Connecticut at Stanford
ABC 3 PM
Same 10, different pavilion. On Feb. 7, 1998, in a showdown
between Top 10 teams, the Huskies hosted the Cardinal at Gampel
Pavilion and, led by the 24 points of forward Richard Hamilton
(right), won a 76-56 romp. Today at raucous Maples Pavilion,
with the same starting fives likely to be on the court, Stanford
(18-3, ranked No. 4 at week's end ) and 7'2" birthday-boy (he
turns 23) center Tim Young hope to blow out the candles on
top-ranked UConn. Two of the nation's best point guards, UConn's
bubbly sophomore Khalid El-Amin and Stanford's gritty senior
Arthur Lee, duel it out. Will the Connecticut Husky shine on
King Arthur's court?
Germany at U.S.
ABC 1 PM
"Gee whiz, somebody score already!" Another episode of Felicity?
Nope, a soccer friendly featuring the American men, who in two
post-World Cup matches have played scoreless ties against
Australia and Bolivia. The U.S.'s Gaul-ing display in La Coupe
du Monde--three defeats in as many games--began with a 2-0 loss
to the Germans, the defending European champs. The Americans'
new coach, Bruce Arena, is counting on midfielder Cobi Jones,
the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, to bruise the net against
Germany in Jacksonville.
AFC-NFC Pro Bowl
ABC 6 PM
The score is kept, but there are no losers in the NFL's annual
all-star game in Honolulu. (Well, O.K., maybe the fans who cheer
"Go AFC!" and "Go NFC!" are losers.) Jets coach Bill Parcells,
the most feared man in north Jersey this side of Uncle Junior
Soprano, got a doctor's excuse so he didn't have to jet to
Honolulu to coach the AFC. Apparently the post was an offer the
Tuna could refuse. (Jets assistant Bill Belichick takes over.)
The NFC has nine Vikings on its roster, led by quarterback
Randall Cunningham and rookie of the year wide receiver Randy
Moss. Cunningham will share brotherly love with former
Philadelphia teammate Reggie White, late of the Packers. White,
the NFL's career sack leader, is bagging it after today's game.
Lakers at Spurs
TBS 8 PM
Welcome to Pleasantville. San Antonio, whose black-and-white
home uniforms are as plain as its players' off-court reps, has
added another All-Fred Rogers first-teamer: Three-point
specialist and erstwhile Bull Steve Kerr joins good eggs Tim
Duncan (last season's rookie of the year), Avery Johnson and
David Robinson. No atomic wedgies in this locker room. Such nice
guys, and they won't finish last in the West; Los Angeles's
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant hope to ensure that they don't
Westminster Dog Show
USA MONDAY AND TUESDAY 8 PM
Shepherd One is more than just the papal plane; it may be (at
least phonetically) Wednesday's headline. Forty-nine Australian
shepherds, along with 54 dachshunds and 48 golden retrievers,
are among the 2,500 canines at Madison Square Garden vying for
the top honor in the 123rd annual canine carnival. Joe Garagiola
and David Frei will return as hosts, edging out our choices, Bob
Barker and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Let the heeling begin.
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Preliminary rating for Sunday's Super Bowl on Fox, which, if it
holds up, would be four points lower than the rating of the 1998
Super Bowl on NBC.
Fox devoted seven hours to its Super Bowl pregame show. Then in
the second quarter it blundered egregiously when, returning late
from a commercial, it missed the beginning of the game's biggest
play, Bronco Rod Smith's 80-yard touchdown catch. Smith beat
safety Eugene Robinson, who heretofore had spent 14 NFL seasons
building up a solid reputation and then got caught allegedly
propositioning a cop dressed up as a hooker on Super Bowl eve.
Fox and Robinson learned the same lesson: When the stakes are
high, poor timing can negate a sustained effort.