FROM BALLFIELDS TO BATTLEFIELDS CSTV 7 PM > Senator John McCain
hosts a look at athletes who have gone to war, including Pat
Tillman and 1939 Heisman winner Nile Kinnick of Iowa, who was
killed in World War II. The American Forces Network will televise
the show to troops in 177 countries and territories.
TOUR DE FRANCE OLN 8 PM > Lance Armstrong begins his quest for
his sixth title, and OLN begins 350 hours of coverage over 23
days. -- A'S AT GIANTS FOX 4 PM > Oakland's newly acquired closer,
Octavio Dotel, has blown all three of his career save chances
against the Giants.
July 4, 2004
EURO 2004 FINAL PAY-PER-VIEW 2:45 PM > The French won't defend
the crown; Les Bleus lost to Greece in the quarterfinals. -- RED,
WHITE AND BLUE NBA TV NOON > A day of ABA programming from 1976,
including Dr. J in the slam dunk contest, Larry Brown coaching in
the finals and a game called by a 24-year-old Bob Costas.
BRAVES AT EXPOS ESPN 7 PM > The Expos are in the middle of their
last home-away-from-home-stand in San Juan, P.R., where they've
gone 13-15 over two seasons. Local hero Jose Vidro, who leads the
team with 34 RBIs, tries to help Montreal improve on the majors'
worst record (25-48).
MUHAMMAD ALI VS. JOE FRAZIER ESPN CLASSIC 10 PM > The third and
final meeting--better known as the Thrilla in Manila. -- HAPPY
BIRTHDAY! WILLIE RANDOLPH > The master of turning two (the second
baseman's 1,547 double plays are third on the alltime list) turns
50. He's now the Yankees' bench coach.
U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS > The eight-day pool party commences
in Long Beach. Among today's finals: the men's 400 IM, the first
final for Michael Phelps, who could swim in as many as eight
events; and the women's 400 IM, in which Katie Hoff, 15, could
become the youngest member of the team.
BOOK SIGNING THE ZEN OF ZIM > Devil Rays adviser Don Zimmer signs
copies of his book, a recollection of 56 years in the game, at
noon at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, N.J. -- THE NATURAL
ESPN 7 PM > Using a bat cut from a lightning-struck tree, Robert
Redford literally knocks the cover off the ball.