Jockey Chris McCarron, sidelined because of a shoulder injury, will be part of the ABC crew working the 1 1/2 hours of Derby coverage Saturday. Others include Jim McKay, Al Michaels, Charlsie Cantey and race caller Dave Johnson. . . . Wayne Fontes, hoping to hook on with Fox, will serve as the commentator on a World League of American Football game Saturday between the Rhein Fire and Amsterdam on FX, Fox's cable channel. . . . Taped coverage of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, won by UCLA, will be on CBS on Saturday at 11 a.m. . . . Shelley Smith, co-author with Keyshawn Johnson of "Just Give Me the Damn Ball," has left Sports Illustrated after eight years to work full time for ESPN, ESPN radio and the new ESPN magazine. . . . Showtime will show a replay of the Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight of last Nov. 9 on Saturday at 8 p.m.
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What Los Angeles Is Watching
A sampling of L.A. Nielsen ratings for sports programs April 26-27.
Event Ch. Rating Share NBA Playoffs: Charlotte at New York 4 8.4 24 NBA Playoffs: Minnesota at Houston 4 7.1 22 Baseball: Dodgers at Florida 5 4.6 11 Track and Field: Penn Relays 2 3.5 11 NBA Playoffs: Clippers at Utah 9 3.5 8 Boxing: Jorge Paez vs. Gerald Gray 9 3.5 6 Wide World of Sports: Gymnastics, speedskating 7 3.3 8 Golf: Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Classic 2 1.8 5 Bowling: Greater Sebring (Fla.) Open 7 1.8 5
Event Ch. Rating Share NBA Playoffs: Portland at Lakers 4 14.6 36 NBA Playoffs: Washington at Chicago 4 11.2 27 NBA Playoffs: Orlando at Miami 4 8.0 23 Figure Skating: Hershey Kisses Challenge 7 4.5 11 NHL Playoffs: Mighty Ducks at Phoenix 11 2.7 7 Golf: Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Classic 2 2.3 6 Tennis: U.S. Clay Court Championships 2 1.9 5 Auto Racing: CART Bosch Grand Prix 7 1.7 4 Soccer: MLS, Tampa Bay at Kansas City 34 1.2 3 Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Canada vs. Jamaica 34 0.9 2
Note: Each rating point represents 49,424 L.A. households.