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Party at the Aud

Hours before the ball drops Monday at New York City's Times Square ringing in 1991, the puck will drop at Memorial Auditorium, signaling the start of the Buffalo Sabres' New Year's Eve bash with the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:35 p.m. (local cable).

The Sabres beat the Flyers, 4-3, in the only meeting of the teams this season.

Back in action

The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team returns to the hardwood today after a two-week layoff as the Bonnies host Central Connecticut State (1-7) at 7:35 p.m. at the Reilly Center.

Bona lost its last outing, 82-53, to Canisius.

Extra, extra

The Buffalo Raceway weekend schedule features the regular 12-race Saturday night card plus an extra New Year's Eve program on Monday.

Nobody hit the Saturday night Pick 6 last week, so the jackpot is up to $3,000 tonight. Every patron gets one free chance to pick the winners of races 3-8. There also will be a random drawing each night for a "Grand Night Out," which includes a limousine to and from the track, dinner for four in the clubhouse, and $1,000 in betting money. First post is 7:30.

Things To View Games galore!

Are you ready for some football? The next four days is the ultimate in football weekends. The true football junky could watch approximately 42 hours of gridiron action this holiday weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

The pros

Two key games top the NFL package today. The Kansas City Chiefs, still hoping to win the AFC West title, play the Bears at Chicago (12:30 p.m., Ch. 2). The Chiefs need a victory today and a loss by the Los Angels Raiders to San Diego Sunday to clinch the division championship. In the 4 p.m. game (Ch. 4), the Philadelphia Eagles can clinch the home-field advantage for a wild-card game with a victory over the Phoenix Cardinals.

The Buffalo Bills, coming off their emotional, division-clinching victory over the Dolphins last week, play the playoff-bound Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. Sunday (Ch. 2). The game could mean more to the Redskins if the Eagles lose today. The Redskins would then have a chance to earn home-field advantage for a wild card game if they beat the Bills. Buffalo is looking to keep the machine rolling as it heads into the playoffs.

In other action Sunday: The Pittsburgh Steelers have a chance to clinch their first AFC Central title since 1984 with a victory over the Houston Oilers (8 p.m., ESPN). The Oilers can assure at least a wild card berth with a win; The New York Giants are at the New England Patriots (1 p.m., Ch. 4), who have already locked up the league's worst record..

The final Monday Night Football telecast features the Los Angeles Rams at the New Orleans Saints at a special time -- 8 p.m. (Ch. 7). The Saints have to hope the Cowboys lose to the Falcons Sunday for this game to mean something. A Cowboys loss and a Saints victory would send New Orleans to Chicago for a wild card game.

The bowls

Thirteen of 'em. That's just about 39 hours alone of college football action (although some of the games run concurrently). The best are:

Today -- The Holiday Bowl, featuring Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer leading BYU against Texas A&M (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

Monday -- The Hancock Bowl, with Todd Marinovich and USC battling Michigan State (2:30 p.m., Ch. 4).

Tuesday -- Among the eight bowl games on New Year's Day only three should have an impact on who wins the
national championship. The biggest is Colorado vs. Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl (8 p.m., Ch. 2). The top-ranked Buffaloes can finish No. 1 with a victory without much argument. However, a win by Notre Dame would complicate things and possibly open the door for No. 2 Georgia Tech, which plays Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl (1:30 p.m., Ch. 7). Also in the hunt are Miami and Texas, who meet in the Cotton Bowl (1:30 p.m., Ch. 4).

Best of the rest

College basketball games featuring Georgetown vs. Houston (noon today, ESPN) and DePaul vs. North Carolina (4 p.m. today, Ch. 7). . . . NBA, the Golden State Warriors play the Atlanta Hawks (8:05 p.m. today, TBS). . . . Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday night double-header, with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m.) and the Montreal Canadiens at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m.) on Ch. 5.

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