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Musburger will do Sunday's games

Brent Musburger will call his first college basketball games on ABC this season with Sunday's national doubleheader from the Florida Suncoast Dome (Ch.


Musburger _ who has switched between the WLAF, NFL playoff games and being studio host for golf _ will serve as play-by-play announcer for Florida State-DePaul (1:30 p.m.) and Arizona-Temple (3:45 p.m.).

Musburger will work with Dick Vitale and Jim Valvano, two of the most opinionated college basketball analysts. Last season, Musburger and Valvano formed ABC's lead broadcast team on college basketball. But this will be Musburger's only college basketball work of the season. ABC concludes its coverage March


ABC will televise the games locally, although the doubleheader is not expected to sell out. The network doesn't have a blackout policy for college basketball.

Olympics as news: Beneath all the fluff and staged coverage, CBS still has managed to treat the Winter Olympics as a major news event.

Reporter Lesley Visser broke the story on Wednesday morning's broadcast that Herschel Walker had been replaced on the USA's four-man bobsled team. U.S. bobsled coach John Philben confirmed the decision during Wednesday's midday broadcast. The four-man bobsled event will be broadcast today and Saturday in prime time.

CBS radio (heard in Tampa Bay on WFNS-910) also has generated some good news stories. With Olympic radio reports broadcast at 45 minutes past the hour, reporter Brian Davis has been able to go on the air as it occurs and often with an exclusive report on many highlights: favored skier Marc Giradelli's elimination in the men's combined; news of the protest lodged against the Italian men's combined winners because of the size of their logos; and American Donna Weinbrecht's gold in the moguls.

"Radio's advantage is being able to get the stories on as they happen," said Davis, who works for WBBM in Chicago. "So far, news has been breaking just as we're going into a report or while we're on the air. It makes for great radio."

Around the dials: ESPN plans to broadcast 31 conference tournament basketball games, including 24 championship games. Twenty-seven conferences get automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The only three of those ESPN isn't televising are the Big East, the Southwest and the Colonial Athletic Association. On March 14, ESPN will do seven games in 14{ hours. Ch.

32 will pick up Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami from NBC (Ch.

8) and show it on tape delay Feb.

29 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. NBC is not offering live coverage of the race. As a result, Ch.

32 will televise the South Florida-Virginia Commonwealth basketball game, originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. broadcast, on tape delay at 5 p.m on the 29th. Russ Myerson, programming director at Ch.

8, said NBC offered the race in mid-January, after the station had committed to other programming. Myerson: "The important thing is that people in Tampa Bay will still be able to watch the race." The Julius Erving/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar one-on-one basketball game, titled "The Clash of the Legends," is available on Vision Cable on Ch.

14. It will be shown live Feb.

28 at 9 p.m. from Atlantic City, with a replay at midnight at a cost of $19.95 in Pinellas County. To order, Vision Cable subscribers should call 797-3333 or 797-9900. Besides the featured event between Erving and Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Nate Archibald, George Gervin and others will compete in a one-on-one tournament. A portion of the proceeds from the telecast will be donated to AIDS-related research, including the Magic Johnson Foundation. Vision Cable will make a contribution to Bay Area AIDS Consortium, a local AIDS research organization.

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