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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
September 14, 1998
Saturday 9/12
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September 14, 1998

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 9/12

U.S. Open Women's Final
Martina Hingis, 17, labels Steffi Graf, 29, as past her prime. Serena Williams, 16, aims a forehand smash at the head of Arantxa S�nchez Vicario, 26. The women's game has seen more backbiting (which reminds us, Marv Albert was scheduled to get married Sept. 9) than a Pink Ladies' pajama party in Grease. Among the teen queens vying to be the Queens queen, last year's finalists, Hingis and Venus-Williams (18), were still thriving at week's end. However, expect Flushing Meadows fans to rally behind any "old" guard finalist, such as S�nchez Vicario, Jana Novotna (29) and Monica Seles (24).
? CBS, 11 AM

Texas at UCLA
Lone Star State mismatches: the Alamo, the Branch Davidians and the ATF, the Anna Nicole Smith-J. Howard Marshall marriage, and the 66-3 branding the Bruins gave the Longhorns in Austin last September. UCLA quarterback Cade McNown (far left) threw a school-record five touchdown passes that day while Texas running back Ricky Williams was held to a career-low 36 yards on 13 carries. McNown, who led the nation in passing efficiency in 1997, and Williams, the nation's top rusher, are Heisman contenders. Hey, Longhorns defenders: If you are in the path of 6'9", 310-pound Bruins tackle Kris Farris, U-don't-CLA, UC-stars.
?ABC, 3:30 PM

Mac and Sammy Watch
These Bat Packers are a pair of true swingers. Although they spurn endorsement deals left and right, Mark McGwire of the Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs are so money. ESPN has cut in to programming to show their at bats, and every sports highlight show has become Pop-Up Video. Because this is a two-man race to the finish, the drama will not subside even if Roger Maris's home run record is eclipsed. At week's end Fox was planning to air Saturday's Brewers at Cubs game (4:05 p.m.) and, possibly, Cardinals at Astros (8:05 p.m.). ESPN had dibs on Wednesday's Pirates at Cardinals (7:35 p.m.) and Cubs at Padres (10:35 p.m.). As events warrant, the networks could add or cancel games or shift them to their sister networks, FX and ESPN2. Also, they could acquire the rights to Cubs games slated for WGN: Sunday against the Brewers (2 p.m.), Thursday at the Padres (5 p.m.) and Friday against the Reds (3 p.m.).

Sunday 9/13
Buccaneers at Packers

How the NFL's Baywatch compares to the David Hasselhoff version: 1) Green Bay fans? Cheese implants on heads; Baywatch female lifeguards? Well, you know; 2) Brett Favre, three league MVP awards; Hasselhoff and cast, zero Emmys; and 3) Reggie White, still playing in Green Bay; Pamela Anderson, Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul, playing elsewhere. Tampa Bay sackmaster Warren Sapp is eager to resume the friendly yet feisty conversation he had with Favre (whom he's shown tackling, left) during the Bucs' 21-7 divisional playoff loss at Lambeau Field last January. Tampa Bay, which sent seven players to the Pro Bowl after last year's breakthrough 10-6 season, will be satisfied with nothing less than sending 45 to Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami.
?FOX, 1 PM

Friday 9/18
Julio C�sar Ch�vez vs. Oscar De La Hoya

To prepare for his 104th pro bout, the 36-year-old Ch�vez (99-2-2) trained in the ski-resort town of Breckenridge, Colo. When he steps into the ring in Las Vegas against WBC welterweight champ De La Hoya, 25, Ch�vez may need a lift ticket. In their 1996 fight, De La Hoya (left) stopped his boyhood idol in the fourth round by opening a cut above Ch�vez's left eye. Now, says De La Hoya (28-0), "I want to be the first to knock him out." Why is the Golden Boy granting a rematch to Ch�vez, an aging bull but one with a punishing right hook? Their first bout drew a record $78 million closed-circuit gross, a figure this one probably won't match.
?PPV ($39.95), 9 PM