Yankees at Red Sox
SATURDAY 7/31 FOX 1 PM; SUNDAY 8/1 ESPN 8 PM
Two towns, two teams, two perspectives on the World Series.
Beantown gave us the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, a ska band who had
a hit with Someday I Suppose. The Big Apple was the setting for
the musical Rent, whose mantra is No Day but Today. As the Sox
gaze up at the mound and see former ace Roger Clemens, they
should ignore the fact that since 1918 the Bronx Bombers have
outringed them 24-0. Rather, Bostonians should take heart in
their pitching (a league-leading 4.12 ERA through Sunday) and
their shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra (right), the All-Star
starter. To quote a lyric from Rent, "Forget regret, or life is
yours to miss." Or, in the words of ESPN's bizarro Boston
booster, the Rick: "Let it go."
Tour de France
ABC 5 PM (TAPE DELAY)
He's headstrong. He's leg-strong. He's Armstrong. The U.S.'s
Lance Armstrong never finished better than 36th in cycling's
premier event before being stricken with testicular cancer in
1996. In today's final stage on the Champs Elysees, Armstrong may
emulate Greg LeMond's heroic victory of 1989 while helping to
salvage the sport from the drug-riddled image it earned during
last year's Tour de Farce.
HBO 10 PM
Tank Black needs Johnnie Cochran--or Jackie Childs. In the most
compelling segment of this month's installment, correspondent
Bryan Burwell interviews the African-American sports agent, who
is under investigation by the NFL Players Association for
allegedly paying college athletes. Black charges racism, but as
Burwell, who is black, notes, the complainant (Ray Anderson),
two players who have signed sworn affidavits against Black and
the executive director of the NFLPA (Gene Upshaw) are also
African-American. "Enlighten me," says Burwell. "Show me where
[the racism] is."
LPGA du Maurier Classic
ESPN THURSDAY 4 PM; FRIDAY 2 PM; SATURDAY 2:30 PM; SUNDAY 3:30 PM
An Ode to Inkster:
Here's Juli Inkster, part mother, part linkster, the toast of
She has with her daily, daughters Cori and Hayley, yet still she
finds time to play.
Her object of desire--her coach!--she did fire, then went out
and won majors, two.
But Inkster's no louse,
That coach was her spouse, and two majors, one less than a few.
This lady's no tramp, she's a mom, she's a champ, and all other
On the Calgary course, she'll shoot for the purse, plus a major
this year, her third.
Showdown at Sherwood
ABC 8 PM
Will the hype of Showdown at Sherwood, pitting David Duval
against Tiger Woods in a made-for-TV match-play event from
Thousand Oaks, Calif., even begin to approach the drama of
Showdown at Bushwood, the memorable Caddyshack duel between
Angie D'Annunzio and Danny Noonan? Duval and Woods have never
been paired in a final round of a major, but they are the top
two money winners on the PGA Tour this year, so they've got that
going for them, which is nice. "How about a little somethin',
you know, for the effort?" O.K.--winner gets $1.1 million, loser
makes due with 400 grand.
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Rating (equal to 843,000 households) for the WNBA All-Star Game
on ESPN on July 14. Houston, home of the champion Comets, got
the highest local rating, a 2.7 (46,000 households).
Credit Fox's Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly for keeping
silent during the moving pregame ceremonies at the All-Star
Game. They let the pictures tell the story, as when the camera
panned to the Twins' Ron Coomer mouthing, "Awesome."... On July
25 at 7 p.m., Outdoor Life Network shows The Marathon of the
Sands, chronicling a 148-mile footrace across the Sahara Desert.
The moral of the excruciating effort: If this sand's Moroccan,
don't bother walkin'!