Television watchers, start your clickers!

It will be a busy sports viewing holiday weekend indeed, with a little bit of everything going on.

Basketball? After a two-day break the NBA Playoffs resume Saturday night (8 o'clock) on ESPN with the Spurs hosting the Phoenix Suns. TNT will televise the Pistons-Heat game on Sunday (7 p.m.) and ESPN has Game No. 4 of the Spurs-Suns series at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Baseball? You'll see all three Twins games from Toronto on Fox Sports Net North (Sunday's game will also air on WFTC-TV). There is no game on Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, Fox will televise its second Saturday Game of the Week (noon) with, who else, the Yankees and Red Sox. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will do the game from Yankee Stadium.

The other two games of the series will air on ESPN, tonight at 6 o'clock and Sunday night at 7.


Fox reported that 4.1 million viewers watched its opening weekend two weeks ago, making it the most-watched Saturday premiere on the network.

Auto racing? Perhaps there's no better weekend of the year.

For Indy fans, there's the Indianapolis 500 at 11 a.m. Sunday on ABC and for NASCAR fans, it's the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte, N.C. at 4 p.m.

NASCAR returns to Fox this weekend. On the pre-race show, Chris Myers has a special edition of the "10 Laps'' show with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Myers asks Earnhardt what is his greatest fear?

"I want to have a family and have a son one day, and I fear that might not happen,'' he said.

Football? Yes, there's football. NFL Europe has the Rhein Fire and Cologne Centurions game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

NBC, meanwhile, will televise an Arena League playoff game at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with Chicago at Los Angeles.


Tennis anyone? The French Open is on at 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday on NBC and 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday on ESPN2.

Those ratings may take a dip since there are no Americans left in the tournament with Andy Roddick's departure on Thursday.

NBC analyst John McEnroe predicts that last year's runner-up, Guillermo Coria, will win the men's title: "What I think might happen is that [Roger] Federer and [Rafael] Nadal will beat up on each other in the semifinal and let Coria in through the back door to win the title he should have won last year,'' he said.

Golf? There's the PGA Senior Championship (six hours on NBC Saturday and Sunday), PGA St. Jude Classic (CBS Saturday and Sunday) and LPGA's Corning Classic (Golf Channel) Saturday and Sunday).

The Senior Championship is being played at Laurel Valley in Latrobe, Pa., a course Arnold Palmer helped redesign.

Palmer is playing in his 24th Senior PGA.

The telecast will include a feature on the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley, where perhaps the greatest upset in Ryder Cup history occurred. Jack Nicklaus, after losing a morning singles match to the unheralded Brian Barnes, said to the Englishman on the first tee of the afternoon singles, "You've beaten me once, but there ain't no way you're going to beat me again.'' Barnes then defeated Nicklaus for the second time that day.

Lacrosse? ESPN2 will televise a pair of NCAA semifinals starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


Around the tube

Clay Matvick of Fox Sports Net North has a feature on former Twins minor-league shortstop Tony Stevens, who gave up his dream of becoming a major l eague player to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp following the events of 9/11. It airs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday with replays several times next week. The show has also been picked up by all Fox Regional Sports networks.

Stevens, who had made it up to Double A, has served two tours in Iraq and survived over 10 bomb explosions. He is back in the states awaiting his third return to combat in November.

CBS has extended the contracts of Clark Kellogg and Ian Eagle. Kellogg joined CBS Sports full-time in 1997 as a studio/game analyst for college basketball coverage. Eagle joined CBS Sports in March 1998.

More contract news. CBS also extended lead NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms and NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason.

Former NFL play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall will be the guest speaker at the annual Gift of Life Transplant benefit golf and dinner on July 11 at the Rochester Golf and Country Club.

Summerall had a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Paul Christian is a Post-Bulletin sports writer. He writes a weekly column devoted to TV and radio sports and can be reached at

A variety of sources was used to compile this column.

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