Winter OlympicsOpening Ceremonies
It has survived snowfall, briefly been swiped by protesters and been blessed bythe Pope. After 64 days and 7,021 miles the Olympic torch finally makes it toStadio Olimpico in Turin. Over the next 16 days, 252 medals will be up forgrabs. NBC 8 p.m.
No. 2 Duke atMaryland
In the classroom J.J. Redick is a history major, but on the court he has been astudy in economics. Last month the Blue Devils' guard needed only 13 shots todrop 40 points on Virginia; one more 40-point night and he'll be the first Dukeplayer to hit that milestone four times in a season. CBS 1 p.m.
Peter ManfredoJr. vs. Scott Pemberton
Manfredo's reality-TV career ended when he lost the $1 million Contenderchampionship; now we'll see how he fights with less cash on the line. The Prideof Providence, Manfredo (below) will fight in his hometown against Pemberton, ahard hitter whose last three wins have come by KO. ESPN 9:30 p.m.
Detroit's 39-7 record is impressive, but last year Miami showed that a faststart doesn't mean much come playoff time. The Heat got out of the gate at33-13 but wound up losing the conference finals to the Pistons. Of course, thatseries might have ended differently had Dwyane Wade (left) not been hurt. Thisyear he's averaging a career-best 26.8 points on 48.5% shooting. ABC 3:30p.m.
Rename them the AFC Colts? Indianapolis sends a league-high eightplayers--including seven starters--to Hawaii for the NFL's All-Star showcase.Tackle Tarik Glenn (below) was originally told he made the team, then informedhe hadn't, then added as a replacement. ESPN 6 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
In 1970 USC's Sam(Bam) Cunningham (above) ran roughshod over the all-white Alabama defense in a42-21 Trojans win, gaining 135 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Cunningham'sperformance in Birmingham opened the eyes of 'Bama administrators andfans--which some suggest was coach Bear Bryant's motive in scheduling the game.Before long he had the blessing of the school and boosters to aggressivelyrecruit African-Americans, and it wasn't long before the Tide fielded its firstblack player. Tackling Segregation deftly details this watershed game. CSTV 8p.m.
No. 5 Tennesseeat No. 13 Georgia
It's been an up-and-down year for Tennessee's Pat Summitt, who became the firstDivision I coach--male or female--to win 900 games. Since then her Lady Volshave suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in nine years. Now they'llcontend with Georgia's Tasha Humphrey, the SEC's second leading scorer (20.8ppg). ESPN2 8 p.m.
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