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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
July 12, 1999
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July 12, 1999

The Week In Tv Sports

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Tuesday 7/13
Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The winner of the 1961 midsummer classic at Fenway Park is still undetermined, rain having halted the affair with the score 1-1. Thirty-eight years to schedule a makeup date is a long time—unless you're a Red Sox fan and accustomed to an interminable wait. Boston's ace, Pedro Martinez (right), was expected to start for the American League as a gallery of righthanded sluggers—Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa from the National League, Jose Canseco and Manny Ramirez from the American—takes aim at the Green Monster. Tonight's game culminates a three-day event that includes the Futures Game, featuring minor league stars ( ESPN2, Sunday, 5 p.m., tape delay), and the Home Run Derby ( ESPN, Monday, 8 p.m.).


Saturday 7/10
Women's World Cup Final: China vs. USA
?ABC 3:30 PM
Today's Cup finale is a rematch of the 1996 Olympic gold medal game, which the U.S. won 2-1. With speedy Sun Wen (tied for the tournament goal-scoring lead with seven) at midfield and gung-ho Gao Hong (three shutouts in five matches) in goal, China has outscored the opposition 19-2 during its inexorable march to today's clash in Pasadena. No team has looked sharper. Should China beat the Americans on U.S. soil, it will be so quiet inside the Rose Bowl that you'll be able to hear an egg drop.

Wednesday 7/14
WNBA All-Star Game
? ESPN 7:30 PM
It's refreshing to see a female candidate who actually grew up in New York racking up votes here. (Previous sentence paid for by the Giuliani for U.S. Senate committee.) Queens native and Washington Mystics rookie forward Chamique Holdsclaw led all Eastern Conference players in balloting for the league's inaugural talent showcase. It's likely three West starters-guard Cynthia Cooper and forwards Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson—will come from two-time champion Houston, so the conference is debating whether to simply send the Comets to Madison Square Garden.

Thursday 7/15
British Open
For the first time since 1975, the Open is at Carnoustie, Scotland, hard by the North Sea. With its wild and windy moors and foreboding skies, you feel as if the next twosome to tee off will be Heathcliff and Catherine. An Eyre of expectation surrounds the 128th edition of golf's oldest championship, which concludes on July 17 and 18 on ABC: Can Tiger Woods, who finished third last year at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, win his second major? Will Phil Mickelson, the best father on the Tour never to have won a major, win his first?

Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Because a lockout-depleted Team USA didn't finish first in last year's world basketball championships, this year's squad must place no lower than second in the 10-team tournament in San Juan. Anything less and the 2000 Olympics are out, NBC Sports prez Dick Ebersol starts to sweat, and coach Rudy Tomjanovich punishes his players Ricky Martin-style: He makes them take their clothes off and go dancing in the rain. Here are our choices for the U.S. starting five: NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan at center, Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta at forward, and in the backcourt Allan Houston and Gary Payton.