Play it forward: Sept. 14-20 on your sports TV


A new/old feature we’ll attempt to revive: Once upon a time, it was a Monday staple to your sports section (remember the one that opened like a magazine …)

We kinda miss it too. Especially with so much stuff going on these days.

Like the latest news alert by the Associated Press from Kiev: A Ukrainian family minister says Elton John cannot adopt child because adopters must be married. The fear: It would look like that kid above. A poor reflection on the adoption process, not as much as the fact Sir Elton has no female companion in this situation.

Man, this world is messed up. But we got sports:

Like (not starting with Jay Leno’s new show):


(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Actress Charlize Theron and boyfriend Stuart Townsend attend the semifinals match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Sunday.


==As the tennis world turns: The mens’ final of today’s rain-delayed U.S. Open puts the matchup we all thought would happen … unless you had Juan Martin Del Potro knocking out Raffy Nadal along the way. Del Potro finds Roger Federer on center court today instead, knocking out the regularly scheduled soap opera “As The World Turns” and giving another sucker punch to the “Guiding Light.” Oh, well. Channel 2, 1 p.m.


== Don’t wienie out — a real (non-grilled, likely soggy) Dodger Dog who whoever gets out to Dodger Stadium tonight to see: Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, Prime Ticket, 7 p.m.

==An ALCS preview? Sure, if the Red Sox aren’t in anyone’s path: Angels at New York Yankees, FSN West, 4 p.m.

==Not football’d out yet? Buffalo at New England, ESPN, 4 p.m.; San Diego at Oakland, ESPN, 7 p.m.


== As we were saying about them Red Sox … Last time John Lackey threw at Fenway, he took a no-no into the ninth (and that was almost the last game Manny Ramirez played in Boston last July). Kazmir faces them in the third game on Thursday. Angels at Boston, FSN West, 4 p.m. (also: Wednesday on FSN West and ESPN and Thursday on FSN West).



== The Sparks (18-16) start the WNBA postseason not as the champions of the Western Conference. Or the No. 2 team. Try, No. 3. In Lisa Leslie’s final drive to a title, here’s where the path begins: WNBA playoffs: Game 1: Sparks vs. Seattle, ESPN2, 7 p.m. (Games 2 and 3 are in Seattle on Friday and Sunday).


== The season-premiere of “The Office” is guaranteed to be TiVo’d. Yet, we’ll be searching the TV for this Kings’ exhibition. … maybe it’s on some Canadian channel … oh, wait, that’s a different Ontario. The Inland Empire hosts this, then some pro rodeo events and some graduation ceremonies for the University of Phoenix (linked here): NHL exhibition: Kings vs. San Jose at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, 7:30 p.m.


== That Montana QB clone is on display to the rest of the world … or, at least those with a good cable channel package. Oaks Christian is ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s latest poll; Skyline is ranked No. 9. Oaks Christian running back Malcolm Jones and Skyline QB Jake Heaps are among the top-ranked recruits in the nation as well. Justin Kutcher and Tom Luginbill are on the call. Oaks Christian at Skyline, Wash., ESPNU, 7 p.m.; also: Crespi vs. Servite, FSN West, 8 p.m. (delayed)


==Brad Penny vs. the Dodgers in a do over at Dodger Stadium: Dodgers vs. Giants, Channel 11, 1 p.m.

==Pete Carroll vs. Steve Sarkisian, Chapter 1 at U-Dub — prediction … pain: USC at Washington, Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.

==That No. 14 UCLA QB — Tom Ramsey, naw, it’s Kevin Prince (or Price, if you’re Erin Andrews) — has to sit with a broken jaw. So guess who’s back in the dance? Kevin Craft: UCLA vs. Kansas State, FSN West, 7:15 p.m.


== The guys in the cars are still chasing something … wait, this one is important: Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Channel 7, 10 a.m.

== The NFL Week 2 heads over to the new parking garage in Texas: New York Giants at Dallas, Channel 4, 5:15 p.m.

FYI TV comment of the week:

NBC says last night’s Chicago-Green Bay telecast did a 13.4 overnight rating, crushing ABC, CBS and Fox combined. Yes, even better than the series finale of “King of the Hill.” The top 10 TV markets for the Bears-Packers last night (with rating/share):
1. Chicago, 34.8/53
2. Milwaukee, 34.7/54
3. Denver, 22.1/34
4. Minneapolis, 19.8/33
5. Albuquerque, 15.4/23
6. New Orleans, 15.1/21
7. San Diego, 14.3/24
8. Pittsburgh, 14.0/21
T9. Oklahoma City, 13.9/20
T9. Buffalo, 13.9/22

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