Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
July 23, 2006

SATURDAY7/22
Arturo Gatti vs. Carlos Baldomir
When the unheralded Baldomir (42-9-6) took the WBC welterweight belt from ZabJudah back in January, he had to chase the überquick Judah around the ring todo it. He shouldn't have trouble finding Gatti (40-7), a brawler who's notafraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone. The fight in Atlantic City is Baldomir'sfirst title defense. HBO 10 p.m.

CFL: Argonauts atRoughriders
Is it time to pull the plug on the Ricky Williams experiment? Williams wassigned by the Argonauts to produce yards, wins and fans. The result? Williamsis averaging just 53.5 yards per game, Toronto is 1-3, and attendance is downby 3,200. Not quite what the Argos had in mind when they made Williams (left)the league's highest-paid back at $240,000 for the season. Check listings

SUNDAY 7/23
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Nicky Hayden (left) is more than just a pretty face. (Last year Hayden wasnamed one of PEOPLE's 50 hottest bachelors and appeared in a Dating Gamesegment on Today.) He's one of the top motorcycle racers around: Afterfinishing third in the MotoGP series last year, the 24-year-old is atop thestandings as the bikers head to Monterey, Calif. Speed Channel 5 p.m.

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Jeff Gordon will never match Dale Earnhardt's popularity, but he's one trip tovictory lane away from matching his career win total (76). Taking the checkeredflag in Pocono would help Gordon with more immediate concerns as well: He'sclinging to the last spot in the Chase for the Championship. TNT 2 p.m.

TUESDAY7/25
In Stores: The Benchwarmers DVD
David Spade, Rob Schneider and Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder, playlovable losers who form a three-man team that takes on Little League bullies indirector Dennis Dugan's screwball comedy.

WEDNESDAY7/26
Reds at Astros
With seven teams within 4 1/2 games of the NL wild-card spot, the dealingstarted early. Last week Houston added Devil Rays third baseman Aubrey Huff toa lineup that is batting a league-worst .257, while the Reds went a long waytoward solving their closer problems-they've blown 14 saves this season-byacquiring former All-Star Eddie Guardado (left) from Seattle. Checklistings

THURSDAY 7/20

SI PICK OF THEWEEK
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Tiger Woods andPhil Mickelson both hope that the hop across the pond for the British Open willbe the first step on the road to recovery. Woods (left), who lost his father tocancer on May 3, watched the final two rounds of the U.S. Open after missingthe cut in a major for the first time. What he saw was pretty ugly: Mickelson(right) blowing the Open with a double bogey on the 72nd hole. Still, theworld's top two players will be favored at Royal Liverpool, where Woods canbecome the first player since Tom Watson (1983) to win two straight Opens.Thursday and Friday TNT 7 a.m.; Saturday TNT 7 a.m., ABC 9 a.m.; Sunday TNT 6a.m., ABC 8 a.m.

SIX PHOTOSFRANK POLICH/REUTERS (WOODS); ROBERT BECK (MICKELSON); THOMAS E. WITTE/GETTY IMAGES (GUARDADO); REVOLUTION STUDIOS/SONY PICTURES/THE KOBAL COLLECTION (BENCHWARMERS); HANS DERYK/REUTERS (WILLIAMS); VINCENT JANNINK/EPA (HAYDEN)

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)