Things to Do
Deck the 'Hull'
You can bet Buffalo will be out to deck St. Louis scoring sensation Brett Hull Sunday when the Blues come to Memorial Auditorium to battle the Sabres at 7:05 p.m.
Hull, son of the "Golden Jet," Bobby Hull, is the league's leading goal scorer, and is tops in game-winning goals and shots on goal.
This will be the first meeting of the season between the Sabres and the Blues, who are second in the Norris Division behind Chicago.
Little Three clash
Canisius, coming off an impressive outing against third-ranked Syracuse on Wednesday, takes on struggling St. Bonaventure in a Little Three game at 7:35 p.m. today at Memorial Auditorium. The Griffs (4-2) gave the Orangemen a mild scare before falling, 92-83.
The Bonnies (2-5) have already been swept by Little Three-rival Niagara. They dropped a 73-71 decision to the Purple Eagles Tuesday in their last outing.
The Lady Griffs travel to Niagara Sunday for a 2 p.m. game at the Gallagher Center. Coach Mike Rappl's team is 6-2, including an upset of Syracuse. The Lady Griffs are led by Anne Brocker (14.9 points per game) and Jennifer McHugh (14.4 ppg).
Take the plunge
Many of the top swimmers in the state will compete this weekend in the New York State Swimming Championships at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena pool. The South Towns Aquatic Racers (STAR) will be back to defend its team title.
Several local swimmers who will be seeking individual state titles include Lisa Basil (STAR), state high school champion in the 100 backstroke, Ann Girvin (Elma Aurora), state high champion in the 100 freestyle, and Josie Cordero, state high school runner-up in the 100 butterfly.
Competition today and Sunday begins with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Buffalo Raceway's Saturday night Pick-6 contest is back in action. Every patron at the Hamburg harness track gets a free chance to pick the winners of races 3-8. Those who get all six right (there were two last week) share $1,000. If no one sweeps, the prize money goes up $1,000 for the next week. The first of 12 races tonight starts at 7:35 p.m.
Also, if the Bills beat the Giants this afternoon, all Buffalo Raceway patrons who arrive before the first post tonight will receive a free $2 daily double bet voucher on the early double (races 1 and 2).
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Land of the Giants
The best of the East clash today (12:30 p.m., Ch. 2) when the Buffalo Bills head into the land of the Giants -- East Rutherford, N.J. -- for a big game against New York.
The Giants (11-2) have clinched the NFC East title and are looking to secure a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bills (11-2) have clinched at least a wild-card berth, but are gunning for a third straight AFC East championship and, more importantly, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Following the Bills-Giants game, keep your NFL game face on and switch to Ch. 4 and catch the Washington Redskins at the New England Patriots at 4 p.m. The 'Skins can lock up a wild-card berth with a victory.
Four more, in fact! Kicking off the Sunday NFL package is Seattle at Miami (1 p.m., Ch. 2). Here's another chance to get a look at the Bills' next opponent. The Dolphins, in a close race with Buffalo for the AFC East title, face a hot Seahawks team, winners of three straight and four of their last five. Seattle (7-6) is within striking range of an AFC playoff berth -- a remarkable achievement for a team that lost its first three games.
All four teams in the two 4 p.m. games are fighting for a playoff berth. The Cincinnati Bengals, tied for the lead in the AFC Central, battle the Raiders in the Los Angeles Coliseum (Ch. 2). The Raiders are tied with the Chiefs atop the AFC West. On Ch. 4, the Green Bay Packers (6-7), still holding on to wild-card hopes despite two straight losses, travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (7-6), who also have lost two straight and are fighting for a wild card berth.
The football-filled day wraps up at 8 p.m. with ESPN's Chicago-Detroit matchup from the Silverdome at Pontiac, Mich. Good luck to the fanatics who try "to -- go -- all -- the -- way."
Three of the top players in college basketball converge on the same court today when No. 1 UNLV plays Michigan State (4 p.m., Ch. 7). Stacey Augmon and Larry Johnson lead the Runnin' Rebels, while Steve Smith is the catalyst for the Spartans.
In other games today (all on ESPN), Alabama plays at North Carolina (7:30 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount travels
to Oklahoma (9:30 p.m.).
The semifinals and finals of the Grand Slam Cup, the richest tennis tournament in history, will be televised today and Sunday (2 p.m.) by ESPN from Germany. The Grand Slam Cup in Munich's Olympic Hall, is offering a $6 million purse, with $2 million for the winner in the 16-man field. First-round losers collected $100,000, more than many tournaments pay to the winner.
The tournament has attracted eight top-10 players to its field of the best finishers in the year's Grand Slam events.
Best of the rest
New York Life Champions golf tournament (2 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 7). . . . NCAA Division 1-AA Football Championship, Georgia Southern vs. University of Nevada from Statesboro, Ga. (noon today, ESPN). . . . Bay Meadows Handicap from the Bay Meadows Racetrack near San Francisco (6 p.m. today, ESPN). . . . St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m. today, Ch. 5).