? Shane Mosley vs. Shannan Taylor
HBO 10 PM
Dextrose, fructose, sucrose.... "I want them to remember me as one of the great Sugars, with Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard," says undefeated (36-0, 33 KOs) WBC welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley, 29, referring to his nom de guerre. Having given Oscar De La Hoya his lumps last June, Mosley, a sweet scientist and bruising puncher, steps into the ring in Las Vegas with the undefeated Shannan Taylor (28-0-1), a Down Underdog from Wollongong, Australia. Prediction: Glucose to call.
?College Basketball Conference Tournament Finals
CBS ( SEC) 1 PM; ESPN ( ACC) 1 PM; ESPN (BIG 12) 3 PM; CBS (BIG TEN) 3:30 PM
These games can be either nothing more than a scintillating prologue to the NCAAs—or everything to teams on the bubble (see North Carolina State, 1983). The ACC, with four schools in the Top 15 and a strong fifth, Wake Forest, promises a fantastic finale. This evening the selection show ( CBS, 6:30 p.m.) will reveal who made the NCAAs and where they're going to play.
? Red Sox at Rangers
NEW ENGLAND SPORTS NETWORK 7 PM ( DIRECTV CH. 623; DISH NETWORK CH. 434)
Our alltime all-financial team—pitcher Wes Stock, catcher Buck Ewing, first baseman Norm Cash, second baseman Don Money, third baseman Jonah Goldman and outfielders Barry Bonds and Shawn Green—is shy a shortstop and an outfielder. We choose Texas's Alex Rodriguez and Boston's Manny Ramirez, respectively, who between them are newly signed to contracts worth $412 million.
THURSDAY 3/15-FRIDAY 3/16
? NCAA Basketball Tournament, First Round
CBS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NOON AND 7:30 PM
Lee Ann Womack has performed her country anthem, I Hope You Dance, at the Orange Bowl, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies and President Bush's inauguration. We foresee a montage marrying her terpsichorean tune to the Big Dance as celebrated hoofers like forward Jason Richardson (above) of defending champion Michigan State and forward Shane Battier of Duke lead their teams onto the floor. By early Saturday morning, half the field of 64 will be gone. Anyone for an 'N Sync Bye Bye Bye montage? Me, neither. ( DirecTV users can purchase the entire first three tournament rounds for $49 or any individual game for $19.95.)
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANCE.