U.S. Figure Skating Championships
ABC 4 PM (MEN'S FREE SKATE); 9 PM (LADIES' FREE SKATE) Excerpted
from the soon-to-be-published A Season on the Rink: "Stress
pervaded Boston's FleetCenter. Sasha Cohen, last year's ladies'
silver medalist, was stressing over the stress fracture in her
fifth lumbar vertebra. Meanwhile the defending men's champion,
Michael Weiss, was on edge regarding the same injury to his left
foot. The stress level is enough to make Fleet denizens wonder if
Rick Pitino ever left."
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO 10 PM In his 18-year NFL career, quarterback Fran Tarkenton
was pro football's consummate scrambler. In a probing profile by
Frank Deford, Tarkenton is alleged to have brought the same
shiftiness to his business dealings in the early 1990s by
misrepresenting the financial condition of his company,
KnowledgeWare software. "Here's a guy who lied and cheated,
openly," says Minneapolis financier Irwin Jacobs, who claims
Tarkenton cost him millions. (Without admitting guilt, Tarkenton
paid a $154,000 fine to the SEC.) To think that they called Kenny
Stabler the Snake.
Australian Open, Women's Singles Final
ESPN 9:30 PM Last week Melbourne native and two-time Australian
Open men's runner-up Pat Cash likened defending women's champ
Lindsay Davenport to "a shot-putter." Cash also asserted that,
aside from the Williams sisters and Amelie Mauresmo, "women
tennis players are certainly all carrying extra weight." Having
thus unwittingly given new meaning to the term cash cow, how long
until this guy gets his own show on Fox?
Kings at Trail Blazers
NBC 5:30 PM Recently USA Today, in a flattering profile of Kerry
Collins, ran the subhead QB SHEDS QUITTER, DRUNK, RACIST LABELS
TO BE GIANTS' LEADER. To quote a colleague here, "With friends
like that, who needs friends?" Which is to say, in declaring that
Sacramento's Chris Webber has been the NBA's best player this
season, we will excavate no reputation-sullying incidents.
Rather, let's acknowledge that C-Web is the NBA's top power
forward and an MVP candidate, as certified by the way he has
lifted the play of teammates like Doug Christie (above) and by
his 51-point, 26-rebound game on Jan. 5 against the Pacers. To
quote Sean Connery in Finding Forrester, "You're the man now,
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH
On Inauguration Day, The Golf Channel presents a one-hour
special, Presidential Golf (Saturday, 8 p.m.), chronicling White
House linksmanship.... Later that evening, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
defends his super featherweight title against hard-punching Diego
Corrales (HBO, 10 p.m.).... At halftime of the NFC Championship
Game, Fox NFL Sunday hurriedly analyzed the Giants' bombardment
of the Vikings, then spent more than two precious minutes with
Darrell Waltrip plugging Fox's NASCAR coverage. Wrong time, wrong