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June 19, 2000
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? NCAA College World Series Final
CBS 2:30 PM
La's are as prominent in Omaha this week as they are in one of Phoebe Buffay's inscrutable songs. At one end of the spectrum there's diamond ingenue Louisiana-Lafayette (48-19), a.k.a. La La, making its World Series debut. Then there's La. St. (49-17), a.k.a. LSU, bidding for its fifth national championship since 1990. No smelly cats, these Tigers, who have set school records for hits (838 at week's end) and team batting average (.345) during the season.

? Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley
TVKO 9 PM ($49.95)
The undefeated Mosley (34-0, 32 KOs) and the once-beaten De La Hoya (32-1, 26 KOs) are Southern Californians who once sparred with each other in their prepubescent years. Mosley claims to have gotten the better of De La Hoya, which we imagine will incite this exchange when they meet in the ring at L.A.'s Staples Center in a fight for De La Hoya's welterweight title: "Did not." "Did, too." "Did not." Both fighters are former lightweight world champs.

? Yankees at White Sox
Baby, what a big surprise! The band Chicago practically penned the theme music for this year's Pale Hose, who through Sunday had the best record (37-24) in the American League. First baseman Frank Thomas, a year removed from his worst major league season, is alive again and feeling stronger every day. Alas, playing in unpopular Comiskey Park, the White Sox were drawing a mere 20,358 fans per game, even after three sellouts against the Cubs last weekend. For Chicagoans, not going to Comiskey is a hard habit to break.

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?U.S. Open
NBC Saturday and Sunday 1:30 PM
This just in: Those unabashed ageists from Survivor just banished Bob Hope! Survivor has taken a cue from Logan's Run, a film in which people were sentenced to death upon turning 30. Phil Mickelson (above), whose big three-oh arrives two days before Sunday's final round, most likely will have survived his birthday and Friday's cut. Mickelson has already won three tournaments this year. His second-place finish at last year's Open was his seventh top 10 finish in a major and his closest flirtation with victory in one of the biggies. He just may walk away from the Pebble Beach course with the Championship Cup and the winner's purse of $800,000.