SATURDAY 1/11

PRO BASKETBALL
Rockets at Bulls

Houston and Chicago, which also meet Jan. 19 on NBC, have won
the last six league titles without facing each other in the NBA
Finals. Show us the NBA fan who doesn't want to see these two
finally rendezvous in June, and we'll show you Spike Lee. With
new Rockets forward Charles Barkley (right) joining fellow
All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon in the frontcourt, Houston may present
matchup problems for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Expect a
rebounding battle royal between the savvy Sir Charles and
Chicago's boarding demon, Dennis Rodman.
WGN, 8:30 PM

SUNDAY 1/12

PRO FOOTBALL
NFC Championship Game

The average high temperature in Green Bay for January is
22[degrees], so the no-shows, of whom there were only three for
last Saturday's divisional playoff win against the San Francisco
49ers, may increase when the Packers host the Carolina Panthers.
In such frigid conditions, turnovers and special teams play
could be key. The Pack and the Panthers finished one-two in the
NFC in turnover margin, while Green Bay's Desmond Howard and
Carolina's Michael Bates are the league's top kick returners.
FOX, 12:30 PM

AFC Championship Game

Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots and Mark Brunell of the
Jacksonville Jaguars, picks No. 1 and 118, respectively, in the
'93 NFL draft, lead their teams in a rematch of a Sept. 22 game
at Foxboro Stadium that was won 28-25 by the Patriots in
overtime. If their arms race is a dead heat or if the hands of
New England receivers such as Ben Coates (left) are numbed, then
the legs of Jacksonville rusher Natrone Means (157.5 yards a
game in the playoffs) may very well move the Cats past the Pats.
NBC, 4 PM

PRO HOCKEY
Devils at Rangers

At press time New Jersey had yet to activate Andrew Golota. But
expect the Devils, whose last meeting with their cross-Hudson
rivals (a 6-1 loss at the Meadowlands on Oct. 30) featured five
fights, to enter Madison Square Garden ready to rumble. The
Fracas-by-Secaucus overshadowed New York goalie Mike Richter's
53-save effort. At week's end Richter was on a 15-game unbeaten
streak.
ESPN 8 PM

MONDAY 1/13

TENNIS
Australian Open

Early--very early--today, two weeks coverage of the year's
inaugural Grand Slam event begins live from Melbourne. (That's a
15-hour time difference, mate.) As of last weekend the status of
four-time winner Monica Seles was questionable because of a
broken right ring finger.
ESPN2, MIDNIGHT
ESPN, 1 PM (TAPE DELAY)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Iowa State at Kansas

Without All-America point guard Jacque Vaughn, who injured his
right wrist in a September pickup game, the Jayhawks limped to a
10-0 start. Vaughn returned to action on Dec. 30 and helped
Kansas win three more times and retain its No. 1 ranking at
week's end. His presence means that all 10 starters from last
March's Big Eight title game (won 56-55 by Iowa State) are
expected to be on the floor when the No. 4-ranked Cyclones,
among the nation's stinginess teams on defense, visit Allen
Fieldhouse.
ESPN, 9:30 PM

NEWSMAGAZINES
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Correspondent Frank Deford provides a breezy commentary on Super
Bowl commercials. The key to a successful spot, Deford suggests,
is for it to elicit as much laughter as the performance of that
particular Super Bowl's AFC entrant. Other segments explore
tennis star Steffi Graf's family and financial woes, the
unsolved disappearance of Russian boxer Sergei Kobozev (right)
and the NHL Florida Panthers.
HBO, 10 PM

THE!ZAPPER

Slugging San Francisco Giants leftfielder Barry Bonds guest
stars on Nash Bridges (CBS, Friday, 10 p.m.) as arrogant
baseball star Rondell Hightower in what may be the most daring
thespian leap since Tori Spelling began portraying a vacuous
blonde on Beverly Hills 90210. In this repeat episode Bridges
(Don Johnson), a Bay Area detective, and his trusty sidekick,
Joe (Cheech Marin, seen last summer on the big screen as Kevin
Costner's trusty caddie in Tin Cup), are enlisted by Hightower
to help him locate a lost good-luck charm. We have a hot tip for
you, Det. Bridges: It's been traded to the Cleveland Indians.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH [Charles Barkley] COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS [Ben Coates] COLOR PHOTO: JOHN IACONO [Sergei Kobozev]
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