?Giants at Mets
FX 7 PM
San Francisco closer Robb Nen had almost as many saves last month (14, with an 0.56 ERA) as Delia Reese accrues in an entire season. (We note, however, that the 6'5" Nen was touched by an Angel, or rather a few of them, in back-to-back outings against Anaheim.) Abetted by Nen's Zen mastery of the ninth inning, San Francisco, like New York a contender for the National League wild-card slot, matched its best July (19-8) since moving to the Bay Area in 1958.
Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz
SHOWTIME AND PPV ($19.95) 10 PM
This is a seedy motel of a bout" replete with a neon VACANCY sign (on the WBA heavyweight title), an unseemly rendezvous that will last less than an hour between two people from different stations in life (heavyweight champ Holyfield and virtually anonymous Boston native Ruiz) and an undeniable whiff of sleaze, courtesy of promoter Don King. Holyfield (36-4-1) bids for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight championship belt, while his "ordinary"—that's Holyfield's description—opponent (36-3) seeks to become the first Latino to win a world title in boxing's marquee division.
Rams at Titans
ABC 7 PM
Nobody mentioned it, but now when you watch Monday Night Football, there's a two-drink minimum. In his kickoff show, on July 31, Dennis Miller, if nothing else, added levity and abstruse references to the dog days of summer and TV sports, so god bless him. The NFL exhibition season trudges on, meanwhile, with this rematch of Super Bowl XXXIV.
PGA Championship, Opening Rounds
TNT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 1 PM
Major Major Major Major, the nominally redundant recluse of a squadron commander from Catch-22, had a standing order that visitors were allowed into his office to see him only when he was not there. Similarly, Tiger Woods (above), a man with as many majors to his name as novelist Joseph Heller's abject officer, might have issued the following command to the PGA Tour ranks: You can outplay me only when I don't play. Beginning with his victory at the 1999 PGA Championship in Medinah, Ill., Woods has won II of the last 19 Tour events he has entered. A win this week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville would be his third major triumph in as many months.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.