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The Week in TV Sports
Chris Ballard
June 18, 2001
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June 18, 2001

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 6/16

? NCAA World Series, Championship Game
CBS 1 PM
How time flies. Back in 1993 the Counting Crows helpfully informed us, in the song Omaha, that the city is "somewhere in middle America." You have to go back two years further to find the last time middle Americans at this series, played annually at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, had a chance to cheer one of their own (Creighton). This year Nebraska got home field advantage—but was knocked out on Sunday. Our pick, from the teams standing at week's end, is pitching-rich Stanford.

? Jamaica vs. U.S.
ABC 2 PM
American soccer fans have yet to muster the melodic creativity of their European counterparts, famous for chants like "They're shite, and they know they are" (as the Irish and Scots have serenaded the English). The U.S. players, at least, may be catching up: Last month the MetroStars (yes, the MLS club) beat Bayern Munich, the European Champions League winner, 2-0, and the American team has taken command (3-0-0) in its World Cup qualifying group. In Kingston, with U.S. strikers Clint Mathis and Josh Wolff sidelined, look for Joe-Max Moore to push the pace.

MONDAY 6/18
? HBO Real Sports
HBO 10 PM
In what amounts to Boomer Unplugged, White Sox lefty David Wells sits down with correspondent Armen Keteyian to discuss, among other things, his criticism of teammate Frank Thomas (Wells criticized the Big Hurt for not playing hurt), his enmity toward Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti (whom he refers to as Kotex Boy) and whether he's fat (or phat).

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SATURDAY 6/16-SUNDAY 6/17
?U.S. Open
NBC 1:30
And now, the contestants on Three Guys Not Named Tiger, the show about who else might win the U.S. Open at Tulsa's Southern Hills Country Club. First up is David Duval (above). David is one of the few men on the Tour not afraid of Woods, and as the best player never to have won a major, he's more overdue than a Biz Markie comeback. Next up is Sergio Garc�a. The cocky Sergio not only leads the Tour in total driving (a measure of distance and accuracy) but also recently won the Colonial, which, like this U.S. Open, is played on a Perry Maxwell-designed course. Our third competitor? Scott Verplank, come on down! Scott has been hot, with four top 10 finishes this year, and as a bonus, he's a bad headline writer's dream: WOODS WALKS VERPLANK!

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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