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John Walters
June 29, 1998
Saturday 6/27World Cup Second RoundIn Portuguese dunga means "dopey," which is a poor fit as a name for Brazil's 34-year-old captain and midfielder. "Grumpy" would be more appropriate. In his team's opening-round wins against Group A foes Scotland and Morocco, Dunga (above, right) engaged in shouting matches with a coach and a player—both from his own side. Hi-ho, hi-ho.... "That's just the way he is," says Mario Zagallo, the browbeaten Brazilian coach. "On the field it's Dunga who's in charge." (That may be news to never-bashful striker Ronaldo.) Today, in the start of single-elimination play, the boys from Brazil will face Group B's runner-up: either Chile, a gifted squad that tends to get recklessly sleepy near the end of a match, or Austria, which will be happy to be here.?ABC, 3 PM
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June 29, 1998

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 6/27
World Cup Second Round
In Portuguese dunga means "dopey," which is a poor fit as a name for Brazil's 34-year-old captain and midfielder. "Grumpy" would be more appropriate. In his team's opening-round wins against Group A foes Scotland and Morocco, Dunga (above, right) engaged in shouting matches with a coach and a player—both from his own side. Hi-ho, hi-ho.... "That's just the way he is," says Mario Zagallo, the browbeaten Brazilian coach. "On the field it's Dunga who's in charge." (That may be news to never-bashful striker Ronaldo.) Today, in the start of single-elimination play, the boys from Brazil will face Group B's runner-up: either Chile, a gifted squad that tends to get recklessly sleepy near the end of a match, or Austria, which will be happy to be here.
?ABC, 3 PM

David Rod vs. Simon Brown
Middleweight David Reid (9-0 as a pro) owes his career to one punch. While trailing Alfredo Duvergel of Cuba 15-5 on points entering the third round of their 1996 Olympic gold-medal bout, Reid KO'd Duvergel with a right hook to become the only American boxer to win in Atlanta. Like Rocky Balboa, Reid, 24, is a North Philadelphia brawler with a drooping left eyelid. Also like Rocky, he has a good shot at an Oscar. Tonight's match against former three-time world champion Simon Brown (47-7) at Temple University's Apollo Arena is another step for Reid (below, right, in a '97 bout against Sam Calderons) on his ascent toward a possible title bout against Oscar De La Hoya, the lone U.S. boxing gold medalist in the '92 Games. The question of tonight's 10-rounder is not who will win but whether Owls basketball coach John Chaney will be on hand to throw in his towel.
?FX, 8 PM

Sunday 6/28
Whitfaread Round the World Race
Last Sept. 21, 10 60-foot sailing vessels called Whitbread 60's weighed anchor off Southampton, England—the same launch point as the Titanic—-for a nine-month race during which they would circumnavigate the globe. Cruising at speeds of as much as 50 knots, the sailors survived treacherous seas, a collision with a whale and the revelers at Brazil's Carnival during their 31,000-mile odyssey. If you think street luge or half-pipe is extreme, check out this taped documentary (some footage was taken by the competitors themselves), with its breath-takingly shot 25-foot waves in the Southern Ocean, or the shark that was accidentally speared by the keel of winner EF Language.
?ABC, 5 PM

Thursday 7/2
U.S. Women's Open
Lady letdowns of late: Sheryl Crow blows off Lilith Fair. The American Film Institute, in naming the 100 top movies of all time, omits Mrs. Doubtfire. Donna Andrews finishes second in four consecutive tournaments. Andrews, winner of the Longs Drugs Challenge in April, leads the LPGA tour in earnings ($525,944). However, since May 10 she has been strictly a runner-up in the events in which she has appeared. The first two rounds at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., will also feature Liselotte Neumann, who is seeking her first major since she won the Open 10 years ago.
? ESPN, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY,3 PM

Friday 7/3
Mets at Braves
After 41 years, the Dodgers are coming back to New York—one at a time. Perhaps in homage to famous Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld, a native New Yorker self-exiled to L.A. only to have recently returned, the Mets have acquired Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza (left), pitcher Hideo Nomo and a following. At week's end second-place New York trailed Atlanta in the National League East by 8� games, but John Olerud (.333 average) was bidding to become the Mets' first All-Star first baseman since Seinfeld's not-so-secret crush, Keith Hernandez.
?TBS, 7:35 PM

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