Flames at Wild
Only one team has beaten Minnesota in regulation this year: Calgary, which
turned the trick with a 5--3 come-from-behind victory on Oct. 24. The rematch
is in the Twin Cities, where the Wild—the West's top defensive team—will meet a
squad that's second in the conference with 3.4 goals per game. That's thanks to
Jarome Iginla (right), who's tied for third in the NHL in scoring.
Check listings 8 p.m.
Marathon Olympic Trials
These guys can cover 26.2 miles in New York City faster than any car in
rush-hour traffic. Beginning in front of the Today show cameras set in
Rockefeller Center, American record holder Khalid Khannouchi (left) leads the
pack of 134 runners hoping for a bid to Beijing. The streets of Gotham will see
more action on Sunday, with the 38th running of the New York City Marathon.
NBC Saturday 7:35 a.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.
Joe Calzaghe vs.
The undefeated super middleweight belt holders will unite the title on
Calzaghe's turf: the 74,500-seat Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Calzaghe
(43--0, 32 KOs) has been hyping the fight, but Kessler (39--0, 29 KOs) has been
all but invisible, prompting Calzaghe to wonder about his opponent, "Is he
in training camp or a witness-protection program?"
HBO 9 p.m.
Bulls at Bucks
It's showtime for the NBA's newest import, Yi Jianlian (right), who will make
his Brew City debut. The Bucks' forward, the sixth pick in the draft, averaged
10.5 points in the preseason—and was honored by Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett,
who made Oct. 7 Yi Jianlian Day.
Check listings 8:30 p.m.
On DVD: NFL America's Game
Walk through four decades of American history—one Super Bowl at a time—with
this $199.98, 40-disc box set that features one-hour documentaries on each of
the NFL's first XL Big Game champions. With exclusive interviews with players
and coaches and tons of never-before-seen footage from each of the title games,
this DVD collection is sure to have something for every football fan—except
supporters of the Browns, Jaguars, Texans, Lions, Saints and Cardinals, the six
NFL teams that have never made it as far as the Super Bowl.
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LSU at Alabama
New Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is facing the Bayou Bengals for the first
time since he bolted Baton Rouge in 2004, but there's more involved than LSU
trying to stick it to an ex-coach. With both teams holding 4--1 SEC records,
this game will most likely determine the Western Division champ. The Tigers
will focus on Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall (above), who leads the conference
with 95.5 receiving yards per game. In the Crimson Tide's last two games, a
tight three-point win over Mississippi and a blowout of Tennessee, the senior
has caught 24 balls for 325 yards and a pair of TDs.
CBS 5 p.m.