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

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 4/21

?NFL Draft
SATURDAY ESPN NOON, ESPN2 7 PM; SUNDAY ESPN 11 AM, ESPN2 1 PM
For those whose football cravings haven't been sated by the XFL (which plays its title game tonight on NBC at 8 p.m.), ESPN brings you 17 hours of NFL draft coverage hosted by Chris Berman and Mel (Don't Call Me Duane) Kiper Jr. Hybrid quarterback Michael Vick (page 48) is expected to go first (to the Chargers), but the rest of the first round is anybody's guess.

? Lennox Lewis vs. Hasim Rahman
HBO 10 PM
Zulu dancers, a lion cub and a limousine awaited on the tarmac when heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis arrived in Johannesburg on April 10. It was an entrance befitting Ali, but the Thunder in Africa, as promoters are billing this bout, is no Rumble in the Jungle. Baltimore native and heavy underdog Rahman (nickname: the Rock) should go down quickly. The combatants will have to cope with the altitude (5,748 feet) and a 5 a.m. start time (to accommodate the U.S. TV audience). For the ever-improving Lewis, the fight is a tune-up for a potential showdown against a more Foreman-esque foe, Mike Tyson.

WEDNESDAY 4/25
? Costa Rica at U.S.
ESPN2 7:30 PM
Fans from 46 states have already bought tickets for the red-hot red-white-and-blue's second home-turf World Cup soccer qualifying match, at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. After victories over Mexico and Honduras, the U.S. has the maximum of six points, good for a two-point lead over Costa Rica, second among the region's six teams. The Americans may also have 1994 Cup hero (and 2000 MLS MVP) Tony Meola back in the net if keeper Kasey Keller doesn't get the start and Brad Friedel stays in England to play for his club.

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SATURDAY 4/21
? NBA Playoffs
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NBC 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 5:30 PM; TNT 8:30 PM
Tilt back your La-Z-Boy, April Anarchy is here: two days, eight games and nearly 21 hours of coverage that mark the NBA's best approximation of the NCAA tournament's frenetic first weekend. Watch the conference quarterfinals to see if Kevin Garnett (above) and the upset-minded Timberwolves play like ( Gonzaga) Bulldogs, if the Lakers' Fab Three ( Shaq, Kobe and Kobe's Ego) can coexist successfully, and if Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy can fare as well as did Duke forward Mike Dunleavy. One carryover from March Madness: NBC's Bill Walton is just as hyperbolic as CBS's Bill Walton.

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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