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Twenty teams play day games on the symbolic last day of summer, including five of the six division leaders. Over the past decade, 49 of the 62 teams in first place on Labor Day ended up with division titles, with four others falling back on the Wild Card. Can this year's first-place clubs avoid the ignominious fate of the '03 Astros, '03 Cardinals, '03 White Sox, '04 Athletics, '07 Mets, '07 Padres, '08 Diamondbacks and '08 Mets -- recent Labor Day frontrunners who missed the playoffs?
The annual grudge match between Florida universities -- once a bellwether for the national championship -- has lost some juice as the teams have slipped from national prominence. But it's still one of college football's vintage rivalries and it's played again Monday in Tallahassee (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Hurricanes own a 30-23 edge in the all-time series, but the Seminoles have won three of the past four.
The most anticipated rap album of the summer drops Tuesday when
Haven't been to Yankee Stadium yet? Looking to check out the $1.5 billion palace on the cheap? Pound-for-pound kingpin
The pro football season kicks off Thursday when the Steelers host the Titans (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC) in a delicious clash between AFC heavyweights. The action continues Sunday on opening day proper, with Redskins-Giants and Bears-Packers among the high-profile matchups.
The Hall of Fame enshrines what may be it's highest-profile class Friday (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Springfield, Mass. This year's inductees include a whole quarter of the Dream Team --
Forget the pub. A basic cable subscription gives you a front-row seat in your living room for two of the most decorated teams in English soccer. First, Liverpool tries to rebound from a rocky start against stingy upstarts Burnley (10 a.m., ESPN2). Next, reigning champions Manchester United head to London with designs on spoiling Tottenham's perfect start (12:30 p.m. ET, FSC).
If you only choose one day to watch the season's last Grand Slam, why not pick the coolest and most action-packed day on the tennis calendar? The U.S. Open is the only major to schedule both men's semifinals and women's final for the same day (12 p.m. ET, CBS) -- and the inevitable logjams of thrilling, historic matches through the years have seldom disappointed.
They're expecting more than 105,000 fans to pack the Horseshoe for Saturday night's showdown between No. 4 USC and No. 6 Ohio State (8 p.m. ET, ABC). Can the Buckeyes exact revenge for that 35-3 drubbing suffered at the hands of the Trojans last year at the Coliseum?