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Houston, we have
liftoff. The Roger Clemens sweepstakes ended last month when he spurned offers
from the Red Sox and the Yankees and returned to the Astros for a prorated
one-year, $22 million contract. (He'll pocket about $12.3 million for three
months of work.) After dazzling with 22 strikeouts in three minor league
tune-ups, including a win for the Triple A Round Rock Express last Friday
(above), the Rocket, 43, makes his debut at home against the Twins. He'll be a
welcome sight for a staff that ranks 10th in the NL in ERA--and an unwelcome
one for the Twins, against whom he is 23--12 with a 3.01 ERA in his
Track and Field Championships
After spending 11 months away from competition and several years denying
allegations that steroids helped her win five gold medals at the 2000 Olympics,
Marion Jones might be returning to form. She's won all three 100-meter races
she's entered this year, most recently at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York
City earlier this month (above). The next step? This event in Indianapolis,
where Jones will face reigning 100-meter world champion Lauryn Williams. ESPN2
The 12-episode martial arts smackdown--imagine an American Idol in which the
slaps aren't verbal--comes down to a brawl between two guys named Spider and
Short Fuse. Middleweights Kendall (Spider) Grove and Ed (Short Fuse) Herman
(below left) are the last men standing in what began as a field of 16 fighters.
The winner tonight walks away with a contract to compete in the Ultimate
SPIKE TV 9 p.m.
Dream: A Quarterback's Story
Brett Elliott was Utah's starting quarterback in 2003--until he broke his wrist
and was replaced by Alex Smith, who went on to be the top pick in the 2005 NFL
draft. After he healed, Elliott (right) transferred and starred at Division III
Linfield. This documentary follows him as he trains for the '05 draft--he
wasn't picked--and then tries to win a roster spot with the Chargers as a free
CSTV 8 p.m.
He grew up in Basel, Switzerland, but Roger Federer couldn't be more at home on
the grass courts of southwest London. Federer has won at the All England Club
for the last three years and carries a streak of 41 consecutive victories on
grass--tying the record set by Bjorn Borg in 1981--into tennis's oldest
championship, which begins today.
ESPN2 8 a.m.