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SATURDAY 7/10 World Cup Soccer (ABC, 3:30-6 p.m.): Women's soccer seems to have enthralled America. President Clinton, who watched the quarterfinals, now plans to be at the Rose Bowl when the US takes on China in the title game. Likewise, for little girls across America, soccer is hip, hot, and happening. A report last week said soccer fields are in short supply.

SUNDAY 7/11 The Hunley (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): A story of Civil War tragedy about the man-powered submarine and the Southern rebels who made her go. Based on a true story - and of historical interest to boot - this dramatization seems strangely flat and the writing strained. But Armand Assante lends a certain gruff substance to his role as the Hunley's captain.

Savage Seas (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): There's a whole other world in the ocean, and this excellent series tries to get at the scope of its power. From El Nio's warmed seas and the resulting storms and floods, to shark attacks and gallant rescues, the focus is on the ocean's incredible energy and its peril for man and beast. The ocean's wealth and beauty are incontestable, though - in its depths swim, creep, and sway 90 percent of all life on earth.

TUESDAY 7/13 All-Star Game '99 (Fox, 8-11 p.m.): Boston's Fenway Park, one of the nation's oldest ballparks, hosts the 70th midsummer classic. With plenty of big-hitters on both sides, this could be a slugfest.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB, 8-9 p.m.): Originally scheduled for May 25, the much-anticipated season-ender finally arrives. WB has changed the content rating from TV-PG (parental guidance) to the tougher TV-14, which designates that the program as inappropriate for viewers under 14. In the finale, Buffy must find a way to defeat the demonic Mayor, whose transformation threatens Sunnydale's Class of '99 during its graduation ceremony.

PICK OF THE WEEK WEDNESDAY 7/14 The Living Edens - Kakadu: Australia's Ancient Wilderness (PBS, check local listings): If it weren't for the remarkable beauty and cataclysmic weather conditions of Kakadu, this conventional documentary might have been a bore. But the natural wonders make this program worth a look. For example, in Kakadu, there are six seasons in the year. Peter Coyote narrates.

Happily Ever After - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (HBO, 7:30-8 p.m.): HBO offers another in the innovative series "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child." This feminist version of the charming story features a female Ali Baba (well, why not?), who is wise and funny. She finishes her grandmother's sentences and shares her good fortune after defeating the thieves. Robert Guillaume narrates.

The Great Balloon Race (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): The danger and drama of one of the last frontiers for exploration is told - unfortunately at the laboriously slow speed of a hot-air balloon ride.

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