The new year is traditionally good to Tiger Woods, who has won this early-season event in four of the last five years. But it's not as if the rest of the year is too hard on Woods—he hasn't finished outside the top five in a tournament since last July. He'll try to keep that streak alive at Torrey Pines, where he holds the South Course record: a 62, set in 1999.
Thursday-Friday Golf Channel 3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday CBS 3 p.m.
Australian Open Women's Final
It hasn't been a big tournament for upsets so far, which is good news for No. 1 Justine Henin (right). The Belgian—who won 10 of the 14 events she entered last year, including two Slams—has made it to the final the last two times she has played in this tournament. ESPN2 9:30 p.m.
U.S. Figure Skating Championship
Last year's silver medalist, Emily Hughes, is out with a hip injury, which might just open the door for 14-year-old Californian Caroline Zhang (left). Her fourth-place finish at the ISU Grand Prix Final in Turin last month surprised the world—not to mention 2007 U.S. champ Kimmie Meissner, 18, who finished a disappointing sixth.
NBC 8 p.m.
Michigan at No. 10 Michigan State
It hasn't been easy for first-year coach John Beilein. His Wolverines are a dismal 5--13, and they're barely into their Big Ten schedule. After a recent loss to Indiana he said, "[These kids are] used to winning; I'm used to winning; it's difficult for us all." So is playing the Spartans in East Lansing. Michigan State is 11--0 at home.
January 28, 2008
Reebok Boston Indoor Games
Pole vaulter Jenn Stuczynski (right) flew past Stacy Dragila's three-year-old U.S. record last June with a vault of 16 feet. Now she's got her sights set on Dragila's indoor mark of 15' 9 1/4". Stuczynski, a former NAIA hoops star (for Roberts Wesleyan College) who took up the pole vault in 2004, had an indoor best last year of 15' 5 3/4".
ESPN2 3 p.m.
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NHL All-Star Game
Technically it's not Detroit versus the East. That's just the way it worked out. With goalie Chris Osgood, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, and forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg starting for the West, the Red Wings will be well-represented in Atlanta. While that should result in smooth team play, don't discount the East. It's got a few things going for it too—for starters, Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, the NHL's leading scorer, and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk (above), who is tied for second.
Versus 6 p.m.