There may be no better opportunity for a first-time winner to take home the Masters crown this year. "Many of the past champions aren't in good form, so watch out for the guys that haven't won or performed well at Augusta before," says CBS golf analyst Ian Baker-Finch. Young guns such as Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Day "have no fear — they feel they can win," golf's most prestigious tournament Baker-Finch says. "They're not going to be too awed by Augusta National." Neither are the players who are "getting towards the twilight of their careers...
There's a method to this year's March Madness, and it's based on the number four. The Final Four in Houston will be bookended by the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, an offshoot of the NCAA tournament's expansion to a record 68-team field. And the whole extravaganza will air on four networks. CBS, in its 30th year broadcasting college basketball's premier event, will join forces with Turner Sports on three cable networks — TBS, TNT and truTV — as part of a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal. Here's what to watch for.
Tip-off to buzzer Each of the 67 games will be shown in its entirety for the first time in the tournament's 73-year history, thanks to staggered starts at least 30 minutes apart. But that doesn't mean fans can't...
The year since the Vancouver Olympics has flown by for U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn. After winning gold and bronze medals, she slowed down long enough to help crack a case on the Law & Order finale, accept two ESPY Awards and hit a hole-in-one at a golf event. Back on the slopes, she's again dueling her main rival, Germany's Maria Riesch, for the World Cup title. They'll face off at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, beginning Tuesday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — which happens to be Riesch's hometown. TV Guide Magazine recently caught up with Vonn to talk about life on and off her skis and her expectations for worlds.
What a difference eight years makes. Back then, White Collar's con-man extraordinaire Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) was a little more blue collar, FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) was itching to collar him, and street swindler Mozzie (Willie Garson) wore a piece. And we don't mean a gun.
"I remember walking past the hair and makeup room and seeing Willie in a different toupee every time and just dying laughing," says Bomer. "My favorite was the 'Shaggy' look from Scooby Doo."
But tonight's White Collar episode — which flashes back to 2003 — explores deeper roots than Mozzie's. Over a six-pack and a bottle of red wine, Peter and Neal discuss their most pressing case: catching Vincent Adler (Andrew McCarthy), the man behind Kate's death, the music-box mystery and Mozzie's shooting....
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer
It's a Grand Slam for charity when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play back-to-back exhibitions today and Wednesday. The tennis aces, who usually meet only in the finals of major tournaments, will face off on consecutive days in their respective home countries of Switzerland and Spain, with proceeds going to their charitable efforts in Africa.
"We know they're playing, we know ...
Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are going deep — on their own weekly talk show. "There are no topics really that are off-limits," Owens says of Versus' The T.Ocho Show, which pairs two of the most opinionated, controversial, in-your-face players in the NFL. "I think Chad is the louder of the two mouths — definitely when we have something to say it's heard."
T.O., who joined Ochocinco in the Cincinnati Bengals receiving corps this season, isn't worried about the league taking offense...
Oh, brother! There's nothing like a famous sibling rivalry to give an early game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants the sizzle of the postseason. Four years after big brother Peyton and the Colts outgunned Eli and the Giants it's Manning Bowl II on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19, 8:15pm/7:15c, NBC).
So much for that ankle monitor! How can the FBI keep tabs on White Collar's reformed con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), when he has vengeance on his mind? "Neal is taking justice into his own hands," reveals Bomer of tonight's mid-season finale (9/8c, USA), in which he constructs an elaborate grift to confront his ex-girlfriend Kate's murderer.
When it happens, don't expect him to stick to the rules. "A lot of moral lines get crossed," Bomer says. "When it comes to Kate, he doesn't always make the most rational, healthy decisions." Naturally, this will create tension between him and straitlaced Fed Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). The trust between the partners remains "always liquid, never rock solid," Bomer says.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks ahead to the new season and beyond in our exclusive one on one interview. For more on the NFL, including a preview of the upcoming season, order our NFL special collector's issue here!
TV Guide Magazine: As new stadiums are being built, how much are you involved in making certain each stadium offers the right kind of multi-media viewing experience, and how will 3D fit into all the plans?
Goodell: In getting the stadiums built, we have a lot of input. We play various roles in getting them approved....
With the New York Jets, football's ultimate reality series found a team promising unrestricted access and story lines with all the makings of a smash hit.
"We're calling it 'Hard Knocks hits Broadway,'" says director Steve Trout of NFL Films. The sixth season of the HBO series (premiering tonight at 10/9c) follows the Super Bowl contenders through training camp to whittle 85 players down to a 53-man roster...