June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

Lifetime (Thurs., June 19, 7 p.m. ET)

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This hour-long special needs to focus better, as coaches like to say. The program, second in an occasional Lifetime series on women’s athletics, takes its theme from the 25th anniversary of Title IX, the law setting sexual-equality standards in sports programs at schools receiving federal aid. But it makes only a cursory effort to provide historical perspective, preferring to spend time on individual heroines: Sanya Tyler, the women’s basketball coach who sued Howard University in Washington for sex discrimination; and Anne Warner, a Yale rower of the ’70s who protested nude (hey, whatever it takes) to get her squad a fair shake from the university’s athletic department. When the film visits this year’s women’s NCAA basketball finals, narrator Geena Davis fast-breaks through a series of issues without exploring them.

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