Yankees at Red Sox
?SATURDAY 7/31 FOX 1 PM: SUNDAY 8/1 ESPN 8 PM
Two towns, two teams, two perspectives on the World Series. Bean-town gave us the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, a ska band who had a hit with Someday I Suppose. The Big Apple was the setting for the musical Rent, whose mantra is No Day but Today. As the Sox gaze up at the mound and see former ace Roger Clemens, they should ignore the fact that since 1918 the Bronx Bombers have outringed them 24-0. Rather, Bostonians should take heart in their pitching (a league-leading 4.12 ERA through Sunday) and their shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra (right), the All-Star starter. To quote a lyric from Rent, "Forget regret, or life is yours to miss." Or, in the words of ESPN's bizarro Boston booster, the Rick: "Let it go."
Tour de France
?ABC 5 PM (TAPE DELAY)
He's headstrong. He's leg-strong. He's Armstrong. The U.S.'s Lance Armstrong never finished better than 36th in cycling's premier event before being stricken with testicular cancer in 1996. In today's final stage on the Champs �lys�es, Armstrong may emulate Greg LeMond's heroic victory of 1989 while helping to salvage the sport from the drug-riddled image it earned during last year's Tour de Farce.
?HBO 10 PM
Tank Black needs Johnnie Cochran—or Jackie Childs. In the most compelling segment of this month's installment, correspondent Bryan Burwell interviews the African-American sports agent, who is under investigation by the NFL Players Association for allegedly paying college athletes. Black charges racism, but as Burwell, who is black, notes, the complainant ( Ray Anderson), two players who have signed sworn affidavits against Black and the executive director of the NFLPA ( Gene Upshaw) are also African-American. "Enlighten me," says Burwell. "Show me where [the racism] is."
LPGA du Maurier Classic
?ESPN THURSDAY 4 PM; FRIDAY 2 PM; SATURDAY 2:30 PM; SUNDAY 3:30 PM
An Ode to Inkster:
Here's Juli Inkster, part mother, part linkster, the toast of the LPGA.
She has with her daily, daughters Cori and Hayley, yet still she finds time to play.
Her object of desire—her coach!—she did fire, then went out and won majors, two.