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The Week in TV Sports
Chris Ballard
April 09, 2001
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April 09, 2001

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 4/7
? Prince Naseem Hamed vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
TVKO (PPV; $39.95) 9 PM
After a month of training at a desert estate in California, flamboyant featherweight champion Hamed has devised an elaborate plan of attack for what is widely acknowledged as the toughest challenge of his career. "I will come into the ring, flip over the top rope and then take the brother out," he boasted recently. Against Barrera (52-3, 38 KOs), a three-time champion from Mexico known for his relentless body blows, the preposterous, preening Hamed (35-0, 31 KOs) had better bring more than his trademark leopard-print shorts, or he may be the brother taken out.

TUESDAY 4/10
The Iditarod
USA 8 PM
Ten days of grueling sledding in Alaska's annual Anchorage-to-Nome race—completed last month—is condensed into two suspenseful hours of Mush Madness. This year's storyline focuses on Montana's Doug Swingley, the only non-Alaskan to win the Iditarod, who was trying to keep his team on the trail as he aimed for his third straight title.

WEDNESDAY 4/11
Stanley Cup Playoffs
ESPN2 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM; ESPN 10 PM
Questions to ponder as the NHL postseason begins tonight and continues on Thursday ( ESPN, 7:30; ESPN2, 7:30 and 10:30): Can Mario's magic make up for the Penguins' lack of goaltending? Can anyone stop the red-hot Devils and Avalanche? Finally, with the Maple Leafs on the verge of clinching a playoff berth as of Sunday, will Toronto forward-goon Tie Domi, who threw down a Flyers fan in Philly last week, move up in weight class for Domi versus Zamboni?

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SATURDAY 4/7—SUNDAY 4/8
The Masters
CBS SATURDAY 3:30 PM; SUNDAY 4 PM
Eighties hair band Nelson sang Can't Live Without Your Love and Affection, and the same can be said of CBS's feelings about Nielsen, the television ratings service. When Tiger Woods (above) won the Masters in 1997, the network had the highest final-round rating of the '90s (a 14.1) and the fifth highest in history. Combine Tiger's telegenic appeal, his recent consecutive victories at the Bay Hill Invitational and the Players Championship, and his quest for a fourth straight major, and the ingredients exist for an even bigger Nielsen bonanza. The network's dream date? A final round playoff between Woods and, say, defending champion Vijay Singh.

ALL TIMES EASTERN, SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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