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- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 5, 2008

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM " AN EXCERPT FROM SPORTSBIZ

On the Fourth of July, when people are home, they couldn't see the Wimbledon men's semifinals live anywhere. Not on NBC. Not on ESPN. Not on the Tennis Channel. Instead, ESPN showed women's doubles, and NBC showed Meredith Viera.

Once again, NBC decided to show the Roger Federer/Marat Safin and Rafael Nadal/Rainer Schuttler semifinals on tape delay in the afternoon during a five-hour coverage window starting at noon. By then, the matches were over. In fact, as I am typing this (SPOILER ALERT) Federer already has won his match.

It's understandable that NBC doesn't, in this instance, have much control when the matches are played at the All England Club. Obviously, the network would prefer to be able to show the matches at a time that will attract the most eyeballs.

But you know what? It's 2008. Show the dang matches live. In fact, show them live, then show them on tape delay later so everyone's happy. In this day and age, the notion of showing sporting events only on tape delay is one that must be put out to pasture.

-- Tim Lemke

TWT FIVE " TOP AMERICAN SPORTS TRIUMPHS

1. Miracle on Ice - The United States was in bad shape in regards to the Cold War. But for one night in Lake Placid, N.Y., a bunch of American kids won a hockey game against the best team in the world.

2. Dream Team - For everyone who loves America as imperialistic: The best team ever constructed blew away all of its competition to win the gold.

3. Jessie Owens - In the middle of Nazi Germany, Owens crushed the idea of Aryan supremacy to the tune of four gold medals.

4. Kerri Strug - The 4-foot-9 gymnast scored a 9.712 after tearing ligaments in her left ankle to propel the Americans past the Russians.

5. Lance Armstrong - The most inspirational winner, Armstrong beat cancer and then the rest of the world in the Tour de France ... seven times in a row.

SATURDAY'S BEST BET ON TELEVISION - Another all-Williams final at the All England Club. American men's tennis might be a mess, but Serena and Venus are showing the United States can still dominate the women's side. 9 a.m., Chs. 4,11