Texas has a football title this year, and softball may be next. The No. 2 Lady
Longhorns, winners of the Austin Regional, breezed into the eight-team field
behind ace lefthander Cat Osterman (37-2), the NCAA's career strikeout leader.
Texas's first opponent in Oklahoma City will be Arizona State, which counters
with a star southpaw of its own: 29-game-winner Katie Burkhart. Check
Sixty-four teams start on the road to Omaha--the regionals begin today--and
none have a better shot at the College World Series than Rice. The top-ranked
Owls have the NCAA's fifth-best team ERA (3.07) and are strong at both ends of
the staff. Ace Eddie Degerman (above) is 11-1 with a 1.65 ERA; closer Cole St.
Clair has the nation's second-best K rate (13.4 per nine innings). Check
Woe is Barry. In San Diego a fan tossed a syringe at him, and in Philadelphia
fans unfurled a 60-foot sign praising his predecessors. Those could feel like
the good old days when Bonds gets to New York and tries to distance himself
from one of the city's favorite sons, Babe Ruth, on the alltime home run list.
Fox 1 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
This bout should
be rated PG, for potentially gory. WBC lightweight champ Diego Corrales (40-3)
and Jos� Luis Castillo (54-7-1), two of the most aggressive fighters in any
division, meet in Las Vegas for the rubber match of a trilogy that began in May
2005, when Corrales (left) stunned Castillo (right) in one of the most exciting
fights in memory, if you weren't squeamish about blood. Five months later
Castillo knocked out Corrales, but the victory was incomplete: Because he
missed the 135-pound limit, Castillo was denied Corrales's WBC lightweight
title. Showtime 9 p.m.
The second week of the year's second Grand Slam event begins. The smart money
says there won't be many Americans in the later rounds--only six U.S. players
entered this year, the fewest in the Open era, and no Yank has won at Roland
Garros since 1999. Roger Federer (right) isn't fond of the French either. It's
the only Slam he hasn't won, and in the first round he needed nearly three
hours to beat a qualifier. ESPN2 5 a.m.