Pacers at Lakers
? NBC 5:30 PM
Our NBA alltime All-Valentine's Day squad, based on Darryl Dawkins's planet, Lovetron: at guard, Darnell Valentine and Todd Day; at forward, Jalen Rose and Bob Love; and at center, that ladies' man, Wilt Chamberlain. Another L.A pivot man, Shaquille O'Neal, will be working toward becoming the first player since Wilt to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in the same season, something the Lakers may need if they're to live up to predictions that they and Indiana will next battle in the Finals. The Pacers spent the lockout training under guards Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller. Like Los Angeles counterpart and fellow 1998 All-Star Eddie Jones (right, 6, guarding Miller), ringless Reggie has feelings of cupidity for a title.
U.S. Figure Skating Championships
?ABC 9 PM
Salt Lake City, a.k.a. the Checkbook Republic, gladly turns its attention from the IOC to the i-c-e. Reigning U.S. amateur and world professional champion Michelle Kwan has been practicing at a California rink called Easy Street Arena. With her chief competition, Nicole Bobek, having withdrawn because of endometriosis, Kwan, the Olympic silver medalist, should experience no hard road in tonight's ladies' free skate. Expect Kwan to perform a sizzling routine from Disney's The Little Mermaid that may just melt the Delta Center ice. But that's O.K Someone will just dip into the slush fund.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey
?PPV 9 PM ($39.95)
He's from faraway Ghana, but he's far from a goner. The challenger for the WBC welterweight crown, punishing puncher Quartey (34-0-1, 29 KOs), figures to give the also unbeaten De La Hoya (29-0, 24 KOs) the toughest challenge of his career. In a match on the undercard, former Playboy model Mia (the Knockout) St. John (9-0, six KOs) battles Amanda Skelton (4-0, one KO). Presumably a St. John turnoff is people who bring her down.
? CBS NOON
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is the grand marshal for NASCAR's inaugural event of the Winston Cup season. (What, you thought His Honor would work the Coca-Cola 600?) Wheel people will keep an eye on Rusty Wallace's Ford Taurus, which boasted the fastest speed (193.1 mph) during January testing on the 2�-mile oval. Wallace, who has never won stock car racing's most prestigious event, finished fifth here last year. Defending champ Dale Earnhardt, 47, may trade paint with his kid, Dale Jr., 24. Jeff Gordon, who took the checkered flag in 1997 and will be on the pole today, begins his pursuit of a third consecutive Winston Cup title.
Flyers at Avalanche
FOX 3 PM
The Beezer is no geezer. Philadelphia's new man in goal this season is 16-year veteran John Vanbiesbrouck, most recently with the Panthers. With him between the pipes, the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers recently had four consecutive shutouts in the midst of a 24-game span in which they lost just once. It helps that the NHL's two leading goal scorers, John LeClair (33 goals through Sunday) and Eric Lindros (29), are on his side. The Avalanche, whose recent franchise-record nine-game winning streak put it atop the Northwest Division, remembers the Beezer fondly. He was Florida's goalie in '96 when Colorado swept the Panthers to win the Stanley Cup.
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