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Week Ahead
Chris Mannix
August 14, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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August 14, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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AVP Manhattan Beach Open
2004 Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh (above, right) and Misty May-Treanor (left) have won eight of 10 tournaments this season. The best competition on the AVP tour might just be between the two teammates: Two-time MVP Walsh is looking to reclaim the award after getting beat out by (who else?) May-Treanor in 2005. Check listings

AFLAC All-American Classic
The stands will teem with radar guns at Tony Gwynn Park in San Diego, where 38 top high school seniors will be on display for an East versus West game. Among them: Michael Main (left), a Deland, Fla., righthander whose 99-mph heater helped him rack up 62 strikeouts in just 31 1/3 innings of work last season. Twenty-nine Classic alums have been drafted in the first round in the past three years, including 2005 top overall pick Justin Upton. Fox Sports Net 3 p.m.

SI Pick of the Week

Soft Landing

Not all boxers are boorish brutes like Mike Tyson. Last week Oleg Maskaev showed his concern for others when he petitioned the Nevada boxing commission to install extra padding on the floors of Caesars Palace. Why? In 1999 Maskaev knocked Hasim Rahman out with a devastating right hand (above) that sent Rahman careering out of the ring and onto the concrete floor. Maskaev, 37, said he wanted to cushion Rahman's fall if it happens again in their WBC heavyweight title fight. The 33-year-old Rahman says if he loses his belt to the Kazakh, he'll consider retiring. PPV 9 p.m.


Basketball, USA vs. Lithuania
So far, so good for the U.S., which routed Puerto Rico last week in its first exhibition game. Now we'll see how the Yanks play overseas, as they head to Seoul for a rematch of the 2004 Olympic bronze medal game. The U.S. won that time 104--96 (after losing a preliminary-round game to Lithuania 94--90), overcoming 24 points from Arvydas Macijauskas (above)--who just signed a $11.6 million deal to play in Greece after the Hornets cut him loose. NBATV 1 a.m.

NFL Exhibition, Redskins at Bengals
After an eventful summer Cincinnati might, with a nod to The Longest Yard, rename its team the Mean Machine. Four Bengals were arrested in the off-season, and a fifth was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Washington, meanwhile, added highly regarded offensive coordinator Al Saunders to improve an already potent unit that ranked 11th in the NFL in total offense. NBC 8 p.m.


On Shelves: NFL Team History: The San Francisco 49ers
The story of the 60-year-old franchise is told in a two-DVD set. Highlights include former coach Bill Walsh reflecting on the success of his West Coast offense. Step one: Get Joe Montana (left) to play quarterback.