SI Pick of the
Nothing like a
hearty helping of humble pie to get you ready for a big tennis tournament. At
least that's what Roger Federer (above) is hoping. In his final tune-up before
the U.S. Open, top-ranked Federer lost in straight sets to unheralded
19-year-old Andy Murray in Mason, Ohio--his first nonfinal loss in 14 months.
Federer will still be the smart pick to win in Flushing Meadows (before losing
he had a 55-match winning streak in North America, but the sentimental favorite
will be Andre Agassi), the two-time Open champ who will call it quits after the
tournament. (Through Sept. 10.) Check listings
Championship It might not be Tiger-Phil, but a Jonathan-Webb showdown would be
pretty intense nonetheless. The top-ranked amateur in the country, Jonathan
Moore, led Oklahoma State to the national championship, while Webb Simpson of
Wake Forest is No. 3. They'll lead the 312-golfer field in Chaska, Minn.
Thursday and Friday Golf Channel 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday NBC 4 p.m.
Invincible Dreams do come true--no kidding. Just ask Vince Papale. In 1976 the
30-year-old down-on-his-luck bartender made the Eagles as a wide receiver after
attending an open tryout. Mark Wahlberg stars as Papale, but keep an eye on the
sideline: The real Papale has a role as an Eagles assistant coach.
Lacrosse playoffs What do Steve Nash and Joe Thornton have in common with
Boston Cannons attackman Conor Gill? All three are the top playmakers in their
respective sports. Gill (below) led the MLL in assists for the fourth straight
season this year and was the league's scoring champ as well. The Cannons take
on Philadelphia in the second semifinal; top-seeded Denver faces San Francisco
in the opener. Semifinals webcast (www.budlight.com) 9 p.m.; Final Sunday ESPN2
Football: Glades Central ( Fla.) at Byrnes ( S.C.) College football is still
weeks away and, really, who wants to watch NFL preseason games? So your best
bet for gridiron action this weekend is this prep showdown. Both Byrnes (ranked
No. 17 by SI) and Glades Central (No. 20) feature prominent D-I recruits,
including Byrnes's Clemson-bound quarterback, Willy Korn (left), who threw for
4,164 yards and 53 touchdowns last season. ESPN noon