Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
December 04, 2006

SATURDAY 12/2
No. 18 Georgetown at No. 11 Duke
Georgetown is coached by John Thompson and features big man Patrick Ewing. Sound familiar? That was the case in 1984, when the Hoyas won the NCAA title. The quest of Thompson III and Ewing Jr. (right) to follow in their fathers' footsteps is off to a fast start; Georgetown is 3--1. ESPN2 7 p.m.

Cavaliers at Rockets
Houston center Yao Ming hasn't hit LeBron James--like levels of productivity yet. But the big fella is averaging career highs in points (26.4) and rebounds (10.4) this season, and teammate Tracy McGrady says, "Number 11 on my team, hands down, is the best center in the league." James and his teammates are just trying to figure out how to win away from home: 9--5 Cleveland is 2--4 on the road. Check listings 8:30 p.m.

Joshua Clottey vs. Antonio Margarito
When you've lost only once in the last 10 years, as Margarito has, it's hard to get fights. Thus the WBO welterweight champ hasn't found work in 10 months. After failing to goad WBC champ Floyd Mayweather into a fight, Margarito (33--4) finally makes his ring return against Clottey (29--1), who is after his first major championship. Showtime 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 12/3
Cowboys at Giants
Since taking over for Drew Bledsoe in October, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has—in no particular order of importance—thrown for 1,656 yards, dated Jessica Simpson and connected on 13 touchdown passes. Romo (left) is the main reason the Cowboys sit atop the NFC East standings and have a chance to take a two-game lead over second-place New York, which will be looking to rebound from the biggest fourth-quarter collapse in team history. Fox 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY 12/5
On shelves: Rocky Anthology
Pop quiz: What was the name of the wrestler Hulk Hogan played in Rocky III? What was Mickey's last name? Which real-life champ played a sparring partner in Rocky II? If you didn't answer Thunderlips, Goldmill and Roberto Duran, it's time for a Rocky refresher course. With the sixth installment hitting screens later this month, the first five are being rereleased in a set that includes a 90-minute making-of documentary.

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SATURDAY 12/2
Well-Grounded
Florida is in a familiar place—the Georgia Dome—for the SEC championship game. The Gators have more title-game appearances (seven) and victories (five) than any other team in the conference. Arkansas is a relative novice. The Razorbacks have played in two SEC championship games, and neither went well: They've lost by a combined 64--6. Their hopes rest on sophomore tailback Darren McFadden (above), who anchors the nation's fourth-best rushing offense. Florida, however, hasn't had much trouble stopping the run. The Gators rank fifth in the nation in rushing D. CBS 6 p.m.

PHOTOMITCHELL LAYTON (EWING) PHOTOBILL FRAKES (ROMO) PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (MCFADDEN) PHOTOMGM (DVD)

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