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Chris Mannix
July 24, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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July 24, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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Arturo Gatti vs. Carlos Baldomir
When the unheralded Baldomir (42-9-6) took the WBC welterweight belt from Zab Judah back in January, he had to chase the �berquick Judah around the ring to do it. He shouldn't have trouble finding Gatti (40-7), a brawler who's not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone. The fight in Atlantic City is Baldomir's first title defense. HBO 10 p.m.

CFL: Argonauts at Roughriders
Is it time to pull the plug on the Ricky Williams experiment? Williams was signed by the Argonauts to produce yards, wins and fans. The result? Williams is averaging just 53.5 yards per game, Toronto is 1-3, and attendance is down by 3,200. Not quite what the Argos had in mind when they made Williams (left) the league's highest-paid back at $240,000 for the season. Check listings

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Nicky Hayden (left) is more than just a pretty face. (Last year Hayden was named one of PEOPLE's 50 hottest bachelors and appeared in a Dating Game segment on Today.) He's one of the top motorcycle racers around: After finishing third in the MotoGP series last year, the 24-year-old is atop the standings as the bikers head to Monterey, Calif. Speed Channel 5 p.m.

Pennsylvania 500
Jeff Gordon will never match Dale Earnhardt's popularity, but he's one trip to victory lane away from matching his career win total (76). Taking the checkered flag in Pocono would help Gordon with more immediate concerns as well: He's clinging to the last spot in the Chase for the Championship. TNT 2 p.m.

In Stores: The Benchwarmers DVD
David Spade, Rob Schneider and Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder, play lovable losers who form a three-man team that takes on Little League bullies in director Dennis Dugan's screwball comedy.

Reds at Astros
With seven teams within 4 1/2 games of the NL wild-card spot, the dealing started early. Last week Houston added Devil Rays third baseman Aubrey Huff to a lineup that is batting a league-worst .257, while the Reds went a long way toward solving their closer problems-they've blown 14 saves this season-by acquiring former All-Star Eddie Guardado (left) from Seattle. Check listings


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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both hope that the hop across the pond for the British Open will be the first step on the road to recovery. Woods (left), who lost his father to cancer on May 3, watched the final two rounds of the U.S. Open after missing the cut in a major for the first time. What he saw was pretty ugly: Mickelson (right) blowing the Open with a double bogey on the 72nd hole. Still, the world's top two players will be favored at Royal Liverpool, where Woods can become the first player since Tom Watson (1983) to win two straight Opens. Thursday and Friday TNT 7 a.m.; Saturday TNT 7 a.m., ABC 9 a.m.; Sunday TNT 6 a.m., ABC 8 a.m.