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SILVER CHARM RETURNS IN MALIBU STAKES TODAY

Finally, the comeback begins.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm makes his first start in nearly seven months today in the $200,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.

Silver Charm hasn't competed since his second-place finish behind Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes on June 7 kept him from becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Silver Buck heads an 11-horse field in the 46th running of the Malibu.

Silver Charm will be ridden by Gary Stevens and carry co-high weight of 123 pounds.

BASKETBALL TONIGHT
Niagara (2-5) will face St. John's (7-3) of the Big East tonight in the first round of the Holiday Festival in New York's Madison Square Garden. The game is at 9 p.m. No. 18 Princeton and Drexel meet in the 7 p.m. game. The consolation and final are Saturday, with both of those games televised on the MSG Network. Tonight's games will not be televised in the Buffalo market.
ON AIR
TODAY
Television
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ford Motor City Bowl -- Marshall vs. Mississippi, 8 p.m., ESPN.

NBA: Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m., TNT.

NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., Empire; Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2.
Radio
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Park Christmas Tournament, City Honors vs. Pioneer, 6 p.m., Park vs. Springville, 7:30 p.m., 1330.

NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7:35 p.m., 104.1, 710.
SATURDAY
Television
ABL: Long Beach StingRays at Portland Power, 7 p.m., BET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: North Carolina at Georgia, noon, Ch. 4; Providence at Purdue, 2 p.m., Ch. 4; Louisville at Kentucky, 4 p.m., Ch. 4; Holiday Festival Consolation Game, 7 p.m., MSG; Holiday Festival Championship Game, 9:30 p.m., MSG; UCLA at UNLV, 12:30 a.m., ESPN.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: McDonald's Heritage Bowl -- South Carolina State vs. Southern, 2:30 p.m., ESPN; Insight.com Bowl -- Arizona vs. New Mexico, 8 p.m., ESPN.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks, 1 p.m., Empire, MSG.

NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff, Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 7; AFC Wild Card Playoff, Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos, 4 p.m., Ch. 7.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m., Empire; Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 5, ESPN2; Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m., Ch. 5.
Radio
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Park Christmas Tournament, consolation game, City Honors-Pioneer loser vs. Park-Springville loser, 6 p.m., championship game, 7:30 p.m., 1330 (only games involving Springville and Pioneer will be broadcast).

NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks, 1 p.m., 710.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, 12:30 p.m., 930; Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos, 4 p.m., 930.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:05 p.m., 104.1, 710.

SOCCER: Detroit Rockers at Buffalo Blizzard, 7:35 p.m., 107.7.

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