?U.S. Figure Skating Championships
ABC 4 PM (MEN'S FREE SKATE); 9 PM (LADIES' FREE SKATE)
Excerpted from the soon-to-be-published A Season on the Rink: "Stress pervaded Boston's FleetCenter. Sasha Cohen, last year's ladies' silver medalist, was stressing over the stress fracture in her fifth lumbar vertebra. Meanwhile the defending men's champion, Michael Weiss, was on edge regarding the same injury to his left foot. The stress level is enough to make Fleet denizens wonder if Rick Pitino ever left."
?Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO 10 PM
In his 18-year NFL career, quarterback Fran Tarkenton was pro football's consummate scrambler. In a probing profile by Frank Deford, Tarkenton is alleged to have brought the same shiftiness to his business dealings in the early 1990s by misrepresenting the financial condition of his company, Knowledge Ware software. "Here's a guy who lied and cheated, openly," says Minneapolis financier Irwin Jacobs, who claims Tarkenton cost him millions. (Without admitting guilt, Tarkenton paid a $154,000 fine to the SEC.) To think that they called Kenny Stabler the Snake.
?Australian Open, Women's Singles Final
ESPN 9:30 PM
Last week Melbourne native and two-time Australian Open men's runner-up Pat Cash likened defending women's champ Lindsay Davenport to "a shot-putter." Cash also asserted that, aside from the Williams sisters and Amelie Mauresmo, "women tennis players are certainly all carrying extra weight." Having thus unwittingly given new meaning to the term cash cow, how long until this guy gets his own show on Fox?
?Kings at Trail Blazers
NBC 5:30 PM
Recently USA Today, in a flattering profile of Kerry Collins, ran the subhead QB SHEDS QUITTER, DRUNK, RACIST LABELS TO BE GIANTS' LEADER. To quote a colleague here, "With friends like that, who needs friends?" Which is to say, in declaring that Sacramento's Chris Webber has been the NBA's best player this season, we will excavate no reputation-sullying incidents. Rather, let's acknowledge that C-Web is the NBA's top power forward and an MVP candidate, as certified by the way he has lifted the play of teammates like Doug Christie (above) and by his 51-point, 26-rebound game on Jan. 5 against the Pacers. To quote Sean Connery in Finding Forrester, "You're the man now, Dog!"
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