?U.S. Figure Skating Championships
ABC 4 PM (MEN) AND 9 PM (LADIES)
Good news: The WWF has no interest in launching a figure skating league. Imagine, the kiss-and-cry couch replaced by a shut-up-and-wax-my-chest, woman! beanbag chair. Better news: This event is in Cleveland, and local boy Timothy Goebel is entered in the men's competition. In October, Goebel, a freshman at Case Western Reserve, became the first skater to land three quadruple jumps in one program. The last time anyone in these parts witnessed such aerial virtuosity, Craig Ehlo was on defense.
? UCLA at Syracuse
CBS I PM
Because Seton Hall handed the Orangemen their first loss of the season on Monday, UCLA won't have to worry about an assault on its record 88-game win streak. Still, the Bruins should be concerned when they pound the snow off their Tevas and march into the Carrier Dome. Led by pivotman Etan Thomas, Syracuse (19-1) is looking like a top seed in the NCAAs. Alumni broadcaster fantasy three-on-three: Marv Albert, Bob Costas and Dick Stockton ( Syracuse) versus Marques Johnson, Ann Meyers and Bill Walton ( UCLA). As Big Red would say, "That's tair-ible!"
?Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO 10 PM
A private country club crying discrimination? Officers of Haverhill (Mass.) Golf and Country Club considered it a most uncivil action when nine female members, angered by their restricted tee times and limited use of the facilities, sued their own club for gender discrimination and were awarded $1.9 million by a jury. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg's report examines the potential ripple effects for clubs nationwide.
?Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray?
TNT 10 PM
He was A-number-one. Cream of the crop. Top of the heap. A fixture in the Big Apple from 1978 to '82, Micheal (Sugar) Ray Richardson, a 6'5" point guard for the Knicks, had made it there. Alas, he also fell prey to cocaine there, as comedian and native New Yorker Chris Rock narrates in this affecting one-hour documentary. In '86, six years after leading the NBA in assists and steals, Richardson received a lifetime ban for drug abuse. "I could have been as good as Magic," says Sugar, who is 44 and apparently drugfree, "but I guess I'll never know."
?NBA All-Star Game
NBC 6 PM
Remember when William Shatner's backup band consisted of McCoy, Scotty, Spock, Sulu and Uhura? When The Graduate was a film, as opposed to just one of the West's five starters ( Tim Duncan)? The star date was 1967 when last the Bay Area hosted this affair. San Francisco Warriors forward Rick Barry, who now has two sons (Brent and Jon) in the Pacific Division, scored 38 points in 34 minutes. No Barrys will appear today, but the Pacific does offer two native Oakland sons, guards Jason Kidd and Gary Payton (above, in the '98 game). The West, with a starting frontcourt of Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal, will have each East star singing a tune of those '67 faves, the Monkees: I'm a Believer.