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June 04, 2001
June 04, 2001

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June 4, 2001

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SATURDAY 6/2

Indians at Yankees
FOX 1 PM Baseball fans, it's time to become one with the
game-update bar at the top of the screen. Know it, love it,
cherish it, for you're going to be spending the next six years
looking at it. After signing a $2.5 billion contract, Fox has
the rights to the diamond dandies: the Saturday Game of the
Week, the All-Star Game and the World Series. The network's 2001
coverage begins at Yankee Stadium, with a return engagement: The
Yankees took two of three from the Tribe at Jacobs Field last
weekend.

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4
ABC 8 PM After losing in two successive conference finals, the
Avalanche this year exorcised that demon and now must overcome
the defending-champion Devils. Center Joe Sakic and Colorado
hope to follow up on their 5-0 Game 1 victory (page 60).

SUNDAY 6/3

NBA Playoffs
NBC 7:30 PM Today we'll see an Eastern Conference finals Game 7,
if necessary, in Philadelphia between the 76ers and the Bucks.
NBA Finals games are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday on NBC
at 9 p.m. The call here is that the Finals will be as short as
Prince without elevator shoes. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and
Kobe Bryant will win their second rings, thus creating the
perfect dynasty for Michael Jordan to challenge next season in a
Justice League of America-type showdown. Just imagine: His
Airness and his creaky cronies (maybe Charles Barkley and
Patrick Ewing) pitted against Shaq (and his Superman tattoo),
Kobe and the medusa-tressed Rick Fox.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM GUND

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SATURDAY 6/2-SUNDAY 6/3

The Memorial
CBS SATURDAY 3 PM, SUNDAY 2 PM After coming back from 10 strokes
down to win the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open on May 20, Tiger Woods
(above) said he was looking forward to "relaxing, [doing] a
little bit of fishing and then playing in the Memorial," the
Tour event at Jack Nicklaus's Muirfield Village Golf Club in
Dublin, Ohio, that he won by five strokes over Ernie Els and
Justin Leonard last year. Sounds innocent enough, but we can
only imagine what the ultracompetitive Woods's To Do List looks
like. Some possible entries: 1) challenge Mark O'Meara to a
relaxing contest; 2) catch all fish that dare swim near my lure;
3) this time, win Memorial by at least 10 strokes; and 4) if
there's still time, whip my buddy Michael Jordan at Yahtzee.

THE ZAPPER

Most poised performer in the NBA playoffs? It has to be NBC
sideline reporter Lewis Johnson. During the pregame segment of
last Saturday's Bucks-Sixers Game 3, host Ahmad Rashad threw the
broadcast to Johnson at courtside--during the playing of The
Star-Spangled Banner. The unflappable Johnson spoke softly until
the anthem ended and then strolled over to Philly center Dikembe
Mutombo for a mid-warmup interview.... The French Open reaches
its semifinals this week, with the women taking the court on
Thursday (USA, 8 a.m.) and the men on Friday (NBC, 10 a.m.)....
The NCAA World Series begins from Omaha on Friday (ESPN, 3 p.m.).