PGA Tour Championship
The PGA Tour's season finale is supposed to feature the year's top 30 money winners, but withdrawals by Tiger Woods (No. 1 on the list), Phil Mickelson (fourth) and Stephen Ames (18th) have left the championship with its smallest field (27) ever. The favorite: Jim Furyk, who's second only to Woods in prize money and in per-round scoring average (68.94). Thursday and Friday ESPN noon; Saturday ABC 3:30 p.m.; Sunday ESPN2 noon, ABC 1 p.m.
No. 3 West Virginia at No. 5 Louisville
The battle for first place in the Big East could turn out to be Don Coryell's worst nightmare: a game in which the forward pass is an afterthought. Mountaineers quarterback Pat White (left), with 88.4 yards per game, and running back Steve Slaton (151.3) lead the nation's best rushing offense. The Cardinals will counter with a pretty good ground game of their own: They rank seventh in the country in rushing. ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Rob and Big
MTV's latest reality experiment involves pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his massive bodyguard Chris (Big Black) Boykin, who weighs 416 pounds. Cameras will follow the pair (left) as they live in Dyrdek's Hollywood Hills estate and try to solve life's most basic questions—like which of them can make a better breakfast. Let's hope Big Black stays off Dyrdek's boards. MTV 10:30 p.m.
Spurs at Mavericks
What did San Antonio's coaching staff do this summer? They probably brainstormed ways to defend speedy Dallas guard Devin Harris, who ran circles around the Spurs defense and averaged 12.7 points in the Mavs' seven-game win over San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals. The two West powers meet for the first of four times this season. TNT 8 p.m.
SI: PICK OF THE WEEK
When the Colts visited Gillette Stadium last year, they snapped a six-game losing streak against the Patriots with a 40--21 win. This year in Foxborough, Indy will have the help of a New England Super Bowl hero. Kicker Adam Vinatieri (left) signed a five-year, $12 million contract with Indianapolis before the season, and he's been as advertised: perfect in 10 field goal attempts. His replacement? Let's just say the Patriots might kick themselves for letting Vinatieri go. Rookie Stephen Gostkowski (right) is 5 for 8 and has 32 points, which ranks 27th among the league's kickers. NBC 8 p.m.
New York City Marathon
It's not often that New Yorkers root for a Bostonian, but Deena Kastor, a native of the Boston suburb of Waltham, will have the crowd on her side at the 37th race through the five boroughs. Kastor (right), who won the London Marathon last April and an Olympic bronze medal in Athens in 2004, will try to become the first U.S. woman to win New York since Miki Gorman in 1977. An American sweep is even possible: '04 Olympic silver medalist and Mammoth Lakes, Calif., resident Meb Keflezighi is one of the favorites on the men's side. NBC 1:30 p.m.
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