Week Ahead

Oct. 24, 2005
Oct. 24, 2005

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Oct. 24, 2005

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What to watch and watch for


This is an article from the Oct. 24, 2005 issue Original Layout

FRIDAY 10/21

Forrest Thump

Two years ago Vernon Forrest (36-2) was the undisputed king of the welterweight division, a technically refined champ whose potent right hand was often the last thing opponents saw before tasting canvas. After two losses to Ricardo Mayorga (above, left) cost the 2002 Fighter of the Year (right) his belt, three subsequent surgeries on his left elbow and shoulder cost him two prime years of his career. In the second fight of his comeback as a junior middleweight (he beat Sergio Ríos in the first), the 34-year-old Forrest takes on Elco Garcia (18-3). Fox Sports Net 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY 10/21

Champions Tour SBC Championship

Hale Irwin (above) joins a field in San Antonio that will include 26 of the Tour's top 30 money winners. Earlier this month Irwin became the first Champions player to win twice in the same season after turning the big 6-0. Golf Channel 5 p.m.

SUNDAY 10/23

Chargers at Eagles

Will the streak continue? LaDainian Tomlinson has run for at least one TD in 18 consecutive games for San Diego. Philadelphia's rushing D has been porous (it ranks 13th in the NFC) but stingy (just three scores allowed in five games). CBS 1 p.m.

MONDAY 10/24


More than 60 years after they fled Nazi-controlled Austria, eight swimmers for the Hakoah Vienna Sports Club reunite in their homeland in this gripping documentary. The women, all Jewish, relive the good times (they dominated many Austrian competitions) as well as some of the appalling aspects of competing in Hitler's Europe--including signs at German pools that read DOGS AND JEWS ARE FORBIDDEN. Cinemax 6:30 p.m.


Blues at Coyotes

Reporting to camp 25 pounds overweight earned Blues winger Keith Tkachuk a few nicknames, including Tkachunky and Tkachubby. It also earned him a two-week suspension. A few trips to the treadmill later, Tkachuk (left) is back in the lineup. Check listings 10 p.m.


No. 13 Boston College at No. 3 Virginia Tech

Oh, great, another Vick, or so Boston College must be thinking. The Eagles didn't have much success against Michael Vick, whose 82-yard improvisational scamper against them in 2000 is still being run on highlight reels in Blacksburg. Now 6-1 BC must contend with his brother Marcus (left), who's done a pretty good job being like Mike. The younger Vick has 10 TD passes against only two interceptions and a 177.21 passer rating for the 6-0 Hokies. ESPN 7:30 p.m.