The To-Do List

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1. Dodgers, Cardinals clash on national TV

The two most decorated clubs in National League history open a four-game series Monday at Busch Stadium (7:15 p.m., ESPN). The Dodgers are sitting pretty with an eight-game cushion atop the NL West standings and the best record in baseball, but some pundits believe the Cardinals' trade for Matt Holliday makes St. Louis the team to beat in the Senior Circuit.

2. NFL training camps begin in earnest

The road to LandShark Stadium and Super Bowl XLIV gets under way this week as training camps around the league kick off at outposts like Olivet Nazarene University, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Napa Valley Marriott. NFL fans hoping for resolution in the Brett Favre non-story should have answers by Thursday, which is the report date for Vikings players at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

3. Sportsmen get wet in Rome

More than 2,500 athletes from 185 countries are competiting in this week's 2009 FINA World Aquatics Championships, where titles in swimming, diving, open-water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo are up for grabs through Sunday. Universal Sports delivers comprehensive live coverage online, on USTV and on NBC.

4. Rays, Yankees renew hostilities in the Bronx

It's a scrap between the old guard and the new kids on the block when the Yankees and Rays write the next chapter in their nascent rivalry (Wedneday, 7:08 p.m., ESPN). Just because the 11-year-old Rays aren't a traditional New York nemesis doesn't lessen the bad blood between the clubs, who traded blows in a bench-clearing brawl during spring training last season.

5. MLS All-Stars unite against Premier League club

One thing Major League Soccer does better than MLB, the NFL and the NBA is the All-Star Game. Instead of dividing the league's top players by league or conference and playing a glorified scrimmage, the MLS unites its All-Stars and tests its mettle against a European club. This Wednesday's showdown (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) showcases Everton F.C. of the English Premier League against MLS standouts Landon Donovan, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Freddie Ljungberg and Kasey Keller. Something tells me Becks isn't winning the final vote.

6. The X Games turn 15

The world's premier action sports event turns 15, which means it's listening to loud music, writing really bad poetry and talking on the phone until 2 a.m. on school nights. Coverage kicks off Thursday (9 p.m., ESPN) and continues through Sunday on ESPN2 and ABC.

7. All eyes on Halladay at MLB trade deadline

The deadline for contenders to beef up -- or for pretenders to cut bait and sell -- is Friday at 4 p.m. Among those stars who could be moved are Adrian Gonzalez, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez and, of course, Blue Jays' ace Roy Halladay, whom Philadelphians are itching to see in Phillies red.

8. Funny People hits theaters

Adam Sandler hasn't exactly been cranking out the hits over the past decade, but don't let the Zohan's tepid streak at the box office scare you away from this highly anticipated flick, out in theaters on Friday. Director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) just may be the surest bet in comedy today.

9. Bradley, Campbell do battle on Showtime

Once the world's unified lightweight champion, Nate Campbell lost his belts in February when he couldn't make the 135-pound limit before a defense against Ali Funeka. Redemption could come Saturday, when the 37-year-old "Galaxy Warrior" moves up to 140 pounds to face undefeated Timothy Bradleyfor the WBO light welterweight title (9 p.m., Showtime).

10. All Points West hits the Big Apple

Headliners for the three-day music festival at Liberty State Park, across the bay from the New York City skyline, include Tool, Coldplay and Jay-Z, an emergency replacement for the late scratch Beastie Boys. But the lineup for the second-year festival draws its real strength from the undercard, where performers include My Bloody Valentine, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fleet Foxes, Q-Tip, MGMT, Echo & The Bunnymen and The National.