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March 06, 2006
March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off The Field
2006 Olympics Turin
Pro Basketball
Baseball
College Basketball Poll
Departments

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

SATURDAY 3/4

This is an article from the March 6, 2006 issue Original Layout

No. 21 NorthCarolina at No. 1 Duke
He's Robin to J.J. Redick's Batman, but Duke's Shelden Williams isn't playinglike a sidekick. The senior forward (above) leads the ACC in rebounding (10.1per game) and with Redick (page 62) forms the nation's best inside-out tandem.Williams can fill it up, too: His 18.8 points per game is third in the ACC.ESPN 9 p.m.

American Cup
The world's top gymnasts vault into Philadelphia. Among the favorites:Oklahoma's Jonathan Horton (right), who finished second in the all-aroundcompetition at the Winter Cup last month. The American Cup marks themajor-event U.S. debut of a new scoring system. Superb performances can now begiven marks above 10.0. NBC 1 p.m.

Jeff Lacy vs. JoeCalzaghe No wonder undefeated super middleweight Lacy (below) has been comparedwith Mike Tyson: He's compact (5'9"), and loves quick knockouts (14 of his22 bouts have ended before the fourth round). Don't expect Calzaghe (40-0) tobe intimidated. He has held the WBO super middleweight belt since 1997.Showtime 9 p.m.

MONDAY 3/6

Pros vs.Joes
Want to box out Dennis Rodman or run routes with Jerry Rice? Fantasy becomesreality in this series, as couch potatoes compete against famous athletes. Thepros include ex-Braves reliever John Rocker, who will buzz fastballs past nineNew Yorkers in Manhattan's Bryant Park. Spike TV 10 p.m.

TUESDAY 3/7

World BaseballClassic

Mexico versusUSA
Just as George Steinbrenner suspected: The Yankees truly are America's team.Well, almost. Three (Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez) will suit upfor Team USA (page 56). And former Bronx Bomber Roger Clemens will front arotation that won 63 games last season. Padres righthander Jake Peavy (right)gets the start in the U.S. opener. ESPN2 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 3/8

Wizards atHeat
What's eating Gilbert Arenas? An All-Star snub. The Wizards guard is averaging31.4 points since learning he wasn't selected. (He was added as an injuryreplacement.) Now he gets a shot at Miami, which swept Washington out of the2005 playoffs. Check listings 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY 3/6
SI Pick of the Week
Weight Watching

Doug Weight wassupposed to be the missing piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle when the Hurricanesacquired him from the Blues on Jan. 30, but so far the former All-Star has beenlittle more than ballast. Weight (above) hasn't scored a point with Carolina,which has lost three of five games with its new center. Tonight in New York,the Eastern Conference--leading Canes try to hold off the Rangers. Thanks torookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist (2.09 GAA, second in the NHL), who's fresh off agolden Olympic win (page 46), the Blueshirts trail them by just four points.Check listings 7 p.m.

PHOTOBRUCE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES (WEIGHT)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (WILLIAMS)PHOTOJAE C. HONG/AP (HORTON)PHOTOROBERT AZMITIA/AP (LACY)PHOTOROBERT BECK (PEAVY)ILLUSTRATION