Page 2: On the tube


Tour de France, Stage 6

Noon, Versus

Suddenly there’s a lot less stateside interest when the leaders are named Fabian, Andreas and Thor.

Golf: American Century Championship

7 p.m., ESPN2

It’s a celebrity tournament featuring Cheech Marin, Bode Miller and former Vice President Dan Quayle, which is a heck of a lot more interesting than whatever is the tune-up for the British Open.

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox

7 p.m., NESN

The Sox played .500 ball for the last month-and-a-half and still had the best record in the big leagues before the All-Star Break. You decide if that’s good news or bad news.

MLB: Pirates at Braves

7:30 p.m., TBS

Billionaire Ted is a filthy-rich owner who was willing to ride out a rebuilding year and didn’t mortgage his farm system in order to build a temporary, fringe contender. Are you listening, George?

NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Bucks

8 p.m., FSNE

Rajon Rondo looks like Chauncey Billups when he’s playing against rookies, free agents, has-beens and never-will-bes.

Softball World Cup: China vs. United States

8 p.m., ESPN

Funny. If I listened to all the left-wingers from my high school and college days, I would have believed women weren’t allowed to speak in China, much less play sports.

Boxing: Friday Night Fights

9 p.m., ESPN

Heard that this endangered series finally will die in September. Great. There’s two more hours of riveting poker action every week.