Though Sprint Cup technically has only two road course races on its 2014 schedule, today's Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway could almost be considered another. Any driver will tell you the storied 2.5-mile rectangular oval certainly drives like one, given its relatively flat banking. A field including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards will take it on in pursuit of the title won last year by Ryan Newman.
2014 Tour de France
The 101st edition of cycling's Tour de France comes to a close today on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where one rider will be wearing the yellow winner's jersey. Cyclists will have completed nine flat stages, five hilly stages, six mountain stages and one individual time trial covering a total distance of 2,272 miles. England's Chris Froome, last year's winner, will not successfully defend his title, as he was forced to withdraw following several early crashes.
Bikinis & Boardwalks
This survey series of summer vacation hot spots begins Season 2 with the new episode "Brazilian and Bondi Beauties," which takes viewers to one of Australian's vacation magnets: Bondi Beach, a mecca for adrenaline junkies. Next, the locale shifts to Florianopolis, Brazil, where the beaches include dunes that sandboarders love "riding." Afterwards, they refuel with some of the traditional local barbecue.
A special two-hour episode called "Biggest Search Yet" finds the investigators gathering in New Mexico for, well, their biggest search yet. After meeting two "bigfooters" who have some compelling evidence, the group jointly conducts a night investigation at Skinwalker Canyon, then splits up and treks toward the Four Corners Monument, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.
NL West rivals with a long history clash tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where Buster Posey and the Giants close out a three-game home series against Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Though these teams are running neck-and-neck for the top spot in the division, the season series isn't so even; to date, the Giants have won seven of 10 from the Dodgers.
Are you ready for a second Homer? After Mr. Simpson delivers a baby in an elevator, and the grateful mom (voice of Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men") names the child after him, he forms a deep bond with his new namesake. The cheerleaders of the local football team, the Springfield Atoms, recruit Lisa in "Labor Pains."
Game of Crowns
In the new episode "Apple Trees Don't Grow Pears," Shelley, Susanna and Lynne recount the drama that transpired at Mrs. America, including the comment allegedly made toward Lynne. Susanna shifts into full-time momager mode as she throws a fashion show featuring daughter Bella and also featuring the daughters of Lynne and Shelley. After Leha talks to Vanassa, she has a confrontation with Susanna about the allegations of abuse against her husband. Meanwhile, a sit-down between Leha and Lynne may spell the end of their friendship.
You'd think Stewie would have learned about the perils of messing with time. He gets upset over having his television time interrupted and wishes he'd never been born, then he goes back in time to break his parents up so he won't be. He still is born, however -- and into a British family right out of "Downton Abbey" -- in "Chap Stewie." There's room for plenty of English accents among the guest voices, including those of Cary Elwes and David Thewlis.
Witches of East End
Wendy and Tommy (Madchen Amick, Ignacio Serricchio) have a series of meetings, all of them disastrous, in a new episode called "The Brothers Grimoire." Meanwhile, some of Frederick's (Christian Cooke) old friends from Asgard visit Fair Haven, sans invitation. Interesting fallout ensues after Dash and Killian (Eric Winter, Daniel DiTomasso) receive their inheritance. Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston also star.
In a crossover story that concludes immediately afterward on "Chicago PD," an explosion rocks a hospital where Casey and Dawson (Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund) are volunteering at a charity event. The members of the firehouse crew are put to the test when one of their own goes missing in "A Dark Day." Guest stars include Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife") and Amanda Righetti ("The Mentalist").
For as many actors as have played the part, for some fans, there is only one screen Hercule Poirot: David Suchet, who plays Agatha Christie's master sleuth again in "The Big Four," the first of this series' two newly produced mysteries. The death of a Russian chess champion turns out to have bigger implications as Poirot tries to determine who was responsible, with World War II looming. The story was adapted for television by "Sherlock" veteran Mark Gatiss.
The Last Ship
Everyone fears the worst and panic surges throughout the ship when Lt. Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle) comes down with a mysterious illness. Is it the killer virus? As the hysteria mounts, Chandler (Eric Dane), who has begun to lose faith in Rachel's (Rhona Mitra) vaccine trials, must find a way to hold his crew together in the face of their increasingly bleak prospects in the new episode "Lockdown."