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Chris Mannix
March 12, 2007
What to watch and watch for
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March 12, 2007

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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NCAA Selection Sunday
Among the squads feeling especially anxious is Michigan, which—despite Dion Harris (right), who had 19 points—blew a late lead last Saturday against Ohio State. A win over the top-seeded Buckeyes likely would have sewn up the Wolverines' first NCAA bid since 1998. Instead, 20--11 Michigan is a bubble team.
CBS 6 p.m.

NLL All-Star Game
Finally, an All-Star Game in Portland. The city has been home to the Trail Blazers since 1970 but has never been tapped to host an NBA All-Star Game. The City of Roses is good enough for the National Lacrosse League, though. Among the stars on display will be Rochester Knighthawks forward John Grant (right), the league leader in goals (33).

NCAA tournament upset marathon
Perhaps fans of the Orangemen should avoid this one: Syracuse's losses to 15th-seeded Richmond in 1991 and 13th-seeded Vermont in 2005 are replayed, as is Arizona's shocking 1993 defeat at the hands of Santa Clara (which features a young Steve Nash).
ESPN Classic 2 p.m.

IFL Battleground
Ever wonder what makes mixed martial arts fighters—those guys who kick and bash each other in the face while wearing thin gloves and no headgear—tick? Battleground gives the back stories of some of the International Fight League's toughest pugilists. First up: Rory Markham, who dabbles in acting when not pummeling people.
MyNetwork 8 p.m.

Former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg hosts a reality show that pits 12 teams of regular folks racing their own cars in a rally across America. Picture The Cannonball Run with a lawyer from Woodinville, Wash., and a male model from Queens instead of Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise.
Spike TV 10 p.m.

Suns at Mavericks
The NBA's top two teams meet in what should be a tight game—which is good news for Dallas. The Mavs are a league-best 14--3 in games decided by fewer than six points this season. Credit Dirk Nowitzki, who averages 6.8 points in the fourth quarter, fifth best in the league.
ESPN 10 p.m.


Heavy Hitters
Pick on someone your own size, will ya? IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (above) hasn't fought anyone who outweighs him since he beat 259-pound Fabio Eduardo Moli in 2003. Of course, not that many fighters are bigger than the 6'6", 241-pound Klitschko (47--3), whose most recent fights were wins over 6-foot, 213-pound Chris Byrd and 6'2", 224-pound Calvin Brock. The Ukrainian will finally meet a bigger foe tonight, when he faces No. 1 contender Ray Austin (24-3-4) in Mannheim, Germany. The 6'6", 245-pound Austin hasn't lost since '01 and will fight for a belt for the first time in his career.
HBO 4:45 p.m.