Finally, the comeback begins.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm makes his first start in nearly seven months today in the $200,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.
Silver Charm hasn't competed since his second-place finish behind Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes on June 7 kept him from becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
The 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Silver Buck heads an 11-horse field in the 46th running of the Malibu.
Silver Charm will be ridden by Gary Stevens and carry co-high weight of 123 pounds.
Niagara (2-5) will face St. John's (7-3) of the Big East tonight in the first round of the Holiday Festival in New York's Madison Square Garden. The game is at 9 p.m. No. 18 Princeton and Drexel meet in the 7 p.m. game. The consolation and final are Saturday, with both of those games televised on the MSG Network. Tonight's games will not be televised in the Buffalo market.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ford Motor City Bowl -- Marshall vs. Mississippi, 8 p.m., ESPN.
NBA: Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m., TNT.
NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., Empire; Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Park Christmas Tournament, City Honors vs. Pioneer, 6 p.m., Park vs. Springville, 7:30 p.m., 1330.
NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7:35 p.m., 104.1, 710.
ABL: Long Beach StingRays at Portland Power, 7 p.m., BET.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: North Carolina at Georgia, noon, Ch. 4; Providence at Purdue, 2 p.m., Ch. 4; Louisville at Kentucky, 4 p.m., Ch. 4; Holiday Festival Consolation Game, 7 p.m., MSG; Holiday Festival Championship Game, 9:30 p.m., MSG; UCLA at UNLV, 12:30 a.m., ESPN.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: McDonald's Heritage Bowl -- South Carolina State vs. Southern, 2:30 p.m., ESPN; Insight.com Bowl -- Arizona vs. New Mexico, 8 p.m., ESPN.
NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks, 1 p.m., Empire, MSG.
NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff, Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 7; AFC Wild Card Playoff, Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos, 4 p.m., Ch. 7.
NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m., Empire; Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 5, ESPN2; Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m., Ch. 5.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Park Christmas Tournament, consolation game, City Honors-Pioneer loser vs. Park-Springville loser, 6 p.m., championship game, 7:30 p.m., 1330 (only games involving Springville and Pioneer will be broadcast).
NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks, 1 p.m., 710.
NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, 12:30 p.m., 930; Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos, 4 p.m., 930.
NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:05 p.m., 104.1, 710.
SOCCER: Detroit Rockers at Buffalo Blizzard, 7:35 p.m., 107.7.