SI PICK OF THEWEEK
With Michelle Wie failing to qualify for the field at Winged Foot, thespotlight can shine fully on heavyweights like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson ...and Retief Goosen. The 37-year-old South African (above) has a lower profilethan Tiger and Lefty, but don't forget: In last year's Open he led heading intothe final round. (He finished 11th.) A win in Mamaroneck, N.Y., would be histhird Open title in six years. Says Woods, "Come major championship time,he's always there."
Thursday and Friday ESPN 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m., NBC 3-5 p.m.; Saturday andSunday NBC 12:30-7 p.m.
Winky Wright vs.Jermain Taylor
The 25-0 Taylor (above) is the undisputed middleweight champion. So why isWright (50--3) getting all the attention before their showdown in Memphis?Maybe because the 34-year-old is regarded as one of the world's bestpound-for-pound fighters and has wins over Shane Mosley (twice) and FelixTrinidad. "I'm the world champion, remember?" says the 27-year-oldTaylor. "I'm Number 1. Remember that."
PPV 9:30 p.m.
It's like the World Cup, only you must use your hands. Twenty-one of theworld's top rounders compete under the flags of their homelands in a $500,000Texas hold 'em tournament. The competitors include Johnny Chan (China) andDoyle Brunson (U.S.), the only two living players to have won the World Seriesof Poker twice.
CBS 5 p.m.
June 18, 2006
A tip for any Brazilian who wants his son to grow up to be a soccer star: Namehim a variant of Ronald. Brazil's quest for a record sixth World Cup titlehinges on the play of three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo (left) and thereigning world's best, Ronaldinho (SI, June 5). Australians' giddiness over theSocceroos' first World Cup appearance since 1974 is tempered slightly by thismatch. Referring to Ronaldinho, one Aussie newspaper blog asked readers,"Got any ideas how we're going to stop this guy?"
ABC 11:30 a.m.
Defending WNBA champion Sacramento has been mediocre so far this season (4--3);perhaps the Monarchs were distracted by coach John Whisenant's campaigning (invain) for an NBA job with the Kings. They had better be focused against LosAngeles: Two-time MVP Lisa Leslie (below) leads the league in rebounding andhas the Sparks in second place in the Western Conference.
Check listings 9:30 p.m.
24 Hours of LeMans
About 50 drivers tear through French country roads in the world's most famoussports car endurance race. They'll try to unseat Denmark's Tom Kristensen(above), whose Audi team has won six straight Le Mans. (Event begins Saturday;final laps air on Sunday.)
SPEED 6 a.m.