Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for
August 17, 2008

THURSDAY 8/14
Rays at A's
Tampa Bay and Oakland have one thing in common: Both started the season strong. But after the All-Star break the A's lost 10 straight and fell out of contention. The Rays, meanwhile, show no signs of slowing: They're in first place in the AL East and on Sunday set a franchise record with their 71st win. Since the break their offense has been led by Carlos Peña (right), who has seven home runs.
Check listings 3:30 p.m.

On the Web: Let It Out: The Movie
Past Olympic heroes, including Mia Hamm, Michael Johnson and Mary Lou Retton, recount their Games moments in this documentary, which premiered in Beijing on Monday and can be seen for free beginning today at letitout.com. A highlight: Jesse Owens's granddaughter, Gina Hemphill-Strachan, describing carrying the Olympic torch into L.A.'s Coliseum in 1984.

FRIDAY 8/15
Little League World Series
The team to watch in Williamsport is Southeast Regional champ Citrus Park of Tampa—the last two Series winners came out of the Southeast. Citrus Park is led by Wyatt Reid, who hit two homers, drove in seven runs and pitched three shutout innings in the regional final.
ESPN 2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 8/20
Hard Knocks
Tony Romo (left), Adam (Pacman) Jones, Terrell Owens.... It's like the Cowboys were built with a reality show in mind. The third episode of HBO's training-camp diary airs tonight (you can catch the first two episodes on HBO On Demand), with Dallas embarking on a five-day trip for a preseason game in Denver.
HBO 10 p.m.

SI PICK OF THE WEEK

Olympic Highlights

Women's gymnastics: All-around final
The U.S.'s Shawn Johnson (above) has won eight of nine all-around titles since becoming a senior gymnast last year. No wonder the 16-year-old is the favorite to win gold.
Thursday, NBC 8 p.m.

Men's 100-meter butterfly final
The best bet to upset Michael Phelps at the Games could be U.S. teammate Ian Crocker, the world-record holder in this event.
Friday, NBC 8 p.m.

Women's 50-meter freestyle final
Dara Torres, 41, goes for her first nonrelay Olympic gold. In her way is Australia's Libby Trickett, who could win four golds.
Saturday, NBC 7:30 p.m.

Men's 100-meter sprint
Who will be the world's fastest man? Track's marquee event pits the U.S.'s Tyson Gay against current world-record holder Usain Bolt and former record holder Asafa Powell, both of Jamaica.
Saturday, NBC 7:30 p.m.

Men's tennis final Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could meet for the first time since their epic Wimbledon final.
Sunday, USA 2 a.m.

Women's beach volleyball final Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh haven't lost in more than a year. The last team to beat them? China's Tian Jia and Wang Jie, the second-ranked pair in Beijing.
Sunday, NBC 6 p.m.

PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (JOHNSON) PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (ROMO) PHOTOPETER AIKEN/CAL SPORT MEDIA (PEÑA)

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)