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The Lineup: Thursday, August 29

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Johnny Manziel is one half away from joining the rest of America in sitting out the entirety of the Texas A&M vs. Rice game. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • Tom Perotta of the Wall Street Journal looks into the decline of America's once-potent tennis development system.
  • Dave Zirin imagines a (somewhat cynical) speech that Johnny Manziel may have given to his teammates for The Nation.
  • You've probably read a lot about Aaron Hernandez, but nothing as good as this piece by Paul Solotaroff for Rolling Stone.


Starter

College Football North Carolina vs. #6 North Carolina State, 6:00p.m. (ESPN)

Football is back! Our nation's complicated conversation about the NCAA and its parasitic relationship with a bunch of unpaid young men risking serious mental and bodily harm all for the ... WHOA! Did you see that hit?! WOOOOOOO FOOTBALL!

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Reserves

MLB

Athletics vs. Tigers, 1:08p.m.

Angels vs. Rays, 1:10p.m.

Royals vs. Twins, 1:10p.m

Phillies vs. Mets, 1:10p.m.

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

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

Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:10p.m. (MLB Network)

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

Mariners vs. Astros, 8:10p.m.

NFL

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots, 7:30p.m. (NFL Network)

Tonight is potentially the last chance to see ole' Timmy Tebow for the foreseeable future. There will be a welcomed silence this NFL season if Tebow isn't part of the Pats' final 53-man roster. That is, until he's the starting QB for Buffalo in week 4.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets, 7:00p.m.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengels, 7:00p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills, 7:00p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons, 7:30p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers, 7:30p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:30p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:00p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. St. Louis Rams, 8:00p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears, 8:00p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:00p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:00p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos, 9:00p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers, 10:00p.m. (NFL Network)

Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10:00p.m.

College Football

Liberty vs. Kent State, 6:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Presbyterian vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 (ESPN3)

Indiana State vs. Indiana, 7:00p.m. (Big Ten Network)

UNLV vs. Minnesota, 7:00p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Tulsa va. Bowling Green, 7:00p.m. (ESPNU)

Illinois State vs. Ball State, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Akron vs. UCF, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Southern Utah vs. South Alabama, (ESPN3)

Utah State vs. Utah, 8:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt, 9:15p.m. (ESPN)

Rutgers vs. Fresno State, 10:30p.m. (ESPNU)

#24 USC vs. Hawaii, 11:00p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Lane Kiffin is definitely on the hot seat after a disappointing tenure so far at the helm of the Trojans. Everyone knows the best way to solidify your authority over a team is to waffle between two quarterbacks.

GOLF

Hotel Fitness Championship, 3:00p.m. (GOLF)

LPGA: Safeway Classic, 5:30p.m. (GOLF)

WNBA

Connecticut Sun vs. Seattle Storm, 10:00p.m.

Tennis

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

Rafa Nadal takes the court for his second match having already hit what could be the best shot that we'll see this Open.

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Volleyball

AVP Next: Cincinnati, 8:00p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Soccer

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dynamo Tbilisi, 3:00p.m. (ESPN3)

High School Football

West Lyon Wildcats vs. Central Lyon/G-Lr Lions, 8:00p.m. (ESPN3)


Deep bench

Auctions America, 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports)

Ed Ewing, a business tycoon of unspeakable wealth, will be selling a collection that will be the centerpiece of this massive classic car auction. His cars range from a 1921 Model T police car to a Shelby GT owned by Troy Aikman. Buy the latter, and you get to keep Moose Johnston as a bonus.


Birthdays

David West, Indiana Pacers Forward, 32

Aaron Rowand, Former MLB Outfielder, 35

Roy Oswalt, Colorado Rockies Pitcher, 35

Carlos Delfino, Milwaukee Bucks Guard, 30

Carl Banks, Former New York Giants LB, 50

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