SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

April 06, 1997

Saturday 4/5

BOXING
David Tua vs. Oleg Maskaev

Samoan heavyweight David (the Terminator) Tua, 24, has come a
long way since his boyhood days when his sister would bloody his
nose during a tussle. Half his 22 KOs (Tua is 26-0) have come in
the first round. During Tua's '92 pro debut he popped Ron Hume
with a left hook so devastating that Hume fractured an ankle
while falling. Ring analyst Gil Clancy calls the 5'10",
225-pound Tua "a poor man's Mike Tyson," and indeed, Tua was
Evander Holyfield's top sparring partner before his November
bout with Tyson. The Real Deal's report: "My sparring partner
was whupping me up." Tua is well worth watching, even against a
club-fighter-caliber pug like Maskaev.
CBS, 5 PM

RODEO
Bull Riders Only World Championship

The last time Terry Don West successfully mounted 1,800-pound
Bodacious, in 1995, he wore a bulletproof vest and a catcher's
mask. That's because no bull has rearranged so many faces since
Sammy Gravano left the Mob. A year and a half ago Bodacious, who
would later be banned from competition, head-butted rider Tuff
Hedeman so severely that Hedeman lost his sense of smell and
needed six titanium plates inserted into his face. As the
highlight of tonight's competition, Bodacious will come out of
retirement and West will again try to ride the animal that host
Terry Bradshaw calls "the Michael Jordan of bulls."
FOX, 9 PM

Sunday 4/6

BASEBALL
Indians at Angels

David Justice, hero of the 1995 World Series, you've just been
traded to the Cleveland Indians. What are you going to do now?
"I'm going to Disneyland!" Well, at least to Anaheim, where the
theme park is located. Leftfielder Justice (page 82), who hit
.321 with only six homers and 25 RBIs during an injury-plagued
'96, makes his national television debut as an American Leaguer
against a team that is rather cherubic: The outfield of the
Angels--Garret Anderson, 24, Jim Edmonds, 26, and Tim Salmon,
28--is the youngest in the majors.
ESPN, 8 pm

Wednesday 4/9

SOCCER
European Champions Cup Semifinal

Ajax of Amsterdam hosts Juventus of Turin in a rematch of last
May's stirring final, won by the Italian League champs 4-2. The
field at Amsterdam Arena, home to an Ajax team that has won
three straight Dutch titles, has long been a figurative
graveyard for visiting teams. Come September it will become a
literal one for Ajax followers: The turf will be uprooted and
replanted in a nearby cemetery, where for about $145 fans will
be permitted to have their cremated remains sprinkled.
ESPN2, 2:25 pm

PRO BASKETBALL
Lakers at Jazz

For 11 years a Malone served a mailman at a bar called Cheers,
where everybody knows your name. For 12 years a Mailman named
Malone has earned cheers in a town where everybody knows his
game. Karl Malone (left) is the Mailman and the norm for Utah:
At week's end he had started in 456 consecutive games.
Twenty-five-year-old Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, on the
other hand, had already missed 25 games this season because of
injury, crippling L.A. in its quest for the Pacific Division
lead. The Jazz might be missing in action too--as opposed to
atop the Western Conference--were the Mailman that fragile a
package.
TBS, 8 PM

Thursday 4/10

GOLF
The Masters

Golf spelled backward is flog, which we have no intention of
doing to Greg Norman. Yes, at Augusta last year the Shark fell
victim to the worst-ever final-round collapse (blowing a
six-shot lead) in a major, but his skin is thick. Recently
Norman (left) waxed philosophical about his titanic plunge,
acknowledging the outpouring of posttournament sympathy and
saying, "Winning the Masters would not have made half as much
difference to my life as losing it." For his 18th attempt at
acquiring a green blazer Norman has enlisted a new coach, David
Leadbetter, who happens to also coach Nick Faldo, the man who
overhauled Norman during that final round. Good idea: Faldo has
three green jackets in his closet.
USA, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 4 PM
CBS (HIGHLIGHTS), THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 11:35 PM

COLOR PHOTO: DAN HUBBLE [Bucking bull] COLOR PHOTO: JACQUELINE DUVOISIN [Greg Norman] COLOR PHOTO: ANDY HAYT/NBA PHOTOS [Karl Malone in game]

THE ! ZAPPER

The only Johnny-on-the-spot among the nominees announced last
week for the 18th annual Sports Emmy Awards (to be awarded April
23) was NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller. Kudos to Miller, who
deserves recognition. But what about Jon Miller, ESPN's smooth
baseball play-by-play man? And John McEnroe, CBS-NBC-USA's
opinionated (and usually correct) tennis analyst? Most
inexcusable was the omission of Fox NFL analyst John Madden. As
for Johns not nominated, thank heaven for small favors: NBC
Olympic gymnastics host John Tesh didn't get the call.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

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