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Chris Mannix
April 30, 2007
What to watch and watch for
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April 30, 2007

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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EDS Byron Nelson Championship
Win the Masters and they give you a green jacket. Win the Nelson and you have to go buy yourself a leather one. First prize in suburban Dallas is $1.1 million—plus a motorcycle (right) custom-designed by the American Choppers crew. Those with the best chance of riding away happy: Vijay Singh, who leads the FedEx Cup standings, and Phil Mickelson, who's fourth. Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, CBS 3 p.m.

In Theaters: The Condemned
It's Lost meets the Royal Rumble. WWE star Steve Austin plays a death row inmate in a Central American prison who is freed by a wealthy television producer and sent to a desolate island with nine other killers to take part in a deadly reality show. (No truth to the rumor that Stone Cold got the role only after Peter O'Toole passed on it.)

NBA playoffs, Bulls at Heat, Game 3
Is the third time the charm for Chicago, which has fallen to Miami in the last two postseasons? The Bulls have home court advantage this time around, and they'll be buoyed by forward Andres Nocioni, who returned to the lineup earlier this month after missing 28 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Nocioni had 17 points and four boards in Chicago's Game 1 win.
ESPN 8 p.m.

Juan Diaz vs. Acelino Freitas
The swarming Diaz (31--0) will face his toughest test when he puts his WBA and WBO lightweight belts on the line in a unification bout against IBF champ Freitas (38--1), who is fighting for the first time in almost a year. Freitas might not be fresh, but he is cagey. The 31 year-old Brazilian brawler has won four titles in two weight classes.
HBO 10 p.m.

Barbaro: A Nation's Horse
Produced by Emmy award winner Rob Hyland, this one-hour documentary features interviews with Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of the 2006 Derby champion (left). They describe the outpouring of support for Barbaro as he struggled to survive the horrific injury he suffered at the Preakness.
NBC 5 p.m.


Power Outage
Why are the Cardinals off to such a slow start? Blame the bats. Pitcher Kip Wells (right), who is scheduled to start against the Cubs, was tied for fourth on the team in homers at week's end—with one. And he was outslugging the guy expected to anchor the lineup, Albert Pujols, .857 to .471. Things don't figure to get much better for the world champs, who were 8--10 through Sunday. They'll face Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano (left), who has a career ERA of 0.70 in 38 2/3 innings at Busch Stadium.
ESPN 8 p.m.