Ryder Cup, Final Day
? NBC 10:30 AM
Will the Yanks get the yips yet again? Supposedly dominant U.S. teams have won only two of the last seven Ryder Cup jousts with European squads, leading to the same type of red-white-and-blue hand-wringing seen when Japanese kids outscore American students in standardized math exams. After Saturday's four-ball and foursome matches ( NBC, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.), the weekend concludes with today's 12 singles matches from Brookline, Mass. Will U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw place his best, Tiger Woods, against Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia (right, with Woods) in the transatlantic tee-off everyone wants to see? Or will the heavyweights avoid one another as if Don King were orchestrating the pairings?
Michigan at Wisconsin
?ABC 3:30 PM
The good news for the Badgers last Saturday: Bulldozing Heisman hopeful Ron Dayne (page 84) rushed for 231 yards on 28 carries. The bad news: For the first time this season the Great Dayne had to play in the fourth quarter, because Wisconsin was losing to underestimated Cincinnati, which upset the Badgers 17-12. Expect Dayne to go the distance again today as the No. 20 Badgers host the fourth-ranked Wolverines, who limited Dayne to 53 yards on 16 carries last season in a 27-10 Michigan win.
Vikings at Packers
?FOX 4 PM
Call it the Lambeau Weep. Last October in front of a Monday Night Football audience and 60,000 stunned Packers backers, Minnesota eviscerated the two-time defending NFC champs. The Pack's 37-24 loss—it trailed 37-10 at one point—was its first on the tundra in 30 games. The Vikings, auguring their divisional domination, manhandled their NFC Central nemesis behind quarterback Randall Cunningham's 442 yards passing and wide receiver Randy Moss's two touchdown receptions.
Braves at Mets
?TBS TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 7:05 PM
Try to remember that time last September: New York needed to win one game in the season-ending three-game set at Turner Field to qualify for a spot in a wild-card playoff. No luck. Then again, fellow Queens denizen George Costanza had better luck with women than the Mets have had against the Braves in recent times. As of Sunday (and preceding a three-game showdown Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta), the Braves had won eight of the last 11 meetings between the National League East rivals, with five of those victories having been shutouts. New York, one game back, was primed for revenge and potent at the plate with the 100-RBI trio of second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, catcher Mike Piazza and third baseman Robin Ventura.
Cubs at Cardinals
?WGN 8 PM
HR. Human Resources. Home Run. The best homer sequel since The Odyssey concludes this weekend in St. Louis, as the superhuman resources of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are pitted against each other. Sosa (61 homers as of Sunday) was in rightfield in Busch Stadium when McGwire (58 homers) broke Roger Maris's single-season long ball record last September. This weekend, if Sammy somehow gets to No. 71, the Cards' first baseman would be the first—literally—to shake his hand.
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