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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
February 02, 1998
Saturday 1/31
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February 02, 1998

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 1/31

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
O'Meara mirror on the wall, who's the fairway-est of them all? Is it you, Mark (below), five-time winner and defending champion of this event? Or is it your Orlando-area neighbor, Tiger Woods, who this year will be paired with his dad, Earl, instead of Kevin Costner (half of a twosome with John Cook)? In Tiger's favor: Cameras, whose clicking and whirring visibly upset Woods last year, are banned from the gallery. Among the celebs, should Jack Lemmon make the cut for the first time in 24 years, he may allow Ving Rhames to shoot his final two rounds.

Wednesday 2/4

Bulls at Jazz
Anthropologists' Special—THE MAILMAN (Homo Malonus): Hyperbiceped 1997 NBA MVP Karl Malone, who scored a game-high 35 points in Utah's 101-94 win in Chicago last Sunday. THE RODMAN (Homo Philo): Multihued, single-faceted Chicago forward Dennis Rodman, who through Sunday led the league in rebounding (15.3 per game). THE SUPERMAN (Jordanus Unstoppablus): Michael Jordan, who scored 38 points the last time he played at the Delta Center, in Game 5 of last June's NBA Finals, and who again was leading the NBA in scoring (29.5).

Flyers at Stars
Mike Modano (above) is the Star stud on a team that is anything but star studded. Modano, a 6'3" center, was leading surprising Dallas (at week's end an NHL-best 32-11-8) in scoring with 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) and in women's-magazine photo shoots (three in three years, for Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle and Marie Claire). Two weeks ago Philadelphia added right wing Alexandre Daigle, whose own star has fallen since he was the top pick by the Ottawa Senators in the 1993 draft, to its stellar lineup that includes left wing John LeClair and center Eric Lindros.
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Thursday 2/5

Duke at North Carolina
It's ACC basketball, bay-bee! No. 1 (through Sunday) versus No. 2! Duke's diaper dandies, the B&B boys—no, I'm not talking about bed & breakfast, bay-bee! I'm talking big men Shane Battier (right) and Chris Burgess—invading the Dean Dome to take on the Tar Heels' PTPers Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison (page 94)! And, ohh, what kind of a super job is Bill Guthridge doing in replacing the Legend, Deano Smith? (You gotta believe that Dick Vitale hasn't been this juiced since Rogaine announced that its new formula grows 45% more hair.)

Friday 2/6

Opening Ceremonies
If Hollywood were producing this spectacle, Godzilla and Pat Morita would team to battle Rodan and Abe Vigoda (not Japanese, he just needs the work), after which Godzilla would light the torch with his breath. Instead, athletes from a Winter Games-record 72 nations will march into Minami Nagano Sports Park to watch sumo wrestler Takanohana stomp the ground to ward off evil spirits. Will it work? We'll have an affirmative answer if Gen X freestyle skiing reporter Kennedy mysteriously disappears.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subjected to change.