Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
January 14, 2008

THURSDAY 1/10
Pistons at Spurs
Don't give that Eastern Conference crown to the Celtics just yet. Detroit has won 10 of 11 to run its Central Division lead to nine games. Guard Rip Hamilton has been a deadeye all year; he's averaging 18.3 points and is shooting a career-high 49.5% from the floor.
TNT 8 p.m.

SATURDAY 1/12
Red Wings at Senators
It's a possible Stanley Cup preview, as the best teams in the West and the East meet. Expect bulging nets in this matchup of the NHL's most potent offenses—five of the league's top 10 scorers will be on the ice, including Ottawa's Dany Heatley (right), who has three goals and seven assists in six games since Christmas.
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NFC Playoffs: Seahawks at Packers
This time, perhaps Matt Hasselbeck (left) will keep his yap shut. In the 2004 playoffs the Seattle QB announced after winning the OT coin toss, "We want the ball, and we're going to score!" Then he threw a pick that Al Harris returned for a TD and a Green Bay win. Hasselbeck earned a shot at revenge by throwing for 229 yards and the goahead TD in Seattle's win over Washington last Saturday.
Fox 4:30 p.m.

Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
More than 75 competitors will answer that burning question: Who's a good dog?!? The pooches will weave between poles, navigate obstacle courses and dive into a 19,000-gallon-tank in what just might be the cutest competition on Earth.
ABC 5 p.m.

MONDAY 1/14
No. 7 Georgetown at No. 13 Pittsburgh The Panthers won't have to head to their school's renowned Supercomputing Center to figure out how today's opponent is 11--1. The Hoyas are the top shooting team in the country (52.6%) and are holding their opponents to 35.2% from the floor, which is second in the nation. A big reason they're tough at both ends of the floor is 7' 2'' center Roy Hibbert, who rarely misses in the paint and is third in the Big East in blocked shots.
ESPN 7 p.m.

SI PICK OF THE WEEK

SUNDAY 1/13
Australian Open
The courts in Melbourne got a makeover: They're now covered by a surface called Plexicushion. America's James Blake thinks the change from the old hard court to cushioned acrylic was made in part to help local favorite Lleyton Hewitt (above), who likes to play on a fast surface and is trying to become the first Aussie to win Down Under in 32 years. But last week's Hopman Cup in Perth was played on Plexicushion, and the results were surprising. "It seems quite slower," said Jelena Jankovic. "The balls get really fluffy."
(Through Jan. 27) ESPN2 7 p.m.

PHOTOKOICHI KAMOSHIDA/GETTY IMAGES (HEWITT) PHOTOWHITNEY CURTIS/AP (DOG) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (HASSELBECK) PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (HEATLEY)

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)