The Best in Sports in the Next 7 Days

High school football, Canton Academy at Tri-County Academy, 7:30 p.m.: The 2004 high school football season starts in Flora. The rest of the MPSA teams kick off on Friday.

High school football, CM&I at Hillcrest Christian, 7 p.m.: A pair of metro rivals meet in the season opener for both.

Pro baseball, Jackson at Edinburg, 7 p.m. (1240 AM): After reaching the Central League championship series the last two seasons, the Senators missed the playoffs this season. They play their final game of 2004 out in Texas. See you next year, Sens. … Pro football, New Orleans at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (Ch. 40): The Saints travel to the toasty tundra of Lambeau Field for another dress rehearsal. If you want to see Brett Favre play, tune in early.

Movie, "Rocky IV," 7 p.m. (ESPN Classic): You made it through the first three, so let's go the distance. The entertainment value in part 4 is almost entirely unintentional. Dolph Lundgren: "I must break you." Don't miss your chance to relive the Reagan years.

Pro football, St. Louis at Kansas City, 7 p.m. (ABC): The Rams and Chiefs meet in the (meaningless) Battle of Missouri..

Pro baseball, Colorado at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. (Turner South): The Braves look to pad their lead when they begin a home series with the rotten Rockies.

Olympics, 7 p.m. (NBC): The primetime replay will include track and field finals.

The Slate is compiled by the Amazing Doctor S. His advice is for entertainment purposes only; he is not an attorney or massage therapist.


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