NHL All-Star Game
As suspect defenses go, you've got France in 1940, Rizzo in Grease and, usually, the NHL All-Star Game, where the Czechs outnumber the checks. That's good news for the Eastern Conference, which features forwards Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux. Together these three have won the last 16 NHL scoring titles, and at week's end they were 3-2-1 in this season's scoring race. West goalie Patrick Roy will be an early MVP candidate if he simply shows up.
?FOX, 8 PM
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Miguel Angel Gonzalez
During a press conference at Universal City's Water World exhibit, WBC super lightweight champion De La Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum, said, "I hope this event is more successful than the movie." Those words could return to haunt Arum. Gonzalez was signed to give the 22-0 De La Hoya (right) a tune-up before De La Hoya moves up in class this May to meet welterweight titleholder Pernell Whitaker. That scheme could be upset by Gonzalez, who is 41-0 (31 knockouts).
?PAY-PER-VIEW, 9 PM
Connecticut at Georgia
Last January the Lady Bulldogs stormed into Storrs and, behind Naismith Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree, ended the Huskies' 44-game home court winning streak. Twelve months later—that's 84 in dog months—Roundtree has graduated, Georgia was boasting (through Sunday) its own 22-game home winning streak, and coach Geno Auriemma's top-ranked Huskies were heading toward Athens with payback on their minds. UConn (14-0) has two Player of the Year candidates in swingwoman Nykesha Sales and center Kara Wolters (left). No wonder they had beaten their foes by a Division I-best 28.2 points a game. Expect a dogfight.
? ESPN, 3:30 PM
Knicks at Bulls
The hottest show on Broadway is Chicago, but the hottest show in the NBA is New York. At week's end the Knicks were 16-3 since Dec. 5, two wins better over that span than their longtime tormentors, the champion Bulls. In the Knicks' first game at Chicago this season the same villain [center Patrick Ewing (right)] will play the lead, and his new supporting cast, led by guard Chris Childs, is hardly Les Mis�rables. To which Chicago, losers of only four regular-season games at home since Michael Jordan's return in 1995, responds, "Bring in 'da noise! Bring in 'da dunk!"
?TNT, 8 PM
Flyers at Red Wings
Detroit coach Scotty Bowman pulls no punches and expects his goon squad to do the same. "If fighting is going to be part of the game," says Bowman, "we have to have that part of the game." The Red Wings won a league-record 62 games last season with a finesse team that was bullied and beaten by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference finals. Bowman has reassembled his skaters in the mold of Philadelphia, the NHL's largest team at an average of 6'2", 210 pounds per man. At week's end the streaking Flyers were 14-1-4 in their last 19 games.
? ESPN2, 7:30 PM