?Like former Vikings receiver Cris Carter—who last week left his analyst's job on HBO's Inside the NFL and signed with the Dolphins—ESPN's newest NBA analyst, Tim Hardaway, is both young enough (36) and skilled enough (last year he averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 assists for the Mavericks and the Nuggets) to return to his athletic life. So what does he say to NBA teams in need of a point guard? "There's no calling me this year," Hardaway told SI. "Call me next year." After beating out a dozen candidates, including former teammate Alonzo Mourning, in a tryout two weeks ago, Hardaway signed a one-year deal to work on ESPN's Friday NBA doubleheaders. "He's engaging and very quick to voice an opinion," says ESPN senior vice president Jed Drake. "He lights up the screen." Hardaway's biggest challenge may be to rein in his impulses. "Most of the time I'll be watching and I'll say, 'That guy, he ain't s—-.' But I know I can't say that on TV. Now I've got to say, 'What was that guy thinking? He's a better ballplayer than that, and he needs to start playing better.' "
?After undergoing successful double-bypass surgery on Oct. 14, NBC's Tom Hammond, 57, will miss his first Breeders' Cup telecast since the series began in 1984. Rather than bring in a replacement for the Oct. 26 broadcast, NBC will expand the role of the other Breeders' Cup regulars—including Bob Costas and Charlsie Cantey—and Hammond will provide commentary from his home in Lexington, Ky.
?Hoops equality: Next March, for the first time in the 21-year history of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, all 63 games will be televised. ESPN and ESPN2 will carry the games.