Last season Anaheim's Paul Kariya played the role of the eighth dwarf, Woozy, after suffering a season-ending concussion on Feb. 1. Hockey fans wondered if duck, when applied to him, was a noun or a verb. The 5'10" Kariya has returned with a vengeance, however, and through Sunday he was the NHL's third-leading scorer. Phoenix is still sore about a first-round playoff loss to Anaheim in 1997. In Tomorrowland the next stop for these Pacific Division rivals could be the first round of the playoffs—again.
Orioles at Yankees
?FOX SPORTS NET 7:30 PM
New York is where the only sure things are debt and taxis—and pinstripes. The reigning world champion Bronx Bombers are prohibitive favorites to win it all in 1999. (Then again, wasn't Duke?) For starters, during spring training the already pitching-rich Yanks added five-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens to the pitching rotation. The combo of Baltimore's all-righty pitching staff and New York's hefty lefty swingers—Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams (a switch-hitter)—could mean a busy evening for new Orioles rightfielder Albert Belle.
Pacers at Sixers
?TNT 8 PM
The shortest NBA season in 51 years may yield the shortest MVP. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson stands six feet tall in his corn-rows, thereby underpassing Bob Cousy (1957's MVP) by one inch. At week's end the Answer led the league in scoring (27.4-point average) and had the heretofore downtrodden Sixers vying for a playoff berth. He also had a strained right quadriceps and was listed as day-to-day. Central Division power Indiana was leading the league in referees' noses busted (one, Dick Bavetta's, unintentionally whacked by swing-man Jalen Rose in a March 30 game against the Knicks).