WUSA Championship Game
TNT 2 PM Unfortunately for the millions of mini-Mias out there,
this will be a Hamm-free final, since her team, the Washington
Freedom, finished tied for last in the regular season. In her
absence the teen screamers will no doubt go wild when Joey
McIntyre, that he's-so-cute-you-want-to-step-on-him former member
of New Kids on the Block, takes the field at Foxboro Stadium to
sing the national anthem. Expect the ensuing game action, which
will pit the Atlanta Beat and forward Charmaine Hooper against
the Bay Area CyberRays and midfielder-defender Brandi Chastain,
to be more suitable for adult viewing.
August 26, 2001
Dodgers at Braves
TBS 7 PM Late August: It's not a time when either of these teams
has been accustomed to being in the thick of a playoff race. By
this date, Los Angeles, which hasn't been in the playoffs since
1996, is usually engaged in infighting and wait-till-next-year
talk, while Atlanta, which hasn't missed the postseason since '90
and has gone down to the wire only once since '96, is normally
kicking back in preparation for the postseason. With both teams
in playoff and wild-card contention, this series, which continues
at 1 p.m. on Sunday on TBS, is well worth watching.
U.S. Open Tennis, Early Rounds
USA 11 AM, 7 PM (continuing until Friday) With Anna Kournikova
out with an injury, we will rely on Jennifer Love Hewitt to
provide inspiration. Hence, our picks to win the men's and
women's titles: Jennifer (often serving at 40-love) Capriati and
Lleyton Hewitt. USA will offer nine hours of daily coverage.
Texas Christian at Nebraska
ABC 1 PM The 66-17 cornhuskering that Nebraska put on
Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl last December was akin to the
first half of a Vancouver Grizzlies-Los Angeles Lakers game: The
outcome was no fluke. Moreover, it sent the voluble message to
the rest of the college football world that the Wildcats stink.
No, wait, sorry. Actually, the message is that the Huskers are a
team to be reckoned with this year, largely because dual-threat
quarterback Eric Crouch (above) is still at the controls.
Nebraska opens against the Horned Frogs, who lost their star
runner, LaDainian Tomlinson, to the NFL but retain the best
moniker in college football.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Note to CBS: Whenever Tiger Woods is 13 or more strokes off the
lead after three rounds, as he was at last weekend's PGA, please
refrain from using images of him to promote your final-round
coverage. He'll almost be finished playing by the time you
begin.... Tough to decide if ESPN should be criticized or
congratulated for panning to an assistant coach seemingly more
often than it did to either of the head coaches during last
Sunday's WNBA playoff game between the Sacramento Monarchs and
the Utah Starzz. The assistant, after all, was toothsome Tammi