ABC SATURDAY 9 AM SUNDAY 8 AM This tournament (the U.S. rights
for which ABC buys from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club) is the
only major not included in the PGA Tour's new monster TV package,
a reported four-year, $850 million contract beginning in 2003.
Higher prices will bring a demand for higher ratings, which will
mean even more Tiger Woods--whom ABC no doubt hopes to showcase as
he defends his title this weekend at Royal Lytham.
Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Adrian Stone
HBO 9 PM The press release for this fight from Las Vegas
describes world welterweight champ Mosley (37-0, 34 KOs) as
"undefeated, loquacious, and gracious," while contender Stone
(30-3-2, 23 KOs), who hails from Bristol, England, receives the
one-adjective treatment ("rugged"). Notwithstanding that tag and
considering how dominant Mosley has been, this bout may well fall
into an early-round, one-noun category: knockout.
Summer Hoops: Bulls vs. Trail Blazers
ESPN2 2 PM A summer salve for hoopheads who have had their fill
of short-shorts Lakers-Celtics reruns on ESPN Classic, this
matchup of NBA summer league teams from Salt Lake Community
College provides a glimpse at early returns on the futures
speculation in this year's draft by Chicago: twin teen towers
Tyson Chandler (7'0", 235 pounds) and Eddy Curry (6'11", 285).
Curry, anointed Baby Shaq at Thornwood (Ill.) High, scored a
team-best 13 points on July 11 in his debut in the Southern
California Summer League against the Grizzlies but also picked up
four fouls in his first 10 minutes.
Boxing: In and Out of the Ring
A&E 9 PM The most compelling footage in this intriguing two-hour
look at the seamy side of the sweet science is of the hours
following the April upset victory by Hasim Rahman (above, left)
over Lennox Lewis (right). The documentary follows the feeding
frenzy for control over the new heavyweight champ, which is
resolved when promoter Don King shows up at Rahman's house with
$200,000 in cash. If that doesn't make you queasy, the program's
look at the FBI's investigation of the IBF will. ("We did bad
s---," admits the federation's former ratings chairman.) On
Monday, A&E begins a week of boxing Biography shows at 8 p.m.
nightly, leading with Oscar De La Hoya and continuing with George
Foreman, Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
The solidly researched Stealing Home: The Case for Contemporary
Cuban Baseball (PBS, Thursday, 10 p.m.) details how the first
player defection, of pitcher Rene Arocha in 1991, began a slow
leak that is draining Cuba of its top talent and of some of its
love for the game....Sure, Fox knew in advance that Alex
Rodriguez would insist that Cal Ripken Jr. play shortstop during
the All-Star Game's first inning. Still, having play-by-play man
Joe Buck announce the position switch before it happened and
seeing a Fox camera in place along the third base line robbed the
moment of some of its spontaneity.