Purdue at Northwestern
After leading the Wildcats to a 3--0 start, quarterback C.J. Bachér (right)declared, "If we can get more consistent, I think we can have one of thebest offenses in the country." Bachér's unit has been solid, but it'sNorthwestern's defense that has opponents shaking their heads. The Wildcatshave allowed only 16.5 points per game and are off to their best start (5--1)since 1996. They are trying to break the Top 25 for the first time since2005.
Kelly Pavlik vs.Bernard Hopkins
Undefeated middleweight champ Pavlik, 26, has knocked out 30 of the 34 fightershe's faced. Will he have that same power battling bigger men? Pavlik will findout when he moves up to light heavyweight to face the 43-year-old Hopkins inAtlantic City. Hopkins has never been KO'd in his 20-year career.
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Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational
NBA stars trade their hightops for bowling shoes in this charity eventsponsored by the Hornets guard, an avid kegler. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade,Kevin Durant, Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay—and Paul—will each be paired with aPBA bowler. Says Paul, "Bowling is a competitive sport ... and I loveit."
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Lions at Texans
Houston escaped from the ranks of the winless on Sunday with a victory over theDolphins, leaving only Cincinnati and Detroit without a W. The Lions benchedJon Kitna in favor of Dan Orlovsky but still lost to the Vikings. They haven'tgiven up hope, though. Receiver Roy Williams last week declared, "We stillhave a realistic chance to make the playoffs, believe it or not." Wedon't.
Fox 4 p.m.
October 19, 2008
Penguins at Bruins
Boston welcomes back crafty center Patrice Bergeron (left), who will play hisfirst game at TD Banknorth Garden since taking a nasty hit last October thatsidelined him with a concussion for the rest of the season. In the Bruins'first two games of 2008--09 the 23-year-old had three points.
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World Series Game 1
Phillies closer Brad Lidge (above) was just about perfect this season, nailingdown all 41 of his save opportunities to become the second pitcher ever with atleast 40 saves and no losses. His one misstep came in a game that didn'tcount—but it could cost the Phils, who started strong in the NLCS against theDodgers (page 38). Lidge took the loss in the All-Star Game, giving the AL homefield advantage for the World Series. If Philadelphia makes its first FallClassic since 1993, it will open on the road in either Boston or Tampa Bay.
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