?Tour de France
OUTDOOR LIFE NETWORK 9:30 AM
Two-time defending champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong begins his quest for more yellow jerseys on Outdoor Life, which through July 28 will provide two hours of live daily coverage—except on the last three Sundays (including the final stage on July 29), when the race airs on CBS.
FOX 8 PM
The last time Seattle played host to the midseason classic, in 1979, the Mariners were a struggling third-year franchise, first baseman Bruce Bochte was their lone All-Star, and Starbucks was strictly a local brand. This year Seattle has baseball's best team, five Mariners might make the American League squad, and Starbucks is on every street corner in America, providing caffeine addicts with their daily crackuccinos. On July 9, sluggers will invade Safeco Field for the Home Run Derby ( ESPN, 8 p.m.); for those too juiced on Java to sleep, the dingerfest will be replayed on ESPN2 at 11 p.m.
?Shot Heard 'Round the World
HBO 8 PM
Fifty years ago this October, Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson wrote the prototype script for every sports movie ever made, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Dodgers righty Ralph Branca to complete a remarkable comeback and win the National League pennant. This intriguing one-hour documentary delves into the season, the fateful game and the revelations that the Giants stole signs—thievery Thomson admits to while saying, "I doubt if they helped me that much." Retorts Branca, "Why would they do it if it didn't help?"
SATURDAY 6/30-SUNDAY 7/7
JUNE 30 AND JULY 1 NBC NOON; JULY 2 NBC 10 AM, TNT 1 PM; JULY 3 NBC 10 AM, TNT NOON; JULY 4 NBC 10 AM, TNT 1 PM; JULY 5 NBC 1 PM, TNT 5 PM; JULY 6 NBC NOON, TNT 5 PM; JULY 7 AND 8 NBC 9 AM
This Bud's for you, Bud. This week hoist a cold one, don some checkered pants and spout some effusive, at times grandiloquent, verbiage in honor of the 30th consecutive year that walking tennis encyclopedia Bud Collins has been part of the NBC team at Wimbledon, Collins, who has covered the sport since 1955, will volley with color man John McEnroe throughout the tournament, which culminates in the traditional Breakfast at Wimbledon live coverage of the singles finals: on July 7 the women's, to which defending champion and No. 2 seed Venus Williams (above) hopes to return, and the men's on July 8.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE