AUG. 23-AUG. 29
ESPN CLASSIC 8 PM
Sports Century: Venus and Serena Williams
"They are to tennis what hip-hop is to music," says one sportswriter in this solid bio of the Sisters Slam. The archival footage of Venus and Serena rallying as little girls is fun to watch, but we could have done without the platitudes of commentator Star Jones, who gushes, "They've become superstars!" No kidding, Star.
ABC 2:30 PM
Texas Tech at Ohio State
Goodbye, Columbus? It could be if Tech's pass-happy quarterback Kliff Kingsbury can thread the Buckeyes' strong pass defense.
ESPN 5 PM
If War Emblem skips the race to run in Del Mar's Pacific Classic the next day—as expected—Medaglia d'Oro will get the short odds at Saratoga's Midsummer Derby.
ABC 6:30 PM
Little League World Series Championship
So much for America's pastime. The U.S. is 1-7 in the title game since '94.
USA NETWORK 11 AM
U.S. Open Early Rounds (coverage all week)
Fading stars ( Pete Sampras, Monica Seles), future greats (Karina Habsudova, Mario Ancic) and one-name divas (Anna, Venus, Serena, Andre) converge on Flushing Meadow for the toughest two weeks in tennis.
TNT 9 PM
FIBA World Championships: U.S. versus Algeria
No Shaq. No Kobe. No Garnett. No Iverson. We'll still take the U.S. by 25.
ESPN 11 PM
The 25,000th SportsCenter
No, that's not just one day's airings. After much fanfare the show that produced Chris Berman's nicknames and the acerbic banter of Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann celebrates 23 years of highlights, lowlights and hard news.