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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
January 11, 1999
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January 11, 1999

The Week In Tv Sports

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Sunday 1/10
Tennessee at Connecticut
Home wreckers, those Lady Vols. Earlier this season the Knoxvillains (11-1, ranked No. 2) played femme fatales by terminating Louisiana Tech's 52-game home winning streak, then the longest in women's basketball. Today, two-timing (in terms of player of the year awards) Chamique Holdsclaw (right, watched by coach Pat Summitt) leads three-timing (consecutive national championships) Tennessee into Gampel Pavilion, where the top-ranked Huskies (11-0) will defend their 54-game home winning streak. UConn's silky 6'2" sophomore forward Svetlana Abrosimov, who scored 22 second-half points against West Virginia last Saturday, may be the one to break Holds-claw's hold on the player of the year trophy.


Saturday 1/9

NFL Divisional Playoffs
?SATURDAY FOX 12:35 PM, CBS 4:15 PM;
SUNDAY CBS 12:40 PM, FOX 4:15 PM
Domed or doomed? No NFL domed team has ever played in the Super Bowl, unless you count the Terry Bradshaw-led Steelers of 1980. This weekend, however, wins by both NFC host teams (on Fox) would guarantee an end to that streak. Saturday's game pits the resurgent Georgia Dome Falcons (14-2) of cardiac coach Dan Reeves against the still dangerous 49ers. On Sunday the Metrodome Vikings, whose 15-1 record and rookie of the year wideout Randy Moss make them a veritable Dome Perignon, host the upstart Cardinals and their quarterback, Jake Plummer.

Mercedes Championships
The PGA Tour goes prime time as the final two rounds of the Tour's opening event of 1999 are televised live from the Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The world's four highest-ranked players in 1998—in order, Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, David Duval and Davis Love III—are expected to compete, as is Phil Mickelson, who won the event last year when it was played at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif. Veteran John Cook will attempt to reverse the fortunes of Cooks in Hawaii (see Cook, Captain James).

Roy Jones Jr. vs. Rick Frazier
?HBO 10 PM
"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" A 39-year-old New York City policeman stationed in Harlem's 26th Precinct, Frazier (18-3-1) lands his big break with a light heavyweight title bout against WBC champ Jones (38-1). Ubiquitous Don King should consider aligning himself with TV producer Steven Bochco in promoting this fight. How about NYPD Black and Blue or, better yet, Cop Rocked?

Monday 1/11
Sabres at Coyotes
? ESPN2 9 PM
Ever since the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, the NHL has been seeking a new benchmark for hell freezing over. How about the sight of Satan on ice-that is, Sabres forward Miroslav Satan, whose 16 goals at week's end led Buffalo (20-9-5)? Or a New Year's Day massacre in which Satan's teammate Dominik Hasek, the goalie who has won the Hart Trophy in the last two seasons, surrendered a career-high seven goals in a loss to the Mighty Ducks? Phoenix, which through Sunday had the league's second-best record (21-8-4), recently welcomed back its first line ( center Jeremy Roenick and wings Dallas Drake and Keith Tkachuk) from absences resulting from injury or suspension. The Coyotes have already witnessed hell chill over: In December it snowed on the outskirts of Phoenix.