Monarchs at Comets
Sacramento point guard Chantel Tremitiere is one of 15 kids. Big deal! Backcourtmate Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (right), who at week's end led the WNBA in scoring (21.5 points per game), has 19 brothers and sisters. (During her formative years in McClain, Miss., "We got next!" referred to the bathroom.) For Bolton-Holifield, the Summit meeting against Houston, a 350-mile drive from McClain, offers an opportunity to see a few (dozen) of her siblings' 72 offspring. Despite the absence of guard Sheryl Swoopes, who produced child number 1 of her own (named Jordan) on June 25, the Comets (4-3) have played well, with their losses coming at the hands of the league-leading New York Liberty (page 50). Houston's main weapon is sweet-shooting guard Cynthia Cooper, who was scoring at a 17.3-points-per-game clip. As a child, Cooper had a little more room to roam than did her Sacramento counterparts: Her mom, Mary Cobbs, decreed that eight was enough.
•NBC, SATURDAY, 2 PM; COMETS AT MONARCHS, LIFETIME, FRIDAY, 9 PM
U.S. Women's Open
Since she turned pro, Karrie Webb of Australia has been named rookie of the year on the European tour (1995) and the LPGA tour ('96). At Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Cornelius, Ore., the worldwide Webb will try to dethrone defending Open titlist Annika Sorenstam, the only player Webb trails on the LPGA money list this year ($542,884 to $779,862). Sorenstam is bidding to become the first golfer to win three consecutive U.S. Opens since" Willie Anderson (1903, '04 and '05).
•NBC, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 4 PM
Wizards at Revolution
"La," a certain guitar-strumming free spirit once sang, "a note to follow so." Alexi Lalas, a latter-day guitar-strumming free spirit, this year is hitting a more positive note following a so-so debut season with MLS's New England Revolution. Under new coach Thomas Rongen, defender Lalas has played well enough to start in the MLS All-Star Game. New England, 8-2 against Western Conference foes, such as Kansas City, and 10-7 overall, seems a shoo-in for the playoffs, which should bring the endorsement-friendly Lalas back to dough.
•ESPN2, 7:30 PM
Royal Troon is Colin Montgomerie's Scotland yard. How so? Elementary, my dear Watson (as in Tom, a five-time winner of this major). Colin's father, James, is the club secretary, and this is the younger Montgomerie's home course. The leading money winner on the European tour for four years running and the runner-up at last month's U.S. Open, Monty (right) will be joined for Thursday's and Friday's opening rounds by 49 of the top 50 players in the official Sony World Ranking (Jumbo Ozaki is the exception), as well as by three-time champion Jack Nicklaus, 57, playing in his 32nd British Open. With one of Troon's marquee holes (the 11th) known as the Railway and with minors being admitted ?to this major free for the first time, might we espy that rancorous four-some from Trainspotting in the gallery, cheering on youth's new standard-bearer, Tiger Woods?
•ESPN, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 9:00 AM
Danny Romero vs. Johnny Tapia
Less than three weeks after the Holyfield-Tyson pay-per-chew debacle, Las Vegas plays host to a bout that some ring experts say will be the fight of the year. These junior bantamweights, Albuquerque natives both, are bitter rivals. "If I knock him down in the first, I'm going to pick him up [myself]," says the 30-year-old Tapia (40-0-2). "I'm going to punish him." WBO titleholder Tapia (far left, against Adonis Cruz) once trained under Romero's father, also named Danny, until the pair had a falling-out. (Tapia parted ways with another trainer, Jesse Reid, just three weeks ago.) Romero padre now concentrates on training his IBF champion namesake, a fighter who boasts a 30-1 record and who has had more pro knockouts (27) than birthdays (23). If Tapia, a.k.a. the Baby-Faced Assassin, is not careful, Romero may murder him.
•HBO, 9 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.