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Chris Mannix
September 25, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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September 25, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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In Theaters: Jackass: Number Two
Johnny Knoxville and the boys return for more of their own unique brand of fun and games, including shark fishing (using a human as bait, natch) and boa-constrictor wrestling.



Ryding High
The best player in the world, Tiger Woods, proclaimed that he and his U.S. teammates "are definitely the underdogs" at the 36th Ryder Cup, and it's hard to argue with him. The Yanks, despite a star-studded lineup, have lost four of the last five Cups--including a drubbing at the last one, in 2004 at Oakland Hills, where the Europeans (above) won 18 1/2--9 1/2 for their most lopsided victory ever. The Europeans will try to defend at the scenic K Club as the Cup comes to Ireland for the first time.
Friday USA 8 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday NBC 8 a.m.


No. 25 Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State
Expect footballs to fly. Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith and receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (five TDs in three games) form what is arguably the nation's most dangerous pass-and-catch tandem. They'll face a Nittany Lions secondary that is ranked just 77th in the country. ABC 3:30 p.m.

Nationals at Mets
And you thought the dog days of summer were over. As the Amazin's tune up for their first postseason appearance since 2000, they'll host Dog Day at Shea, which will feature a pregame pooch parade and Stupid Pet Trick auditions. Fox 1:25 p.m.


Bengals at Steelers
The good news for Carson Palmer is that Kimo von Oelhoffen is no longer with Pittsburgh. (It was von Oelhoffen who rolled into the Cincinnati quarterback's knee in the playoffs last season, tearing his ACL.) The bad news? Joey Porter (above) still is. The Pro Bowl linebacker, who had 10 1/2 sacks in 2005, picked up right where he left off. He had two sacks and an interception against the Dolphins on opening day.
CBS 1 p.m.

Berlin Marathon
Sammy Korir (right) knows the course in Berlin is fast. In 2003 the Kenyan was a pacer for countryman Paul Tergat when Tergat set the world record. This year Korir, going for the win, faces an interesting opponent: Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian, who has won two Olympic gold medals in the 10,000 meters, is making his first Berlin start.
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