SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

January 20, 1997

Saturday 1/18

PRO HOCKEY
NHL All-Star Game

As suspect defenses go, you've got France in 1940, Rizzo in
Grease and, usually, the NHL All-Star Game, where the Czechs
outnumber the checks. That's good news for the Eastern
Conference, which features forwards Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr
and Mario Lemieux. Together these three have won the last 16 NHL
scoring titles, and at week's end they were 3-2-1 in this
season's scoring race. West goalie Patrick Roy will be an early
MVP candidate if he simply shows up.
FOX, 8 PM

BOXING
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Miguel Angel Gonzalez

During a press conference at Universal City's WaterWorld
exhibit, WBC super lightweight champion De La Hoya's promoter,
Bob Arum, said, "I hope this event is more successful than the
movie." Those words could return to haunt Arum. Gonzalez was
signed to give the 22-0 De La Hoya (right) a tune-up before De
La Hoya moves up in class this May to meet welterweight
titleholder Pernell Whitaker. That scheme could be upset by
Gonzalez, who is 41-0 (31 knockouts).
PAY-PER-VIEW, 9 PM

Monday 1/20

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Connecticut at Georgia

Last January the Lady Bulldogs stormed into Storrs and, behind
Naismith Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree, ended the Huskies'
44-game home court winning streak. Twelve months later--that's
84 in dog months--Roundtree has graduated, Georgia was boasting
(through Sunday) its own 22-game home winning streak, and coach
Geno Auriemma's top-ranked Huskies were heading toward Athens
with payback on their minds. UConn (14-0) has two Player of the
Year candidates in swingwoman Nykesha Sales and center Kara
Wolters (left). No wonder they had beaten their foes by a
Division I-best 28.2 points a game. Expect a dogfight.
ESPN, 3:30 PM

Tuesday 1/21

PRO BASKETBALL
Knicks at Bulls

The hottest show on Broadway is Chicago, but the hottest show in
the NBA is New York. At week's end the Knicks were 16-3 since
Dec. 5, two wins better over that span than their longtime
tormentors, the champion Bulls. In the Knicks' first game at
Chicago this season the same villain [center Patrick Ewing
(right)] will play the lead, and his new supporting cast, led by
guard Chris Childs, is hardly Les Miserables. To which Chicago,
losers of only four regular-season games at home since Michael
Jordan's return in 1995, responds, "Bring in 'da noise! Bring in
'da dunk!"
TNT, 8 PM

Wednesday 1/22

PRO HOCKEY
Flyers at Red Wings

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman pulls no punches and expects his
goon squad to do the same. "If fighting is going to be part of
the game," says Bowman, "we have to have that part of the game."
The Red Wings won a league-record 62 games last season with a
finesse team that was bullied and beaten by the Colorado
Avalanche in the Western Conference finals. Bowman has
reassembled his skaters in the mold of Philadelphia, the NHL's
largest team at an average of 6'2", 210 pounds per man. At
week's end the streaking Flyers were 14-1-4 in their last 19
games.
ESPN2, 7:30 PM

Friday 1/24

PRO FOOTBALL
NFL Commissioner's Press Conference

During last year's State of the League address, which droned on
for 90 minutes, the commish, Paul Tagliabue (right), said that
the NFL "would like to see teams play in Cleveland and
Baltimore." Perhaps this year he'll say the same about New York.
Topics that Tagliabue is expected to broach: the league's
collective bargaining agreement and the success of its expansion
franchises. Those he probably won't: the egregious omission of
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell from the Pro Bowl
and the question of exactly what constitutes "illegal touching."
CNN/SI, ESPN, noon

COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO [Kara Wolters playing in basketball game] COLOR PHOTO: RICHARD MACKSON [Oscar De La Hoya] COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN [Patrick Ewing, Johns Starks, Ron Harper and Dennis Rodman during basketball game] COLOR PHOTO: JOHN IACONO [Paul Tagliabue]

THE ! ZAPPER

Have you ever noticed how closely BodyShaping, which begins its
10th season this month (ESPN2, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.,
weekdays), resembles Baywatch? Both shows revolve around
pectorally endowed folks in swimwear. Then again, at least
episodes of BodyShaping have a point. "This year the show's as
good as it's ever been," says abdomenatrix Jennifer Dempster,
who has survived six seasons. "Hey, you can even watch with the
volume on." With the volume on? Hmmm...we'll consider it.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

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