Cubs at Cardinals
Greetings, fellow Powerball losers. The good news: Super-duper model Linda Evangelista is freshly available (split from Kyle MacLachlan), and your odds are no worse with her. Speaking of Powerball, with each passing summer day the odds grow shorter that St. Louis's Mark McGwire (45 homers at week's end) or Chicago's Sammy Sosa (42) will either hammer number 62 or the next reckless sports-writer who in their presence uses the phrase "chasing Maris." Going into this weekend's series, the Cardinals and Cubs had played each other four times, with Mac Daddy (below, right) socking two homers to Sosa's one. However, Slammin' Sammy (left) had gone 7 for 16 against Redbirds pitching.
?FOX, 1 PM; SUNDAY, WGN, 2 PM
Galaxy at Fire
Clash and Burn. On July 29 the Los Angeles Galaxy (16-6 at week's end) and the Chicago Fire (13-9), the top two teams in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer, were shut out by the middling Dallas Burn and San Jose Clash, respectively. That defeat ran Los Angeles's losing streak to three games, despite the best efforts of mono-monikered midfielder Welton (13 goals, nine assists this season). For Chicago it was the fourth loss in a row. Matchup to watch for: LA defender Danny Pe�a, tied for the league lead in ejections (two), against Chicago midfielder Roman Kosecki, the league's most fouled player (66 times).
?ABC, 4 PM
In May trainer Shug McGaughey held Wood Memorial winner Coronado's Quest out of the Kentucky Derby because of the colt's unruly behavior in the paddock. Hey, Shug, that's why it's called horsing around. A minor injury forced Quest (below) to scratch from the Preakness, and McGaughey eschewed the Belmont, where Real Quiet and Victory Gallop played out their Triple Crown rivalry. While Real Quiet (injured stifle) will miss the Haskell, Coronado's Quest and Victory Gallop will headline the field of 3-year-olds for the 1?-mile, $1 million gallop it Monmouth Park. If Quest could speak he would invoke the words of a singer raised a Pew furlongs from this track: 'Tramps like us, baby, we were born to run."
? ESPN2, 5 PM
Sting at Comets
A brief history of the Charlotte Sting: British rock star becomes WNBA franchise, releases hit single If You Love Somebody, Set a Pick. Actually, the buzz around the league is chat Eastern Conference leader Charlotte (15-8 at week's end) has the talent to challenge the defending WNBA champion and Western Conference-leading Houston Comets (21-2). Charlotte's 5'11" forward Tracy Reid (right) was second among rookies in scoring (14.3 points per game), and every little thing she does is magic: She also was averaging 5.1 rebounds.
? ESPN, 8 PM
The year's final major (concluding this weekend on CBS) has become a father-son scramble. Two years ago Brent Geiberger played the Sahalee Country Club course in Redmond, Wash., with his father, Al, the 1966 PGA champion. Brent, aware that Sahalee would be the site of the '98 PGA and that Al had a lifetime exemption, made Al promise that if the son qualified, the father would enter. At week's end Brent stood at 60 on the Tour money list. Since the top 70 qualify for the PGA, the Geibergers are the first father-son duo to enter this major and the most famous such sporting tandem in the Seattle area since the Ken Griffeys.
?TBS, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 2:05 PM
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