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Saturday 4/8

Flamingo Stakes/Santa Anita Derby
ESPN2 (FLAMINGO); FOX (SANTA ANITA) 5 PM They're running neck
and neck, this bicoastal pair of 1 1/8-mile races that air
simultaneously. On the inside rail is the $1 million Santa
Anita, your better viewing bet, where the entries as of Monday
included War Chant, last year's two-year-old Eclipse Award
winner, and Anees, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion.

NCAA Hockey Championship
ESPN 7:30 PM The Frozen Four--Boston College, Maine, North
Dakota and St. Lawrence--will have been Zamboni'd down to two on
April 6. St. Lawrence survived an NCAA-record four-overtime
quarterfinal against Boston University but will have had to
overcome the Eagles' trio of Hobey Baker Award finalists,
forwards Jeff Farkas and Brian Gionta, and defenseman Mike
Mottau, to make it into tonight's final at the Providence Civic
Center. Maine, the East's top seed, faced off against North
Dakota without Black Bears top scorer Cory Larose, suspended for
one game after butt-ending a foe during the regionals.

Sunday 4/9

DISCOVERY 9 PM The world's toughest expedition race, taped last
December, uses the awesome beauty of Patagonia as its stage in
the highlights shown tonight and continuing on Monday (9 p.m.).
We don't want to spoil your fun, but here's one possible
scenario: Things go awry early for Team Burkittsville, when Mike
confesses to Heather and Josh that he kicked the map into the
river; Team Deliverance, after a brief, mysterious detour on
shore that members "would prefer nobody know about," exploits
its canoeing acumen; in the end Team Warriors, a scruffy gang
from Brooklyn, overcomes the subway system and the Baseball
Furies to claim victory.

Thursday 4/13

Rangers at Yankees
FOX SPORTS 7 PM In comes Texas, then income taxes, inspiring the
following EZ form:

Juan Gonzalez is gone, gone-zalez,
In Texas the slugger shan't play,
But our Senor Juan is no Elian,
A Gonzalez who's news every day,
On a slow boat from Cuba--without gear for scuba,
The boy nearly died, to be frank
If he outgrows the sitter,
And masters the splitter,
He'll be the next refugee Yank.

Don't Miss

Saturday 4/8

The Masters
CBS 3:30 PM; SUNDAY 4 PM Augusta National, like venues for the
other golf majors, shows scant hospitality to southpaws. A lefty
has never made it to the Masters champions' dinner, and Bob
Charles (1963 British Open) is the only portside winner of a
major. The closest anyone using left-handed clubs has come to
donning the green jacket was in 1996, when Left Coast native
Phil Mickelson (above) finished third, six strokes behind winner
Nick Faldo. Will this be the right year for the lefty? So far in
2000, Mickelson has won the Buick Invitational and the BellSouth
Classic--and has hit a shot right-handed, using a southpaw club,
from the rough at the Bay Hill Invitational.



the zapper

As a title, the U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships (ESPN,
Saturday, noon and ESPN2, Sunday, 2 p.m.) has it half right.
Yes, a dozen top college teams will play golf. However, the
event will take place at the El Dorado course in Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico, and doesn't replace this spring's NCAA tournament in
Auburn, Ala. We do like the ring of The Road to El Dorado,
though. Perhaps for a movie?... HBO's Real Sports (Monday, 10
p.m.) chronicles former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne's
run for Congress, and has a gripping segment on Michigan high
school wrestler Kerry LaBelle--a girl who competes against
boys.... On Wednesday the Stanley Cup playoffs begin (ESPN, 7
p.m. and ESPN2, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.).