Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
June 17, 2007

THURSDAY 6/14
Hasim Rahman vs. Taurus Sykes
A year ago Rahman was the WBC heavyweight champ; now he's trying to get back inthe title picture (who isn't, really?) by beating Sykes (25-3-1), the formerNABA champ.
Versus 9 p.m.

SATURDAY 6/16
Angels at Dodgers
Call it the Interstate 5 Stuck-in-Traffic Series: These So Cal rivals meet forthe second time this season. The Angels swept the first series, but the Dodgersfinally have their ace, hard-throwing righthander Jason Schmidt (above), backfrom a right shoulder injury that kept him out of action for seven weeks.
Fox 3:55 p.m.

24 Hours of LeMans
Last year an Audi R10 became the first diesel-fueled car to win in the 75-yearhistory of Le Mans, so this year more teams are bringing diesel engines. Amongthe fuel's virtues: It's cheaper. These days, who doesn't want to save money ongas?
Speed 8:30 a.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.

CONCACAF Gold Cupquarterfinals
Landon Donovan became the U.S. men's national team's career points leader withan assist in last Saturday's ho-hum 2--0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. Thatvictory lifted the Yanks' alltime record in the opening round of the GoldCup—the regional championship—to 20-0-1 and locked up a spot in the quarters.The first two are today in Foxborough, the other two tomorrow in Houston.
Telefutura and Univision Check listings

National ConcreteCanoe Competition
Turns out concrete, when not attached to a mob victim, actually floats. Morethan 20 rock-solid boats will race in the 20th annual competition, held on LakeSammamish outside of Seattle. The team to beat is from the University ofWisconsin; the Badgers have won every year since 2003.

WEDNESDAY 6/20Liberty at Sun
New York won its first five games of the season for the first time in 10 years,thanks to four starters averaging double digits in points. Guard Loree Moore(left) is putting up 10.7 points a night while shooting 54.2% from behind thearc.
MSG 7 p.m.

SI PICK OF THEWEEK

SUNDAY 6/17
Down to the Wire
Think of Phil Mickelson's agonizing losses in 2004 (when he made double bogeyon the 71st hole with a one-shot lead) and '06 (double bogey on the 72nd holewith a one-shot lead). Or Retief Goosen's missed putt from two feet away on the72nd hole in '01. The U.S. Open is often an occasion for high drama—never moreso than the last time it was held at Oakmont, site of this year's tournament,in 1994. A then 24-year-old Ernie Els (above) won a three-way playoff that took20 holes to decide. Thursday and Friday ESPN 10 a.m., 5 p.m; NBC 3--5 p.m.;Saturday and Sunday NBC 1 p.m.

PHOTOJACQUELINE DUVOISIN (ELS) PHOTONED DISHMAN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (MOORE) PHOTOHELT PHOTOGRAPHY (CANOE) PHOTOTOM DIPACE (SCHMIDT)

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)