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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
March 27, 2000
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March 27, 2000

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 3/25

?Galaxy at United
ABC 2 PM
Bobby Convey may already have sewed up next year's Most Likely to Succeed award at Philadelphia's William Penn Charter High School. Last month Convey, a 16-year-old junior, signed with the three-time MLS champion D.C. United and became the youngest player in league history. The precocious midfielder, who doesn't have a driver's license yet, is living at the home of team president Kevin Payne and, we assume, goes to bed at whatever hour the president of the United states. Today's game is a rematch of last autumn's MLS Cup, in which D.C. beat Los Angeles 2-0.

? NCAA Men's Regional Finals
CBS 4:30 PM AND 7 PM
UConn? You gone! Buckeyes, bye-bye. Cincinnati, WPJP. Sayo-najera, Oklahoma. Purdue's Brian Cardinal survived, but the Stanford Cardinal didn't, while in Tucson folks now know that there's another seven-letter word for a West region Sweet 16 school containing the letters A, Z, O, N and A. ( Gonzaga, of course.) A tornado of upsets ravaged Bracketville last weekend, sweeping away much of its upper crust and leaving only a few bluebloods—Duke, North Carolina and UCLA—standing. After play today and on Sunday ( CBS, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.), the field will be winnowed down to the Final Four.

WEDNESDAY 3/29
? McDonald's All-American Game
ESPN 8 PM
Tonight at Boston's Fleet Center, Neil Fingleton will be one All-American who is not American. Fingleton, 7'6" and 22.14 stone (that's 310 pounds), is a native of Great Britain who took up basketball four years ago. This season at Holy Name Central Catholic in Worcester, Mass., the North Carolina-bound center averaged 23.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. This pilgrim's game may flower in Chapel Hill, which is cruel irony for Duke fans: Fingleton's hometown in England is Durham.

FRIDAY 3/31
? NCAA Women's Final Four
ESPN 7 PM
Katie Couric's colonoscopy notwithstanding, tonight's doubleheader from Philadelphia provides the toughest televised distaff gut check of the season. Like Today's unsinkable anchor, two schools, Connecticut and Tennessee, ruled during the 1990s. However, for all the Huskies' success, only once—in '95—did they advance to the final. At week's end UConn, with its stellar backcourt of Sue Bird and Shea Ralph, was expected to reach the semis. The real question: Would the top-ranked Huskies have not only the talent but also the intestinal fortitude to make it to the April 2 final ( ESPN, 9 p.m.)?

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WEDNESDAY 3/29
?Cubs vs. Mets from Japan
FOX SPORTS NET 5 AM
A misfit band of ursine ballplayers travel to the Far East for a game or two? Wait, we've seen this before: The Bad News Bears Go to Japan. That was 1978; this time, Samurai Sammy (above) and the Cubs, with Don Baylor reprising the Tony Curtis role as the team's new manager, trek to Tokyo and incite Japandemonium by opening the 2000 major league season against the Mets. The thrill of the major leagues' first official game outside the Americas will be diluted by its being played indoors (the Tokyo Dome) and on artificial turf. New York is the "home" team today; Chicago gets that honor on Thursday (same time, same network).

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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