Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
March 05, 2007

THURSDAY 3/1
Honda
Classic The first cut on John Daly's 2002 CD, My Life, was called I'm Drunk,Damn Broke. Perhaps he should update it to I'm Drunk, Damn Broke, and I Lost MyTour Card. The big fella (below) finished 193rd on the money list last year andno longer has an exemption, so he'll have to rely primarily on sponsors'invitations this year. He got one to the Honda, at which he'll join a fieldthat includes defending champ Luke Donald. Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel 3p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, NBC 3 p.m.

SATURDAY 3/3
Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez
You can't say these guys aren't dedicated. Last week Marquez (36--3), alongtime bantamweight champ who is moving up to 122 pounds for the first time,said he was willing "to give my life" for the WBC super bantamweightbelt. Vazquez (41--3), who has held the title since 2005, responded by sayinghe was prepared to "die in the ring" to retain it. Showtime 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 3/4
Lakers at Suns
Phoenix point guard Steve Nash is the front-runner in the MVP race, but hewon't be the only worthy candidate on the floor. Coming off an injury-plaguedseason in which he appeared in just three games, Amaré Stoudemire (left) isaveraging 20.2 points and a career-high 9.5 rebounds for the Suns. ABC 3:30p.m.

MONDAY 3/5
Real Sports
In 1997 the Sabres let Ted Nolan, the reigning NHL Coach of the Year, go afterhe clashed with G.M. John Muckler and superstar goalie Dominik Hasek. Though hewas just 39 when he left, Nolan (right), who was saddled with a reputation as aG.M. killer, didn't coach again in the league until this season, when theIslanders hired him. SI's Frank Deford sits down with Nolan to discuss hisexile. HBO 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 3/7
Big East Tournament
Syracuse doesn't just want to three-peat—the Orangemen need to three-peat. Withan RPI in the mid-60s, the two-time defending conference champs are a bubbleteam. To emerge victorious at Madison Square Garden and lock up an NCAA berth,they'll need a big tournament from senior forward Demetris Nichols, the BigEast's leading scorer (18.9 points per game). (Through March 10) ESPN Checklistings

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SUNDAY 3/4
See Bob Weave
There's not much running in the wide-open Arena Football League, but thathasn't discouraged Bob McMillen (above) of the Chicago Rush from making aliving out of ball carrying. The bruising (6'2", 255 pounds) back is theAFL's career rushing leader, with 1,417 yards in 12 seasons. He's also ledthree different teams to Arena Bowl titles, including the Rush, who won the biggame last year despite a 7--9 regular season record. McMillen and his teammateswill open the 2007 season (it's the AFL's 20th anniversary) by traveling toKansas City to play the Brigade, who went 3--13 last season as an expansionteam. ABC 12:30 p.m.

PHOTOSTEVE WOLTMANN/CHICAGO RUSH (MCMILLEN) PHOTOJIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES (NOLAN) PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (STOUDEMIRE) PHOTOMARK J. TERRILL/AP (DALY)

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