Las Vegas 400
?ABC 2:30 PM
Elvis Presley is a race-car driver who sings. Ann-Margret is a race-car driver who swings. She likes the way he revs his engine. He likes her rack-and-pinion steering. Before long they're tradin' paint and—huh? What? This isn't Viva Las Vegas? Oh, well. NASCAR drivers, who when they hear "the King" think Richard Petty, return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second running of this 267-lap race on a 1.5-mile trioval. Mike Skinner, the Winston Cup points leader after finishing fourth and sixth in the season's first two runs, will be seeking his first win in 79 career races.
Lakers at Jazz
?NBC 6 PM
In Detroit it was the Worm. In San Antonio, Dennis the Menace. In Chicago, the Incorrigi-Bull. Los Angeles is the latest stop on Dennis Rodman's appellation trail. The winding road of the seven-time defending rebounding champion brings him to Salt Lake City, where he was last seen leg-wrasslin' Jazz forward Karl Malone in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals. Utah is where the Lakers' title trail has ended during the last two seasons, in the Western Conference semis and finals, respectively. TV tie-in: David Hasselhoff, old Bay-watch boss of Mrs. Rodman ( Carmen Electra), is a Jazz fan and attended the aforementioned Game 6.
Dare to Compete: The Struggle Of Women in Sports
?HBO 8 PM
What resonates in this superb 8l-minute documentary is the double standard faced by every female athlete from Babe Didrickson (possibly the best athlete of either gender named Babe) to Florence Griffith-Joyner. "I told 'em I wanted foxes, not oxes," says Ed Temple, legendary women's track coach at Tennessee State. No (Lilith) fair! Well-chosen vintage footage resurrects the feats of, among other pioneers, tennis's Suzanne Lenglen and swimming's Gertrude Ederle.
SportsCenter of the Decade, 1950s
?ESPN 8 PM
The availability of better film footage makes the second two-hour installment of this series richer than last month's program, which covered 1900 to '49. New York fans especially will wallow as they relive, among other memories, Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard Round the World, the Yankees dynasty and the exploits of the Mick. There are moving segments on the continuing plight of the black athlete and on Ben Hogan's inspirational recovery from his near-fatal car crash.
NCAA Tournament First Round
? CBS AND DIRECTV (PPV), THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOON
A man of wealth and taste...rode a tank, held a general's rank...hung around St. Petersburg till he saw it was time for a change. Are we talking Mick—or Mike? Last year Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, once an Army captain, watched the Blue Devils squander a 17-point second-half lead to eventual national champion Kentucky in the South Regional final in St. Petersburg, Fla., site of this year's Final Four. None of the other 63 teams in the field will have any sympathy for the Devils, who are sparked by sophomore guard William Avery (right) and are almost certain to be top-seeded. As March Madness begins, the action should last past midnight on the two most exciting and exhausting TV sports weekdays of the year.
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