Homecomings are sweet, especially when they involve a big check. Last year PhilMickelson (above), a three-time NCAA champ at Arizona State, won his secondFBR--and $936,000--in Scottsdale, Ariz. Thursday and Friday, USA 4 p.m.;Saturday and Sunday, CBS 3 p.m.
UFC 57: ChuckLiddell vs. Randy Couture
This is the rubber match between a hard puncher--the 17-3 Liddell (right) issaid to have wrecking balls for fists--and a fighter, the 14-7 Couture, who isthe only man ever to hold UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight belts. PPV 10p.m.
Colorado Crush atGeorgia Force
As a quarterback, John Elway won back-to-back titles with the Broncos, in '97and '98. Now he's hoping to accomplish the same feat as an owner. Behind 2005AFL Offensive Player of the Year, specialist Damian Harrell (below)--who had122 catches and 41 TDs--Elway's Crush is favored to defend its title, which itwon by beating the Force 51-48 in Arena Bowl XIX. NBC 1 p.m.
When the Preds woke up on Jan. 25, they were somewhere they'd never been thislate in any of their seven seasons in the NHL: first place. Two straight lossessince have dropped Nashville three points behind the Red Wings in the Centraland stopping that slide won't be easy. Pacific-leading Dallas has won threestraight at home. OLN 8 p.m.
No. 22 Indiana atWisconsin
The Hoosiers have terrorized inside and out this season; they're second in thenation in field goal percentage and tops in three-point percentage. TheHoosiers' top deadeye is Marco Killingsworth, who is averaging 19.2 points pergame while shooting 59.2% from the floor. ESPN 7 p.m.
Knicks at Nets
Last season Stephon Marbury declared himself the best point guard in the NBA, anot-so-subtle backhand at his counterpart across the Hudson, Jason Kidd (left).But Marbury is once again looking up the Atlantic Division standings at Kidd'sNets, who have taken four out of the last five from the Knicks. Check listings7:30 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
In 1967 Green Bay guard Jerry Kramer smuggled arecorder into the locker room before Super Bowl II and taped, among otherspeeches, Vince Lombardi's final locker room pep talk as coach of the Packers.Lombardi, mind you, was no Brian Billick. "I had to do it in secret,"explains Kramer, "because I knew my ass was grass if Coach caught me."Last year Kramer unearthed the tapes while rummaging through boxes in hisgarage, and now he's released the fly-on-the-wall recordings in a revealingtwo-disc set, Inside the Locker Room. (Available at www.jerrykramer.com,$30.)