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Monday night punk'd

If the talent shows between NFL players and musical guests aren't enough to get you interested in Monday Night Football, maybe Ashton Kutcher Lite will be.

That seems to be ABC's plan, anyway. It will debut a new segment _ You've Been Sacked _ at halftime of Monday's game between Dallas and Washington.

It will be the first of eight weekly segments in which NFL players play practical jokes on their teammates, with MNF's cameras catching the action.

In Monday's debut, St. Louis wide receiver Torry Holt is the victim. Teammates Adam Timmerman and Andy McCollum set him up by telling him he has been voted the NFL's best dressed player. When he gets to the photo shoot, hilarity is supposed to ensue.

We'll see.

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NBC will milk the Olympics a little more, bringing viewers taped coverage of the Tour of Gymnastics Champions at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the AVP's Best of the Beach at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Paul Hamm will not be there, but Carly Patterson will, highlighting the coverage.

Patterson is getting every ounce of fame from her gold medal.

"I definitely want to stay in the public eye," she said. "I want to travel around, do speeches, and do what Mary Lou Retton did. It's a great thing we both accomplished, and it's great she still gets recognized for it 20 years down the road. I definitely want to do that."

Around the dial

Bucs coach Jon Gruden sits down with Suzy Kolber on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown to discuss his return to Oakland and the sorry state of affairs of the Bucs offense. . . . Since the Bucs are on ESPN Sunday night, Fox will carry the New Orleans-St. Louis game at 1 p.m., followed by Green Bay-Indianapolis. . . . Warren Sapp and John Lynch will be featured Saturday on NFL Network's In Their Own Words at 2 p.m. . . . On Sunshine's revamped SportsTalk Live Monday, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi said "Jon Gruden says Brad Johnson is a victim of circumstance. Yeah, the circumstance is the bad players that Gruden has surrounded him with."

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