Yankees at Red Sox
Deep Impact. Godzilla. Reggie Miller. Burying New York has supplanted baseball as America's pastime. Except when it comes to the Yankees, whose record (28-9 through Sunday) is sending cries of "Armageddon!" through the American League East. With apologies to the aforementioned cold-blooded creature (the reptile, not the Pacer), Boston's Fenway Park has the original Green Monster and a team that has kept within striking distance (3� games) of New York thanks to outstanding pitching, solid defense and a schedule that included no AL East clubs. Fenway's distant rightfield fences could work against the Bronx Bombers' lefthanded sluggers, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill and Darryl Strawberry. A Boston handicap: Hard-hitting shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (separated shoulder) was expected to be out of the lineup.
?WPIX, 1 PM
NBA Conference Finals
Michael Jordan is an equal-opportunity assassin. During his 13-season reign of terror, only three Eastern Conference franchises have not felt the sting of losing to Chicago in the playoffs: expansion Toronto; Boston, which swept successive series from the Bulls in 1986 and '87; and Indiana, which, surprisingly, had never played the Bulls in May. Rookie Pacers coach Larry Bird was the star of those Boston teams. If Indiana is to have similar success this spring, Bird will need thirtysomething starters Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin and Rik Smits to play like the veterans they are at Market Square Arena in today's Game 3 and Monday's Game 4. In the West, the Lakers and the Jazz, and their respective centers, Shaquille O'Neal and Greg Ostertag (opposite, from left) collide on Sunday in their Game 4 at the Forum, where L.A. won both of the clubs' regular-season meetings.
? NBC, SATURDAY-MONDAY, 3:30 PM
Now the wheel is on the other axle. Tony Stewart, 27, the most gifted young driver in auto racing's most storied race, has already announced that he's "moving up" to the Winston Cup circuit next year. Stewart (left), a native of Rushville, Ind., regards NASCAR as the top tier of auto racing, and he will drive for Joe Gibbs's team in 1999. That will be the Indy Racing League's loss. Stewart took the pole as a rookie at the Brickyard in '96 but finished a disappointing 24th. Last year he started in the second position and was leading on Lap 198 before hitting the wall and finishing fifth. This year Stewart sits atop the IRL standings as he bids to become the first born-and-bred Hoosier since Wilbur Shaw (1940) to take the checkered flag at Indy.
?ABC, 11 AM
Last June a 6'3", 167-pound figure clad from head to heel in the blue and yellow of his native Brazil became the most striking skeletal symbol in Paris this side of the Eiffel Tower. Gustavo Kuerten (right), ranked No. 66, was the flop-haired hero of Roland Garros, beating the previous three winners of this Grand Slam event to become its champion. This year he makes his Kuerten call ranked No. 9 but is still in search of his first '98 victory. The top-ranked female is Martina Hingis, whose loss in the final to Iva Majoli in '97 was all that kept her from a Grand Slam. The tenacious Hingis, winner of the Australian Open, continues her quest to become the first person to Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.
? USA MONDAY-FRIDAY, 10 AM
NCAA Lacrosse Championship
It's all about bonding. Two-time defending champion Princeton relies on a trio of senior attack-men—Jon Hess, Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey—who share a suite on campus. The Tigers' foe in one of Saturday's semis ( ESPN2, noon and 3 p.m.) is Syracuse, whose Casey and Ryan Powell share a set of parents. Casey, a senior, and Ryan, a sophomore, rank one-two in the nation in scoring. In the other semi, Maryland faces in-state rival Loyola, making a repeat of last year's Princeton-Maryland final a possibility.
? ESPN, 10:55 AM
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