College Baseball: No. 7 Texas at No. 10 Texas A&M
This Lone Star showdown should be all about pitching. For the weekend series
the Longhorns will bring two of the nation's best starters in Adrian Alaniz
(12--2, 2.37 ERA) and James Russell (8--3, 3.53 ERA). The Aggies counter with
versatile righthander Kyle Nicholson, who, while bouncing between starting and
closing this season, is 11--1 with a 1.74 ERA and four saves. Check listings
Sacramento Monarchs at Detroit Shock
The WNBA kicks off its second decade with the Shock, the 2006 title winners,
receiving its rings before a rematch of last year's finals. The Monarchs, the
2005 champions, will face the formidable task of taking on a Ford in Detroit.
The Shock's star forward, Cheryl Ford (right), the daughter of former NBA
forward Karl Malone, was the league's leading rebounder last season. ABC 3:30
White Sox at
In the fight for city bragging rights, the Cubs have had a solid edge on their
South Side brethren. Since interleague play began in 1997, the Cubs have won 12
of the 18 series between the teams and also hold a 29--25 edge in games. The
White Sox think closer Bobby Jenks (left), who has the best arm in either
bullpen, will help them get even. Fox 3:55 p.m.
Cory Spinks vs.
How desperate is Spinks (right), the IBF junior middleweight champion, to fight
a marquee name? He's willing to move up a weight class to do it. Spinks
(36--3), the son of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks, is a serious underdog
against WBC and WBO middleweight champion Taylor (26-0-1), who is regarded as
the best fighter at 160 pounds. HBO 10:15 p.m.
On DVD: American Pastime
Roughly 110,000 Japanese-Americans were confined to internment camps in the
1940s. American Pastime, a gripping drama, tells the fictional tale of one such
camp in Utah, where a guard (Gary Cole) and a Japanese family find a common
bond in baseball. In the climactic scenes, a team of camp residents challenges
Cole's club in a game played for both money and respect.
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Living in Denial
Expect good hockey; just don't expect to see a lot of goals in Game 4 of the
Western Conference finals. Detroit and Anaheim, two of the NHL's stingiest
defensive teams, have a combined nine Norris trophies manning the blue lines.
Then there's Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek (above); the Dominator, a
six-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, has allowed just 24 goals in 14 games and
has a 1.62 GAA this postseason. His Anaheim counterpart, Jean-S�bastien
Gigu�re, has been just as tough, allowing only 14 goals in nine games for a
1.51 GAA. VERSUS 9 p.m.