NCAA Men's Basketball Regional Finals
CBS SATURDAY 4:30 PM AND SUNDAY 2:30 PM If alliteration equals
excitement, then this is stimulation central. From the Sweet 16
to the Elite Eight, we're en route to March Madness's Final Four.
Expect diaper dandies to provide fantastic finishes and buzzer
beaters, triggering vaguely Valvanoesque celebrations.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO 9 PM How can you tell that a hoops prodigy grew up without
SportsCenter? When he declares, "It's easy enough for me to
dunk, but I don't really care to do it." So says 7'6" Yao Ming
(SI, Sept. 11, 2000), the 20-year-old from Shanghai who many
scouts predict could be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA
draft--if the Chinese government will let him leave.
Correspondent Lesley Visser traveled to China to talk with Yao
and learned, among other things, that he lives in a
military-style dormitory (just the type of perk to keep a star
player in the fold!) and regularly dines on snake, turtle and
McDonald's All-American Game
ESPN 9 PM Leading the East team will be Dajuan Wagner, the Camden
(N.J.) High guard who on Jan. 16 put up a single triple by
dropping 100 on a hapless foe. The stellar big men he won't be
passing to include All-Scrabble nominees Ousmane Cisse (a forward
from St. Jude Academy in Montgomery, Ala.) and DeSagana Diop (a
center from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.). The game
is at Duke, so the Cameron Crazies might show to heckle the
East's North Carolina-bound forward Jawad (You're No Jason)
Williams from St. Edwards High in Lakewood, Ohio.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Arturo Gatti
HBO 10:45 PM Ready those acceptance speeches and dig out the deep
cleavage dress--it's Academy Awards time! On the eve of the
entertainment industry's big night, what could be more fitting
than a prime-time showcase for a Grammy-nominated Oscar? For
welterweight De La Hoya (32-2, 26 KOs), whose eponymous debut CD
was one of the nominees for Latin pop album of the year, the
fight will be his first since last June. In that bout De La Hoya
(above, left) lost a split decision to Sugar Shane Mosley
(right). Expect former IBF lightweight champ Gatti (33-4, 27
KOs), a lightly regarded Montreal-born brawler and renowned
bleeder, to hit the red carpet early and often.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN IACONO
Last Friday at 3 p.m., ESPN switched as scheduled from the LPGA's
Standard Register PING tournament to the Tennis Masters Series.
At the time Annika Sorenstam was 12 under and needed birdies on
her final two holes (actually the course's eighth and ninth,
which ESPN says it was not set up to cover live) to shoot the
first 58 in pro golf history. While not seeing Sorenstam birdie
her 17th and burn the cup with her birdie attempt on her 18th, we
wondered: Wouldn't the network have found a way to stay with golf
had it been Tiger Woods going for a 58?