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September is for Sports!

NFL, WNBA, U.S. Open and more this weekend

By Karen Fanning | null null , null
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, left, is chased by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman as he returns a punt in the first quarter of NFL football action in Indianapolis, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007. (Photo: ©Michael Conroy/AP)
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, left, is chased by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman as he returns a punt in the first quarter of NFL football action in Indianapolis, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007. (Photo: ©Michael Conroy/AP)

Are you ready for some football, basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball? If so, this is the weekend for you! It’s the perfect storm of playoffs, championships, and opening weekends for most of the major popular sports. Check it out!

GRIDIRON GAMES

The pro football season officially kicked off Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts hosting the New Orleans Saints at the RCA Dome. At halftime, the teams went into the locker room tied, 10–10. But Indy trounced the Saints in the second half, coasting to a 41–10 victory.

For most of the rest of the NFL, the regular season will begin Saturday. One game to watch: Chicago at San Diego. The Bears are hoping to score their first win of the season behind the arm of quarterback Rex Grossman, while the Chargers are counting on running back LaDainian Tomlinson to carry them to victory.

LADY HOOPSTERS

WNBA playoff action resumes on Saturday, as the Detroit Shock seek to win their second straight championship.

On Wednesday, Detroit handed Phoenix its first loss of the postseason, defeating the Mercury, 108–100. Game 1 of the Finals went to the Shock thanks to forward Plenette Pierson and center Kara Braxton, who combined for 45 points and 22 rebounds. Diana Taurasi hopes to turn things around for the Mercury in Game 2 of the five-game series.

ANOTHER KICKOFF

The United States women’s national soccer team will be on the other side of the globe this weekend as the team travels to China for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The three-week tournament begins on Monday.

The American quest for the world title gets under way on Tuesday when the team faces North Korea.

The U.S. is no stranger to World Cup success. The team won the very first Cup in 1991, beating Norway 2–1 in the final. Eight years later, the U.S. struck again, capturing the 1999 World Cup and turning Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, and Kristine Lilly into instant sports idols.

TENNIS ANYONE?

The world’s top tennis players are gathered in Flushing Meadow, New York, this weekend for the final matches of the 2007 U.S. Open. The women’s champion will be crowned on Saturday night, while the last man standing will hoist the championship trophy Sunday evening.

DIAMOND DAYS

The boys of summer are now in serious competition to stretch their team’s season into autumn. Baseball battles are brewing to see who will make the playoffs. The New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Detroit Tigers are in the race to win the wild card slot. Yankees currently hold the lead for that position by three games.

WATCH THIS WEEKEND

Here is a quick TV guide for all but the baseball games. All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

WNBA FINALS
Phoenix at Detroit: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on ESPN

NFL
Chicago at San Diego: 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on Fox

2007 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
United States vs. North Korea: 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, streamed live on www.cbcsports.ca

2007 U.S. OPEN
Women’s Final: 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on CBS
Men’s Final: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, on CBS

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Karen Fanning is a contributing writer for Scholastic News Online.

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