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The To-Do List


1. Nadal makes return to ATP Tour

Out of commission with knee tendinitis since his stunning loss to Robin Soderling at the French Open, Rafael Nadalreturns to a very different men's tour at this week's Rogers Cup in Montreal: one where the 23-year-old Spaniard is no longer No. 1. That top ranking belongs to Roger Federer, back from paternity leave to headline a field stacked with 18 of the top 20 players. Play begins Monday, with ESPN2 picking up coverage from Thursday's Round of 16 through Sunday afternoon's final.

2. U.S. faces Mexico in World Cup qualifier

Landon Donovan and friends go south of the border Wednesday for a 2010 World Cup qualifying clash with Mexico at a sold-out Azteca Stadium (4 p.m. ET, mun2), the smog-choked fortress seated 7,400 feet above sea level where the Americans have never come away with a win. The Yanks' all-time record in the capital city is 0-18-1.

3. Steelers, Cardinals wage Super Bowl rematch

The not-so-aptly named Monday Night Football kicks off its 2009 schedule on a Thursday with the preseason clash between Pittsburgh and Arizona (8 p.m., ESPN).

4. Shaq drops by Conan

@THE_REAL_SHAQ returns to his old Los Angeles stomping grounds Friday for an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (11:35 p.m. ET, NBC).

5. Madden hits shelves

Clear your calendars and stock up on snacks: The drop date for Madden NFL 10 is Friday. Of course, you can always subscribe to SI and get the game for free. (It's not a sneaker phone, but it'll do.)

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6. Premiership soccer kicks off

The world's most-watched sporting league begins play over the weekend, with Everton-Arsenal (12:30 p.m., Saturday, FSC) and Liverpool-Tottenham (11 a.m., Saturday, FSC) among the high-profile fixtures. Our pick? Check out Hull City at Chelsea, as 19-year-old American striker Jozy Altidore makes his EPL debut for the Tigers.

7. Last call for Phish phanatics

After reuniting for its first show in five years at Fenway Park in May, the Vermont rockers wind down their summer tour with some last Northeast gigs at Darien Lake, N.Y. (Thursday), Hartford (Friday), Columbia, Md. (Saturday), and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Sunday).

8. Major stakes for Tiger at the PGA Championship

After tying for sixth at the Masters and U.S. Open and missing the cut at the British Open, Tiger Woods seems poised for a breakthrough in the fourth and final major of the season. Four-day coverage from Minnesota's Hazeltine National Golf Club culminates Sunday with the final round (2 p.m., CBS).

9. Phillies, Braves renew NL East rivalry

The defending world champions squandered an opportunity to put a heel on the neck of the NL East this past weekend, losing three in a row to the Marlins and opening the door for the rest of the division. The Braves will try to capitalize this weekend, with Sunday Night Baseball showcasing the series finale (8 p.m., ESPN).

10. The return of Mad Men

Back to save you from the doldrums of summer television are the men, women and cocktail culture of Sterling Cooper. The third season premieres Sunday (10 p.m. ET, AMC), as Don Draper and friends move into the brave new world of 1963.