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Aug. 04, 2008
Aug. 04, 2008

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Aug. 4, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
BASEBALL
OLYMPIC BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • First played in the 16th century, revived in 1930, an infernal, no-holds-barred version of soccer known as calcio fiorentino keeps the good citizens of Florence, Italy, battling and reveling

NFL: TRAINING CAMP KICKOFF
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THURSDAY 7/31
X Games 14
Behold the SuperPark. The Games' newest skateboarding event unfolds at a venue that's a maze of ramps, stairs, rails and ledges. Among the favorites: Ryan Sheckler, the 18-year-old star of MTV's Life of Ryan and Paul (P-Rod) Rodriguez, the son of the comedian of the same name. (Through Aug. 3)
ESPN 9 p.m.

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SATURDAY 8/2
Yankees Old-Timers' Game
At least one member of each of the Bombers' 16 World Series championship teams since 1947 will be on hand for the 62nd annual alumni game, including first-timer Tino Martinez, the first baseman on four title winners. After the elders finish up, New York, led by Martinez's successor, Jason Giambi (left), will take on the Angels (Fox 3:30 p.m.). The mustachioed slugger is rebounding nicely from a dismal 2007; his 20 homers are second on the team.
Yes Network 1:30 p.m.

SUNDAY 8/3
Pennsylvania 500
Even if he's not victorious at Pocono, where he's taken the checkers in this event two of the past three years, Kurt Busch (right) will have something to celebrate: The 2004 season champ turns the big three-oh on August 4.
ESPN 2 p.m.

Hall of Fame Game: Colts vs. Redskins
The day after six players—including former Skins Darrell Green and Art Monk—have a great honor (and an ugly yellow blazer) bestowed upon them as they are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the NFL preseason kicks off in Canton. Washington's newly acquired defensive end--dancer Jason Taylor will be on display, but he won't be chasing Peyton Manning. The Indy QB is out after surgery on his infected knee.
NBC 8 p.m.

WTA Rogers Cup Final
Since Justine Henin retired in May after 61 consecutive weeks as the tour's top-ranked player, both Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic have been No. 1—and Jelena Jankovic (right) would have, too, had she not lost in the semis in L.A. last week. All three will be in Montreal, where the winner will walk away with $1.3 million, and likely the top spot in the rankings.
ESPN2 5 p.m.

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THURSDAY 7/31
Women's British Open
Look out for the so-called Seoul sisters at the year's final major: Four of the last six LPGA tour event winners have hailed from South Korea, including U.S. Open champ Inbee Park and Ji Young Oh (above), who won her first tourney two weeks ago. However, the most high-profile player of Korean descent will be notably absent from Sunningdale in Berkshire, England. Michelle Wie will instead be at the PGA Reno-Tahoe Open (Golf, 6:30 p.m.), playing against the men.
Thursday--Friday TNT 10 a.m.; Saturday, ABC 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, ABC 1 p.m.

PHOTOMIKE EHRMANN (OH)PHOTOBOB MARTIN (JANKOVIC)PHOTORUSTY JARRETT/GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR (BUSCH)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (BIRTHDAY HAT)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (GIAMBI)