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No. 3 USCat No. 8 Ohio State
8 p.m., ESPN
The Buckeyes are winless in their lastfive games against teams ranked in the topfive, but they have a real shot at endingthat streak tonight. Trojans freshman QBMatt Barkley hasn’t played a road game yet,and it doesn’t get much tougher than theHorseshoe. Meanwhile, a great perfor-mance by OSU QB Terrelle Pryor could vaulthim into the Heisman picture. A lot on theline for both schools as they chase nationaltitle glory.
Chevy Rock & Roll 400
7:30 p.m., ABC
Following tonight’s race, we’ll finallyknow whether Brian Vickers and Kyle Buschqualified for the Chase for the NASCARSprint Cup, and who was left out, if that’sthe case. Busch is a real threat to win,having won here before and led hundredsof laps at the track, while Vickers is certainlya threat to finish in the top 10 for the simplereason he has not finished worse than 12thsince late June. A DNF for any driver not yetlocked in could open the door for eithercompetitor.
3 p.m., NBC
Tiger Woods has a handful of courseswhere he simply dominates, and Cog Hillis one of those. A four-time winner at thesuburban Chicago course, Woods is tiedfor the lead with Mark Wilson heading intothird-round play. Their pairing will be aninteresting one for history buffs—Woodsbeat Wilson in the U.S. Junior Amateur in1992. Padraig Harrington continues to lurk near Tiger, as he’s just one shot back with atrio of others.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
Formula One,qualifying for ItalianGrand Prix, at Monza,Italy
NASCAR, Truck Series, polequalifying for Copart200, at Madison, Ill.
NASCAR, Truck Series, Copart200, at Madison, Ill.
NASCAR, SprintCup, Chevy Rock & Roll400, at Richmond, Va.
Fresno St. atWisconsin
Cent.Michigan at MichiganSt.
Iowa at Iowa St.
Notre Dame atMichigan
BYU at Tulane
Houston atOklahoma St.
UCLA at Tennessee
SouthCarolina at Georgia
Southern Calat Ohio St.
Tour of Missouri, sixth stage,Chillicothe to St.Joseph, Mo. (delayedtape)
European PGA Tour, Mercedes-BenzChampionship, thirdround, at Cologne,Germany
LPGA,NW ArkansasChampionship, secondround, at Rogers, Ark.
PGA Tour, BMWChampionship, thirdround, at Lemont, Ill.
USGA, WalkerCup, first round, atMerion, Pa.
Nationwide Tour, UtahChampionship, thirdround, at Sandy, Utah(same-day tape)
Regionalcoverage, N.Y. Mets atPhiladelphia, ChicagoWhite Sox at L.A.Angels, or Atlanta atSt. Louis
PBR,CopenhagenInvitational, at Reno,Nev.
PremierLeague, Liverpool vs.Burnley, at Liverpool,England
U.S. Open,men’s semifinals, atNew York
U.S. Open,women’s champion-ship match, at NewYork
OFF THE FIELD
is wagging a finger at theglamorous wives and girlfriends of English soccer players.Wary of the distractions accompa-nying soccer players’ celebrity life-styles, England’s coach will allow theso-called WAGS to visit the squadonly on the days after games at nextyear’s World Cup.Capello is set to take a tougherstance than his predecessors, seekingto avoid a repeat of what defender
called “a circus” during the2006 tournament in Germany.“I hope we will be there for a verylong period but the players will haveone day with their family, with thegirls and with their friends,” Capellosaid. “It will be one day a week, aftereach game, and that is enough. That’sit. We are there to play football, notfor a holiday.”
Several of the players conceded thatthe presence of the likes of
and Girls Aloud singer
,who is married to defender
,and the subsequent media attentionhad distracted the players at the WorldCup.
Cowboys’ band debuts
This weekend’s Dallas-Tampa Baymatchup will feature a little morehead-banging than most NFL games.The heavy metal band Free Reign,which includes three Cowboys offen-sive linemen, will debut its new song
during Sunday’s FOX telecastof the game in Tampa Bay.The band is made up of
on guitar and vocals,
on bass and non-football player
Speech was … bad
New York Post
gave the worst Basketball Hall of Fame speech of all time, according to
atjeffpearlman.com.Pearlman said Vecsey lookedunprepared and rattled off names of players he thought should be in theHall of Fame and used inappropriatelanguage, among other things. It wasso bad that NBA commissioner
shook his head throughout whilechecking his Blackberry and
—who is being inducted—walked out and didn’t return, Pearl-man said.“I almost felt sorry for Peter Vec-sey,” Pearlman wrote.
Heat guard and Chicago native
was expected to present a$25,000 check to the William Leon-ard Public Library District on Thurs-day in Illinois. The library, facingfinancial problems, had been threat-ening to close if it couldn’t find themoney to operate, the
England coach: Girls gotta go, guys
Singer Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud is marriedto England defender Ashley Cole.
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