Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Among the seven being enshrined in Springfield are two big men—Patrick Ewingand Hakeem Olajuwon—and one big mouth: commentator (and former Rutgers andDetroit coach) Dick Vitale (right). No word on whether his display will includean audio component. Let's hope not, baby!
ESPN Classic 7:30 p.m.
This is an article from the Sept. 8, 2008 issue
U.S. Open Women's Final
The No. 1 spot is up for grabs thanks to France's Julie Coin. The world's188th-ranked player shocked top seed Ana Ivanovic last week, knocking the Serbfrom her perch atop the WTA rankings. Expect a push from No. 6 Elena Dementieva(left) of Russia, who is looking for her first career Grand Slam win. TheOlympic gold medalist hasn't lost a set in her first four matches.
CBS 7 p.m.
Miami at No. 5Florida
These Sunshine State rivals, who haven't met since the Hurricanes joined theACC in 2004, revive their feud. At stake in the Battle for the Seminole WarCanoe is an authentic Native American boat. The Hurricanes hold a 28--25 edgeover the Gators and have won the last six matchups.
ESPN 8 p.m.
Angels at White Sox
With a 17-game lead over their closest divisional rival, the Angels aren'tplaying for much. And it shows—Anaheim has lost 10 of its last 18. That's goodnews for the White Sox, who are in a dogfight with the Twins in the AL Central.Chicago's Ken Griffey, batting .250 since joining the team last month, ishoping his new team can take him to the postseason, for just the third time inhis 19-year career.
TBS 1 p.m.
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Vikings at Packers
Some friendly advice to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right), who willbe making his first career start: Maybe invest in a little extra padding. TheVikings' defense was bruising last year, and the acquisition of defensive endJared Allen (left)—who as a Chief led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2007—makes thesquad even more intimidating. Said Allen, "Hopefully, I can put my helmetsquare in the back of [Rodgers's] spine. If I can do that and knock the ballloose, it'll be a good day." Yeah, let's make that a lot of extrapadding.
ESPN 7 p.m.
Making its TV debut after a long tour on the film festival circuit (includingSundance and Tribeca), this acclaimed documentary tells the stories of sixplayers at the 2006 Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
ESPN2 9 p.m.