Broncos at Dolphins
?ABC 8:20 PM
Giants 20, Broncos 16: Frank Gifford's revenge. ABC relegated its inveterate Monday Night Football color man, a Hall of Fame Giant, to a picayune pregame post this season. Then, on Sunday, New York ruined MNF's most anticipated matchup of the season by soiling the Broncos' perfect record. (Somewhere, Howard is smiling.) That storyline gone, you can focus on the matchup at quarterback. In 16 NFL seasons Denver's John Elway has never played a down in Florida. Tonight he will face fellow future Hall of Famer Dan Marino for only the second time (page 88). The Broncos will meet a 9-5 Miami team fortified by the NFL's best young defense (led by linebacker and Larry Mondello look-alike Zach Thomas, right).
Jets at Bills
? CBS 12:30 PM
Legislative bills: Last-gasp play to interfere with passage is called a filibuster. Buffalo Bills: Pass interference called on last-gasp play is called a Wade Phillips-buster. The refs in Foxboro notwithstanding, coach Phillips's Bills seem headed for the playoffs, as are Bill Parcells's Jets, their foes in this AFC East showdown. Third-year receivers Keyshawn Johnson ( New York) and Eric Moulds (Buffalo) are something, Buster.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Angel Manfredy
? HBO 9:45 PM
Papa's got a brand-new bag. In 1978 a welterweight named Floyd Mayweather went 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard. Fifteen years later Mayweather was convicted for dealing drugs and spent four years in the slammer. During that time, his son, Floyd Jr., won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics and often visited his dad. When 21-year-old Floyd (18-0), the WBC super featherweight champ, touches gloves tonight with 24-year-old challenger Manfredy (25-2-1), he will have his father in his corner. After all, he has always been in his old man's.
Nagano '98 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Stories of Honor and Glory
?SHOWTIME 8 PM
During a two-hour program that rates an overall bronze, award-winning producer-director Greenspan presents seven tales of heroism (about three too many to hold your interest) from last February's Winter Games in Japan. Two moments, however, rate gold: men's downhill skier Brian Stemmle of Canada misses a gate and stands abject and alone on the side of the mountain, and Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, having just won a Winter Olympics-record eighth gold medal, in the 50K, slumps to the snow in exhilaration and exhaustion.
Duke vs. Kentucky
?ESPN 9 PM
Seven of nine (Jeri Ryan moment; deep breaths; O.K., we're back) NCAA men's championship games this decade have featured the Blue Devils (9-1 and ranked No. 2 at week's end) or the Wildcats (9-1 and No. 3), but in none did they play each other. The schools have met twice in the 1990s (in regional finals) but not on campus, as is the case again tonight, when they tap off in the Jimmy V Classic at the Continental Airlines Arena. Duke sophomore center Elton Brand and Kentucky senior forward Scott Padgett are muscular bangers and their respective teams' heart and soul.
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