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WEDNESDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

America loves an underdog - especially when it’s America in international play, this time the Confederations Cup. United States vs. Spain, 2:25 p.m., ESPN

NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

RICHARD JEFFERSON

The Spurs get younger with the addition of the star swingman. It’s a matter of time until San Antonio builds another champion.

VENUS WILLIAMS

Elizabeth is the Queen of England, but Venus just might be the Queen of Wimbledon. It’s likely only sister Serena can knock her out.

STEVE YZERMAN

Along with Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch, Yzerman got the call from the Hall of Fame. Aside from Mark Messier, Stevie Y was the game’s best captain.

LUCAS GLOVER

Winning the U.S. Open could be a fluke, but Glover deserves his due for holding off Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval.

SAMMY SOSA

Sammy, when the phone rings, rest assured it’s not the Hall of Fame calling. At least not until you offer a pathetic confession.

TWT FIVE: LEAST LIKELY NHL COVER BOYS

Patrick Kane got the nod to be on the cover of “NHL 10.” Here’s guessing these guys weren’t among the finalists:

1. Sean Avery - The clown prince of hockey couldn’t even stay on the ice for the entire Capitals series.

2. Dany Heatley - Vehicular homicide involving a teammate disqualifies him despite his talent.

3. Gary Bettman - Some don’t even want him handing out the Cup, so why have him scare away game buyers?

4. Todd Bertuzzi - He would be a better cover boy for “Fight Night Round 4” than any NHL game.

5. Don Cherry - His outlandish fashion… on second thought this isn’t such a bad idea.

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