College World Series
Two strikes and yer out! At the College World Series, the double-elimination format allows all eight schools involved a second chance after a defeat. Each day this week (with telecasts after today at various times on ESPN and ESPN2), Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium will host a twin bill as the field winnows itself down to two for the June 6 championship game ( CBS, 12:30 p.m.). Top teams and players still alive at the conclusion of the regionals on Sunday: Two-time defending champion LSU has an ace in pitcher Randy Keisler, who was averaging 12.2 strikeouts per game; and Florida State boasts freshman right-fielder Matt Diaz, who blasted four home runs during the Seminoles' 23-2 rout of Oklahoma.
? CBS, 1:30 PM; ESPN2, 7:30 PM
Stars at Red Wings, Game 4
How does one earn $28 million for four months' work and still remain in the red? Ask Detroit center Sergei Fedorov (far left), who, on top of his $2 million salary and $14 million signing bonus, will pocket an extra $12 million on July 1 because his defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings advanced to these Western Conference finals. The Russian-born Fedorov, through Sunday the top postseason goal scorer in 1998 with eight, has taken dead aim at becoming the first European to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Aiming to smite his Smythe hopes is the NHL's top-ranked goalie during the regular season, Dallas's Ed Belfour. Tip: Home ice guarantees nothing. Entering this round, home teams were 33-33 in the playoffs.
?FOX, 2 PM
Nike Prefontaine Classic
"I'm in no hurry," says Marion Jones. No? Jones (left), who last month ran the second-fastest women's 100 meters (10.71 seconds) of all time, isn't in a rush to shatter Florence Griffith Joyner's world-record 10.49, set in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. "If it comes, it comes," says the 22-year-old Jones, who will run the 100 on the Hayward Field track in sylvan Eugene, Ore. Like Michael Jordan, Jones was a stalling freshman guard (in her case in 1994) on an NCAA championship team at North Carolina. Unlike Mike, who stuck to basketball to win Olympic gold medals in '84 and '92, the distaff MJ has turned to the track in her quest for a women's-record five Olympic golds (100, 200, long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay) in 2000. Yet another MJ, Michael Johnson, is expected to compete in the 200 in the Pre.
? CBS, 4 PM
1958 World Cup Highlights
Everything about this captivating black-and-white Swedish film, dubbed in English, appears dated—you half expect Bogie and Bergman (Ingrid, not Ingemar) to emerge from the shadows—except the astonishing speed and footwork of the conquering Brazilians. Pel�, then 17, scores twice as Brazil triumphs 5-2 in the final against Sweden. To appreciate how far ahead of their time Pel� & Co. were, see how their skills match those displayed when two of this year's best teams, Colombia and Germany, meet Saturday (pay-per-view, noon) in a final pre-World Cup friendly.
? ESPN CLASSIC SPORTS, 8 PM
Braves at Orioles
Memo to Baltimore's suspendered supporter, Larry King: Regarding your "I don't need Viagra" boast, that's inside-the-Beltway gossip we could do without. In his March 30 USA Today column King foresaw an Atlanta-Baltimore fall classic, but at week's end the uh-O's dwelt in the AL East cellar. One pitcher, Doug Johns, went on the DL because he wasn't sleeping at night. (Neither, it seems, is Larry.) Atlanta, meanwhile, had a pair at the corners—first baseman Andres Galarraga (above) and third baseman Chipper Jones—who combined had 31 homers and 84 RBIs.
?TBS, 7:35 PM
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