Saturday 4/26

Penn Relays

On April 29, 1961, ABC's Wide World of Sports premiered with an
opening shot of Jim McKay standing in the middle of Penn's
Franklin Field as one of sports' largest mass festivals, the
birthplace of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, swirled around him.
The Penn Relays have been televised fitfully since then. This
week 18,000 entrants--from Olympic gold medalists like sprinter
Gwen Torrence to the Track & Field News prep athlete of the
year, Pasadena John Muir High senior Obea Moore (right)--will
participate in front of an expected crowd of 40,000. Says Obea
(pronounced OH-bee), who last year ran the nation's fastest high
school times in the 200 (20.77) and the 400 (45.27) meters,
"I've never seen so many fans at a track meet." Or so many

George Foreman vs. Lou Savarese

Three times in as many years Savarese, 31, has had bouts
scheduled with the 48-year-old Foreman, only to have them
canceled at the 11th hour. "He's trying to take food off my
table," says the 6'5", 230-pound Savarese, who is 36-0 with 30
knockouts. "That's all I need for motivation." Foreman's
formidable foe is no Crawford Grimsley or Axel Schulz. Unlike
those most recent Foreman victims, Savarese, who hails from the
Bronx, packs a persistent wallop. In last November's knockout of
Buster Mathis Jr. he threw 705 punches in only seven rounds.
HBO, 10 PM

Sunday 4/27

NBA Playoffs: Magic at Heat

One state, two Hardaways. Point guards Tim and Penny are related
only by their importance to their respective Florida teams,
Miami and Orlando, who meet in Game 2 of their Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series, the opener of three games on NBC
today. Tim led second-seeded Miami in scoring and assists (20.3
and 8.6) during the regular season; Penny paced (20.5 and 5.6)
seventh-seeded Orlando. Their battle will be fierce, as will the
war between Magic center Rony Seikaly and the Heat's Alonzo
NBC, 12:30 PM

CART Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix

Michael (Andretti) of Nazareth returns to his Pennsylvania
hometown in an attempt to repeat the victory he earned in last
year's Indy Car race there. Andretti (below), the alltime wins
leader in CART history, with 36, may find himself chasing the
chassis of 1996 rookie of the year Alex Zanardi of Italy. Two
weeks ago, in Long Beach, Calif., Zanardi, who drives a
Reynard-Honda, failed to win the pole position for the first
time in six races. So he had to satisfy himself with finishing
first instead of starting first. If Andretti and Zanardi suffer
mechanical failure--Andretti had three flat tires on his
Swift/Ford Cosworth during the race at Long Beach--former
mechanical engineering student and current PPG points leader
Scott Pruett should be in the best position to take the
checkered flag.

Dodgers at Marlins

Florida rightfielder Gary Sheffield (above) devoted eight weeks
of his off-season to pumping iron with former Mr. Olympia Lee
Haney. For three hours a day Sheffield lifted weights. Now if
National League pitchers would only allow him to lift his
32-ounce bat off his shoulders. At week's end Sheffield, who a
year ago amassed 42 home runs and 120 RBIs, had just two homers
and led the majors in bases on balls, with 22 in 49 plate
appearances. But expect Los Angeles, whose pitching staff's 2.22
ERA was the lowest in the majors, to leave the walks to the
senior citizens and challenge the muscular Marlin.

Monday 4/28

NBA Playoffs: Jazz at Clippers

Great moments in L.A. Sports Arena history: July 4, 1959, Vice
President Richard Nixon dedicates the building; April 28, 1997,
the Los Angeles Clippers, seeded No. 8 in the Western
Conference, beat the No. 1-seeded Utah Jazz and clinch their
first playoff series win? Dream on! But the Clippers at least
get their first home playoff game since '93. The L.A.-Utah
conference quarterfinal Game 3 is one of the week's potential 18
nighttime playoff games on TBS and TNT.
TNT, 10:30 PM

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN FONTES/SAN GABRIEL TRIBUNE [Obea Moore running] COLOR PHOTO: DAVID LEAH/ALLSPORT [Michael Andretti driving racing car] COLOR PHOTO: BILL FRAKES [Gary Sheffield batting]


Might the NBA Western Conference playoffs devolve into Maim That
Tune? Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal appears in the
documentary I Am Your Child (ABC, Monday, 8 p.m.), crooning The
Itsy Bitsy Spider. Shaq sounds better than Utah's Karl Malone.
On Fired Up (NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.) the Jazz singer plays
himself but takes on the persona of a frustrated
performer-playwright. Malone's cameo features a cacophonous
snatch of an unidentifiable tune, but you'll have to wait until
the sitcom's final 30 seconds to hear it.

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