ABC SATURDAY 10 AM AND SUNDAY 9 AM
Bigger, longer, uncut. South Park? No, Carnoustie, the ultimate
Scotland yard, with its stiff winds, par-5s that seem to extend
beyond Hadrian's Wall (in typical Scottish fashion, the longest,
a 520-yarder, is named Long) and rough that, according to PGA
Tour money leader David Duval, "is seven feet tall." In the
final round the drama will be especially grand if the afternoon
leader board includes the names of such animated lads as Spain's
brassy Sergio Garcia (page 64), a.k.a. El Nino, the 19-year-old
who two weeks earlier won the Irish Open, and uppercutting Tiger
Woods (right), four years Garcia's senior and the titlist in
three of his four most recent tournaments.
July 18, 1999
Braves at Yankees
Padres at Mariners
FOX 1 PM AND 4 PM
Derek Jeter is both Batman and Robin, the deft-hitting prince of
Gotham City and the Boy Wonder who makes all the girls swoon.
Talk about a swinger! Jeter's Yankees host an Atlanta club that,
despite having no one among the top four in any major batting or
pitching category, had the National League's best record at the
All-Star break. For those who get the late-afternoon game,
Seattle's newly opened Safeco Field, with its retractable roof,
natural grass and naturally retractable relief pitching, makes
its national television debut.
Fernando Vargas vs. Raul Marquez
HBO 10:30 PM
You'd think that a fighter with an Eyes Wide Shut approach to
felling opponents would be a Cruiserweight. Or a naive kid, man.
Not so in the case of precocious pugilist Fernando Vargas, 21.
"You can hit [Marquez] with your eyes closed," says the IBF
junior middleweight champion, who has knocked out all 16 of his
opponents. "Usually southpaws are intelligent fighters, hard to
hit. Raul isn't." The 27-year-old Marquez (30-1) required 70
stitches near his eyebrows following a victory two years ago
over Keith Mullings. Did we hear somebody say, "Eyes swelled
CART Molson Indy Toronto
ABC 3 PM
In Colombia, CART is beginning to rival cartel for headlines now
that Juan Pablo Montoya, 23, has burst upon the Indy car scene.
The rookie from Bogota replaced two-time defending champion Alex
Zanardi (who migrated to Formula One) on the Chip Ganassi Racing
team and has impressively followed in his predecessor's tire
treads. Montoya, the current series points leader, has won four
of the year's first 10 races. When Zanardi, who won on this
1.72-mile street course last year, earned Rookie of the Year
honors in 1996, he had only three victories.
Modern Marvels: Baseball Parks
THE HISTORY CHANNEL 10 PM
While this gem of a one-hour documentary reveals how diamond
designs reflect the eras in which the parks were built, it is
even better at trivia. Did you know that the outfield of Baker
Bowl in Philadelphia, the home of the Phillies until 1938, was
"mowed" by sheep? Or that nobody hit one out of Boston's Braves
Field--opened in 1915 with dimensions of 402 feet down the lines
and 550 feet to dead center--in its first decade? Style points
must be deducted, though, for not once referencing Field of
Preliminary rating for last Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series
Federated Auto Parts 250 on CBS. The race, which was delayed by
rain, was up against ABC's Women's World Cup Final, which was
really truckin' with a 13.3.
In the top of the fifth inning of last Saturday's Yankees-Mets
game, Fox went to a split screen to show Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa
at bat against the White Sox, with audio from Comiskey Park.
While announcer Josh Lewin was describing Sammy's strikeout,
Yankees Ricky Ledee and Jorge Posada were slugging back-to-back
homers and circling the bases to on-screen silence. The bonus
coverage was well intentioned, but this time the network
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