U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships
?SATURDAY ESPN 8 PM; SUNDAY CBS 3 PM
Pole vaulter Jeff Hartwig is also an amateur herpetologist. The American record holder indoors (19'6�") and out (19'8�"), Hartwig holds two more, unofficial marks in his sport: 1) most reptiles housed, with 74 snakes (none venomous), three giant lizards—including a six-foot iguana—and two tortoises sharing his Jonesboro, Ark., abode; and 2) most tolerant spouse (Karol). Other cold-blooded competitors hoping to excel in Eugene, Ore., include the top U.S. female high jumper, the slithery Amy Acuff; streaking Marion Jones (right), who'll compete in the women's 200 meters; and the newly minted fastest human, men's 100-meter world-record holder Maurice Greene (page 58).
Women's World Cup
? ESPN NOON AND 2:30 PM
ESPN2 5 PM AND 7:30 PM
While prognosticators foresee a Tom Petty-David Bowie finale (American Girl versus China Girt), a Norwegian would beg to differ. Norway, playing Japan in today's fourth match from Chicago's Soldier Field, is the defending champion and the only country that has a winning record (11-10-1) against the U.S. As the Cup reaches the quarterfinal round this week, with 11 matches shown live by ESPN or ESPN2 on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, it won't be a Scandalnavia if Norway, Sweden and/or Denmark advance to the semis.
Cardinals at Diamondbacks
?FX 10 PM
Like nearly all Phoenix residences, Bank One Ballpark has a fenced-in yard, pool and patio but no basement. As if the second-year Diamondbacks, who at week's end had the best home record in the majors (24-10) and were leading the National League West, have been anywhere near the cellar of late. Second baseman Jay Bell, lefthander Randy Johnson, third baseman Matt Williams and centerfielder Steve Finley have earned National League Player of the Week awards (twice in Williams's case). St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire hit four homers in eight games against Arizona in 1998.
?UPN 9 PM
"I built my fortune on hard work and slag," says Duff McArdle (played by Gordon Pinsent), crotchety owner of the fictional Hamilton ( Ont.) Steelheads, in the pilot of this smart weekly hourlong hockey drama (with comedic elements) imported from Canada. "Haven't got a single nose hair left—'cause of the slag, I mean, not 'cause I been tweezin' 'em like some cakeboy." With an uproarious quaffing anthem of a theme song and a wonderfully conflicted lead character (a combination sports agent-Steelheads general manager played by Michael Riley), Power Play, which began its 13-episode run on June 14, skates with a swagger no cakeboy could muster.
?TNT 7:30 PM
If this year's projected top picks were motor vehicles, then Duke power forward Elton Brand would be a Range Rover, rugged and durable; Maryland point guard Steve Francis would be a Porsche, turbocharged and sporty; Rhode Island's Lamar Odom would be Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, capable of morphing from point guard to center; and Miami of Ohio forward Wally Szczerbiak would be a Lamborghini, hot performer but rarely seen. What every G.M. at the MCI Center tonight wonders is, Are any lemons?
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