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lrVoo''0ai'ar. D2 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 LOS ANGELES TIMES. A look at where they're playing and what they're saying New Washington Wizard Coach Doug Collins: I'm here to help develop the young players the Wizards have now. And I hope we win the draft lottery. Whatever comes after that Is gravy.

Do I hope Michael comes back? Dam right. But nobody knows except Michael." PRO CALENDAR SUN MON TOE WED THU FR1 SAT 2 2 2 I.m iH fa. A I rm. ait vA nvA Si .1, tt MORNING BRIEFING SAN PnX PITT. Pm PHIL PHIL WEG0 7 7 7 7 7 VfTJ 1 FoxSp.

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2-JO 7:30 Ck.4 FoxSp. Net LAKERS DETKOfT at 7:30 Detroit FoxSp. 4 Net FoxSp. KINGS Net Colondo GALAXY 3k mam hMCk 7:30 FoxSp. AVENGERS II, i it LORISHEPLER Los Angeles Times A nice sound to it The Dodger Stadium press box is named for Vin Scully during a ceremony for the broadcaster, who enjoys the moment with wife Sandra on Saturday TIMERS Scully Should Be Heard When Talk Is of Greatness Bonds Still Reeling From Talk of Fished-Out 500th! JoeFigone landed a whopper when he snagged Barry Bonds' 500th home run from the San Francisco Bay.

Figone, in his inflatable power boat, sped to where the ball splashed down in McCovey Cove on Tuesday night. Armed with a hand-held fishing net, he deftly scooped it up. I Bonds became the 17th major leaguer to hit 500 homers in his career with his eighth-inning blast that gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Afterward, Bonds said he was "negotiating" with Figone for the ball. It was the second historic ball Figone has fished out of the bay.

He hooked the -first ball hit over the right-field wall at Pacific Bell Park, also by Bonds, on May The value of Bonds' 500th is anyone's guess, although some have said it's worth up to $500,000, the sum that Eddie Murray's 500th home run. Trivia time: What is the record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning complete game? I got you, babe: Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee is fast asleep when Babe Ruth appears to him in a dream the start 4 of a recurring nightmare for Boston fans. "With me goes the gaiter that held up your Sox and will leave wrinkles that you'll never ever steam," croons the Babe. Yes, sports fans, "The Curse of the Bambino" is now a musical. Amateur playwright David Kruh and Shaded denote boom garnet.

'Playoffs. "If necettaiy. SPORTS ON TV-RADIO HARD TO BELIEVE someone who speaks so elegantly and eloquently is able to do so because they bust their fanny. To everyone else who has heard that voice, it's a gift. Maybe more than that a treasure.

Saturday night the Scully admirers, including TODAY I remember making a point of going to dinner with sports columnist Jim Murray and his wife in the days leading up to each Super Bowl while I was on the NFL beat, and working him for insight into his greatness. I know by my e-mail, some of you have guessed I failed in my quest. While I was mining for inside tips, Murray was waiting for the waitress to bring him a fork. I wanted the secret to success and he wanted to eat. I think for a while he thought of me as some sort of nagging diet.

"I'm just a working stiff," he would say, but I wanted more. composer Stephen Bergman have set to stage and music the saga of the Boston Red Sox, who have not won a World Series since 1918, just before Frazee sold the Babe to finance a musical of his own, "No, No Nanette." The play opened Friday at the Lyric Stage Co. in Boston. It's a musical told as a Greek tragedy, with four fans as the chorus. family, friends, Dodger employees and media, were here to pay homage to him once again.

Scully has already been voted "Sportscaster of the 20th Century," earned a place in the baseball Hall of Fame and been described as the "poet laureate of baseball," but Saturday night the Dodgers chose to name Scully's office in his honor. They unveiled a pair of impressive "Vin Scully Press Box" signs if only his vocabulary could rub off on some of us writing inside. "Thank you, I'm honored it's a wonderful organization believe me," Scully told the crowd, and what do you want me to do disagree with Vin Scully? There is no question that there aren't many better sounds in a day than the voice of Vin Scully telling everyone, "It's time for Dodger baseball." Tinny has the same impact on my boys now as he did on me when I was young," said Bob Graziano, Dodger president, in paying tribute to Scully. At the same time as the press box christening, the Dodgers introduced a "Wall of Fame" to pay tribute to L.A.'s sports writers and broadcasters who have gained baseball Hall of Fame attention. 'To be absolutely honest, when I was asked about the naming the press box proposal, I was honored, but I wanted to decline," Scully told the crowd.

"The press box is sacrosanct for the writers it's not the place to have a broadcaster's name." And then in a moving tribute away from his own extraordinary lifetime achievements, Scully paid tribute to a long list of sportswriters who had done their work inside the press box that will now carry his name. "Any time you walk by and see the name Scully on the press box, it should be representative of all those years and all those writers," he said. "That's what I would like you to remember." ITS NOT EASY to get a handle on greatness, especially when everyone wants the recipe, and those who have achieved it subscribe only to hard work. But Scully may have let something slip last week the magic ingredient that brings hard work and talent together in full bloom when I bumped into him outside the Padre press box in San Diego. Scully was all bouncy and cheery a night after being kept late in extra innings in his 52nd year on the job.

But instead of bemoaning a night of overtime in a string of 162 games, he could not contain himself. "Wasn't that just a great game last night?" he said. "Gosh, that was fun." SPORT EVENT ARENA Detroit at Carolina noon TNN FOOTBALL AUTO RACING NASCAR Winston Cup 10 a.m. 11,6 Talladega (Ala.) 500 BASEBALL Atlanta at Philadelphia 10:30 a.m. TBS Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh 10:30 a.m.

