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May 31-June 2

US Women's Open golf championship

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam was catapulted into superstardom with last year's Open victory. Though a top contender, she is not the hottest golfer at Southern Pines, N.C., this week. Australian rookie Karrie Webb has that title, having won two 1996 tournaments and finished second twice while taking the tour lead.

May 31-June 8

College World Series

California schools have won the national title 19 times, including last year, when Cal State-Fullerton beat Southern Cal for the championship. No California team made the eight-team tournament this year, which has been held in Omaha, Neb., since 1950. The '96 Series has a distinct Southern flavor: Top-seeded University of Alabama is joined by Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Miami (Fla.), and Louisiana State, plus non-Southerners Oklahoma State and Wichita State.

June

NBA Finals

Is there any stopping the raging Bulls? Chicago seems ready to win its fourth championship in six years. Whether Seattle or Utah will supply the opposition was undetermined at press time.

Stanley Cup finals

The Colorado Avalanche, backed by the NHL's best big-game goalie in Patrick Roy, takes on the winner of the Pittsburgh-Florida series. The Penguins have Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. The Panthers may be the league's hardest-working team.

June 2

Miller 200 (auto racing)

A week after the US 500, which shared the Memorial Day spotlight with the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar circuit, run by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), begins a two-month period with no competition from the rival Indy Racing League. …