? MetroStars at Wizards
ESPN 1:30 PM
There's no place like home. Kansas City, atop MLS with an 11-2-4 record, is unbeaten at Arrowhead Stadium this season where it has played 730 minutes without yielding a goal. Credit goalkeeper Tony Meola, a saving grace between the posts. Meola, 31, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, turned in his MLS-record 12th shutout of the season last week, adding to his other league records, such as Most Consecutive Minutes Played (8,084), Longest Shutout Streak (414 minutes) and Most Saves in a Game (15).
? Wimbledon Men's Final
NBC 9 AM
Since 1993, the men's field at the All England Club has had about as much of a chance against Pete Sampras as Sting did in his recent chess match with Garry Kasparov ("Sending out an SOS..."). Should Sampras, winner of all but one final here since 1993, advance to today's championship and win, he would break the men's record for Grand Slam victories, with 13, which he currently shares with Roy Emerson. It will be a daunting challenge for Sampras this fortnight (one of those terms, like mum, that we save exclusively for Wimbledon), because acute tendinitis in his left foot and shin has made him the king of pain.
?SportsCentury: Moe Berg
ESPN CLASSIC 8 PM
The scouting report on former major league catcher Moe Berg: "He could speak a dozen languages and couldn't hit in any of them." That may have been the only thing this lifetime .243 hitter couldn't do. It is ironic that Berg spent his athletic career donning the tools of ignorance because he was smart, sophisticated and courageous. During World War II the OSS sent him to a lecture by top German physicist Werner Heisenberg and instructed him to assassinate the Nazi sympathizer if he seemed to have the knowledge required to build an atomic bomb. That was yet another hit Berg didn't make.
?Comets at Sparks
LIFETIME 9 PM
It took scientists 10 years to map the human genome. For three years Houston (15-2) has been similarly confounding the rest of the WNBA gene pool, but that may be about to, um, mutate. Los Angeles (13-2) has the league's best center in Lisa Leslie and a breakthrough discovery in 5'11" Mwadi Mabika, a 23-year-old Congo native who never attended college but is second on the squad in scoring, rebounding and assists.
? Major League Baseball All-Star Game
NBC 8 PM
Are the Atlanta Braves, host of this midsummer night's classic, a baseball team or transportation czars? They tell their own announcers, "Get off our charter flight!" Then they tell their crack reliever, "Don't ride the 7 train!" Ted's Team has no say on how the All-Stars will get to Turner Field, but we have a few ideas: Slugger Mark McGwire of St. Louis will take a nonstop flight; probable starting pitcher Randy Johnson of Arizona (above) will use speed; crafty Blue Jays lefty David Wells will ride something that shifts gears constantly; and Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, the American League's top hitter (.389) on a club decimated by injuries, will jump from a train wreck.
ALL TIEMS EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.