NBA ROOKIE CHALLENGE TNT 9 PM > The kids are alright. LeBron and
Melo lead the league's top newbies against sophomores Yao Ming,
Manu Ginobili, et al. * WORLD LUGE CHAMPIONSHIPS > The U.S.
two-man team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, bronze medalists
at the '98 Games, returns to Nagano.
RIPCORD SKYDIVERS VALENTINE BOOGIE > Jumpers wear lingerie as
part of this annual accuracy competition in Laidley, Australia.
Talk about plunging necklines. * THE AMERICAN BOWLING CONGRESS
TOURNAMENT > Some 80,000 bowlers roll into Reno for the world's
largest participatory sports event.
DAYTONA 500 NBC 1:30 PM > Like his dad, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a
great superspeedway driver who can't win the Daytona 500. Dale
Sr. needed 20 tries to win NASCAR's biggest race. Junior hopes to
avoid going 0 for 5. * PGA BUICK INVITATIONAL CBS 3 PM > Tiger
Woods defends his title at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
SHARKS AT FLYERS ESPN2 8 PM > Sure it's early, but this just
could be a Stanley Cup preview. * IN STORES > NBA Ballers The
video game takes a player from street ball to the NBA as he
accumulates SUVs, jewelry and groupies along the way. Says
cover-boy Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, "I'm telling you, the
game is kind of cool."
BIG BILL 8 PM > At Lincoln Center in Manhattan, the new A.R.
Gurney play tells of William Tilden, who won seven U.S. tennis
titles in the '20s but was convicted of pederasty. * HAPPY
BIRTHDAY! > Jim Brown, 68. The NFL rushing champ and sometime
actor (The Dirty Dozen) is the key adviser to OSU's Maurice
U.S. MEN'S SOCCER AT NETHERLANDS ESPN2 2:30 PM > In Amsterdam,
U.S. midfielder John O'Brien, who plays for Holland's top team,
Ajax, faces some of his Dutch teammates. * DUKE AT WAKE FOREST
ESPN 9 PM > After a three-game, six-hour (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Devils-Deacons rivalry marathon on ESPN Classics, Wake tries for
another of its famous upsets.
KINGS AT T-WOLVES TNT 7:30 PM >The West's best meet again after
Minnesota's OT win in December. * NHRA DRAG RACING SERIES AT
POMONA RACEWAY > Larry Dixon could win season opener for third
straight year. * FAMILY FEUD CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS > Skaters such
as Jamie Sale and Scott Hamilton guess what the survey says.
COLOR PHOTO: KERSTIN JOESSON/AP (LUGE)
COLOR PHOTO: CORBIS (BOWLING PINS)
COLOR PHOTO: WORTH CANOY/ICON SMI (EARNHARDT)
COLOR PHOTO: MIDWAY ENTERTAINMENT (VIDEO GAME)
COLOR PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: MEL LEVINE (BIRTHDAY HAT); WALTER IOOSSJR. (BROWN)
B/W PHOTO: UNDERWOOD& UNDERWOOD/CORBIS (TILDEN)
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN LEHMANN/REUTERS (SALE)