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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
January 25, 1999
DON'T MISSFriday 1/29Australian Open Women's Final?ESPN 9:30 PMYes, you've seen former No. Is Steffi Graf in a bikini in this magazine and Martina Hingis (right) in a skintight dress on the cover of GQ. But there's more to the WTA than T & A. As evidenced by last year's four Grand Slams, which each produced a different champion, the sport is deeper in distaff, dissonant talent than an encore presentation of Divas Live. Entering the tournament, the favorites to advance to today's final in Melbourne were No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, two-time defending champ Hingis, a resurgent Graf and a surging Venus Williams, who last year leaped from No. 22 to No. 5. The men's final, without top-ranked but too-tired-to-enter Pete Sampras, will follow on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. on ESPN.
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January 25, 1999

The Week In Tv Sports

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DON'T MISS
Friday 1/29
Australian Open Women's Final
? ESPN 9:30 PM
Yes, you've seen former No. Is Steffi Graf in a bikini in this magazine and Martina Hingis (right) in a skintight dress on the cover of GQ. But there's more to the WTA than T & A. As evidenced by last year's four Grand Slams, which each produced a different champion, the sport is deeper in distaff, dissonant talent than an encore presentation of Divas Live. Entering the tournament, the favorites to advance to today's final in Melbourne were No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, two-time defending champ Hingis, a resurgent Graf and a surging Venus Williams, who last year leaped from No. 22 to No. 5. The men's final, without top-ranked but too-tired-to-enter Pete Sampras, will follow on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday 1/24
16th Annual All-Madden Team
?FOX 3 PM
Heidi Fleiss, Rebecca De Mornay (in Risky Business), Sydney Biddle Barrows—oh, you said "All-Madden!" A short list of those who don't deserve to be honored by the NFL's torchbearer for regular guy-ness: Quarterbacks Kerry Collins (no quitting allowed) and Kordell Stewart (no crying allowed). Someone who does: punter Lee Johnson, who, after sticking up for disgruntled fans in December, was cut and fined by the Bengals. This show will also unveil an All-Madden Millennium team, raising the possibility of an all-Raiders backfield comprised of Napoleons Kaufman, McCallum and Bonaparte.

NHL All-Star Game
?FOX 4 PM
To judge from the balloting, the NHL's North America against the World format should be altered to North America against the Czech Republic and Friends. Goalie Dominik Hasek of the Sabres and right wing Jaromir Jagr of the Penguins, each with a Czech-ered past, were the leading vote getters for the league's midseason holiday on ice. Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque, making a record 12th consecutive start, and Rangers center Wayne Gretzky, making his 18th straight appearance, lead the North American squad into action at Tampa's Ice Palace.

Wednesday 1/27
North Carolina at Duke
?ESPN 9 PM
Guess who left college a year early, still wears his Carolina-blue gym shorts and suddenly has a lot of free time? If only the Tar Heels (15-4 and ranked No. 9 through Sunday) could reenroll former 17.7 points-per-game guard Michael Jordan for tonight's game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In 6'8" sophomore forward Elton Brand, Duke (17-1 and No. 2), winners of 31 straight at home, has a star who exudes Jordan's love of the game.

Friday 1/29
World Pro Figure Skating Championships
? NBC FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 9 PM
Meet a pair of Russian pairs rushin' from partner to partner. Evgeny Platov and Pasha Grishuk once were the world's best ice dancing couple, as evidenced by their gold medals in the 1994 and '98 Winter Olympics. But Pasha paired off the ice with Sasha Zhulin, who was married to his skating partner, Maya Usova, breaking up a marriage. Now, things are re-paired. In this telecast of an event that took place last month in Washington, D.C., Pasha skates with Sasha while Evgeny is paired with Sasha's ex-wife, Maya. Talk about dirty dancing.

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