World Track and Field Championships
ABC SATURDAY 4 PM SUNDAY 2:30 PM
This 10-day trackstravaganza in Edmonton is expected to attract 3,000 athletes—including such American stars as sprinters Maurice Greene (page 70) and Marion Jones and pole vaulter Stacy Dragila—from more than 200 countries and four billion viewers worldwide. One reason it's barely a blip on the radar here? This is the first time the event has been held in North America. But buck up, fellow chauvinists, we've still got a stranglehold on most, if not all, of the world's demolition derbies and funny car races.
CBS SATURDAY 4 PM SUNDAY 3 PM
Combine the altitude (6,202 feet) of Colorado's Castle Rock Pines course with this tournament's modified Stableford scoring system, which encourages players to go for birdies (worth two points) and eagles (worth five), and the effect is the same as if you lowered the rims to nine feet and told Vince Carter that dunks are worth three points. Players swing like Dave Kingman and dream of 400-yard drives (which are not uncommon).
Dolphins versus Rams
ABC 8 PM
Stock up on beer, break out the Chee-tos and take that plastic cover off the couch, America: Football is back. The NFL preseason kicks off in Canton, Ohio, with the Hall of Fame Game, a meaningless exhibition that offers hard-core fans a chance to see if the Rams' third-string quarterback, Paul Justin, can pick apart Miami's third-string defense. Expect an exhibition of esoterica from Dennis Miller, starting his second season in the Monday Night Football booth.
Cubs at Dodgers
ESPN2 8 PM
After losing above-the-marquee pitchers Darren Dreifort and Andy Ashby to injury for the season, Los Angeles went looking for star power and acquired White Sox righthander James Baldwin, the underpublicized "black Baldwin brother." Unlike his more hirsute Hollywood namesakes Alec, Billy, Danny and Stephen, James has not only stage presence but also a nasty curve that should help keep the Dodgers and the All-Star catcher Paul LoDuca (above) in the thick of the National League West and wildcard races. The NL Central-leading Cubs can showcase their own acquisition, first baseman Fred McGriff (page 70). Alert for satellite owners: There will be more wildcard wildness when the Red Sox visit the A's from Tuesday through Thursday (on, variously, NESN, DirecTV and DISH Network).