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The week in TV sports
John Walters
June 09, 1997
Saturday 6/7
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June 09, 1997

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 6/7

TENNIS
French Open
Will we see an American in a final? In the men's, the answer was non after Jim Courier, Jeff (Last) Tarango (in Paris), top-seeded Pete Sampras and Michael Chang were knocked out before the quarterfinals. In the women's draw at week's end, Mary Joe Fernandez and Monica Seles of the U.S. were set to play a quarterfinal match, with the victor still facing a tough climb (probably against Switzerland's Martina Hingis and Germany's Steffi Graf, in that order) to the title.
•NBC, 3 PM, WOMEN'S FINAL (TAPE-DELAY); SUNDAY, 9 AM, MEN'S FINAL

HORSE RACING
Belmont Stakes
In the week before the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Secretariat appeared on the covers of SI, TIME and Newsweek. "Secretariat was a born ham," says owner Penny Chenery of her Triple Crown winner. By contrast, even after by-a-nose wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness (above, over Captain Bodgit), Silver Charm has yet to capture America's imagination. With a short field at Belmont Park, the third time may be the charm for the Charm.
•ABC, 4:30 PM

HOCKEY
Stanley Cup Finals: Flyers at Red Wings
Call them the Detroit Red Army. Behind the shifty skates of former Soviet stars Sergei Fedorov (right, 91), Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov (page 42), Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov, a.k.a. The Wizards of Ov, the Wings are waging a cold war against postseason heartbreak. The franchise has not won a Stanley Cup since 1955, but if Detroit's Russian rocketry can deter the big-strike capability of Philadelphia's John LeClair and Eric Lindros in tonight's Game 4, we may soon see a new world order on ice.
•ESPN, 8 PM (GAME 5, IF NECESSARY, TUESDAY, FOX, 8 PM; GAME 6, THURSDAY, ESPN, 8 PM)

Sunday 6/8
PRO BASKETBALL
NBA Finals: Bulls at Jazz
Utah's Jerry Sloan (whose number 4 Chicago jersey has been retired by the Bulls) coaches the most decorated outfit yet to challenge Chicago in the NBA Finals. While one of the Bulls' four previous foes boasted that season's MVP (the 1993 Phoenix Suns, with Charles Barkley) and another had the then alltime assists leader (the '91 Los Angeles Lakers, with Magic Johnson), neither possessed both, as this year's Jazz do in MVP Karl Malone and career assists (and steals) king John Stockton. But keep this in mind during tonight's Game 4 at the Delta Center: In previous Finals, the Bulls were better on the road (9-3) than at home (7-4).
•NBC, 7 PM (GAMES 5 AND 6, IF NECESSARY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, 9 PM)

Thursday 6/12
GOLF
U.S. Open
It has been 33 years since the Open has been held at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. The 1964 Open, won by a wilting Ken Venturi, was the last to have a 36-hole Saturday finish, which was still 10 fewer holes than Tiger Woods's golfing buddy Michael Jordan played two Sundays ago. Speaking of Woods—and when are we not?—he'll be bidding to become the first to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year since another zoologically monikered golfer, the Golden Bear, did so in '72.
•THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, ESPN, 11 AM, 5 PM; NBC, 3 PM

Friday 6/13
BASEBALL
Orioles at Braves
You are not hallucinating. Yes, that was President Clinton, the leader of the free world, on VH-1 saying, "I really love that whole rock-and-roll thing." And, yes, that is Baltimore of the American League visiting Atlanta of the National League—in June. The purists will retch and the pundits kvetch, but everyone will agree on this second night of interleague play that here is a likely preview of the 1997 Fall Classic. The reason: pitching. At week's end the Orioles and the Braves led their respective leagues in earned run average and, not coincidentally, winning percentage. Watchers of Cal Ripken's consecutive-game streak, take note: Assuming there are no rainouts this week, this will be number 2,377 for the Orioles' number 8 (left).
•TBS, 7:35 PM

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

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