AUG. 30-SEPT. 5
TBS 7 PM
Braves at Expos
If TBS is airing reruns of Matlock or Mama's Family tonight, you'll know the baseball players are on strike.
ABC 8 PM
Maryland versus Notre Dame
Poor new Irish coach Tyrone Willingham. Tonight's tussle against the Terps is the first of nine games Notre Dame will play against 2001 bowl teams this season.
TNT 9 PM
China versus U.S. National Team
Ming the Merciless? Or Ming the Meek? Judge for yourself when 7'5" center Yao Ming, the first pick in the NBA draft, goes against Team USA's big men at the World Basketball Championships.
USA 11 AM AND 7 PM
U.S. Open Quarterfinals
If the seeds hold on the women's side, the quarters will offer a dynamite doubleheader of top seed Serena Williams against Justine Henin and second seed Venus Williams against Monica Seles.
ESPN 8:30 PM
49ers at Giants
Are you ready for some... Bon Jovi? For the first time, the NFL kicks off on a Thursday night, just seven miles from Times Square, where Enrique Iglesias, Eve, Alicia Keys and New Jersey's most famous big-haired band will perform as part of a four-hour pregame jam.
SHOWTIME 10 PM
The 1972 Munich Olympic Games: Bud Greenspan Remembers This documentary airs exactly 30 years after Arab terrorists killed Israeli athletes at the Games (SI, Aug. 26). Radio reports filed by Greenspan, then a 44-year-old correspondent, are chilling.