Reds at Braves
?TBS MONDAY AND TUESDAY 7:35 PM
Reds that we love: Cross, even though it refuses to appropriate funds for my bathroom, a disaster area; Buttons, who killed on his Aug. 6 Dennis Miller Live appearance ("Old is when your wife says, 'Come upstairs and make love to me,' and you say, 'I can't do both.' "); and overachieving Cincinnati. At week's end these Reds, who were leading the National League Central, boasted first baseman Sean Casey (right), who was batting .344, and a major league best 38-17 road record. Three of those losses, however, came in the spring at Turner Field. Atlanta, the reigning National League East champion, was 21-9 against its five strongest intraleague rivals and the American League-powerhouse Yankees.
Track & Field World Championships
? NBC NOON AND 3:30 PM (TAPE-DELAY)
It just got easier being Greene. Maurice Greene, the 100-meter world-record holder, was looking forward to dueling with 1996 Olympic 100 gold medalist Donovan Bailey and Ato Boldon, the defending world champ in the 200 and Greene's training partner. Alas, Bailey, who's recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon, and Boldon, who recently pulled his right hamstring, will be missing from today's final in Seville, Spain. Greene might face stiffer competition by entering me women's final, which is scheduled 15 minutes earlier, and racing fellow American Marion Jones.
? HBO 10:15 PM
"Andro is a steroid," Dr. Gary Wadler tells correspondent Bernard Goldberg. "It's not like a steroid; it is a steroid!" Ever since Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire admitted taking it last season, the little pill with the big name—androstenedione—has seen its sales leap 1,000%. This segment examines the drug's rampant use among teenage athletes, including one whose father, a Louisiana high school strength coach, obtains it for him.
?ESPN 7 PM
Two weeks after singer Carnie Wilson's stomach-staple surgery, it's once again gut-check time for California girls. The previously underachieving Los Angeles Sparks, making their postseason debut behind seasoned post player Lisa Leslie, meet the Sacramento Monarchs in the Western Conference half of tonight's first-round, single-elimination double-header. Sacramento, which all season had leaned on center Yolanda Griffith, lost the MVP candidate to a cartilage tear in her right knee last Friday the 13th. In her stead Tangela Smith, showing no signs of Monarch butterflies, had 28 points and nine rebounds the following evening in a loss to the Utah Starzz.
Falcons at Titans
? ESPN 8:15 PM
No color wars? No snipe hunts? No bunk inspection? You call this summer camp? Atlanta's All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson, for one, is not a gung ho camper. After holding out for the first two weeks of Falcons training sessions, Anderson said upon reporting, "No one needs five or six weeks of camp to get ready." Tonight the defending NFC champions get a treat—an overnighter!—and visit the renamed Tennessee Titans (n� Oilers) in their new home, Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum, for a preseason game. To invoke the words of counselor Bill Murray in Meatballs, "It just doesn't matter."
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