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SURFING THE TUBE: THE WEEK AHEAD.

Byline: TOM HOFFARTH

TODAY

On live TV: If it wasn't somehow linked to the V Foundation (V as in Jim Valvano's cancer-research team), the unfortunately annual ESPY Awards would be another reason to accuse those at ESPN of pompous self-aggrandizement under the guise of honoring the sports world. There's still a lot of ickiness surrounding it. But if it helps in the fight of cancer, we can tolerate it. If only to hear Smash Mouth perform ``Walking on the Sun'' and see host Norm Macdonald (pictured) uncomfortably introduce the next presenters. The ESPY Awards, ESPN, 5 p.m.

On taped TV: Peek-a-boo, we finally see Picabo Street in the women's Super G Alpine run. Winter Olympics, TNT, 10 a.m.; Channel 2, 8 p.m.

TUESDAY

On live TV: Seattle and the Lakers warm up for Friday's clash. Seattle at Houston, TNT, 5 p.m.; Lakers at Portland, Channel 9, 7 p.m.

On taped TV: U.S. pairs team Jenni Meno and Todd Sand are married. A high-stress event like this can't help them skate through life together. Winter Olympics, Channel 2, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

On live TV: Seattle and the Lakers continue to warm up for Friday's clash. Seattle at San Antonio, TBS, 5:30 p.m.; Golden State at Lakers, Fox Sports West, 7:30 p.m.

On taped TV: The centerpiece is a preview to the men's figure skating. Winter Olympics, Channel 2, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY

On live TV: Maybe UCLA can handle a reeling Stanford team on its own terms. And its own court. Stanford at UCLA, Fox Sports West, 7:30 p.m.

On taped TV: David Letterman used to send a live camera on the streets of New York and ask ``Are you a Swede?'' Here, Tomas Sandstrom can answer ``Fer sure.'' Winter Olympics: U.S vs. Sweden men's ice hockey, Channel 2, 12:35 a.m.

FRIDAY

On live TV: George Karl has relinquished control of the four Lakers All-Stars. Now he must endure their presumed wrath. At last. Seattle at Lakers, Fox Sports West, 7:30 p.m.

On taped TV: We hear the Americans have their best shot ever at winning a medal in luge doubles. Can you believe it? Winter Olympics, Channel 2, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

On live TV: So the NAPA Auto Parts 300 Busch Series NASCAR race at Daytona Beach isn't close to matching what comes the next day. But it'll be a time to make sure CBS' race-cams are working in Mark Martin's car. NAPA Auto Parts 300, Channel 2, 9 a.m. (Also: The Daytona 500, Channel 2, Sunday at noon.)

On taped TV: What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than watching the U.S. women's hockey squad blow kisses at Team Canada. Winter Olympics, Channel 2, 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

On live TV: The most anticipated hockey game since the last Canada Cup final between the U.S. and Canada is a match between the U.S. and Canada full of NHL players again competing for Olympic gold. And the Kings decided to throw a party for it. A $6 admission (with all proceeds going to the Kings Care charity) gets you into the Forum for a live screening party on the Jumbotron of the U.S.-Canada game (they will pick up CBS' East Coast live feed on the dish). Prior to the real game, the Kings stage an alumni game on the Forum ice (with some celebrities scattered in) as an appetizer to the main event. Winter Olympics: U.S. vs. Canada men's ice hockey, Forum, 9:30 p.m. (For more information: (310) 419-3816).

On taped TV: Same game, just three hours later. Winter Olympics: U.S. vs. Canada men's ice hockey, Channel 2, 12:35 a.m.

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