Tigers at Mariners
In the first half of the season Magglio Ordo√±ez (right) hit .367, exceeding his career average by 58 points and inserting himself into MVP contention. Will the Tigers' rightfielder feast on Seattle, which is in wild-card contention despite a team ERA of 4.47 (ninth in the American League)?
2007 World Cup of Softball: USA vs. Japan
Compared with the rest of the field, these two teams play hardball. This matchup in round-robin play will likely be a preview of the July 16 gold medal game, as the U.S. and Japan were the finalists in the previous two World Cups. (Each has won once.) The U.S. team, behind pitchers Cat Osterman (right) and Jennie Finch, defends its 2006 title.
ESPN2 8 p.m.
WNBA All-Star Game
There's something noticeably absent from the Eastern Conference's starting lineup this year—players from teams other than Detroit and Indiana. Fever guard Anna DeForge and Shock forward Kara Braxton make their All-Star debuts as starters for the East, which won in 2006 for the first time in the event's seven-year history.
ABC 3:30 p.m.
King James, along with court jester Jimmy Kimmel, will host this year's show and also see how much hardware he can take home. LeBron is up for three awards: Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. If he winds up thrice snubbed, that might merit an award for Most Awkward Moment.
ESPN 9 p.m.
July 15, 2007
NBA Summer League: Trail Blazers vs. Sonics
These games from Las Vegas, featuring rookies and marginal veterans, are usually for hard-core fans, but this exhibition will be especially intriguing. Greg Oden (right) and Kevin Durant, who didn't face each other in college, will have their first of what should be many meetings as pros. Oden must learn to keep his hands to himself; he fouled out of his first Vegas game—and the league allows each player 10 fouls.
NBATV 10 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
World Series of Poker With about 7,000 hopefuls bringing their best poker faces to Vegas, it's tough to predict just who will emerge as the biggest winner, but oddsmakers favor Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu (both 75 to 1), a pair of respected veterans due for a score. Meanwhile, last year's champion, former Hollywood agent Jamie Gold (above), 37, returns to the tables but goes off at 400 to 1. Why the long odds? Maybe it's because Gold sometimes can't resist telling rivals his hand, and the WSOP has not had a back-to-back champion in nearly two decades.
ESPN PPV 3 p.m.