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The Weeks Ahead
Amanda Cherrin
July 11, 2005
What to watch and watch for
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July 11, 2005

The Weeks Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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FRIDAY 7/8


In Theaters: Murderball

The uplifting documentary, which was a crowd favorite at Sundance, follows Mark Zupan, 30, as he leads the U.S. wheelchair rugby team to the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Zupan (left) was a soccer star at Florida Atlantic when he was paralyzed in an auto accident in 1993. A year later he discovered murderball--a form of rugby played by men in heavy wheelchairs. Zupan, who has been on the U.S. national team since 1996, says the idea behind the jarring four-on-four sport is basically "kill the guy with the ball."

Summer Redneck Games

Will Jeff Foxworthy light the torch? More than 10,000 spectators are expected in tiny East Dublin, Ga. (pop. 2,574), where events include bobbing for pigs' feet, the mud-pit belly flop and a mullet contest. There are no gold medals for the winners, just trophies made from crushed Bud Light cans.

SUNDAY 7/10

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

MotoGP--the Formula One of motorcycle racing--returns to the U.S. for the first time since 1994. Four-time defending world champion Valentino Rossi (right) has won five of six races this year, but a bunch of American hopefuls have a shot at knocking off the Italian at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Speed Channel 5 p.m.

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SUNDAY 7/10

Back to the Futures
The All-Star voting for first base was very close in both the AL and the NL (page 60), and it could get even tighter in a couple of years when Conor Jackson (left) and Daric Barton (right) are in the mix. They'll be two of the 50 minor league stars on display at the seventh annual Futures Game, which kicks off All-Star weekend in Detroit. Jackson, 23, a Diamondbacks farmhand, is hitting .373 in Triple A with 58 RBIs. Barton, better known as the 19-year-old guy the A's got from the Cardinals for Mark Mulder, is hitting .319 and has driven in 51 runs for Class A Stockton. Should they make it to the majors, they'll join 105 Futures Game alums in the bigs. ESPN2 4 p.m.

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