?NBC 9 PM MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND (IF NECESSARY) FRIDAY
Spurs against Knicks, call it what you will: Hardy Boys against Geto Boys, Wally Cleaver against Eldridge Cleaver, American Gothic against American Psycho. Doesn't matter. Those incorrigible New Yorkers, they of the league's highest payroll ($68.5 million), the Eastern Conference's lowest seed (No. 8) and more shady characters than a Dickens anthology, play host at Madison Square Garden to the NBA's Eagle Scouts in Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5. San Antonio's twin towers, Tim Duncan (right) and David Robinson, should feast on New York's short front line. Then again, the Knicks' twin terrors, forward Marcus Camby and guard Latrell Sprewell, have defied the odds since the playoffs began.
College World Series
? CBS 12:30 PM
Hurricane sightings have become common in Omaha. Top-seeded Miami has appeared in the series for the last six years, without winning. Should the Hurricanes (who were alive at week's end) advance to today's final, No. 2 Florida State would be the ideal opponent. Considering that last year's finale ended in a football score (USC 21, Arizona State 14), why not transfer one of autumn's tastiest rivalries to the diamond? Seminoles third baseman Marshall McDougall, who hit six home runs in one game this spring, and other sluggers should feel right at home in Rosenblatt Stadium, where at least 16 runs have been scored in each of the past five finals.
Women's World Cup
?ABC 3 PM; ESPN 5:30 PM; ESPN2 8 PM
U.S.A. versus Denmark, today's Cup opener from Giants Stadium, has some history behind it. In a 1995 Cup match between the same teams, U.S. goalie Brianna Scurry was ejected. Mia Hamm replaced her and made two saves in a 2-0 win. Not bad for a forward who has since become the game's alltime leading scorer in international play (109 goals). Maria Messing, the president of the organizing committee for the tournament (which continues Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday on ESPN and ESPN2), is no relation to former New York Cosmos goalie Shep but is the sister-in-law of sitcom star Debra. Makes sense. The U.S. women, having outscored their last seven opponents 35-2, possess the will and grace to win it all.
Mariners at Indians
?ESPN 8 PM
After making noise about appealing a three-game suspension for charging the mound, Cleveland rightfielder Manny Ramirez shut up and sat down. Yes, his whine was corked. That seemingly was the only way to stop Ramirez, whose vintage year at weeks end included a record-setting RBI pace (72 through 60 games). Cleveland has had baseball's most potent offense, but the Mariners were leading the majors in homers, with 121.
? HBO MONDAY-FRIDAY 9 AM
If Austin Powers can travel back in time to recover his mojo, why can't Boris Becker? The 31-year-old from Germany burst onto the scene by winning at the All England Club in 1985 but last won there in '89. Becker has played the role of No. 2 in England more times (four) than Robert Wagner. Speaking of the past, by fortnight's end Andre Agassi could become the first man since Bj�rn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.
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