The Best In Sports In 7 Days

Thursday, June 18
Golf, U.S. Open (9 a.m. and 4 p.m., ESPN, and 2 p.m., Ch. 3 on Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m., Ch. 3, Saturday and Sunday): Tiger Woods heads to Bethpage Black to defend his title in the U.S. Open, golf's greatest torture test. Woods also won the Open at Bethpage Black in 2002.

Friday, June 19
State Games of Mississippi opening ceremony (7 p.m., Meridian): The ceremony marks the official start of the three-week Olympics-style competition in numerous sports. The games, which actually started last week, will be held in Hinds and Lauderdale counties. … PDL Soccer, Bradenton at Mississippi (5:30 p.m., Mississippi College, Clinton): Brilla entertains the Academics. Who picked that nickname?

Saturday, June 20
Exhibition Baseball, U.S. Military All-Stars vs. Latin All-Stars (7:05 p.m., Pearl): The military team, which has players from every branch of service and wears cool camouflage uniforms, makes a stop on its Red, White and Blue tour.

Sunday, June 21
Major League Baseball, Atlanta at Boston (12:30 p.m., FSN South): The Braves, who were originally the Boston Braves, return to their tribal home to face the Red Sox.

Monday, June 22
College Baseball, College World Series finals, Game 1 (6 p.m., ESPN, 930 AM): Will Southern Miss still be around for the best-of-three championship series? It seems impossible. But "impossible" has been the Golden Eagles' business in the NCAA tournament.

Tuesday, June 23
Southern League Baseball, Birmingham at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves face the Barons (again) on Mosquito Awareness Night at Trustmark Park.

Wednesday, June 24
Major League Baseball, New York Mets at Atlanta (6 p.m., CSS, 620 AM): The big Braves entertain their nemesis from Queens.

The Slate is compiled by Doctor S within the cool confines of his penthouse atop the JFP Tower.


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