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- How soon until the World Cup expands to 40 teams? With the greed that permeates through FIFA, probably not long, writes SI's Brian Straus.
- Donald Sterling has been holding the Clippers down for years. He almost did it again this summer, writes Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
- Cardinals fans just had their last home game of the season. The Classical's Chase Woodruff wonders why we all started to hate them this season.
NBA Chicago vs. Miami, 8:00p.m. (TNT)
Basketball is back! So is Derrick Rose. You can already feel the Heat fatigue setting in. The Bulls probably represent the Eastern Conference's best shot in the battle against inevitability. Of course, if Lebron found a way to get better in the offseason, this whole "regular season and playoffs" exercise we do every year may be moot.
Orlando vs. Indiana, 7:00p.m.
LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers, 10:30p.m. (TNT)
(This game is a decent enough excuse to post this video).
NCAA Basketball (Exhibition)
Pittsburgh State vs. Kansas, 8:00p.m. (ESPN3)
Big Break NFL, 9:00p.m. (Golf)
World Series of Poker: Day 7, 9:00p.m. (ESPN)
BNP Paribas Masters, 2:30p.m. (ESPN3)
Under 17 World Cup: Round of 16
Uruguay vs. Slovakia, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Morocco vs. Ivory Coast, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Argentina vs. Tunisia, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Nigeria vs. Iran, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Presbyterian vs. USC Upstate, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)
30 for 30: This is What They Want, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)
David Foster Wallace famously wrote about Roger Federer as religious experience. Jimmy Connors was his own type of deity, like the crazy and flawed Greek kind.
Costas Tonight: Guest Sidney Crosby, 11:00p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)
Late Show with David Letterman: Guest Scott Dixon, 11:35p.m. (CBS)
Marcus Lattimore, San Francisco 49ers Running Back, 22
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengels Quarterback, 26
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes Center, 29
Amanda Beard, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, 32
Miguel Cotto, Boxing Champion, 33
Kelly Smith, English Soccer Forward, 35
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher, 39
Robert Pires, Former French Soccer Midfielder, 40Edwin van der Sar, Former Dutch Goalkeeper, 43