SI View The Week in TV Sports

July 02, 2000

Highlights

SATURDAY 7/1

Tour de France
Pepsi 400
ABC 3 PM (TAPE DELAY); CBS 8 PM You don't have to be in the race
yourself to shift gears. From pelotons to pileups, burning
calories to burning rubber, Vaseline to gasoline, Road Rules
France yields the pavement to Wheel World Daytona. In the
two-tire division Lance Armstrong embarks on a defense of his
stunning 1999 triumph in today's Prologue from Le Puy du Fou.
(Beginning on Sunday there will be daily race coverage evenings
on ESPN2 and ESPN.) The four-wheelers, including the '99 victor,
Dale Jarrett, will take to Daytona's famed 2.5-mile oval under
the lights.

SUNDAY 7/2

Euro 2000 Final
PPV ($24.95) 2 PM Also discovered behind that Los Alamos copy
machine with those computer discs containing nuclear secrets:
D.B. Cooper, Bison Dele, the band Night Ranger and Angelina
Jolie's sense of discretion, but not, apparently, sufficient
domestic interest in Europe's most popular soccer tournament for
a broadcast or cable network to show the final. Hence, today's
telecast from Rotterdam, which at week's end seemed likely to
include the homeland Netherlands squad, will run you almost 59
guilders. Holland's alltime leading scorer, striker Dennis
Bergkamp, would think it keen to play his final international
match in his backyard.

MONDAY 7/3

White Sox at Royals
WGN 8 PM You hear Royals and Dye, and you think, Enough about
Prince Wills's bloody 18th birthday already. The Royal in
question here is Jermaine Dye, whose 19 home runs at week's end
paced Kansas City. Like their towheaded namesake across the pond,
the Royals (35-38, 20-13 at Kaufman Stadium) are coming of age
with players such as terrific 26-year-olds Dye, leftfielder
Johnny Damon and first baseman Mike Sweeney.

THURSDAY 7/6

Wimbledon Women's Semifinals
NBC 1 PM, TNT 5 PM (BOTH TAPE DELAY) This could be a two-Martina
lunch that, as often happens, runs into the dinner hour. Martina
Hingis last won a Grand Slam singles title in January 1999, but
she is still ranked No. 1 and seeded thusly here. Martina
Navratilova, winner of a combined 19 singles and doubles titles
at the All England Club, returns after a five-year absence with
faint hopes of tying Billie Jean King's record 20. Navratilova,
43, will play doubles with Mariaan De Swardt. The men's
semifinals are scheduled for Friday (NBC noon and TNT 5 p.m.,
both tape delay).

Don't Miss

TUESDAY 7/4

Four on the Fourth
REDS AT CARDINALS ESPN2 2PM; ROCKIES AT GIANTS ESPN 4 PM; EXPOS
AT BRAVES TBS 7 PM; DIAMONDBACKS AT ASTROS ESPN 8 PM Some things,
the tag line for The Patriot reads, are worth fighting for. After
all, we could be watching cricket. Six likely National League
All-Star starters--first baseman Mark McGwire, second baseman
Craig Biggio, shortstop Barry Larkin, third baseman Chipper Jones
and outfielders Barry Bonds (above) and Ken Griffey Jr.--answer
TV's call on Independence Day. Also joining this Fourth of July
parade are probable All-Star outfielders Jim Edmonds and Vladimir
Guerrero and first baseman Todd Helton.

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

COLOR PHOTO: BRAD MANGIN

the zapper

One of Dennis Miller's earliest rants on his eponymous HBO show
opened with him saying, "The world of sports could use a shot in
the arm, couldn't it?" Who knew then that he'd be the one asked
to provide it?... The Kansas City Wizards, by far the best team
in MLS 14 weeks into the season, have yet to appear on ESPN or
ESPN2. Does the network, which doesn't pay a rights fee to
broadcast MLS, ignore successful small-market teams to get higher
ratings by showing large-market clubs? Apparently so.... Always
good for a chuckle: ESPN's Kenny Mayne's celebrating a great play
by mimicking the opening of the Jackson Five classic ABC.

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