?Rangers vs. Blue Jays
ESPN 4 PM
The 2001 season kicks off in San Juan, where the Puerto Rican promoters of the game boasted that the First Dubya would be on hand to see the team he once owned vie for the season's first W, but the White House nixed that. So with George W absent, the only Bush that fans at Hiram Bithorn Stadium will see is Toronto second baseman Homer. If that's not enough of a thrill, Puerto Rican heroes Ivan Rodriguez (from Vega Baja) and Carlos Delgado (from Aquadilla) should provide plenty of excitement.
? Lakers at Jazz
TBS 8 PM
Old couples are supposed to bicker constantly, while newlyweds are all lovey-dovey. Tell that to these Western Conference rivals. Karl Malone and John Stockton have been in Utah for 16 years, and they're coexisting as blissfully as ever. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, in only their fifth season together, have been like Frank and Estelle Costanza. The result: Through Sunday the Jazz was looking down the standings at the Lakers.
THURSDAY 4/5 AND FRIDAY 4/6
USA 4 PM
Should Tiger Woods go on from these two opening rounds to win the Masters, the hot 19th-hole topic will be whether his feat of winning four majors in a row constitutes a Grand Slam. The question might be rendered moot by Friday afternoon, though. Woods shot himself out of contention last year by opening with rounds of 75 and 72. He did play the final 36 holes in a tournament-best seven under, though, so if he gets off to a good start this year, the folks at Augusta National might want to go ahead and have him fitted for a new green jacket.
?Men's Final Four
CBS SATURDAY 5:30 PM; MONDAY 9 PM
The eyes of the nation, at least those eyes not in the heads of people who picked Iowa State and North Carolina in their pool, will be on the Metrodome to see which team prevails. For all the tournament's early-round upsets, the Final Four will be contested without a Cinderella. Two No. 1 seeds (Duke and Michigan State), a No. 2 ( Arizona) and a No. 3 ( Maryland) make up the field. That doesn't mean there can't be a storybook finish: The Wildcats, led by guard Jason Gardner (above), would love to win one for coach Lute Olson, who lost his wife of 47 years, Bobbi, to cancer on New Year's Day. Should Arizona win, let's hope that when its players snip those nets, they don't accidentally clip forward Eugene Edgerson's righteous 'fro.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.