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April 21, 2008
April 21, 2008

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April 21, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
GOLF
NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW
BASEBALL
COLLEGE HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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THURSDAY 4/17
WTA Family Circle Cup
Putting acting and fashion on the back burner has done wonders for Serena Williams's game. This year, she's 14--1, including a 6--2, 6--0 drubbing of top-ranked Justine Henin two weeks ago. Why refocus on tennis? "I wasn't making as much money," she joked. "So I got to go back to the bread and butter."
(Through Sunday) ESPN2 1 p.m.

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FRIDAY 4/18
Mets at Phillies
Philadelphia, say hello to Johan Santana (right). Acquired from the Twins in February, the owner of the game's most wicked changeup will face the Phillies for the second time in his career. Of the four Philadelphia players who have faced him, only one has more than four at bats: Geoff Jenkins, who's whiffed in six of 13 plate appearances.
Check listings 7 p.m.

SATURDAY 4/19
Joe Calzaghe vs. Bernard Hopkins
After defeating Winky Wright in his come-out-of-retirement fight last July, the 43-year-old Hopkins (left) proclaimed, "I want to fight Joe Calzaghe in Yankee Stadium in the late fall or winter." Believe it or not, the plan to fight outdoors in the Bronx in 30° weather never came together; Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) and Calzaghe (44--0, 32 KOs) will fight for the light heavyweight belt in Las Vegas.
HBO 9:45 p.m.

IndyCar Japan 300
He hasn't won a race yet, but Helio Castroneves is still sitting atop the IndyCar standings. He runs well at the Twin Ring Motegi track; he's won the pole for the past two years, and he took the checkered flag in 2006.
ESPN2 Midnight; replay ESPN 3 p.m.

TUESDAY 4/22
Softball: U.S. National Team vs. Oklahoma State
There's more to the U.S.'s Bound 4 Beijing Tour than getting ready for the Games. Since the IOC voted, three years ago, to oust baseball and softball from the summer program starting with the 2012 Olympics, the U.S. has been trying to raise softball's visibility—and save its Olympic future. They think it's working. "Everywhere we go, everyone loves us," says shortstop Natasha Watley (right).
ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY 4/17
Capitals at Flyers
In addition to goals, points and power-play goals, Washington left wing Alexander Ovechkin led the league in awesome celebrations, such as his famed jump-off-the-glass move (above). Philadelphia did a decent job limiting his leaps in the first two games of their playoff series; Ovechkin had one goal (the game winner in the opener) and one assist as the teams split. Now the series shifts to the Wachovia Center, where the Flyers were tough in the regular season—but the Caps were tougher. Washington won both meetings in Philly.
Versus 7 p.m.

PHOTOMARK GOLDMAN/EPA (OVECHKIN)PHOTODUSTIN SNIPES/ICON SMI (WATLEY)PHOTOETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES (HOPKINS)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (SANTANA)