Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
January 22, 2007

THURSDAY 1/18
High school basketball: No. 1 Oak Hill vs. No. 14 Simeon
Chicago's Simeon features highly touted Derrick Rose (right), who has shown he deserves the hype. The Memphis-bound point guard is averaging 16 points, but more impressive is his passing: He's dishing out 11 assists per game. Don't expect Virginia's Oak Hill to be too impressed: The Warriors start four D-I signees. ESPN 9 p.m.

SATURDAY 1/20
Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Urango
Hatton—England's most popular pugilist—was just made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen. Now the undefeated (41--0) slugger (left, with trainer Billy Graham) will try to pummel Urango (17-0-1), the IBF junior welterweight champ. And they say chivalry is dead. HBO 9:45 p.m.

National Lacrosse League: Chicago Shamrox at New York Titans
The NLL takes its first bite out of the Apple as the Titans—led by forward Casey Powell, a three-time All America at Syracuse—play their home opener at Madison Square Garden. The setting is new, but the opponent is familiar: Chicago, another expansion team, handed the Titans a 15--12 loss earlier this month in the clubs' inaugural NLL game. Versus 11 p.m.

SUNDAY 1/21
NFC Championship Game: Saints at Bears
May the best backs win. New Orleans' thunder and lightning attack of Deuce McAllister (right) and Reggie Bush combined for 195 yards and two touchdowns against Philadelphia. Chicago, meanwhile, has its own dangerous duo: Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson bulled their way to 111 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against Seattle. Fox 3 p.m.

MONDAY 1/22
Grizzlies at Nuggets
Call them Denver: Fully Loaded. After playing shorthanded for the last month, the Nuggets finally welcome back the NBA's leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, who returns from his 15-game suspension to meet new teammate Allen Iverson, who has averaged 27.3 points in 12 games with Denver. Melo, who was averaging 31.6 points before his suspension, shouldn't have much trouble rediscovering his stroke against Memphis. The Grizzlies are next to last in the league in opponents' shooting percentage. Check listings 9 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY 1/24
Gifted Children
It's been a while since the NHL played an All-Star Game—the 2005 edition was swallowed up by a lockout and last year's was bumped by the Olympics—and 2004 will feel like a looong time ago when the league's elite gather in Dallas. Look for eight first-time starters and seven first-stringers, including leading vote-getter Sidney Crosby (page 50), who are 27 or younger. The Sabres, who haven't had a starter since 2001, will send three, including goalie Ryan Miller (above). Expect new technology, too: Rail Cam, a high-def camera on rails above the glass, will give viewers a fresh perspective. Versus 8 p.m.

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