Tour de France, Stage 9

2:30 p.m., Versus

It’s 159.5 kilometers through the Alps. Most of us would need a performance-enhancing drug even to drive that far.

MLL Lacrosse: Washington at San Francisco

3 p.m., ESPN2

The more we support actual sports on television like this, the fewer poker tournaments, weenie-eating contests and “original programming” offerings we’ll be forced to skip.

MLB: Royals at Red Sox

7 p.m., NESN

Darn the White Sox for hitting like nine Mario Mendozas and being so close the AL Central cellar. This series would be so much less stressful if the Royals truly had no motivation whatsoever.

WNBA: Lynx at Sun

7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Identify both cities without a Google search and you win a lifetime subscription to Ladies’ Home Journal.

Classic Boxing: Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall I & II

8 p.m., ESPN Classic

Be reminded why Lewis should never be considered one of the top 20 heavyweights of all time. A great champion would beat McCall blindfolded, not get KO’d.

WNBA: Storm at Mercury

9:30 p.m., ESPN2

The University of New England Nor’easters still win the battle of weather-related nicknames.

Miniseries: The Bronx is Burning

10 p.m., ESPN

Actual episode description from the Sun Journal TV Preview: “Steinbrenner feuds with Billy Martin.” No way. Get out of town. Never happened.

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