On Deck: July 14 - 20

A sports day planner for the week ahead

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Home Run Derby: Eight of the game's top sluggers take aim at the hallowed Yankee Stadium fences in the annual All-Star Eve extravaganza of distance and (staying) power.

Did you know: Derby contestant Ryan Braun hit his 56th career home run July 8 in his 200th game. Only Mark McGwire (59) and Rudy York (59) hit more in their first 200 games.

To watch: 8 p.m., ESPN.


79th All-Star Game: Major League Baseball's best converge on New York, but the most brilliant star is likely to be the game's stage -- Yankee Stadium, which closes its gates at season's end.

Did you know: The greatest crowd for any event at the stadium was not for any sporting event. According to the team's Web site, A Jehovah's Witness convention in the 1950s brought 123,707 people through the gates on a single day.

To watch: 8 p.m., WPGH.


Glimpse of the future: Many Pirates fans will get the chance to see top prospect Andrew McCutchen for the first time when he represents Indianapolis in the AAA All-Star Game.

Did you know: McCutchen is fifth in the International League in stolen bases (24), fifth in hits (99), ninth in OBP (.371) and 12th in runs scored (51).

To watch: 7 p.m., ESPN2.


British Open: It will have to go a ways to top the major championship dramatics of Torrey Pines last month, but that's why they tee it up. The British Open begins at Royal Birkdale. More, Page D-3.

Did you know: This marks the first major to tee off without Tiger Woods since the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

To watch: 6:30 a.m., TNT.


Pirates: The Pirates begin the second half on the road in Colorado, where they play Game 2 of a four-game series at Coors Field.

Did you know: Entering games July 11, the Pirates outfield of Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady had more home runs (47-44), more RBIs (163-141) and a higher combined batting average (.297-.285) than the three outfielders voted to start for the NL in the All-Star Game.

To watch: 9:05 p.m., FSN Pittsburgh.


The last dark day: Football fans of the world, rejoice. This will be the last NFL-less day of the year. The first of the league's 32 teams report to camp tomorrow when the Redskins open their doors for business in Ashburn, Va. The Steelers, in case you hadn't heard, report to Saint Vincent July 27 and hold their first practice open to the public July 28.

Did you know: Before moving their camp to Saint Vincent in 1966, the Steelers trained at the University of Rhode Island. And fans think getting to Latrobe is tough.


Raise the jug: About the only thing you can be certain of is that Tiger Woods won't be hoisting the fabled jug when play in the 137th British Open concludes today.

Did you know: The Open has been played at Royal Birkdale five times since 1971 and only one time (1991, Ian Baker Finch) has an American not hoisted the claret jug in victory. The winners: Lee Trevino (1971), Johnny Miller (1976), Tom Watson (1983) and Mark O'Meara (1998).

To watch: 6 a.m., TNT; 8 a.m., WTAE.


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