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By Christian Pelusi
washingtonpost.com correspondent
Monday, March 14, 2005; Page D2

TODAY

LAWNMOWER RACING #2

Lawnmower racing is to NASCAR what beer pong is to the ATP, but these John Deeres run at speeds of up to 83 mph and they name their cutters, just like monster trucks. At a mere 30 minutes, this might be worth viewing just for the water cooler contributions it's sure to provide. [ESPN2, 3:30]

_____ Monday Morning_____
 Diego Maradona
A look back at the weekend and a look ahead at the coming week's action with a fresh new edge.

Norman Chad's Couch Slouch
Starting Lineup
The Chat: Comedian Yannis Pappas
7 Days

_____ The Quote _____
"Diego Maradona [pictured above] is now super well, he's happy, and I am pleased to say that he will likely be much better than before."

-- Dr. Angelica Maria Quintero, who convinced the unrecognizably rotund former soccer great to undergo stomach stapling last week.

_____ The Monday Morning Poll _____
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THURSDAY

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Cue the supposed expert in your office who claims to have watched Southern Illinois all season and says that it wasn't just a fluke pick and the permutations person who has figured out the odds of taking home the gold after just 16 games. Beware of the entry from R. Neuheisel. [CBS, noon]

THURSDAY

MUHAMMAD ALI VS. GEORGE FOREMAN, KINSHASA, ZAIRE (1974) Known as "The Rumble in the Jungle," the first heavyweight championship fight in Africa that showcased Ali's now-famous "rope-a-dope" technique and his return to the throne of boxing. [ESPN2, 7 p.m.]

FRIDAY

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

This is about the time you're becoming acquainted with a co-worker's fourth cousin who has taken the early office-pool lead by picking winners based on which has the prettier state flower. [CBS, noon]

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Bracket avoid the shredder? The real points pick up with pushing teams through to the round of 16. [CBS, noon]

SATURDAY

ISU WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

In the ultimate example of counter-programming, ESPN sends the ice princesses over the boards in Moscow to battle the NCAAs for ratings gold. The ladies' short program and free skate is tonight and it may be the only time that you will hear your girlfriend plead, "Turn it back to ESPN! If we missed something, so help me . . . " [ESPN, 7:30]

SUNDAY

PGA TOUR, BAY HILL INVITATIONAL

Enjoy the soothing scenes from Orlando, but don't expect to see another Tiger-Phil duel -- Mickelson is not in the field. Probably watching hoops. [NBC, 2:30]


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