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Chris Mannix
April 02, 2007
What to watch and watch for
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April 02, 2007

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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NCAA Final Four
In what could be his last college game, Ohio State's Greg Oden will bang inside with a future NBA rival: 7'2", 278-pound Georgetown center Roy Hibbert. Both are likely lottery picks in this summer's draft—assuming they decide to go pro. The other national semifinal is a rematch of last year's title game: UCLA and defending champ Florida.
CBS 6 p.m.

76ers at Nets
As usual, Philly needs AI to come up big to make the playoffs. No, not that AI. The Sixers have gone 23--24 since trading Allen Iverson to Denver and have an outside shot at the postseason, thanks largely to guard Andre Iguodala (above), who is averaging 18.1 points per game. Philly is in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. One of the teams it's chasing is New Jersey, which is seventh but has lost six of 10.
Check listings 7:30 p.m.

Goody's Cool Orange 500
Even when Jeff Gordon loses, he wins. Last week's third-place finish at Bristol put Gordon atop the Nextel Cup standings, and his clean driving—he narrowly avoided a collision with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch on the last lap—helped Busch claim his first victory of the season. Gordon will chase his first 2007 win in Martinsville, where he has won three of the last five years.
Fox 1:30 p.m.

Maple Leafs at Rangers
With two weeks left in the season, five points separated six teams in the race for the last three Eastern Conference playoff spots. New York (87 points, sixth in the East) and Toronto (82 points, 11th) were two of those teams. To clinch their first back-to-back berths in 10 years, the Rangers will need more stout goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist (left), who is 8--3 in shootouts.
Check listings 7 p.m.

On shelves: The Natural: Director's Cut
This is no warmed-over DVD version of a classic. Twenty-three years after The Natural's release, director Barry Levinson tells the story of Roy Hobbs the way he always wanted to, with a completely recast first act (the film now begins with a series of flashbacks) and 15 minutes of footage that originally landed on the cutting-room floor.


Right Where We Left Off
It's Opening Day 2007—or, as some disgruntled Mets fans might think of it, Game 8 of the '06 NLCS. The Cardinals begin their World Series title defense by hosting the team they beat to get to the Fall Classic. They'll hand the ball to Chris Carpenter (right), one of the few starters they know they can count on: He was second in the NL in ERA (3.09) last year and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. (By contrast, three projected members of the St. Louis rotation have a combined 18 big league starts.) The Mets will most likely counter with Tom Glavine (left), who starts the season with 290 wins.
ESPN2 8:05 p.m.