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U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships
NBC 2 PM (LIVE); ESPN MIDNIGHT (TAPE DELAY) Brandishing a pole
and wearing nothing but thigh-high boots with spiked heels,
Stacy Dragila hardly resembles the traditional image of a
matriarch. Dragila, who recently posed in such scanty regalia
for a women's sports calendar, won the first women's pole vault
at the world indoor championships (in 1997) and at the world
outdoors (in '99). The rancher's daughter from Auburn, Calif.,
will be looking to hit the heights at the Georgia Dome.


Red Wings at Stars
ESPN 8 PM Dallas's leading scorers are most likely its leading
snorers. Already this season Mike Modano (29 goals through
Sunday) and Brett Hull (19) have suffered broken noses, a sure
recipe for clogged nasal passages. The Stanley Cup champs lull
opponents to sleep by clogging the neutral zone: The Stars were
atop the Pacific Division despite having scored a Western
Conference-low 154 goals.


Raptors at Trail Blazers
TBS 10:30 PM Scottie Pippen is no xenophobe. Over the course of
his 13-year career, Pippen has soldiered alongside, among
others, an Australian (Luc Longley), a Canadian (Bill
Wennington), a Croatian (Toni Kukoc), a Nigerian (Hakeem
Olajuwon), a Rodman (Dennis) and, now in Portland, a German
(Detlef Schrempf) and a Lithuanian (Arvydas Sabonis). Tonight
Kofi Pippen draws the defensive assignment against Air Canada,
Vince Carter.


Big East Tournament
ESPN2 11 AM and 7:30 PM; ESPN 1 PM and 9 PM Unlike ESPN, the
Medieval Times restaurant chain offers dinner with its
tournaments. Also, as its Web site attests, "Your own medieval
serving wench or serf...attends to your every need." So that's
what became of Sonny Vaccaro! A showcase for ranked schools such
as St. John's (which last Saturday conquered a Duke), Syracuse
and defending national champion Connecticut, this tournament
also offers a drawbridge into March Madness for court jesters
Notre Dame (16-12 through Sunday), Seton Hall (19-7) and
Villanova (17-10), none of whom can afford a first-round
lancing. Tomorrow will see the tap-offs of two other major
tournaments: the Big Ten (ESPN2, 2 p.m., and ESPN, 4 p.m.) and
the ACC (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

Don't Miss

Stanford at Arizona
FOX SPORTS NET 10:30 PM Sitting here in my boxers, watching Matt
Lauer of Today interview comely California nurse and Fox
insta-bride Darva Conger, I'm wondering if she'll sign on for
Who Wants to Sponge-bathe a Sportswriter. Talk about a Pacific
10! On to a different Pac-10: At week's end the Cardinal (24-1,
13-1) was No. 1 in the nation but only tied for the top spot in
its conference with the No. 3-ranked Wildcats (24-4, 13-1). In
Arizona's 68-65 win at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 8, Stanford
freshman center Jason Collins (above) grabbed eight rebounds but
his classmate, guard Casey Jacobsen, went 0 for 6 from beyond
the arc.


the zapper

The Fox Family Channel presents Ice Angel (Sunday, 8 p.m.), a
two-hour TV movie in which a U.S. Olympic men's hockey team
captain meets an untimely demise and returns from the dead
as...a female Olympic figure skater. The film reminds us that if
you happen to be reincarnated as an ice queen, it's cool to down
a brew, smoke a cigar and even kick ass as long as you nail the
triple Axel when Olympic gold is on the line. (Somewhere Tonya
Harding is smiling.) Despite speaking such lines as "I don't
know the difference between a Salchow and a Holstein," Nicholle
Tom is appealing in the title role. Hockey lover (and pal of
Wayne Gretzky) Alan Thicke plays her skating coach.