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The Week in TV Sports
Chris Ballard
July 23, 2001
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July 23, 2001

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 7/21

British Open
ABC SATURDAY 9 AM SUNDAY 8 AM
This tournament (the U.S. rights for which ABC buys from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club) is the only major not included in the PGA Tour's new monster TV package, a reported four-year, $850 million contract beginning in 2003. Higher prices will bring a demand for higher ratings, which will mean even more Tiger Woods—whom ABC no doubt hopes to showcase as he defends his title this weekend at Royal Lytham.

Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Adrian Stone
HBO 9 PM
The press release for this fight from Las Vegas describes world welterweight champ Mosley (37-0, 34 KOs) as "undefeated, loquacious, and gracious," while contender Stone (30-3-2, 23 KOs), who hails from Bristol, England, receives the one-adjective treatment ("rugged"). Notwithstanding that tag and considering how dominant Mosley has been, this bout may well fall into an early-round, one-noun category: knockout.

TUESDAY 7/24

Summer Hoops: Bulls vs. Trail Blazers
ESPN2 2 PM
A summer salve for hoopheads who have had their fill of short-shorts Lakers-Celtics reruns on ESPN Classic, this matchup of NBA summer league teams from Salt Lake Community College provides a glimpse at early returns on the futures speculation in this year's draft by Chicago: twin teen towers Tyson Chandler (7'0", 235 pounds) and Eddy Curry (6'11", 285). Curry, anointed Baby Shaq at Thornwood (Ill.) High, scored a team-best 13 points on July 11 in his debut in the Southern California Summer League against the Grizzlies but also picked up four fouls in his first 10 minutes.

Don't Miss

SUNDAY 7/22
Boxing: In and Out of the Ring
A&E 9 PM
The most compelling footage in this intriguing two-hour look at the seamy side of the sweet science is of the hours following the April upset victory by Hasim Rahman (above, left) over Lennox Lewis (right). The documentary follows the feeding frenzy for control over the new heavyweight champ, which is resolved when promoter Don King shows up at Rahman's house with $200,000 in cash. If that doesn't make you queasy, the program's look at the FBI's investigation of the IBF will. ("We did bad s—-," admits the federation's former ratings chairman.) On Monday, A&E begins a week of boxing Biography shows at 8 p.m. nightly, leading with Oscar De La Hoya and continuing with George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.

ALL TIME EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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