Arnie's Army may have witnessed its last major battle. Last week Arnold Palmer,
76, withdrew from the Champions Tour's first major because he's no longer
competitive enough. Even without Palmer, the field at Oak Tree Golf Club in
Edmond, Okla., will be deep: It includes defending champ Mike Reid (above),
eight Ryder Cup captains and 19 major champions. Thursday and Friday USA 2
p.m., Saturday and Sunday NBC 12:30 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
At age 34,
Shaquille O'Neal isn't the Diesel anymore. But Detroit, which hosts the Heat
for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, shouldn't mistake him for the
Little Engine That Can't, either. He's averaging career postseason lows in
points (19.3) and minutes (31.0), but O'Neal (above) leads Miami in rebounding
(9.2 per game) and shooting percentage (58.9%). And he's well-rested: The Heat,
who beat the Nets in five games in the East semis, hasn't played since May 16.
Shaq will join a select club if Miami advances. Only 15 players have been to
the NBA Finals with three teams. ESPN 8 p.m.
St. Louis at San
No National Leaguer has won the Triple Crown since St. Louis outfielder Joe
Medwick did it in 1937. Albert Pujols (right) might keep the Crown in the
Cardinals family. Phat Albert leads the NL in home runs (22) and RBIs (54) and
ranks 11th in batting average (.317). Those numbers should swell against the
Padres: Pujols batted .385 with six RBIs against them last season. Fox 4
The natural order of things has been restored: Syracuse is back in the Final
Four. Last year the Orange missed the NCAA semifinals for the first time in 23
years, but, led by senior attackman Brett Bucktooth (above), they'll start a
new streak in Philadelphia this weekend. Syracuse, riding a nine-game winning
streak, faces top-ranked Virginia, while UMass and Maryland square off in the
other semi. Saturday ESPN2 11:30 a.m., Monday ESPN 2 p.m.
Poker Dome Challenge
Is this a card game or a focus group? Six players sit inside a soundproof dome
in Las Vegas where spectators can see in--and the participants can't see out.
The winner goes to the next round to play for a shot at $1 million. Fox Sports
Net 11 p.m.