Highlights

SATURDAY 6/9

French Open Finals
NBC SATURDAY 2 PM (WOMEN; TAPE-DELAY), SUNDAY 9 AM (MEN) Clay.
It's good for making lopsided bowls to present to your parents.
It's also good for getting rid of powerful tennis players like
Pete Sampras and Venus Williams, both knocked out of the French
Open early because their 78-rpm games faltered on the 33-rpm red
clay of Roland Garros. Among those alive in the women's draw as
of Sunday, keep an eye on the Beltin' Belgian, Kim Clijsters. On
the men's side the Prince of Propecia, Andre Agassi, is our pick
to win a second French title.

Belmont Stakes
NBC 5 PM Grudge match, rubber match, rumble for the Belmont
bronze. Judging by the hype surrounding this showdown between
Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness winner Point Given,
you'd think these horses were a couple of prizefighters,
motivated by revenge and full of hubris. Instead, they are
motivated by little men who are wont to hit them with a stick,
and they're full of oats and hay. Odds are that a strong field of
3-year-olds, which is expected to include the late-charging
Dollar Bill and Derby runner-up Invisible Ink, will provide a
knockout conclusion to the Triple Crown.

THURSDAY 6/14

U.S. Open
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ESPN NOON AND 5 PM, NBC 3 PM Youngsters are
swinging imaginary clubs, replacing imaginary divots and dreaming
of one day beating Tiger Woods. They're not alone: This week at
Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, a bunch of pros and a
handful of amateurs will pursue a dream of defeating Woods,
thereby thwarting his hope of winning a fifth straight major. If
the Cablinasian King plays anywhere near as well as he did in
last year's Open, where he won by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach, the
dream will be impossible.

Don't Miss

SUNDAY 6/10

NBA Finals: Lakers at 76ers
NBC SUNDAY 7:30 PM, WEDNESDAY 9 PM, FRIDAY (If NECESSARY) 9 PM
Yes, the stars are all here, but this could be the Joe Pesci and
Gary Sinise series: It's the supporting characters who may matter
most. Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant (above, left) and Allen
Iverson (right) will no doubt hog the spotlight (and the ball),
but the plot might hinge on the performances of guard Derek
Fisher and forwards Rick Fox (page 70) and Robert Horry of Los
Angeles, and guards Aaron McKie and Eric Snow and forward Jumaine
Jones of Philadelphia. If the Sixers' supporting cast doesn't
embrace its role with De Niro-esque purpose, this series could
quickly become an ensemble comedy in which Philly is reduced to a
collection of hapless sidekicks who watch as the heroes in purple
and gold get the trophy.

COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECK

THE ZAPPER

Americans are trying to learn to love soccer, but it's not always
easy, especially when, as happened last Saturday, ESPN2
peremptorily decides to show an MLS game between the Mutiny and
the Wizards on tape-delay 90 minutes after it was supposed to
have presented the game live. The kicker: In the second half of
the tape-delayed telecast, ESPN2 flashed the final score on the
ticker.... Score one for Ahmad Rashad, the NBA on NBC host whose
friendship with Michael Jordan paid off in the Sunday scoop that
(contrary to reports) His Airness would not play summer-league
ball.

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)