?Georgia at Florida
CBS 3:30 PM
Not since the WCW's Goldberg trolled the trenches as an All-SEC noseguard in the late 1980s has Georgia had any sustained success wrastlin' Gators. Both schools enter this renewal of the border war in Jacksonville with a 6-1 record, but fifth-ranked Florida has won eight of the last nine games between the two. Memo to quarterback Quincy Carter of the No. 10 Bulldogs: Keep an eye on Gators defensive end and smackdown artist Alex Brown. Sleeper holds are his specialty.
?World Series Game 6
NBC 7:30 PM, IF NECESSARY; GAME 7, SUNDAY 7:30 PM, IF NECESSARY
Will the Braves and the Yankees require a Game 6 (and 7)? If they don't, NBC sincerely hopes you'll enjoy a new Freaks and Geeks.
?The Tour Championship, Final Round
ESPN 1 PM; ABC 3 PM
Like trick-or-treaters nationwide, today Tiger Woods, David Duval and the rest of the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour will walk in search of goodies—in the golfers' case, the $900,000 winner's share of a $5 million purse. Unlike their costumed counterparts, the linksters at Houston's Champions Golf Club won't have to tote their own bags.
? 76ers at Spurs; Lakers at Jazz
TNT 8 PM AND 10:30 PM
Never can say goodbye. Michael Jackson? No, Phil, the latest ex-Bull to prove that the NBA is always in your future. (Take heart, Dennis.) Last seen walking off this same Delta Center hardwood in 1998, the Zen master returns, this time as Lakers coach, for the second half of tonight's season-opening TV doubleheader. The new Jackson five, headlined by center Shaquille O'Neal, will be minus guard Kobe Bryant (broken right hand).
?Spurs at Rockets
TNT 8 PM
Charles Barkley's derriere ranks behind only Jennifer Lopez's as the most talked about in America. The Chuckster's posterior motive has long been to relentlessly bump and grind his way into the paint. Now that the NBA has given that tactic the bum's rush (an offensive player below the foul line who is backing in toward the basket must pass, shoot or pick up his dribble within five seconds), Houston's rookie point guard Steve Francis must spearhead a more frontal attack on the NBA champs.
? Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is
HBO 8 PM
Howard Cosell (above, interviewing Floyd Patterson in 1961): astute, obstreperous observer; plangent protagonist of civil rights; sesquipedalian orator on the burlesque that is American athletics. You, sir, were one of a kind. In this excellent 60-minute documentary, Cosell cohorts Frank Gifford and Al Michaels, and friends such as Woody Allen and Billy Crystal, are among many who discourse on sports' mightiest mouth. It's entirely apposite that Cosell played himself quizzing a wounded Latin American dictator in Allen's Bananas but during a real-life 1978 interview (at a USA- Cuba boxing match) had to interrupt Fidel Castro so ABC could return to sprint skating.
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