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Chris Mannix
September 18, 2006
What to watch and watch for
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September 18, 2006

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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FRIDAY 9/15

In Theaters: Gridiron Gang
The Rock gets serious. The action flick vet and WWE star plays a probation officer who forms a football team at a juvenile detention facility in the drama directed by Phil Joanou ( U2: Rattle and Hum). The film is based on the true story of the team at California's Camp Kilpatrick--where much of Gang was filmed.

SATURDAY 9/16

Red Sox at Yankees
New York has run away from Boston in the AL East race and overtaken the Tigers for the best record in the AL--and they've done it shorthanded. Imagine how tough they'll be now that Hideki Matsui (below) is expected back this week, four months after breaking his wrist. And if that's not a big enough boost, Gary Sheffield is expected back by the end of the month.
Fox 1 p.m.

Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Rocky Juarez
The two featherweights fought to a draw in May--or at least they thought they did. After the fighters left the ring, the judges' scorecards were retabulated, and it turned out that Barrera actually won by a split decision. Barrera (62--4) granted Juarez (25--2) a rematch. It should be a good one. Both fighters are big punchers and big talkers; Barrera, who is putting his WBC belt on the line, vowed to "hold [ Juarez] by the hand and take him to school."
PPV 9 p.m.

No. 19 Nebraska at No. 4 USC
The Cornhuskers talked the talk last week; one player dismissed USC as "letters of the alphabet," while another said he "never heard of them." A refresher course: They're the guys who ripped Arkansas 50--14 in their opener and who haven't lost a home game in five years. Nebraska is off to a good start as well: Zac Taylor has thrown seven TDs in two easy wins.
ABC 8 p.m.

SUNDAY 9/17

Sylvania 300
Despite some late-race brake problems in Richmond last Saturday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hung on to his spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. That's the good news. The bad? The first race of the 10-week playoff takes place at New Hampshire International Speedway, where Junior (left) finished last at the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 in July.
TNT 12:30 p.m.

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SUNDAY 9/17

Frown Town

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