Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
October 01, 2006

THURSDAY 9/28

High SchoolFootball, Oaks Christian at Venice Want a peek at the gridiron stars oftomorrow? Take a stroll through the Oaks Christian campus in Westlake Village,Calif. Three Lions--QB Jimmy Clausen, running back Marc Tyler and safetyMarshall Jones--are rated among the nation's top 50 recruits. The trio leads agroup that is riding a 34-game winning streak. Before last Friday's gameagainst St. Bonaventure (page 45), Tyler's father, former Rams running backWendell Tyler, gave the team a pep talk and tore up a St. Bonaventure shirt.Marc then ran for 274 yards in a 59--13 win. ESPN2 10 p.m.

SATURDAY 9/30

Petit Le Mans Thetask: drive in circles in Atlanta for 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comesfirst. The favorite: No, it's not Pascual Perez. It's the team of Allan McNishand Dindo Capello. They drive an Audi R10 diesel, winner of the last fourAmerican Le Mans Series races. Speed 11:30 a.m.

No. 14 Oregon atArizona State It seems that the only time Dennis Dixon gets touched is when hehigh-fives a teammate. The Ducks quarterback, who is fifth in the nation intotal offense, has been sacked only once in three games. Rushing the passer,however, is the Sun Devils' specialty. Linebacker Derron Ware (above) has foursacks for a D that leads the nation with almost five per game. ABC 3:30p.m.

SUNDAY 10/1

Cowboys at TitansDon't be surprised if Dallas coach Bill Parcells adds himself to the injuryreport with a case of whiplash. The Tuna spent much of last week going back andforth on whether or not Terrell Owens can play with a broken finger. Tennesseecoach Jeff Fisher has his own headache, namely whether to start quarterbackVince Young in an effort to boost an anemic offense that is averaging just 12points per game. Fox 1 p.m.

SI Pick of theWeek
TUESDAY 10/3
FALL GUYS

Whether or notthe major league playoffs, which begin today, culminate in a rematch of the2000 Subway Series could depend on two big arms. Pedro Martinez (left) madejust 22 starts for the Mets this season due to a variety of injuries, but thetheatrical righty usually saves his best stuff for the postseason: In 13 careerappearances he is 6--2. For the Yankees, Randy Johnson (right) has had evenmore reason than usual to scowl this season. Big has also been a gooddescription of the Unit's ERA, which has hovered near 5.00 for most of theyear. Check listings

WEDNESDAY10/4

NHL SeasonOpener: Stars at Avalanche Last season was forgettable for Colorado goalie JoséThéodore (right)--and not just because of a slump that led the Canadiens totrade him. He was bounced from the Olympics after his hair-loss medicine led toa positive drug test; he broke his heel; he was photographed at a nightclubwith Paris Hilton; and a disgruntled fan tried to sell him on eBay as a"slightly used, washed-up" goalie. He'll be looking to get this seasonoff to a better start against Dallas. Versus 10 p.m.

PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON PHOTODOUGLAS JONES/ICON SMI PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO PHOTOVINTAGE VELOCITY/ICON SMI PHOTOASU MEDIA RELATIONS

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