?Cardinals at Reds
FX 1 PM
The INS would like to remind moping Mariners fans that it played no role in reuniting Ken Griffey Jr. with his dad. Junior, who has returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to play center for the Reds (for whom his father is bench coach), is seeking asylum from a batting slump that had him hitting .217 with a below-par (for him) seven homers through Sunday. National League Central leader St. Louis, on the other hand, set a major league record for round-trippers in the season's first month with an April shower of 55.
? NBA Conference Semifinals
NBC SATURDAY 3:30 PM; SUNDAY 12:30 PM, 3 PM AND 5:30 PM
Fair Ball, Bob Costas's recently published treatise on the state of baseball, not only may be the first literary work to cite both Ayn Rand and Scrooge McDuck, but it also makes so much darn sense that the bosses of baseball almost certainly won't implement the changes Costas proposes. Air Ball, our considerably more concise advice to the NBA, consists solely of Somebody, anybody, move without the basketball! And would it kill you to set a weak-side pick? The Jazz and the Trail Blazers, whose deft passing makes them NBAberrations and who at week's end seemed headed for a collision in the semis, would be the most edifying matchup of this round, which continues through the rest of the week on, variously, TBS and TNT.
? Kentucky Derby
ABC 4:30 PM
This year's Triple Crown opener has a Guys and Doll flavor, as Jenine Sahadi bids to become the first female to train a Derby winner. True, her colt, The Deputy, lost in March's San Felipe Stakes to prohibitive Derby favorite Fusaichi Pegasus, but the defeat was by less than a length. Besides, no prerace pick has won at Churchill Downs since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Sahadi's unorthodox methods—she mixes wine into The Deputy's oats—and Pegasus' well-reported skittishness may lead to a mild upset. Luck be a lady.
?Devils at Maple Leafs, Game 5
ESPN2 7:30 PM
Leafs aren't supposed to fall until autumn. Toronto, Canada's lone remaining club in the NHL playoffs, squandered home ice advantage to New Jersey by losing 1-0 last Saturday at Air Canada Centre. Goalies Martin Brodeur of the Devils and Curtis Joseph of the Maple Leafs have tended their nets as if possessed, each averaging a mere 1.0 goals-against in the first two games of this Eastern Conference semifinal. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, would be on Monday and Wednesday (network to be announced, 7 p.m. each night).
?On Hallowed Ground
TNT 10:05 PM
"The way I see my life after basketball," says Anthony (Biz) Heyward, star of the Puff Daddy-sponsored Rucker League team Bad Boy, "is, I don't." Across the Harlem River from Yankee Stadium, on the corner of 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, sits Holcombe Rucker Memorial Park (above), playground zero for basketball, hip-hop style and urban African-American culture. This absorbing 90-minute documentary chronicles the history of the league, in which NBA immortals Tiny Archibald and Julius Erving (among others) honed their games, and it revisits the fancy flights of participants hoping to make names for themselves in last summer's playoffs.