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World Track and Field Championships
ABC SATURDAY 4 PM SUNDAY 2:30 PM This 10-day trackstravaganza in
Edmonton is expected to attract 3,000 athletes--including such
American stars as sprinters Maurice Greene (page 70) and Marion
Jones and pole vaulter Stacy Dragila--from more than 200 countries
and four billion viewers worldwide. One reason it's barely a blip
on the radar here? This is the first time the event has been held
in North America. But buck up, fellow chauvinists, we've still
got a stranglehold on most, if not all, of the world's demolition
derbies and funny car races.

The International
CBS SATURDAY 4 PM SUNDAY 3 PM Combine the altitude (6,202 feet)
of Colorado's Castle Rock Pines course with this tournament's
modified Stableford scoring system, which encourages players to
go for birdies (worth two points) and eagles (worth five), and
the effect is the same as if you lowered the rims to nine feet
and told Vince Carter that dunks are worth three points. Players
swing like Dave Kingman and dream of 400-yard drives (which are
not uncommon).


Dolphins versus Rams
ABC 8 PM Stock up on beer, break out the Chee-tos and take that
plastic cover off the couch, America: Football is back. The NFL
preseason kicks off in Canton, Ohio, with the Hall of Fame Game,
a meaningless exhibition that offers hard-core fans a chance to
see if the Rams' third-string quarterback, Paul Justin, can pick
apart Miami's third-string defense. Expect an exhibition of
esoterica from Dennis Miller, starting his second season in the
Monday Night Football booth.

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Cubs at Dodgers
ESPN2 8 PM After losing above-the-marquee pitchers Darren
Dreifort and Andy Ashby to injury for the season, Los Angeles
went looking for star power and acquired White Sox righthander
James Baldwin, the underpublicized "black Baldwin brother."
Unlike his more hirsute Hollywood namesakes Alec, Billy, Danny
and Stephen, James has not only stage presence but also a nasty
curve that should help keep the Dodgers and the All-Star catcher
Paul LoDuca (above) in the thick of the National League West and
wild-card races. The NL Central-leading Cubs can showcase their
own acquisition, first baseman Fred McGriff (page 70). Alert for
satellite owners: There will be more wild-card wildness when the
Red Sox visit the A's from Tuesday through Thursday (on,
variously, NESN, DirecTV and DISH Network).




Making her debut as a sideline reporter during last Saturday's
Liberty-Comets WNBA game on NBC, ebullient Olympic gold medalist
Marion Jones displayed solid hoops knowledge. (She did average
16.8 points playing guard for North Carolina.) However, it's
unlikely that this MJ will boost the league's lagging ratings
unless she dons a uniform.... Even with 12 goals and Fusion
midfielder Jim Rooney's Brandi Chastain-inspired stunt--doffing
his jersey to reveal a black sports bra after a late score--the
MLS All-Star Game on ABC garnered a tiny 1.0 Nielsen, down from a
1.3 last year.