Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
March 25, 2007

FRIDAY 3/23
In theaters: Offside
Iranian director Jafar Panahi has already had two films banned by his country's Islamic government, and he may not get much support for this documentary, which follows girls who disguise themselves as men to get into Tehran's Azadi Stadium for a 2005 soccer match. (Iranian women are banned from sporting events.) Panahi presents their story with a comic touch, but beneath the humor is a bracing look at life under a harsh regime.

SATURDAY 3/24
Librado Andrade vs. Mikkel Kessler
Most fighters brag about their sparring partners, but in Kessler's case it's not just talk. The WBC and WBA super middleweight champ (left) has been training against IBF Australasian beltholder Sakio Bika. If Kessler (38--0) successfully defends against Andrade (24--0), he could face Bika in his next bout.
HBO 9:45 p.m.

SUNDAY 3/25
Nuggets at Cavaliers
The rivalry between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony is getting more interesting. Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring (29.8 points per game), while James (27.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists) is a top MVP candidate. Still, Anthony (below) has the edge where it counts. Denver has won five of seven against Cleveland since 'Bron and 'Melo arrived in 2003.
ESPN 8 p.m.

MONDAY 3/26
The UCLA Dynasty
UCLA is in the Sweet 16—which means, by the standards previously set in Westwood, the Bruins haven't accomplished anything. The UCLA Dynasty looks at the school's championship run in the 1960s and '70s, when it won 10 titles in 12 seasons. Among the interviewees: actor and UCLA grad Beau Bridges and the Wizard himself, 96-year old John Wooden.
HBO 10 p.m.

TUESDAY 3/27
NIT Final Four
This season's power conference? It's the ACC, which placed seven teams in the NCAA tournament (the most in the country) and has so far dominated the competition in the NIT. North Carolina State, Florida State and Clemson made it to the quarterfinals, running the ACC's postseason record to 12--6. If any of them win, it would be the conference's first NIT title since 2000.
ESPN2 7 p.m.

SI PICK OF THE WEEK

WEDNESDAY 3/28
Start of Something Big
Will this be the first of many battles between O.J. Mayo (left) and Kevin Love (right)? Before two of the nation's top-rated high school seniors take their games to college (they will be Pac-10 rivals next season, Mayo at USC and Love at UCLA), they will take the floor at the McDonald's All-American Game in Louisville. The 6'9" Love, a power forward who some scouts compare to Karl Malone, averaged 29.7 points and 16.2 rebounds this season at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High. Meanwhile, the 6'5" Mayo, a flashy guard who reminds some of Stephon Marbury, averaged 29.6 points and 4.9 assists for Huntington (W.Va.) High.
ESPN 8 p.m.

PHOTOCOURTESY SONY PICTURES CLASSICS (OFFSIDE POSTER) PHOTOHOWIE MCCORMICK/ICON SMI (MAYO) PHOTOLOUIS LOPEZ/CAL SPORT MEDIA (LOVE) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (ANTHONY) PHOTOJOHN MCCONNICO/AP (KESSLER)

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)