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Chris Mannix
February 13, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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February 13, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
It has survived snowfall, briefly been swiped by protesters and been blessed by the Pope. After 64 days and 7,021 miles the Olympic torch finally makes it to Stadio Olimpico in Turin. Over the next 16 days, 252 medals will be up for grabs. NBC 8 p.m.


No. 2 Duke at Maryland
In the classroom J.J. Redick is a history major, but on the court he has been a study in economics. Last month the Blue Devils' guard needed only 13 shots to drop 40 points on Virginia; one more 40-point night and he'll be the first Duke player to hit that milestone four times in a season. CBS 1 p.m.


Peter Manfredo Jr. vs. Scott Pemberton
Manfredo's reality-TV career ended when he lost the $1 million Contender championship; now we'll see how he fights with less cash on the line. The Pride of Providence, Manfredo (below) will fight in his hometown against Pemberton, a hard hitter whose last three wins have come by KO. ESPN 9:30 p.m.

Pistons at Heat
Detroit's 39-7 record is impressive, but last year Miami showed that a fast start doesn't mean much come playoff time. The Heat got out of the gate at 33-13 but wound up losing the conference finals to the Pistons. Of course, that series might have ended differently had Dwyane Wade (left) not been hurt. This year he's averaging a career-best 26.8 points on 48.5% shooting. ABC 3:30 p.m.

Pro Bowl
Rename them the AFC Colts? Indianapolis sends a league-high eight players--including seven starters--to Hawaii for the NFL's All-Star showcase. Tackle Tarik Glenn (below) was originally told he made the team, then informed he hadn't, then added as a replacement. ESPN 6 p.m.


Changing Times

In 1970 USC's Sam (Bam) Cunningham (above) ran roughshod over the all-white Alabama defense in a 42-21 Trojans win, gaining 135 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Cunningham's performance in Birmingham opened the eyes of 'Bama administrators and fans--which some suggest was coach Bear Bryant's motive in scheduling the game. Before long he had the blessing of the school and boosters to aggressively recruit African-Americans, and it wasn't long before the Tide fielded its first black player. Tackling Segregation deftly details this watershed game. CSTV 8 p.m.

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