HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
WBCA All-America Game
Twenty of the nation's top high school girls basketball players—including Tennessee-bound, Naismith Player of the Year Tamika Catchings—meet in Nashville. Refreshingly, all are headed to college. It only seems as if all are also headed to Knoxville. Catchings, a 6'1" guard-forward from Duncanville, Texas, will be joined by fellow Naismith finalists and future Lady Vols Kristen (Ace) Clement, a 5'11" guard from Broomall, Pa., and Semeka Randall, a 5'10" guard from Cleveland. Next season this trio will help Pat Summitt try to join UCLA's John Wooden as the only coaches to win three consecutive NCAA Division I basketball titles.
? ESPN2, 1 PM
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Pernell Whitaker
Welcome to boxing's version of Politically Incorrect, featuring the Golden Boy ( De La Hoya, 23-0) and Sweet Pea ( Whitaker, 40-1-1). This WBC welterweight title bout between two former Olympic gold medalists didn't need verbal sparring to sell tickets, but media darling De La Hoya, 24, and the underexposed Whitaker (left), 33, obliged anyway. Whitaker: "[ De La Hoya has fought] very few African-Americans. You ain't fought nobody until you fought a brother." De La Hoya: "The Afro-Americans I fought, they don't have heart. No Afro-American fighter can take my punch." Can we get Bill Maher to referee this one?
?PAY-PER-VIEW, 9 PM
In 1987 Augusta native Larry Mize won the Masters by draining a 140-foot chip shot for birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, and the air is filled with anticipation of a dramatic 10th-anniversary finish. Might we see Greg Norman, for whom a green jacket would be redemption from last year's collapse, and Tiger Woods, for whom a green jacket would mean validation as golf's biggest star, after only seven months on the Tour, paired in the last group for the final round? Or might defending champ Nick Faldo (right) propel himself into the Nicklaus-Palmer stratosphere by winning his fourth Masters? If any of those names are high on the leader board as the final round begins, don't miss a minute of the telecast.
? CBS, 4 PM
Bulls at Heat
The Eastern Conference division leaders meet for the first time since Miami handed Chicago its only home loss of the season, 83-80, on Dec. 7. The Bulls will have a tough time double-teaming center Alonzo Mourning as effectively as they have in the past. Forward Dennis Rodman is out until the playoffs with a sprained left knee, and backup center Bill Wennington is sidelined indefinitely with a ruptured tendon in his left foot. It seems unlikely that newly signed center-forward Brian Williams, who sat out the season until April 2, will be able to take up the slack. Now that Mourning and guard Dan Majerle have returned to the lineup, Miami is healthy for the first time in more than three months and eager to avenge the three-game sweep it suffered against Chicago in a '96 first-round playoff series.
?TBS, 8 PM
Orioles at White Sox
Call it Home Run Derby. Baltimore set a major league record last year with 257 round-trippers, and most of its heavy artillery—Brady Anderson, Rafael Palmeiro and Cal Ripken Jr.—is back. Chicago counters with Frank Thomas (below), Albert Belle and Harold Baines, who averaged 37 home runs in '96. By the way, the Sox may be from the Second City, but the Orioles have been runners-up in the AL East nine times in the past 22 ears.
?WGN, 8 PM