WGN San Diego at Dodgers 1p.m. 5 KXTA, KWKW Angels at Seattle 1:30 p.m. 9 (MXN-FM KMPC, XPRS St Louis at Houston 5 p.m. ESPN KSPN (XTRA, 5:30 p.m., joined in progress) BOXING Hector Camacho Jr. vs.

Larry 6 p.m. FSN LaCoursiere at Palm Desert (delayed) GOLF PGA Shell Houston Open noon 2,8 LPGA Longs Drug Challenge 1:30 p.m. TGC Senior PGA Las Vegas Classic 3 p.m. CNBC HOCKEY Stanley Cup playoffs, noon ESPN New Jersey at Carolina HORSE RACING Hollywood Park Today 4 p.m. FSN2 Hollywood Park replays 8 p.m.

56(KDOC) MOTORCYCLE FIM World Superbike 1p.m. FSN RACING at Phillip Island, Australia (delayed) EA Sports Superclass Series (tape) 4 p.m. 7, 3, 10, 42 FIM World Superbike, races 1 and 2, 5 p.m. SPVN at Phillip Island, Australia (delayed) 6 p.m. SPVN FIM World GP 500 (delayed) 7 p.m.

SPVN PRO NBA playoffs, Toronto at New York 9:30 a.m. 4, 36, 39 BASKETBALL NBA playoffs, Phoenix at noon 4,36,39 Sacramento NBA playoffs, Portland at Lakers 2:30 p.m. 4,36,39 KLAC, XTRA NBA playoffs, Orlando at Milwaukee 5:30 p.m. TNT PRO FOOTBALL Na draft at New York 8 a.m. ESPN 10 a.m.

ESPN2 SOCCER English Premier League, 8 a.m. PPV Sunderland vs. Newcastle (tape) Mexican league 10 a.m. 52 (KVEA) MLS, Colorado at Galaxy (tape) 10 a.m. FSN2 Mexican league 1 p.m.

52 (KVEA) Argentine league, River Plate vs. 1 p.m. FSWE Gimnasia LP 5 p.m. FSW Dutch league, PSV vs. RKC (tape) 2 p.m.

'FSW English Premier League (tape) 4 p.m. FSN TENNIS WTA Family Circle Cup 10 a.m. 2,8 ATP Masters Series (delayed) 10 a.m. ESPN I REMEMBER HAVING the good fortune to spend an evening with Chicago columnist Mike Royko in his favorite tavern. i He was swearing at another youngster who was pestering him, and I got to thinking maybe Murray was looking for that fork for another i reason.

I remember telling Royko that I was an admirer of his, and having him turn his cussing in my direction. When I mentioned that I had all his books, he stood and asked for everyone's attention in the tavern. "Did you hear that?" he said. "The kid has all my books." i I remember getting off my stool and turning to everybody in the room. "I got all those books for free I wouldn't pay anything for that crud." Royko put his arm around me, sat me back down and began talking about newspapers.

I would have paid anything for that, and it was free. But when it was over, there were no secrets revealed. "I write five times a week," he said. "Be in the i paper, kid work it. I don't know what else to tell you." TWO HOURS BEFORE the fans have arrived in Dodger Stadium and Vln Scully is doing his homework Saturday night.

I'm not sure anyone has ever done more homework when you consider he's being doing this for 51 years, i Now it takes a certain amount of persistence to be Vin Scully, the prepared broadcaster, each night. Outside his broadcasting booth there is a i line of people hoping to catch a glimpse of him, maybe shake his hand or tell him about the night they sat with their dad listening to his poetry. Fifty-one years ago Saturday evening, Scully was behind the microphone for the first time working a home Dodger game, and now in a few minutes he was going to be honored. After the i homework was completed. I've asked Murray, I said, and Royko what is the secret? i "Fear," Scully said.

"I'm afraid of being a horse's ass. So I rehearse, study I've never stood up and ad-libbed I'm afraid of that. There's no i secret you just bust your fanny." Shake a leg: Julio Gonzalez is being touted as Roy Jones toughest opponent for his undisputed light heavyweight title. He still doesn't figure to shake up Jones nearly as much as the earth did in January 1994. Jones was in Los Angeles when the region was hit by the powerful Northridge earthquake.

"I woke up shaking, and everything was going crazy," Jones recalled Tuesday at a news conference at Staples Center, where he will fight Gonzalez on July 28 in a scheduled 12-round bout. "I thought I was going to die. I said, "Thank you God for letting me live a good 25 Foreign appeal: To accommodate interest in Maverick center Wang Zhizhi, the first Asian to play in the NBA, the league's live Webcast of Dallas' playoff games will be available to fans worldwide in Mandarin Chinese. TrMa' answer Red Barrett of the Boston Braves threw 58 pitches in a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati on Aug. 10, 1944.

TV INDEX: FSN-Fox Sports Net: FSN2-Fox Sports Net FSW-Fox Sports World; FSWE-fox Sports World Espanol (Spanish); PPV-Pay Per View; SPVN-Speedvision; TGC-Ttie Golf Channel; TNN-The National Network. RADIO MDEX: AM: KLAC 570, KMPC 1540, KSPN 1110, KWKW 1330 (Spanish), KXTA 1150, XPRS 1090 (Spanish), XTRA 690. FM: KMXN 94.3. TODAY'S LAST WORD comes from an unnamed e-mailer: "Say it with me: 'Go Kings But I'm rooting for the Suns. T.J.

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