Doss will likely have a bigger role in Game 1 with the suspension of fellow Ravens' WR David Reed. Having a good game here could mean a continued role throughout the season. (Sunday- 1 pm)
This year's water-logged edition of the U.S. Open is expected to come to a close on Monday. But before the winner can be decided there is a great matchup to look forward to on Saturday night.
Serena Williams will play #1 ranked Caroline Wozniacki for the right to play in the finals between the winner of the Stosur/Kerber matchup. Williams will look to become 3-0 against Wozniacki. (Saturday- 7 pm)
The baseball season is winding down and like Septembers past, the best baseball is still to come.
Mark Buehrle takes the mound Friday night for the White Sox when they host the Cleveland Indians. Carlos Quentin might also make his return from an August 20th shoulder sprain during this series. (Friday- 8:10 pm)
Joey Votto will be looking to add to his 26 home runs when he and the Cincinnati Reds finish their road-trip with a 3 game series against the Colorado Rockies. First game is Friday night. (Friday- 8:40 pm)
The Washington Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman host the Houston Astros for a 3 game series starting on Friday night. (Friday- 7:05 pm)
This weekend the LPGA is in Rogers, Arkansas for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Among those teeing off will be IMG Academy golf program Alums Paula Creamer and Julieta Granada. (Continues throughout the weekend)
IMG Academy soccer program alum, Blair Gavin and Chivas USA will play D.C United on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. This will be an important game for both teams as both are close to earning a playoff spot and the points earned in this game will put the winner one step closer.
On the international front, DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla face Monterrey at home. (Sunday- 1 pm)