World Cup qualifying, U.S. vs. Costa Rica
The Yanks have already booked a spot in Germany, so their penultimate qualifier will be a chance for bubble players--such as midfielder Santino Quaranta (right)--to impress coach Bruce Arena. ESPN2 10 p.m.
No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Tennessee
Last season the Volunteers won in Athens behind a big performance from freshman quarterback Erik Ainge. The Dawgs shouldn't have to worry about Ainge this year, though. Senior Rick Clausen, who relieved Ainge two weeks ago against LSU and led the Vols to an overtime win over the Tigers, has taken over under center. CBS 3:30 p.m.
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The Middling Aged
If the producers of Average Joe went on a talent search, they would find a slew of qualified candidates at Petco Park. In a triumph of mediocrity, vet-heavy San Diego, which had the worst record ever for a division winner (82--80), will take on baseball's best team, the Cardinals, in the NLDS. (Game 3 is today at Petco.) Don't count out the Padres. With two frontline starters in Jake Peavy (13-7, 2.88 ERA) and Adam Eaton (11-5, 4.27) and a bullpen anchored by All-Star closer Trevor Hoffman (above), they'll be tough in a short series. And San Diego was 4-3 against St. Louis this year. Check listings
New England at Atlanta
Hey, Michael Vick, remember Bill Belichick? The last time Vick (right) faced the Patriots' coach was in 2001, when as a 21-year-old rookie Vick threw for only 56 yards and was sacked three times. Nonetheless, Vick earned Belichick's respect in the 24-10 loss. "If he breaks out, it's like a punt return," said Belichick. "He's gone." CBS 1 p.m.
Nextel Cup Banquet 400
Jimmie Johnson, who lost the points lead on Sunday with a 31st-place finish, looks to regain it at the site of one of his biggest disasters. Last year Johnson crashed twice on his way to a 32nd-place finish, which effectively ended his chase for the Cup. NBC 2 p.m.
On shelves: The Rivalry
Two great stars, two very different personalities. John Taylor's book details the intense competition between two of the greatest centers of all time: Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. The flamboyant Stilt put up the more impressive individual numbers, but it was the reserved Russell who always had the last word: Boston's 11 championships in 13 seasons is a record unlikely to be broken.