Central Florida at Purdue
The marquee matchup today is Florida vs. Tennessee (8 p.m. on CBS), but serious fans will pounce on this chance to see multithreat quarterback Daunte Culpepper (right) play. On the cover of the Central Florida media guide Culpepper is billed as ORLANDO'S BIGGEST ATTRACTION. (Sure, now that Shaq plays for the Lakers and Disney World has shut down Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.) Culpepper, a 6'4", 240-pound senior who ran for 76 yards and threw for 406 yards in a 48-0 win over Eastern Illinois last Saturday, finished fourth in the nation in total offense last season. The Boilermakers (1-1) must try to contain a player with 4.36 speed who can launch the ball 80 yards, a dual threat for whom a 100-yard field is a small world, after all.
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Evander Holyfield vs. Vaughn Bean
Vying for, as Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution wrote, the home-food-court advantage, heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield sparred six rounds during lunchtime at the CNN Center atrium in Atlanta on Sept. 19. That promotional stunt for this 12-round bout almost didn't come off because CNN officials sought a waiver absolving them of liability in case of injury...or indigestion. Holyfield (35-3), fighting before a hometown Georgia Dome crowd, will probably need no protection, legal or otherwise, against Vaughn Bean (31-1, far left), a 24-year-old Chicagoan who lost a decision to Michael Moorer last year. He has won three bouts since against lesser pugs, thereby becoming the IBF's top heavyweight challenger.
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Mac and Sammy Watch
Get the assembly line working on that limited edition Sosa Testarossa. At week's end McGwire was stuck on 62 while Sosa stepped on the gas and tied him for the single-season mark. That prompted Bud Selig to draw up contingency plans to have Big Mac's son, Matt, airlifted in to witness Sosa's 70th homer. (That kid's missing way too much school.) The Cubs can be seen today (4 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m.), Tuesday (8 p.m.), Wednesday (2 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m.) on WGN; the Cardinals can be seen on Saturday (8:05 p.m.) on FX.
Steelers at Dolphins
Miami's new starting wide receiver is a 27-year-old rookie who never played high school football, was until six weeks ago playing for the Arena League Portland Forest Dragons, has hands so big that gloves must be special-ordered (Isotoners, we assume) and has caught one NFL pass, albeit for 44 yards and a touchdown. Oronde Gadsden (Oronde is a West African word meaning "the undrafted one") was made a starter by coach Jimmy Johnson after his TD grab helped lift the Dolphins over the Colts in Week 1. Gadsden provides a big lift for quarterback Dan Marino, whose receiving corps—specifically Yatil Green and Charles Jordan—has been depleted by injuries. Callow as he may be, Gadsden has something Marino lacks: a Super Bowl ring, which he got as a member of the Dallas Cowboys' 1995 practice squad.
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USA vs. Brazil
Someday soon forward Mia Hamm (left), who has 99 goals in international play, will break the alltime women's soccer scoring record of 108 goals set by Italy's since retired Elisabetta Vignotta. When Hamm does, will her postgame interviewer have the temerity to ask for a McGwiresque hug? At week's end Hamm had another goal in mind: erasing the memory of last December's 1-0 loss to the Brazilians. Today's final game of the Nike U.S. Women's Cup brings together two of next year's 16 World Cup squads.
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