?ABC 4:30 PM
On May 24 Larry King-of-all-media wrote in USA Today that he had bet long shot Charismatic to win in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness (and, also in both races, Ross Perot to show). Today the sport of King(s) anticipates its finest hour as Charismatic (on left in picture, winning the Preakness) gallops the 1.5-mile oval at Belmont Park with Chris Antley aboard in hopes of becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to proclaim, "Triple Crown, hello!" A victory would not only confer equine immortality upon the former $62,500 claimer but also guarantee Charismatic a guest spot on Larry King Live to discuss whether his next run in New York will be for U.S. Senate.
Mets at Yankees
?FOX 1 PM; SUNDAY ESPN 8 PM
The clues: He's an infielder for a New York team; he owns two World Series rings; his batting average through Sunday was more than .340; he has 10 letters in his name; and he had reached base safely in every game he had started. We're talking not about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (who does match this description), but Mets first baseman John Olerud. As New York's two teams collide this weekend at Yankee Stadium, it's indicative of their relative visibility that Jeter commands the corner booth at Moomba, while Olerud went unnoticed last week at LaGuardia while waiting out a flight delay.
U.S. Women's Open
? NBC SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 3 PM
Those who chronicle the life of last year's Open runner-up, known to the gallery as Chuasiripornographers, would inform us that their Jenny is following the lead of fellow Dookies such as Elton Brand and Corey Maggette by going pro. Last month Chuasiriporn graduated on one weekend and helped the Lady Blue Devils' golf squad to a national championship the next. Making her pro debut this week at Old Waverly in West Point, Miss., Chuasiriporn (should she make the cut) can expect to face stiff competition from the likes of LPGA tour money leader Karrie Webb and Dinah Shore winner Dottie Pepper.
Pacers at Knicks
? NBC 6:30 PM
Knicker-backer Spike Lee's next film, Summer of Sam, attempts to capture the feel of New York, circa 1977. Back then, Woody Allen's Big Apple navel-gazer Annie Hall was receiving more praise but doing less box office than Star Wars, and the city's most popular chant was "Reg-gie! Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" As the Eastern Conference finals move to Madison Square Garden for tonight's Game 3 (and Game 4, NBC, Monday, 9 p.m.), Allen and Lee are expected to be courtside as New York's least popular Reggie—sharpshooting Pacers guard Reggie Miller—looks to again torment Gotham in the postseason. Anyone got any Bubble Yum?
Claymores at Dragons
?FOX 1 PM
Is Lawrence Phillips, Barcelona's most controversial artist since Picasso, ready to emerge from his blue period? Phillips, a running back whose LP record includes four arrests and two dismissals from NFL teams, is leading the NFL Europe League in rushing average (100.7 yards per game) for the 5-2 Dragons. Fans of Scotland (4-3), meanwhile, are still excitedly hurling haggis over quarterback Dameyune Craig's record-setting 611 passing yards during the Claymores' 42-35 defeat of Frankfurt on May 22.
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