TRACK AND FIELD
Mobil 1 Invitational
Meet organizers heaved a sigh of relief when two-time Olympic 100-meter champion Gail Devers agreed last week to race after she had skipped the Millrose Games because she deemed the appearance fee too low. In a matchup of divas, Devers will battle archrival Gwen Torrence (above) at 60 meters for only the second time ( Devers prevailed at the 1994 Millrose). Providing commentary will be the multiply gilded, multiply gifted Michael Johnson, who didn't run at Millrose (and won't here) but blew away the field in the broadcast booth.
? NBC, 2 PM
Arturo Gatti vs. Tracy Harris Patterson
In a rematch of the bout voted 1995 Fight of the Year, Gatti (26-1, 22 KOs) defends his IBF junior lightweight crown in Atlantic City against former champ Patterson (56-4-1, 39 KOs), who still thinks he was jobbed by a unanimous decision the first time around. After enduring Oliver McCall's recent rendition of The Crying Game, boxing fans could use a dose of Rocky, and Gatti certainly fits the part. Last March, in his most recent title defense, he rallied from oblivion—one knockdown, one nasty cut, one eye swollen shut—to win on a TKO over Wilson Rodriguez and then announced, "Yo, Adrian, I did it."
? HBO, 11 PM
Duke at UCLA
Most coaches think playing out of conference at this time of year is an unnecessary distraction, but to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski it provides a non-ACC measuring stick for the postseason. Expect Bruins forward Charles O'Bannon to be well behaved. He sat out the first half of last year's game (an 85-66 Duke victory) as punishment for missing practice the morning after his 21st birthday party. O'Bannon turns an older and wiser 22 the night before this one.
?ABC, 2 PM
Lakers at Rockets
Finding the vital center isn't just a problem of politics, as the Lakers would attest. With Shaquille O'Neal out eight to 10 weeks with severe leg injuries, can replacement Elden Campbell become, as President Clinton might say, the repairer of the breach? Campbell's toughest challenge will come tonight when he takes on Houston's All-Star pivotman, Hakeem Olajuwon (left). In another intriguing matchup, we can almost hear Rocket and prospective politician Charles Barkley polishing his oratory for L.A. rookie forward Travis Knight.
?TNT, 8 PM
Outside the Lines
In Breaking the Line: Jackie Robinson's Legacy, host Bob Ley examines the effects of integration on baseball 50 years after Robinson (below) broke the sport's color line, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. "We have new evidence," says Ley, "that the depth of resistance was much more widespread than previously documented." Players from three 1947 clubs reveal a failed conspiracy in which teams threatened not to take the field; the plotters were thwarted when commissioner A.B. (Happy) Chandler told them he'd ban them from the game for life. In perhaps the show's most dramatic moment, Jesse Jackson gives an updated version of the eulogy he delivered at Robinson's '72 funeral.
? ESPN, 8:30 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.