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Chris Mannix
May 01, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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May 01, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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2006 NFL Draft
All the big questions of draft season will finally be answered (page 40). Will USC running back Reggie Bush smile pretty when Paul Tagliabue hands him a No. 1 jersey, as Alex Smith did last year (above)? Which of the Jets' picks will the green-tinted fans in Radio City Music Hall boo? And how many times can Mel Kiper Jr. say "impact" in the course of 11 hours on the air? Saturday ESPN noon, ESPN2 8 p.m., Sunday ESPN 11 a.m.

Andy Kolle vs. Andre Ward
Kolle (9--0) better not work too hard this weekend; after all, he has class on Monday. The North Dakota State senior traveled 500 miles between Fargo and Duluth five days a week to train for this middleweight bout against Ward (8--0), the 2004 Olympic gold medalist who hasn't lost since he was 13. HBO 10:15 p.m.

King James Shooting Star Classic
More than 200 high school teams descend on the Akron area for this tournament that LeBron James lent his name to and which his former high school coach, Dru Joyce, runs. All eyes will be on top-rated guard O.J. Mayo (left) of Cincinnati; his North College Hills High is a good bet to be in today's final. Fox Sports Net 2 p.m.


Penn Relays
For the 112th time athletes from around the world will visit Philadelphia for the country's oldest and largest track meet. ( NBC will broadcast highlights of the three-day event, which begins on April 27.) One standout from this year's field is 2004 Olympic silver medalist and reigning 100-meter world champion Lauryn Williams (right), who will run in the women's 4�100 and sprint medley relays. NBC 5 p.m.


Heeeere's Johnny
The joke in Boston when Johnny Damon defected to New York during the off-season: He looks like Jesus, acts like Judas and throws like Mary. The ex-- Red Sox leadoff hitter no longer sports the Biblical look, but his return to Fenway Park will still be treated as a Second Coming. Damon (above) batted .278 with 12 runs scored in his first 17 games as a Yankee--a so-so start but better than what the Sox have gotten from his replacement. Coco Crisp went on the DL with a broken finger on April 11 and isn't expected back by the time Boston's AL East rivals come to town. ESPN 7 p.m.


Astros at Brewers
This could be a very good day for Houston fans: The Astros play a favorite opponent--they won 10 of 15 games against Milwaukee last season--and can start negotiating with homeboy Roger Clemens. The free-agent pitcher, who has hinted he still wants to pitch, isn't allowed to talk contract with his old team until today. Check listings 8 p.m.

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