? F�lix Trinidad vs. William Joppy
TVKO ($44.95) 9 PM
In Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa got ready for the seemingly invincible Ivan Drago by heading to a secluded wilderness cabin. Likewise, middleweight champion Joppy (32-1-1, 24 KOs) has prepared for the seemingly invincible Trinidad (39-0, 32 KOs) with his own Rock-y regimen: He headed to the Catskills to follow the training routine of stablemate and newly crowned heavyweight champ Hasim (the Rock) Rahman. Joppy can only hope to mimic me successes of his stony predecessors as he squares off against Trinidad (page 54), who's trying for a title in a third weight class.
? Bobby Jones: Lessons from a Legend
GOLF CHANNEL 10 PM
Head back to a sepia-toned era, when five-irons were called mashies, nine-irons were niblicks and Bobby Jones was on top of the golf world. In this, the fifth of a nine-part series of half-hour shows (which all will be telecast again beginning next month), the Golf Channel pairs Jones's classic Warner Bros. instructional films of the 1930s with commentary from Byron Nelson. This week's subject: "Drivers and Trouble Shots."
HBO 10:15 PM
Earlier this season Knicks center Marcus Camby attempted to punch Spurs forward Danny Ferry and ended up comically head-butting New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. If only Kermit Washington's aim had been as errant. Instead, in 1977, Washington, a Lakers forward, threw a punch that shattered the face of Rockets forward Rudy Tomjanovich. Bryant Gumbel talks to both men 23 years later and finds that Washington, a gentle man off the court, still struggles to contain his bitterness toward a league he feels ostracized him after the incident, in part because of his color.
SATURDAY 5/12-SUNDAY 5/13
? NBA Playoffs
NBC SATURDAY 3:30 PM, SUNDAY 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 5:30 PM
Don't be alarmed by that little voice, the one whispering, " David Wesley is exciting!" and "Admit it, you love Scott Williams." That's just NBC praying you will tune in for Game 4 of the Milwaukee-Charlotte series (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.), also known to network suits as the Small Market Series from Hell. Demographics be damned, though, because the sight of rocket-fueled Hornets guard Baron Davis dueling Bucks guard Sam Cassell or slashing Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn (above, 24) should be among the delicious pleasures in a weekend of conference semifinal Game 4s. Saturday brings us Spurs-Mavericks, and on Sunday after Bucks-Hornets will come Sixers-Raptors, then Lakers-Kings.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.