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Athletics at Mariners
FOX 4 PM A walking tour of Seattle: Jim Bouton, author of Ball
Four, pitched for the Seattle Pilots, Frasier Crane's licentious
agent is named Bebe, while the Mariners, who through Sunday led
the majors in BBs (712), have Rickey Henderson, second alltime in
walks (2,056). Heading into this American League West showdown
series, Oakland had the major league leader in bases on balls,
slugger Jason Giambi (117).


Formula One Grand Prix of the United States
FOX SPORTS NET AND SPEEDVISION 1:30 PM Ten years ago the film
Total Recall had Sharon Stone in the vehicle, whereas today
total recall refers to the Firestones on the vehicle.
Firestone's parent company, Bridgestone, is a supplier for the
Formula One circuit, which, as we recall, last staged a race in
the U.S. nine years ago in Phoenix. Today's event comes from the
Brickyard in Indianapolis. Drivers such as Mika Hakkinen and
Michael Schumacher, who are one-two in the F/1 series standings,
will shift gears on a track that twists and turns through the
Indy infield while incorporating part of the famous 2.5-mile oval.

Redskins at Giants
ESPN 8:30 PM Can you imagine any of Sunday Night Football's
sterling trio--Paul Maguire, Mike Patrick or Joe Theismann--in
the booth at Giants Stadium, comparing Washington quarterback
Brad Johnson to New York defensive tackle Christian Peter and
declaring (as Dennis Miller did in his opening comment on the
Sept. 11 Patriots-Jets telecast), "It all comes down to who has
the better woody!"? Neither can we. The Giants, clad in those
wonderful retro uniforms, are the NFC's surprise team at 3-0.



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Olympic Games
NBC, CNBC, MSNBC (TAPE DELAY) The term Down Under is redundant,
as well may be footage of gold-oriented American sprinter Marion
Jones (above) ascending the medals podium. Jones will compete in
the women's 100 meters on Saturday (NBC, 7 p.m.) and the 200
meters on Thursday (NBC, 7 p.m.) as well as in the long jump on
Friday (NBC, 7 p.m.). Other anticipated highlights (shown on
NBC's 7 p.m. telecast unless otherwise noted) include Yank
speedsters Maurice Greene in the 100 on Saturday and Michael
Johnson in the 400 on Monday; Aboriginal Australian runner Cathy
Freeman in the women's 400, also on Monday; Aussies Grant Hackett
and Kieren Perkins in a duel in the pool in the 1,500 freestyle
on Saturday; and gold medal matches in baseball (Wednesday,
MSNBC, 10 a.m.) and women's soccer (Thursday, MSNBC, 10 a.m.).


During NBC's Olympics opening ceremonies coverage, ABC countered
with Whose Line Is It Anyway? NBC cohosts Bob Costas and Katie
Couric might argue that the title more aptly fit their show. Our
favorite moment came when Costas, having finished an anecdote
about the bushman culture and gazed at cavorting fire-breathers
below, remarked before a commercial, "As the bushfire sweeps
across the floor, we step aside."... SportsCenter's Linda Cohn
refers to good hitters as "master batters." Who, besides perhaps
Jocelyn Elders, considers this to be in good taste?