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The Lineup: Tuesday, August 27

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Pregame Reads

  • Part two of the New York Times investigation into how ESPN manipulates college sports takes a look at the symbiosis between Louisville and the Worldwide Leader. (Part one here)
  • Nick Harris of The Daily Mail on a gene that helps dopers get away with it.


Starter

TV Nine for IX: Branded, 8:00p.m. (ESPN) ESPN concludes its series of documentaries on women's sports with this film that explores to elephant in the room for all female athletes: sex appeal. It's not a new subject, but these films have been genuinely superlative. There will probably be some footage of Anna Kournikova for the meatheads as well.


Reserves

MLB

Marlins vs. Nationals, 7:05p.m.

Brewers vs. Pirates, 7:05p.m.

Yankees vs. Blue Jays, 7:07p.m.

Athletics vs. Tigers, 7:08p.m.

Angels vs. Rays, 7:10p.m.

Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:10p.m.

Indians vs. Braves, 7:10p.m.

Phillies vs. Mets, 7:10p.m.

Astros vs. White Sox, 8:10p.m.

Royals vs. Twins, 8:10p.m.

Reds vs. Cardinals, 8:15p.m.

Giants vs. Rockies, 8:40p.m.

Padres vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40p.m.

Cubs vs. Dodgers, 10:10p.m.

Rangers vs. Mariners, 10:10p.m.

NFL

RGIII Will to Win, 7:00p.m. (ESPN) "How can you come back if you were never gone?" RGIII paraphrases LL Cool J in the promo for this ESPN doc airing right before Nine for IX. Griffin has labeled his knee rehab Operation Patience, which is something he'll have to show given his treatment by the NFL of late.

Hard Knocks, 10:00p.m (HBO)

Soccer 

Houston Dynamo vs. Arabe Unido (Panama), 8:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Olimpia (Honduras) vs. Sporting KC, 10:00p.m.

UEFA Champions League Qualifying: Arsenal FC vs. Fenerbahce SK-2nd Leg, 2:30p.m. (Fox Sports 1) The Gunners gave their fans a whole lot to worry about heading into this home-and-home series with their Turkish opponents. Arsenal looked to have serious chance of missing the Champions League Group Stage for the first time in a long time. It would take a serious meltdown for that to happen now, but fans of soccer and schadenfreude always have hope.

WNBA

Minnesota Lynx vs. New York Liberty, 7:00p.m.

Seattle Storm vs. San Antonio Silver Stars, 8:00p.m.

Connecticut Sun vs. L.A. Sparks, 10:30p.m. (NBA TV)

Tennis

U.S. Open: Early Round Play, 1:00 & 7:00p.m. (ESPN2 & ESPN3)

Poker

World Series of Poker: Main Event Day 4, 9:00p.m. (ESPN)

Racing

Cycling: Vuelta a España- Stage 4, 10:00p.m. (Universal Sports Network) Cycling races have become the go-to place for two things:

  1. Rowdy and at times not-fit-for-broadcast fan behavior (NSFW because boobies).
  2. Impressive infographics (SWF because it's an infographic).


Next Generation

Capture, 9:00p.m. (CW) This show portends our descent into a real-life version of either The Hunger Games or Running Man, depending on your demographic, but also proves that we have a ways to go. CW has family-ized Capture to the point where the phrase "Twin it to Win it" is acceptable.


Birthdays

Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders RB, 25

Mack Brown, Texas Head Football Coach, 61

Jim Thome, Former MLB First Baseman, 42

Chris Armas, Former USMNT Midfielder, 40

Deco, Former Midfielder for Portugal, 35

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