? PGA Mercedes Championship
ESPN SATURDAY 7:30 PM; SUNDAY 8 PM
Did you see Tiger Woods on the sideline at the Orange Bowl, sporting that closely cropped blond 'do? Was that in tribute to Eminem, Sisqo or Jack Nicklaus? The PGA Tour tees off the 2001 season in prime time from Kapalua, Hawaii, with Woods scheduled to defend his title. Last year in this tournament he battled Ernie Els (a natural blond) shot for shot before beating him in the second hole of a playoff.
? NFL Conference Championship Games
FOX (NFC) 12:30 PM; CBS (AFC) 4 PM
If Tom Hanks had gotten himself marooned on Fox's Temptation Island, well then, Cast Away would have been a much different film, eh? The temptation to favor the home-standing Giants and Raiders, and cast away the Vikings and Ravens, is tempered by the fact that Minnesota can unleash wideout Randy Moss and Baltimore boasts linebacker Ray Lewis, arguably the NFL's two most gifted players.
? Connecticut at Notre Dame
ESPN 2 PM
Alicia Ratay (rhymes with dead-eye) is a gunslinger. Through Sunday, Ratay, a sophomore guard for the Fighting Irish, led the nation's women in three-point shooting (33 for 52, 63.5%) and had No. 3 Notre Dame (14-0) primed to topple the top-ranked Huskies (11-0). The Irish have never beaten UConn in 11 tries but had won 30 straight home games, a streak nearly as impressive as Connecticut's 28 consecutive victories. Assuming that neither team is upset before their meeting at the Joyce Center, something besides Ratay's jumper must fall today.
WEDNESDAY 1/17 AND FRIDAY 1/19
?Penguins at Coyotes; Penguins at Stars
WEDNESDAY ESPN2 9 PM; FRIDAY ESPN 8 PM
Number 66 has returned, rendering the rest of the NHL a bunch of Marionettes. After putting his career on ice on ice for three years, Mario Lemieux (above) has skated back with vigor, getting four goals and eight assists in his first four games with Pittsburgh, three of which were Penguins victories. Since Lemieux's comeback, linemate Jaromir Jagr has come back to form with five goals and five assists. Meanwhile, le Tour Lemieux was setting hockey ratings records for ESPN and Fox Sports Net. Ownership, we hear, is pleased. Somewhere Wayne Gretzky must be saying, "Honey, have you seen my skates?"