French Open Women's Final
Sofa, so good. Lindsay Davenport (one of eight women still alive in the tournament through Monday) is about as glamorous as the couch that shares her surname. Unlike her peers, Davenport never appears in body-form dresses on magazine covers ( Martina Hingis, GQ), in bikinis for swimsuit pictorials ( Steffi Graf, SI) or in public with a famous beau ( Anna Kournikova, Sergei Fedorov). But the 6'2�" Davenport, 22, has shed 20 pounds and, as the second-ranked player in the world, looked ready to ascend to her first Grand Slam singles final. Whether she can win might hinge on the play of the top-seeded Hingis, who was 15-1 on clay this year and whom, if forms holds, No. 2 seed Davenport would meet today at Roland Garros.
? NBC, 3 PM
Much has been written about the obstacles overcome by Real Quiet (left), who is favored to be the first horse to capture the Triple Crown since Affirmed did so in 1978. As a yearling he earned the nickname Fish, for example, because he was exceedingly thin. Here's the real skinny on RQ: Chronic bed wetter; cut, as a high school freshman, from his basketball team; lost parts of two toes to a mortar shell in Vietnam; family hunting accident left buckshot pellets lodged near his heart. Or at least that's what we'll hear if he outlasts Victory Gallop and (as of Monday) eight other horses on Belmont's 1�-mile track and becomes a movie of the week. Closing scene: Real Quiet returns to his stable, takes a long, loving look at trainer Bob Baffert, then invokes the words of Larry Sanders's sidekick, Hank Kingsley: "Hay now!"
?ABC, 4:30 PM
Henry Akinwande vs. Evander Holyfield
Akinwande (33-1-1) is an anagram for "a naked win." In light of the fact that the 6'7" Nigerian-born Brit sported a SIZE DOES MATTER T-shirt at the prefight press conference, we must ask, Is the Full Monty next for boxing? WBA and IBF champion Holyfield (35-3) whupped Mike Tyson last June (opposite) in Las Vegas (the Lobe Blow Affair), and 14 days later, in a WBO title fight, Akinwande was disqualified for excessively hugging Lennox Lewis. "[Henry is] the only fighter ever disqualified in a heavyweight championship fight for cowardice," says trainer Emanuel Steward—and he's in Akinwande's corner! However, a December victory over Orlin Norris Jr. earned Akinwande this title shot. Tonight at Madison Square Garden, Holyfield should prevail just as well against huggery as he did against thuggery.
?PPV, $39.95, 9 PM
Women's World Basketball Championship Final
As a rallying cry for the U.S. team's foes, we refer them to Guess Who and their ditty American Woman: "American woman, stay away from me/American woman, mama let me be." The U.S. team, which assembled in March for this 12-day tournament in Berlin, hasn't attained the gaudy 60-0 record of its 1996 Olympic forebears—the U.S. sustained a 70-53 pre-tournament loss to Australia—but it may have more talent. In addition to Olympic starters (and WNBA stars) Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, Lisa Leslie and Nikki McCray, the squad is bolstered by ABL worthies such as Katie Smith and Natalie Williams, and college player of the year Chamique Holdsclaw (right). At week's end it looked as if the final would be a repeat of the '96 Olympic gold medal game: the U.S. against Brazil.
? NBC, 2 PM
Jazz at Bulls, Game 3
Hey, Utah, do St. Louis (1958), Seattle ('79) and Detroit ('89) mean anything to you? Each harbored an NBA franchise that won its first championship by defeating the team that had beaten it in the previous year's Finals (respectively Boston, Washington and the Los Angeles Lakers). The Jazz, possessor of home court advantage, the fourth-leading scorer in league history [ Karl Malone) and the NBA's alltime leader in assists and steals ( John Stockton), is due. The Bulls nurture as many breakup rumors as once did the Beatles, one of whose songs on their final album (Abbey Road) was You Never Give Me Your Money, an apt coda for this dynasty's possible demise. For tonight's game, as well as Games 4 and, if necessary, 5 (Wednesday and Friday, NBC, 9 p.m.), Dennis Rodman, guarding Malone, is the indispensa-Bull.
? NBC, 7:30 PM
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