Wimbledon Women's Final
?NBC 9 AM; MEN'S FINAL SUNDAY 9 AM
No man is an island, Nomar is a shortstop, and Novotna is Wimbledon's defending ladies' champion. Would 30-year-old Czech Jana Novotna (right), who had advanced to the quarterfinals at week's end, retain her tide? Nobody, not even Nostradamus, knew. Likelier to emerge as the top dog in tennis's grand grass menagerie would be seven-time champion Steffi Graf, who is two Grand Slam singles tides from Margaret Court's record (24), and No. 3 seed Lindsay Davenport. Among the men, five-time champion Pete Sampras plays better on grass than Phish, while sentimental favorites included 1985 winner Boris Becker and three-time runner-up Goran (Also-Ran) Ivanisevic.
Liberty at Comets
?NBC 2 PM
The most dominant basketball team in Texas does not play in San Antonio. Since the beginning of the 1998 WNBA season, Houston is 38-4 (7-0 in '99 through Sunday), and, if this were English soccer, the Comets would already have switched leagues with the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston, led by guard Cynthia Cooper (the WNBA's leading scorer at 26.9 points per game), most recently lost in the regular season last Aug. 15, to New York, which lost center Rebecca Lobo to a torn ACL in her left knee in the first game this season.
NASCAR Pepsi 400
?CBS 8 PM
Tonight's event from Daytona International Speedway is the first live prime-time auto race on network TV...not counting O.J. Simpson's. The high-speed chase should involve Dale Jarrett—who has taken the checkered flag at this track twice, in the 1993 and '96 Daytona 500s—and defending race and series champion Jeff Gordon, who is coming off a win at Sunday's Save Mart/Kragen 350. Jarrett, whose daddy, Ned, was the Winston Cup champion in 1961 and '65, has never won a season tide but at week's end led the standings by 157 points.
Women's World Cup Semifinals
? ESPN 4:30 PM; ESPN2 7:30 PM
They are the magnificent sevens. Brazil, China, Norway and the United States all advanced to the quarterfinals, and all scored seven goals in an opening-round match. Should they all march on to the final four, U.S.- Brazil would set up as a potential duel between offensive dynamos Mia Hamm and Sissi, who at week's end had the tournament's only hat trick. A Norway- China semi would pit the defending champions, whose defender Linda Medalen is a private eye back home in Oslo and a public exhibitionist here (having bared her bra after scoring against Canada), against the Olympic silver medalists and their Great Wall goalie, Gao Hong.
Braves at Mets
?ESPN 8 PM
With New York just four games behind Atlanta at week's end, we offer the following, with Independence Day apologies to Francis Scott Key: