SI View The Week in TV Sports

June 20, 1999

DON'T MISS

Monday 6/21

NBA Finals
NBC 9 PM MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND (IF NECESSARY) FRIDAY

Spurs against Knicks, call it what you will: Hardy Boys against
Geto Boys, Wally Cleaver against Eldridge Cleaver, American
Gothic against American Psycho. Doesn't matter. Those
incorrigible New Yorkers, they of the league's highest payroll
($68.5 million), the Eastern Conference's lowest seed (No. 8)
and more shady characters than a Dickens anthology, play host at
Madison Square Garden to the NBA's Eagle Scouts in Games 3, 4
and (if necessary) 5. San Antonio's twin towers, Tim Duncan
(right) and David Robinson, should feast on New York's short
front line. Then again, the Knicks' twin terrors, forward Marcus
Camby and guard Latrell Sprewell, have defied the odds since the
playoffs began.

HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday 6/19

College World Series
CBS 12:30 PM

Hurricane sightings have become common in Omaha. Top-seeded
Miami has appeared in the series for the last six years, without
winning. Should the Hurricanes (who were alive at week's end)
advance to today's final, No. 2 Florida State would be the ideal
opponent. Considering that last year's finale ended in a
football score (USC 21, Arizona State 14), why not transfer one
of autumn's tastiest rivalries to the diamond? Seminoles third
baseman Marshall McDougall, who hit six home runs in one game
this spring, and other sluggers should feel right at home in
Rosenblatt Stadium, where at least 16 runs have been scored in
each of the past five finals.

Women's World Cup
ABC 3 PM; ESPN 5:30 PM; ESPN2 8 PM

U.S.A. versus Denmark, today's Cup opener from Giants Stadium,
has some history behind it. In a 1995 Cup match between the same
teams, U.S. goalie Brianna Scurry was ejected. Mia Hamm replaced
her and made two saves in a 2-0 win. Not bad for a forward who
has since become the game's alltime leading scorer in
international play (109 goals). Marla Messing, the president of
the organizing committee for the tournament (which continues
Sunday , Wednesday and Thursday on ESPN and ESPN2), is no
relation to former New York Cosmos goalie Shep but is the
sister-in-law of sitcom star Debra. Makes sense. The U.S. women,
having outscored their last seven opponents 35-2, possess the
will and grace to win it all.

Sunday 6/20

Mariners at Indians
ESPN 8 PM

After making noise about appealing a three-game suspension for
charging the mound, Cleveland rightfielder Manny Ramirez shut up
and sat down. Yes, his whine was corked. That seemingly was the
only way to stop Ramirez, whose vintage year at week's end
included a record-setting RBI pace (72 through 60 games).
Cleveland has had baseball's most potent offense, but the
Mariners were leading the majors in homers, with 121.

Monday 6/21

Wimbledon
HBO MONDAY-FRIDAY 9 AM

If Austin Powers can travel back in time to recover his mojo,
why can't Boris Becker? The 31-year-old from Germany burst onto
the scene by winning at the All England Club in 1985 but last
won there in '89. Becker has played the role of No. 2 in England
more times (four) than Robert Wagner. Speaking of the past, by
fortnight's end Andre Agassi could become the first man since
Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the
same year.

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COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH

THE RATING

2.1

Preliminary rating for last Saturday's Comets versus Mystics
WNBA opener on NBC, featuring the network TV pro debut of
Washington's Chamique Holdsclaw and merely equaling the rating
for last season's opener.

THE ZAPPER

Rabbit, run! Niche programming bounds forward next month when
The Racing Network (TRN) launches a channel devoted to greyhound
racing. Each day beginning at 12:30 p.m. the Greyhound Channel
will show three live racing cards culled from as many as a dozen
tracks. Executives at TRN are thrilled--"The response [of
subscribers] has been outstanding," says CEO Bill Hogwood--with
the possible exception of the ad sales rep on the Trailways
account.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)