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March 15, 1999
March 15, 1999

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March 15, 1999

Faces In The Crowd
Ncaa Tournament Preview

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This is an article from the March 15, 1999 issue Original Layout

Saturday 3/13

NCAA Tournament
CBS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NOON; THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 7:30 PM

Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans (right) starts every game with
five personals (I, me, he, him, she) that can be made up from
his first name. That's no reason for you to prematurely
pronounce Evans, much less the defending champion Wildcats, out.
Despite losing four of its final seven regular-season games,
Kentucky rebounded to win the SEC tournament and looks poised
for a Meet Me in St. Louis Midwest Regional semifinal matchup on
Friday against Utah, which would be a replay of last year's
title game. The tournament's best regional also offers a
potential Sweet 16 duel, which also would take place on Friday,
between point guards Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State and Jason
Terry of Arizona.

HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday 3/13

Evert Cup Final
ESPN 4 PM

In the 24 years since the WTA's computerized rankings system was
implemented, only eight women have been No. 1 on the tour. From
that octet, four (Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, current queen
of the court Martina Hingis and Monica Seles) were entered in
this Indian Wells, Calif., tournament, which takes its name from
a fifth. All four have won here, and an all-No. 1 final was a
strong possibility. An 18-year-old beady-haired player who looks
to be No. 1 someday was not entered in the singles here, but her
younger sister, Serena, was.

Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis
TVKO ($49.95) 9 PM

Meriwether Lewis had Clark. Jerry Lewis had Martin. Even Shari
Lewis had Lamb Chop. Many a Lewis is best remembered as half of
a pair. Not so WBC heavyweight champ Lennox. He has a
devastating overhand right but, after 35 pro bouts (34-1, 27
KOs), no foil of note. That changes tonight in Madison Square
Garden as the 33-year-old erstwhile Canadian clubber (who now
fights out of England) faces courageous and canny IBF and WBA
champ Holyfield (36-3, 25 KOs) in a bout that will unify the
heavyweight title for the first time since 1992.

Sunday 3/14

Stars at Flyers
ESPN 8PM

On March 4 Philadelphia's rookie goalie, Jean-Marc Pelletier,
marked his 21st birthday by being treated to some lethal
shots--slap shots, wrist shots, wraparounds. He made his pro
debut that night against the Eastern Conference- leading
Senators, surrendered five goals and most likely awoke the next
day with a case of the bed spins. No word yet on whether
Pelletier will get a shot at redemption against Dallas, at
week's end owner of the NHL's best record (40-12-10). If Philly,
through Sunday winless in seven straight despite having two of
the league's top goal scorers (left wing John LeClair, with 38,
and center Eric Lindros, with 37), sobers up, this is a likely
Stanley Cup finals matchup.

Tuesday 3/16

Lakers at Timberwolves
TNT 8 PM

This week's Lake Show guest-stars Minnesota forward Kevin
Garnett, who proves that you can be too rich and too thin. The
fourth-year forward has a $126 million contract and just 220
pounds on his 6'11" frame. Garnett's double-double (19.9 points,
10.7 rebounds) average through Sunday and the improved play of
third-year point guard Stephon Marbury were the two main reasons
that the T-Wolves were 7-1 at home.

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COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER

THE RATING

0.8

Rating for TBS's Senior Slam between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on March
3, which means 556,000 homes were tuned in to golf and not to
Monica Lewinsky, whose interview on ABC's 20/20 earned a
smashing 33.4 Nielsen.

THE ZAPPER

A sportswriter cavorting with a supermodel? SI's bard of the
back page, Rick Reilly, is currently appearing in a beer
commercial with swimsuit cover girl Rebecca Romijn-Stamos,
who--whatever she was paid--was seriously undercompensated for
doing this gig. When we think of recent brew campaigns, we
recall monosyllabic frogs, some guy named Dick and a loser who
slow-dances with his Great Dane. Now we get a sportswriter?
Yeah, sounds about right.