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Week Ahead
Chris Mannix
April 03, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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April 03, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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Lamon Brewster vs. Sergei Liakhovich
Welcome to the heavyweight division, boxing's version of American Idol. So many contenders, so little talent. Tonight--the date is fitting--WBO champ Brewster (33-2) puts his title on the line in Cleveland against Belarus's Liakhovich (22-1), who hasn't been in the ring since 2004. Brewster (above) last fought in September, when he won a TKO over Luan Krasniqi in Germany. Showtime 11 p.m.

Chicago Fire at FC Dallas
MLS's 11th season kicks off in Dallas, where Fire forward Chris Rolfe (below, in red) will try to pick up where he left off in his spectacular rookie campaign. Rolfe, 23, led Chicago with eight goals and was the runner-up in the league's rookie of the year voting. As for Dallas, leading scorer Carlos Ruiz will be operating without standout forward Eddie Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City during the off-season. ABC 4 p.m.

Nasdaq-100 Open
Unseeded Jamea Jackson made history in the first round in Key Biscayne, Fla.: She was the first player to challenge a call under the new Hawk-Eye replay system. (The call was upheld.) This weekend the first tournament finals--women on Saturday, men on Sunday--will be played with Hawk-Eye, which relies on high-res cameras that can determine a ball's bounce position within .11 of an inch. You cannot be serious! Saturday and Sunday CBS noon


Chicago Rush at Orlando Predators
Bob McMillen has had no trouble breaking the Arena Football League's career rushing record. Keeping it is the problem. On Feb. 26 the Rush fullback (above) passed Les Barley's mark of 1,382 yards--but dropped back to second place when he lost eight yards on his next carry. McMillen reclaimed the record on March 17; he enters this showdown with Orlando with 1,387 career yards. NBC noon

Opening Moves

Who will win the Opening Day clash in Chicago between the world champion White Sox and the Indians, who figure to fight for the AL Central title? Who knows, but runs will probably be scarce. Chicago starter Mark Buehrle (left) and Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia (right) lead staffs that tied for the AL's lowest ERA (3.61) last season, when nine of the teams' 19 meetings--the White Sox won 14--were decided by one run. (Fans craving offensive fireworks might check the Giants-Padres game on Monday. Barry Bonds, who resumes his pursuit of Ruth and Aaron, has homered against San Diego more than any other team.) ESPN2 8 p.m.


On Shelves: Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style
Gentlemen, start your engines--or at least gas up your grills. Master chef Mario Batali (left) offers his version of fast food. The race-friendly recipes include Barbecue Wings Charlotte Style and signature NASCAR dishes like Eggs in Hell, Speedway Guacamole and Pocono Hangar Steak Fajitas.