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Two of college football’s surprise teams from last year, Kansas and South Florida, battle in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls are looking for their fourth straight win over a ranked opponent but lost to the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan., two years ago. 8 p.m. ESPN.
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Ohio State at Southern Cal
The Buckeyes are sizable underdogs against the Trojans and will have a tougher time now that running back Chris Beanie Wells is doubtful for the game.
Brewers at Phillies
If the Phillies can’t catch the Mets again, they could track down Milwaukee in the wild card race. The good news for Philadelphia is they probably don’t have to face CC Sabathia in this series.
Patriots at Jets
Six months ago, would anyone have predicted this as a matchup between Matt Cassell and Brett Favre? With Brady out, the Jets will see this as a big opportunity to get an edge in the AFC East.
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The Chase gets underway in New Hampshire, with Kyle Busch starting out with a 30-point lead over Carl Edwards. Look out for Clint Bowyer, who won from the pole position there last year.
TWT FIVE: MOST Ill-FATED NAMING RIGHTS DEALS
1. Enron Field — In 1999, the Houston Astros signed a $10 million deal with Enron. Three years later, Enron was the poster child for corporate greed and scandal.
2. Du Pont Pavilion — Villanova’s basketball facility in 1986 was named after John du Pont, a wealthy donor and member of the prominent du Pont family. The school removed du Pont’s name from the building after he was convicted of murdering Dave Schultz, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling.
3. Ameriquest Field — The mortgage lender bought the naming rights for the home of the Texas Rangers in 2004 but within three years begged out of the contract as it faced a flurry of lawsuits and a growing credit crisis.
4. PSINet Field — The Baltimore Ravens chose to ride the tech boom in 1999 by signing on with the fledgling Internet Service Provider, which went bankrupt in 2002.
5. Paige Sports Arena — The basketball arena at the University of Missouri was originally named after Elizabeth Paige Laurie, a Wal-Mart heiress. The name was dropped from the facility after allegations that she cheated her way through classes at Southern Cal.