?Comets at Sparks
NBC 4 PM
This likely WNBA Western Conference finals preview will allow viewers to wish upon a shooting Comet, Houston forward Tina Thompson (20.9 points per game through Sunday), or merely watch as her rebound-clearing elbows cause Sparks to fly. The playoffs begin on Thursday ( ESPN2, 8 p.m.), thus affording viewers the Liberty of thinking up their own bad puns involving the league's postseason teams.
HBO 10 PM
It sounds about as feasible as playing the piano with your toes or becoming president without winning the popular vote, but Phil Blackwell routinely shoots in the low 90s on the golf course even though he's blind. In an illuminating report, Bryan Burwell looks at Blackwell and other members of the U.S. Blind Golf Association. Also on the slate: segments on the Ichiro craze and on wide receiver Kellen Winslow II, who's headed to Miami against the wishes of his father, the NFL Hall of Fame tight end who would have preferred that his namesake attend a college with a black head football coach.
? PGA Championship, early rounds
TNT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 1 PM
Maybe the time has come for Sergio Garc�a, who has yet to win a major, to become a man in full at the PGA, held this year in Atlanta—a city that when its teams' fortunes were at a low ebb adopted a rallying cry of "Go Braves! And take the Falcons and Hawks with you." Local knowledge should benefit British Open champion David Duval, who played his college golf at Georgia Tech.
? Jaguars at Giants
ESPN 8 PM
It may be a Thursday, but you can still gather your rowdy friends (and even some sedate ones), flip over from Friends and settle in for what should be a watchable preseason game—a rematch (at the same site, Giants Stadium) of a 2000 regular-season finale, which New York won 28-25. The Giants are fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and looking to fine-tune their offense. Jacksonville and running back Fred Taylor (above) are trying to rebound from a 7-9 campaign. If the attitude of the top clipboard-toter is any indicator, things are looking up for the Jaguars. "I'm as excited as I've ever been about a season this year, probably more excited," says coach Tom Coughlin, a man not known for Pat Croce-esque exuberance who nonetheless seems ready for some football.
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