SI PICK OF THE WEEK
Much has changedfor Fernando Vargas and Shane Mosley since 2000. That was the year Vargas, 28,a former junior middleweight champ, made a name for himself with a valiant(though unsuccessful) defense against Felix Trinidad. It was also when Mosley,34, took two welterweight belts from Oscar De La Hoya. Since then the 27-2Vargas (above left, against De La Hoya in '02) has been disgraced--he testedpositive for a steroid in '02--and Mosley (41-4) has failed to dazzle againstmiddleweights. They'll both be looking for career revivals in this juniormiddleweight bout. PPV, 9 p.m.
Winter OlympicsClosing Ceremonies
And you thought short-track speedskating was a circus. The coda to the TurinGames will be inspired by Venice's annual winter Carnevale--think acrobats,high-wire acts and actors in costumes from the 1971 Fellini film The Clowns.When the tumbling is over, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (above) will performand pass the Olympic torch to Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne, who will acceptit on behalf of the host of the 2010 Games, Vancouver. NBC 7 p.m.
February 27, 2006
California at No.17 Washington
Powe to the People! Thanks to sophomore forward Leon Powe (page 82), thePac-10's leading scorer (20.1 points per game) and rebounder (10.5), the 16--7Golden Bears are tied for first place in the conference. It will be big news ifthey stay there. There hasn't been a conference basketball banner hoisted inBerkeley since long before the Summer of Love: 1960. Check listings 8 p.m.
It's not quite Bird versus Magic, but Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant can put on apretty good show of their own. Bryant leads the NBA in scoring with 35.0 pointsper game. Meanwhile Pierce (right) made his fifth straight trip to the All-StarGame this year, and he leads Boston in scoring (26.4), rebounding (7.1) andsteals (1.46). ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Best Damn SportsShow Period
The nightly sports and celebrity smackdown celebrates its 1,000th episode byreliving 25 of its best damn moments. Among them: Shaquille O'Neal and thencohost Tom Arnold (left) acting out scenes from A Few Good Men in 2001 andDennis Rodman's, uh, spirited appearance in 2003. Fox Sports 9 p.m.
Red Sox atTwins
In the Grapefruit League opener for both teams, the Coco Crisp era officiallybegins for Boston, two months after centerfielder--cult hero Johnny Damon, newrazor in hand, defected to the Yankees. Crisp can't match Damon's facial hair,but if his batting average improves for the fourth straight season--he hit .300last year--Boston fans will go loco for Coco. Check listings 7 p.m.