?WGC Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship
ESPN 10:30 AM AND ABC 2 PM
For six months Tiger Woods has been the Harry Potter of the PGA Tour, a veritable sorcerer prodigy of the links, to everyone else's magic-less Muggle. It's as if he's buzzing the course with a Nimbus Two Thousand, projecting his will on the ball, while the rest of the field makes do with ordinary broomsticks. This match play event, which began on Feb. 23 with 64 participants and concludes on Sunday (ABC, 2 p.m.) at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., might favor Woods even more. Who wants to go one-on-one with a wizard?
? Michigan State at Indiana
CBS 2 PM
Senior guard A.J. Guyton has never won a championship—not at Indiana, not at Central High in Peoria, Ill., not even in color wars at summer camp. With the Hoosiers, Michigan State and Purdue all contending for the Big 10 crown, this may be Guyton's best title shot. Indiana's leading scorer (20.7 points per game) almost certainly must avenge an earlier loss to the No. 5 Spartans and, on Tuesday ( ESPN, 7 p.m.), another to the No. 21 Boilermakers if the No. 16 Hoosiers are to win their first regular-season conference title since 1993. If he doesn't, we suggest, Guyton should start practicing for the Little 500, the on-campus bike race.
? Oscar De La Hoya vs. Derrell Coley
HBO 9 PM
It's Oscar season, and because nobody named Oscar has won an Oscar for acting, we're handing out our own Oscar Oscars. Best Supporting Oscar: Madison, who allowed finicky Felix to crash at his Park Avenue pad; Best Director Oscar: Goldman, the OSI agent who funneled assignments to Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin; and Best Actor Oscar: De La Hoya, the former weltrweight champ (31-1) who claimed never to have heard of Coley (despite his 34-1 record) before tonight's bout at Madison Square Garden was set. Which reminds us, Oscar Hammerstein, who won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, wrote the lyrics to Getting to Know You.
?Pacers at Lakers
TNT 10:30 PM
"In the ham-and-egg breakfast," author Michael Lewis writes in The New New Tiling, his bestseller on Silicon Valley magnate Jim Clark, "the chicken is interested, the pig is committed." Six weeks ago Los Angeles was playing like ravenous swine, winning 16 straight before losing at Indiana. The Pacers, through Sunday winners of 19 consecutive home games, are chickens away from Conseco Fieldhouse, having laid an egg in 15 of 27 road games.
?Suns at Raptors
NBC 12:30 PM
WHAZZZZZUUPPPPPP!!!!! Vince Carter (page 36) is. Patrick Ewing? Buh-bye. Allen Iverson? Let me put you on hold. The Peacock, aware of the tidal shift that occurred during All-Star weekend, has shifted its primary game from New York at Philadelphia (small markets, no marquee players) to Phoenix at Toronto. While Air Canada, in only his second season, has emerged as the go-to player for the suddenly respectable Raptors, the Suns are led by a come-from guy, Jason Kidd (above). Through Sunday, nine Phoenix players had led the Purple Gang in scoring in at least one game this season, but point guard Kidd had topped it in assists in 47 out of 50 games. True.
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