The Players Championship
Jim Furyk is living proof that you don't have to win very often to make a good
living in golf. Furyk (right) hasn't won a tournament since the Canadian Open
last September, but he has three top 10 finishes this season and is the world's
second-ranked player. Last year at Sawgrass he finished—surprise!—third.
Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel 1 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, NBC 2 p.m.
Pistons at Bulls
Few things are out of Luol Deng's reach—the wiry Chicago forward (left) has a
seven-foot wingspan—but an NBA title will be if the Bulls don't get their game
in order. The Pistons won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series
by 26 points last Saturday. (Game 3 is tonight; Game 4 will be on Sunday.) The
series could come down to an arms race: Deng, Chicago's leading playoff scorer,
will be guarded by the spidery Tayshaun Prince, a second-team All-Defense
selection this year.
ESPN 9 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE
It's been 10 years since the Brewers, who sat atop the National League Central
with a major-league-best 21--10 record through Sunday, have been in first place
this late in the season. It's been even longer since they've had a closer lead
the NL in saves. ( Rollie Fingers did it in 1981.) But Milwaukee has another
elite fireman: Francisco Cordero (above), who was leading the league with 12
saves, and he could help end another drought—a quarter-century without a
playoff appearance. Are the Brewers for real? Fans will have a better idea when
the Brew Crew visits New York to face the Mets for the first time.
Check listings 7 p.m.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Correspondent Jon Frankel investigates horse racing's dark secret: the growing
problem of doping. Also, SI senior contributing writer Frank Deford goes
one-on-one with Marlon Shirley, the world's fastest amputee. Shirley, missing
part of his left leg, is the Paralympic world-record holder in the 100
HBO 10 p.m.
Chicago Rush at Dallas Desperados
A premier touchdown catcher matches up with a historic TD thrower. Chicago
receiver Bobby Sippio (right), the AFL's midseason offensive player of the
year, leads the league with 35 TD receptions. Dallas quarterback Clint Dolezel
has 68 TD passes and is the only pro QB to throw more than 800 in his
ESPN2 8:30 p.m.
On Shelves: Can I Keep My Jersey?
Paul Shirley never amounted to much as an NBA player, averaging 1.8 points per
game in three seasons. But he found his calling as a wordsmith. Shirley wrote a
popular and funny blog while with the Suns in '04. He exhibits the same
self-deprecating humor and inside-the-locker-room honesty in his first book, an
engaging account of a vagabond career that saw him play for 13 teams in the
U.S. and Europe.