ESPN2 10 PM
? Finland at U.S. Women's National Team
Meet the next Mia: Christie Welsh, the 2001 Hermann Trophy winner, will play in this friendly in San Jose.
ESPN2 10 PM
? Phillies at Giants
Bonds away! Philadelphia has allowed 55 career home runs to Barry Bonds (below), second to San Diego's 65.
ESPN2 2:30 PM
? FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CF, Champions League Second Semifinal
The Spanish press has dubbed the match between these intense soccer rivals as the Duel of the Century.
ESPN AND ESPN2 (7 PM) AND ESPN2 (10 PM)
? Stanley Cup Playoffs
The Dick Van Patten round gets under way as the NHL's eight remaining teams face off in the conference semis.
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Chris Webber Biography: Good Start, Incomplete Ending
Each day is a drive through history. So advised the late Jim Morrison, and that's a lesson ESPN should have heeded with last week's debut of SportsCentury: Chris Webber. (The show will be repeated on ESPN Classic on Friday.) While Webber's life made for a compelling biography, containing the usual insightful interviews that have become a staple of the Emmy Award-winning series, the broadcast ended on an incomplete note. The contretemps of Michigan booster Ed Martin—and ex-Wolverine Webber's denial about taking money from Martin—was reduced to a 30-second addendum at the show's conclusion delivered by host Chris Fowler. If ESPN devotes an hourlong biography to a 29-year-old athlete, it needs to have an on-air comment from the subject about important current news. Also, with the story focused on Webber's quest to win an NBA championship, why not wait until after the playoffs to debut the show? If Sacramento wins the title, won't SportsCentury: Chris Webber be missing a major chapter of his history?
? ESPN's 2002 NFL draft coverage was its best in the 23 years the network has broadcast the event. Along with well-prepared hosts and fact-filled player breakdowns from analyst Ron Jaworski, the constantly updated graphics at the bottom of the screen provided useful nuggets. The best part, however, was the addition of Jimmy Johnson, who supplied an inside view of how a team approaches a draft.
?Every time Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show, Period starts to live up to its name, it invariably degenerates into tastelessness. Minutes after update host Lisa Guerrero concluded a provocative interview with Barry Bonds last week-including frank talk on the death threats he received last season—the show's writers used Marv Albert's auto accident, in which he suffered a concussion and a sprained ankle and required stitches for a lacerated tongue, as an excuse for a lame joke about Albert's past sexual peccadilloes.
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