Yankees at Red Sox
Boston won the first five games in the season series, but the Bombers were without injured Alex Rodriguez. With three games at Fenway starting on Tuesday, Red Sox faithful get their first crack at their favorite target since he admitted taking "boli." (ESPN will carry Wednesday's game at 7 p.m.) After a 13--15 start, the Yanks were 16--6 since A-Rod's return.
There won't be a rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra, who will sit this one out. But Saturday's race (ABC, 5 p.m.) will have Calvin Borel, who'll be back on Bird as he tries to sweep the Triple Crown races. And it will have long-shot Luv Gov, named for a tabloid nickname for former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
It's not quite the event that the NFL and NBA meat markets are, but two years after first being televised, baseball's draft is making its debut in prime time. The MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the three-day event starting next Tuesday. There's no drama about who will go No. 1; the Nationals are a lock to take San Diego State righty Stephen Strasburg (SI, March 30).
Who's in the mood for calm, reasoned sports debate? If you raised your hand, don't bother watching this weekly series, which premieres at 11 p.m. on Sunday on Versus. Fanarchy lets superfans rant and rave on the hot issues by webcam; think an even more amateurish Around the Horn. Wondering what Joe on the Car Phone looks like? Here's your chance.
June 7, 2009
World Cup qualifying
Team USA continues its march to the 2010 Cup with a match against Honduras in Chicago on Saturday (8 p.m. ESPN). The Americans get a boost from goaltender Tim Howard, who played well for Everton in a 2--1 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea last Saturday. Howard, who won the FA Cup with Man U in '04, is the first American to play in two finals.
25 years of Tetris
June 6, 1984: A hallowed date for the world's procrastinating students and bored office workers. That was when Soviet computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov finished the addictive puzzle game at the Moscow Academy of Sciences. (The public began playing a year later.) Still hugely popular, Tetris is played a million times daily on Facebook.
The Pop Culture Grid
|Athletes in the mix||Jon and Kate are ...||Best movie I saw last week||Adam Lambert should ...||_____ has that Boom Boom Pow!||Age I had my first kiss|
|ADRIAN GONZALEZ Padres 1B||Married with eight kids||Bolt||If I knew him, I'd answer||My brother Edgar||12|
|JAYSON WERTH Phillies CF||Unknown to me||Valkyrie||Remake Queen's Greatest Hits||Teammate Chase Utley||13|
|BRIAN WILSON Giants P||Actors in Idaho?||Angels and Demons||Do theater||Paula Abdul||5|
|TODD HELTON Rockies 1B||About to get divorced||Eagle Eye||Go on tour||Teammate Troy Tulowitzki||13|
Inside the Grid
While most five-year-olds are fingerpainting or learning how to read in kindergarten, Wilson was mastering the rules of attraction. "Yeah, Papa Dubs was five—believe it," Wilson says of his first smooch. "She was going to kiss whoever smelled best in class, and my pheromones are naturally awesome."