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The week in TV sports
John Walters
August 11, 1997
Saturday 8/9
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August 11, 1997

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 8/9

The Hambletonian
Yankee Stadium is the House That Ruth Built, but the Babe didn't actually erect it. Malvern Burroughs, however, did help build the Meadow-lands Racetrack. The construction company he owns installed the surface upon which he will drive prohibitive favorite Malabar Man in trotting's most storied race, which carries a $1.2 million purse. Burroughs, 56, also owns Malabar Man, a 3-year-old colt who has won 18 of his 20 races. An amateur, Burroughs donates the driver's share of winnings from all his purses to the Seton Hall Seminary, from whose clergy he received guidance after his father died when Burroughs was 16. A Big Apple sports hero who was molded by the good fathers? 'Tis the stuff of Ruthian legend.
•CBS, 3 PM

Running of the Bulls
Michael Jordan has never remained in the air as long as he's about to remain on the air. Ten NBA Finals games starring MJ and his supporting cast of Chicago Bulls are to be telecast consecutively over a 14-hour stretch. Relive 1991's Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers, in which Jordan's last-second jumper forced overtime and gave notice that Chicago would not be denied; his playoff-record 35-point first half against the Portland Trail Blazers in 1992's Game 1; and the virus-ridden 38 points in Game 5 of June's Finals against the Utah Jazz (right, Jordan firing over Bryon Russell). Is it too early to say, "Thanks for the memories"?

Evian National Championships
Align in the sand. Since last summer when Holly McPeak (right) replaced partner Nancy Reno with Lisa Arce—a friend from McPeak's days at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif.—they've been close to unbeatable. McPeak-Arce, who will play before an adoring throng at California's Hermosa Beach, has won seven of 10 WPVA tournaments this season. Despite being an undersized 5'7", McPeak, 28, was the tour's MVP in 1995 and '96. At UCLA she was handed a note by her coach, Andy Banachowski, that read, "Know your limits." Her reply: "I have no limits."
•ABC, 3:30 PM

Thursday 8/14

PGA Championship
This year's fraternity of majors winners boasts two guys—Ernie Els, 27, and Justin Leonard, 25—barely beyond college-kegger age and a third, Tiger Woods, 21, who would still be at Stanford had he not rushed the PGA Tour last August. Who among the twentysomething set is left to win this year's final major, which concludes on Saturday and Sunday (CBS, 1:30 p.m.)? Jim Furyk, 27, has eight straight top 10 finishes, among them a fifth at the U.S. Open and a fourth at the British. Phil Mickelson, also 27, has more Tour wins (11) than any under-30 but still seeks his first major. Both worthy pledges will be among those teeing it up at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Panthers at Chiefs
Bono? Elvis? Does Kansas City plumb the Bay Area for quarterbacks or rock singers? The Chiefs' newest signal-caller is Elvis Grbac (right), late of the San Francisco 49ers, who replaces Steve Bono, who earlier was late of the 49ers. Besides acquiring Grbac, K.C. used its first six draft picks on offensive players in hopes of improving the AFC's second-worst pass offense and returning to the playoffs, which the Chiefs missed last season for the first time in six years. Grbac is familiar with upstart Carolina: Last season, in winning the NFC West in only their second year, the Panthers beat the Niners twice. Expect neither squad to reveal any secrets in this matchup—they'll meet for real in Charlotte on Sept. 21.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.