Jordan Brand All-American Classic
High has the most well-known senior in the country—USC-bound O.J. Mayo—but the
Highlanders weren't a one-man show. Patrick Patterson (right) beat out Mayo for
their conference's player of the year award. The power forward, who's
considering Florida and Kentucky, joins Mayo at Madison Square Garden, where 22
of the nation's top seniors will show their stuff.
ESPN2 9 p.m.
Yankees at Red
Everybody (in the Bronx) loves Alex (for now). With seven homers in the first
two weeks of the season, including a walk-off grand slam, Alex Rodriguez
(below) has become the darling of fans and headline writers. (HE'S A HOT ROD,
proclaimed the New York Post.) Imagine the love he'll feel if he comes up big
at Fenway, where he hit .306 with 10 RBIs in nine games last year.
Fox 3:55 p.m.
Life in Colorado is starting to agree with Allen Iverson. The Nuggets' new
point guard has averaged 24.8 points per game since being traded to Denver in
December, and he has the Nuggets, winners of eight of their last 10 games,
charging to the finish line. For their efforts they got a first-round playoff
date with San Antonio, which has been just as hot. The Spurs won 12 of 13
before a loss to Dallas on Sunday.
Subway Fresh Fit
Kevin Harvick (right) was sitting fifth in the Nextel Cup standings after five
races, but in his last two he's finished 41st and 29th, and has plummeted to
14th in the points race. The driver they call Happy will be especially pleased
to pull into Phoenix: He won both races there last year.
Fox 8 p.m.
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Return of the Queen
In search of its 18th Fed Cup title—but first since 2000—the U.S. is bringing
out the big guns. Serena Williams (above), who is 6--0 in her Fed Cup career
but hasn't participated since 2003, will join her sister, Venus, in the
American lineup against Belgium today in Delray Beach, Fla. The tournament
isn't quite as popular in the Low Countries, apparently. The Belgians will be
without Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. The pair (who are ranked Nos. 1 and 4
in the world, respectively) bowed out, citing scheduling conflicts.
(Through Sunday) Tennis Channel 2:30 p.m.
The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA
Yanks and Brits have had some legendary battles through the years. The Thrilla
at Bunka Hilla. The Discord in Concord. The Throwdown at Yorktown. The Brawlin'
in N'awlins. And then there's this show, which pits American fighters against
boxers from the United Kingdom. They've split the first two bouts. Tonight
Contender Season 1 bronze medalist Alfonso Gomez (from Whittier, Calif.) takes
on Martin Concepcion.
ESPN 9 p.m.