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Chris Mannix
February 20, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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February 20, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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FRIDAY 2/17

No. 9 Denver at No. 1 Minnesota
These schools have split the last four NCAA championships, and first place in the WCHA--top-ranked Minnesota leads Denver by a point--is on the line. Ditto for college hockey's top individual honor. Denver defenseman Matt Carle (above) and Minnesota forward Ryan Potulny are leading candidates for the Hobey Baker Award. Check listings 8 p.m.

SATURDAY 2/18

Julio C�sar Ch�vez Jr. vs. Carlos Molina
Forget living up to the legacy of his father, a five-time champion in four different weight classes; the 20-year-old Ch�vez Jr. (below, with Dad) just wants to avenge the only blemish on his record (23-0-1), a draw with Molina in December. Molina (8-1-1) will be motivated too. The draw snapped his five-fight-winning streak. PPV 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 2/19

Daytona 500
A couple of cracked ribs won't keep Tony Stewart down. The defending Nextel Cup champion flipped his car in a qualifier for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January, but he will be on the starting line for NASCAR's season opener. Defending Daytona champ Jeff Gordon (left), meanwhile, will try to pick up where he left off in 2005. He had five top 10 finishes in the final seven races of the season. NBC 1:30 p.m.

NBA All-Star Game
The game's in Houston, but the NBA's midseason spectacle will have a decidedly Detroit vibe. Four members of the Pistons' starting lineup were selected as reserves for the Eastern Conference, including center Ben Wallace, the league's second-leading rebounder (12.2 per game). Who will make sure they all get their minutes? Detroit coach Flip Saunders, who will perform the same duties for the East team. TNT 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY 2/20

No. 22 Boston College at No. 1 North Carolina
Tar Heels guard Ivory Latta is small, but her game isn't pint-sized. The 5'6" junior (right) leads Carolina in scoring average (17.7) and assists (5.4) and helped the Heels (22-1) win their first 22 games. Check listings 7 p.m.

On Shelves: Hardwood Dreams: Volumes 1 & 2
The compelling 1993 documentary on the state championship team from Morningside High in Inglewood, Calif.--think Hoop Dreams with more sun--is released on DVD, along with a sequel that revisits the Morningside starting five 10 years later. Wesley Snipes narrates both films.

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