June 29, 2009

Every Monday, Bryan Armen Graham previews the big events of the upcoming week.

1. Mannywood goes south for return of RamirezExpect a caravan of Dodger devotees to make the trek down Interstate 5 to San Diego on Friday, when Manny Ramirez makes his return from a 50-game suspension for a violation of baseball's drug policy. Fans at Petco Park made headlines on Opening Day 2006 when one guy tossed a syringe onto the field near Barry Bonds. What hijinks does the San Diego zoo have planned for the sport's latest PED whipping boy?

2. Role reversal for T.O. on The SuperstarsThe concept of The Superstars -- ABC's reboot of an old Wide World of Sports segment -- is simple enough: high-profile athletes from different sports compete in various competitions against one another. The lowlight of last week's premiere: Terrell Owens' epic obstacle-course fail, which earned the Pro Bowl wideout an expletive-laden earful from supermodel teammate Joanna Krupa. The pair would be eliminated -- but T.O. and Krupa earned a second chance in this week's second episode (8 p.m. ET, ABC, Tuesday) when an injury forced another team out of the competition.

3. Public Enemies opens WednesdayWhat chance does John Dillinger have against an army of robots from outer space? Plenty, when it's Johnny Depp starring and Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) at the helm. Advance buzz for the Depression-era gangster pic has been somewhat tepid -- but nothing like Roger Ebert's breathtaking evisceration of Transformers 2.

4. "Fast Eddie" represents the Stars and StripesRing in America's 233rd birthday with Philadelphia's Eddie Chambers, perhaps the country's best hope to break the Eastern European oligarchy atop the heavyweight division. The 27-year-old Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) can earn a mandatory title shot against Wladimir Klitschko in Saturday's WBO elimination bout against Russia's Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs).

5. Wimbledon wraps upFancy a little history with your breky? There's plenty at stake when Wimbledon wraps up with Saturday's ladies' and Sunday's gentleman's finals. Roger Federer appears hell-bent on collecting his 15th Grand Slam to eclipse Pete Sampras' all-time record. But the locals are hoping for a different sort of history, as 22-year-old Andy Murray looks to become the first native Brit in 73 years to win at the All England Club. The dark horse? Two-time finalist (and chronic Tweeter) Andy Roddick.

6. Fight Night Round 4Disillusioned by the alphabet soup of modern-day boxing? Grab a copy of Fight Night Round 4, which has drawn rave reviews since last year's Tuesday release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The roster of 40 playable fighters reads like a Who's Who of past and present boxing luminaries, from Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson to Manny Pacquiao and, yes, Eddie Chambers.

7. KobayashiWith zero chance of a Federer-Nadal clash over Fourth of July weekend, you'll have turn to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (Noon, ET, Saturday) for the next-best thing in sports rivalries. That's where Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut will pen the latest chapter in their competitive eating feud. Most online sportsbooks rate six-time winner Kobayashi a slight favorite over defending champ Chestnut -- and others have offered a colorful slate of prop bets for the more compulsive gamblers.

8. Tour de FranceCan 37-year-old Lance Armstrong become the oldest Tour de France winner in history, topping the record set by Firmin Lambot in 1922? Versus kicks off its ninth year of Tour coverage Saturday morning with 13 hours of race action and an expanded primetime show. Amateur cyclists can even get in the action through MapMyRide.com, where users can upload their own ride data and see how they'd have performed in that day's stage against the real-life Tour competitors. Prizes include a trip to Paris for the July 26 conclusion of this year's event.

9. Phillies and Mets clash in Game of the Week

Fox couldn't have made a better pick for its Game of the Week on the Fourth of July, as the National League's marquee rivalry gets a coast-to-coast showcase just three miles from Independence Hall. Crafty 46-year-old southpaw Jamie Moyer, often mistaken for one of the founding fathers, goes against New York's Fernando Nieve as the Phillies look to open their lead atop the division standings.

10. Teenage sensation Logano rides again

NASCAR gets the prime-time treatment when Daytona International Speedway hosts the Coke Zero 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, TNT). Can 19-year-old Joey Logano, who became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history this past weekend, follow up his groundbreaking triumph with another strong result?

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