The PGA Tour tried to create drama in the final FedEx Cup event, tweaking the scoring system this season to make the point standings more volatile. It didn't work. Vijay Singh (right), who won the first two playoff tournaments, has a nearly insurmountable lead heading into the Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta. (Last year Tiger Woods was virtually guaranteed to win the Cup before the final event.) Maybe next year's points leader should play the Tour Championship blindfolded.
Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel 1 p.m.; Saturday, NBC noon; Sunday, NBC 1:30 p.m.
Houston at No. 23 East Carolina
After stunning upsets over Virginia Tech and West Virginia, the Pirates (3--1) were dreaming of a BCS berth—until a loss to N.C. State last Saturday. East Carolina will try to get back in the major bowl hunt, but it'll be without senior linebacker Quentin Cotton and senior tackle Stanley Bryant. Both are out for the season with knee injuries.
CBS College Sports 3:30 p.m.
National Scrabble Championship
Spending a Sunday afternoon watching the NFL is fine if all you care about is X's and O's. If the other 24 letters of the alphabet also intrigue you, check out this tape-delayed coverage of the annual Scrabble smackdown. (This year's event was held in Orlando in July.) The winner gets $25,000.
ESPN2 2 p.m.
Two of baseball's greats, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, sat for a candid discussion of America's pastime and their legacies. Always the showman, Mays, 77, said, "I think I could still hit 10 or 20 more home runs a year. Probably more."
HBO 9 p.m.
In the last six months, former Tennessee star Candace Parker (left) has won an NCAA title, the Naismith trophy and the Olympic gold medal—and she was the top pick in the WNBA draft. Now the 22-year-old rookie, the L.A. Sparks' leading scorer, might add a WNBA ring. As of Monday, L.A. was tied 1--1 in its Western Conference semifinal series with Seattle.
ESPN2 8 p.m.
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Marlins at Mets
Will this be Shea Stadium's swan song? A few weeks ago it didn't look that way: The Mets had a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East on Sept. 10 and seemed assured of playing in October in Shea's final season. But after another September slowdown, New York was in second place as of Monday and clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card race—which means the final regular-season game at Shea could be a must-win. Whom can the Mets count on? Centerfielder Carlos Beltran (above), is hitting .343 with five home runs this month.
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