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British Open

ABC 10 AM; SUNDAY 9 AM It was the best of times, it was the
worst of climes. Last year's U.K. major, played in Carnoustie,
Scotland, in weather that not even George Clooney would venture
into, featured a fascinating 72nd hole. There, Frenchman Jean
Van de Velde coughed up a three-shot lead and Scotland's Paul
Lawrie proceeded to win the ensuing playoff. This year Lawrie is
defending his title at St. Andrews, another site of a '90s
playoff victory, John Daly's in '95.

CART Michigan 500

ABC 1:30 PM Brooklyn, Mich., hosts open-wheeled racing's most
unpredictable speedfest--the only place you'll see more lead
changes is on Law & Order. Two years ago at Michigan Speedway's
two-mile oval the top spot changed hands a CART-record 62 times.
In '99 the last of 29 lead changes (third-most for CART)
occurred when Max Papis ran out of gas on the final lap,
allowing Tony Kanaan to make it to the winner's circle.


ESPN2 7 PM (Tape delay) Has any rock band ever done more for
sports anthems than the late, great Queen? We Are the Champions,
We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust still resound.
Less often heard on classic-rock stations is 1978's Bicycle
Race. Last week in the 10th stage of the world's most famous
bicycle race--a climb through the Pyrenees, speaking of classic
rock--defending champion Lance Armstrong (page 40), under
pressure, ascended from 16th place to yellow jerseydom in one
day. It's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise, but at
week's end odds were that the Texan would be leading le peloton
into Paris in today's 21st and final stage.

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U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

NBC 7 PM Michael Johnson (above left) is the real Slim
Shady--all them other Slim Shadies are just imitatin'. "Unless
somebody's out there running 19.3, or even 19.4 or 19.5," says
the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder (19.32
seconds) in the 200 meters, "then I don't get excited about
challenges from competitors anymore." He doesn't, but we can.
Maurice Greene, who owns the world record in the 100 meters
(9.79) and who celebrates his 26th birthday today, may be just
the guy to stand up to Johnson, 32, in the 200. M and M, the two
fastest men on earth, each already has qualified for Sydney by
winning an event in Sacramento (Greene the 100, Johnson the
400); today they break from the blocks at 8:48 p.m. in the
ultimate event of the trials.