Sharks at Blues
ESPN2 8 PM
Was it a fluke when the Blues floundered against the Sharks last spring? It seemed awfully fishy when St. Louis, owner of the NHL's best record, lost to lowly San Jose in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This season, through Sunday, the Pacific Division-leading Sharks had the league's third-best record (the Blues, best in the Central, were second) and the midseason Calder Trophy favorite in rookie goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
Lakers at Knicks
NBC 2:30 PM
Follow along: Because of his inability to temper his anger, New York center Marcus Camby is serving the last of a five-game suspension today. For the same reason, Knicks fan Alec Baldwin has been asked for a divorce by wife Kim Basinger, who starred in L.A. Confidential, which would be an inaccurate way of characterizing the public squabbling of Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Even with such tempestuousness, why do we get the feeling that this is an NBA Finals preview?
North Carolina at Duke
ESPN2 9 PM
Advice for the man at O'Hare Airport last week who spoke on his cell phone while seated on the toilet: Answer one call at a time. Take the Tar Heels' Ronald Curry and Julius Peppers, for example, who didn't join the basketball team until football season ended. Through Sunday, Curry, a quarterback turned point guard, and Peppers, a defensive end turned reserve power forward, had helped the Heels to 12 straight wins and a No. 6 ranking heading toward their showdown with the No. 2 Blue Devils.
Super Bowl XXXV
CBS 6 PM
Here it is: Baltimore versus New York, Homicide versus Law and Order, Andre Braugher versus Jerry Orbach (and Angie Harmon, of course), Diner versus Annie Hall, Babe Ruth's boyhood versus Babe Ruth's adulthood, Inner Harbor versus South Street Seaport and Schwab investor Shannon Sharpe versus Schwab investor Jason Sehorn (a.k.a. Mr. Angie Harmon). The Giants have history (2-0 in Roman Numeral games) on their side, while the Ravens have a record-setting defense led by linebacker Ray Lewis (above) that has allowed them to win 19 straight games in which they've scored at least seven points. Worth noting: No team has been shut out in a Super Bowl (fewest points: three, by Miami in Super Bowl VI).