--Grand Prix of the United States
ABC 1:30 PM The name flows off the tongue as if it belonged to a
character in a telenovela: Juan Pablo Montoya. Two weeks ago
Montoya, a 26-year-old Colombian, won the Italian Grand Prix, his
first Formula One victory. Now the winner of the 2000 Indy 500
roars into the Brickyard hoping to become the first driver to win
on both its 2.5-mile oval and 2.606-mile road course.
--49ers at Jets
ABC 9 PM Lying inside the locker of New York quarterback Vinny
Testaverde is a chunk of rubble from the World Trade Center,
hauled back following a visit to the disaster site. Few teams
were more emotionally affected by the events of Sept. 11 than the
Jets, who play in Giants Stadium, located 25 miles from ground
zero. That alone should make tonight's matchup, the team's first
home game since the tragedy, especially stirring.
--Avalanche at Penguins
8 PM ESPN Enough already about a certain bald part owner of the
Capitals' interminable flirtation with a return to the arena.
Let's focus on a committed chairman of the boards: Pittsburgh
owner-center Mario Lemieux, who turns 36 two days after tonight's
NHL regular-season opener against Stanley Cup-champion Colorado.
Lemieux, weighing in at a chiseled 227 pounds, will likely team
with Stephane Richer, 35, and Kevin Stevens, 36, to form the Jack
La Lanne of hockey lines (a combined 44 NHL seasons and 1,383
--LSU at Tennessee
ESPN 7:45 PM The No. 14 Tigers haven't been the cat's meow in
Knoxville over the years. Since playing to a scoreless tie in
1925, Louisiana State is 1-10 at Rocky Top. Overall, the Tigers
are 4-18-3 against the Volunteers--the most recent victory having
come last season when LSU quarterback Rohan Davey (now a senior)
passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 thriller in
Baton Rouge. The No. 7 Vols also boast a man with a golden arm:
sophomore Casey Clausen (above), who in 2000 passed for a school
freshman record 1,473 yards. If Clausen can come up with a
Manningesque performance in the Vols' toughest test thus far,
don't be surprised if there's a movement for Neyland Stadium,
once dubbed Peyton's Place, to be renamed Casey's Crib.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
COLOR PHOTO: BOB ROSATO