Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
April 22, 2007

SATURDAY 4/21
Jordan Brand All-American Classic
Huntington (W.Va.)
High has the most well-known senior in the country—USC-bound O.J. Mayo—but theHighlanders weren't a one-man show. Patrick Patterson (right) beat out Mayo fortheir conference's player of the year award. The power forward, who'sconsidering Florida and Kentucky, joins Mayo at Madison Square Garden, where 22of the nation's top seniors will show their stuff.
ESPN2 9 p.m.

Yankees at RedSox
Everybody (in the Bronx) loves Alex (for now). With seven homers in the firsttwo weeks of the season, including a walk-off grand slam, Alex Rodriguez(below) has become the darling of fans and headline writers. (HE'S A HOT ROD,proclaimed the New York Post.) Imagine the love he'll feel if he comes up bigat Fenway, where he hit .306 with 10 RBIs in nine games last year.
Fox 3:55 p.m.

NBA Playoffs
Life in Colorado is starting to agree with Allen Iverson. The Nuggets' newpoint guard has averaged 24.8 points per game since being traded to Denver inDecember, and he has the Nuggets, winners of eight of their last 10 games,charging to the finish line. For their efforts they got a first-round playoffdate with San Antonio, which has been just as hot. The Spurs won 12 of 13before a loss to Dallas on Sunday.
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Subway Fresh Fit500
Kevin Harvick (right) was sitting fifth in the Nextel Cup standings after fiveraces, but in his last two he's finished 41st and 29th, and has plummeted to14th in the points race. The driver they call Happy will be especially pleasedto pull into Phoenix: He won both races there last year.
Fox 8 p.m.

SI PICK OF THEWEEK

SATURDAY 4/21
Return of the Queen
In search of its 18th Fed Cup title—but first since 2000—the U.S. is bringingout the big guns. Serena Williams (above), who is 6--0 in her Fed Cup careerbut hasn't participated since 2003, will join her sister, Venus, in theAmerican lineup against Belgium today in Delray Beach, Fla. The tournamentisn't quite as popular in the Low Countries, apparently. The Belgians will bewithout Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. The pair (who are ranked Nos. 1 and 4in the world, respectively) bowed out, citing scheduling conflicts.
(Through Sunday) Tennis Channel 2:30 p.m.

TUESDAY 4/24
The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA
Yanks and Brits have had some legendary battles through the years. The Thrillaat Bunka Hilla. The Discord in Concord. The Throwdown at Yorktown. The Brawlin'in N'awlins. And then there's this show, which pits American fighters againstboxers from the United Kingdom. They've split the first two bouts. TonightContender Season 1 bronze medalist Alfonso Gomez (from Whittier, Calif.) takeson Martin Concepcion.
ESPN 9 p.m.

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