Play it forward: Oct. 12-18 on your L.A. sports calendar


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Seven-year-old Tierney Faith Helton, daughter of Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, looks game ready for her dad’s NLDS.


Weather permitting, the Dodgers see what kind of chilling effect they’ve put on the rest of the National League first-round of the playoffs. Those are the cold, hard facts. The Rockies are on the Coors Hot Seat.
NLDS Game 4: Philadelphia at Colorado, TBS, 3 p.m. (If necessary, Game 5 is Tuesday in Philadelphia at 5 p.m.)


Does Mark Sanchez kinda, sotra look like John, the gardner kid who had the … ahem, thing … with Tony Parker’s wife on “Desperate Housewives” and made a comeback in Sunday night’s latest episode?
NFL: N.Y. Jets at Miami, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

After football night in America, it’s now hockey morning in New York. On an island. A long one.
NHL: Kings at N.Y. Islanders, FSN West, 11 a.m. (Kings’ road trip continues at New York Rangers on Wednesday, at Detroit on Thursday and at Columbus on Saturday)

These mean just as much to the Clippers as the regular season. Even more to some players who actually have ambitions of making the roster.
NBA exhibition: Clippers vs. Golden State, Staples Center, Prime Ticket, 7:30 p.m. (also at San Antonion on Wednesday, vs. Utah on Saturday).


Barry Levinson has a story, based in Baltimore. It’s not “Diner.” Or “Tin Men.” You’re gettting warmer. How about the Colts. And how fans of the team that played musical instruments wouldn’t give up. It’s sports documentary No. 2 in ESPN’s series “30 For 30.”
“The Band that Wouldn’t Die,” ESPN, 5 p.m. (repeats at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on ESPN Classic, and Monday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. on ESPN2)



The mentors in the life of former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden? Released this week to commemorate his 99th birthday today, “A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring” (Bloomsbury Books, $25, 191 pages) is a book that Wooden wrote with Don Yaeger to acknowlege those who’ve made a difference in his near-century of living. They are: Joshua Wooden (his dad), Earl Warriner (the principal and coach of his grade school in Martinsville, Indiana), Glenn Curtis (his Martinsville High basketball coach), Piggy Lambert (his college coach at Purdue), Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln and his late wife, Nellie. In addition, there are seven chapters written by people who think that Wooden has made a huge influence in their lives: Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Andy Hill, Roy Williams, Dale Brown, Bob Vigars (a youth basketball coach who wrote coach for advice) and Cori Nicholson (Wooden’s great granddaughter). Wooden concludes the book: “As I finish … I am nearly ninety eight and a half years old. I believe that in the first five years of your life and the last five of your first hundred, you should be able to record your age in fractions.” If you have any of the other books that have been written by or about Wooden — “They Call Me Coach” with Jack Tobin, “My Personal Best” with Steve Jamison, “Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook” with Jay Carty or “The Essential Wooden” with Steve Jamison — this must be added to your collection on this day.

Without playing Saturday, 5-0 Boise State moved from No. 6 to the Top Five in the AP college football poll — one spot ahead of USC. Checking the rest of the Broncos’ schedule, they’ve got some tough games coming up against … no one, really. Although, next week, they’re at Hawaii.
College football: Boise State at Tulsa, ESPN, 5 p.m.

The U.S. clinched a 2010 World Cup spot in South Africa with a 3-2 win at Honduras last week, with Landon Donovan booting in the game-winner. So this isn’t critical — but interesting, since Costa Rica beat the U.S., 3-1, in their last meeting on June 3.
Soccer: World Cup qualifier: Costa Rica vs. U.S. at Washington, D.C., ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.



AP/Tom Gannam
Did Manny Ramirez sit in something? He retreats to a bathroom in the clubhouse to escape from the celebration after the Dodgers defeated St. Louis in NLDS Game 3 on Saturday. Or, to take care of some business.

Does Hiroki Kuroda or Chad Billingsley draw the start for Game 1? Jon Garland? Orlando Hudson at second base? Matt Kemp moved down in the lineup to cut down on those costly Ks? Or none of the above. The Dodgers have won five in a row — which they haven’t done since right before the July All-Star Game. Extend it to nine, and it’s world serious time.
NLCS Game 1: Colorado or Philadelphia at Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, TBS, 5 p.m. (Game 2 is Friday at Dodger Stadium, 1:30 p.m.; Game 3 is Sunday at Colorado or Philadelphia, 5 p.m.)

If the Lakers really are supportive of the Dodgers’ post-season cause — they’ve made a bunch of video spots that air on the scoreboard, urging the players and fans on — they’d move this game to 10 p.m. and watch the NLCS opener at some discrete sports book.
NBA exhibition: Lakers vs. Sacramento in Las Vegas, Channel 9, 7 p.m.



The Angels and Yankees get four days off before even thinking about their next move. Do the Angels fly all the way back home, then head back across the country a couple of days later? Too late. They’re already back. “It’s nice to be going home and playing again, instead of going home and it’s over,” said pitcher John Lackey, part of the Angels teams that were eliminated by Boston in three times in the previous five years. “This is the most fun for me, and I’ve got a ring (from 2002). That says a lot.” In four games at Yankee Stadium this year, the Angels lost three (7-4 and 10-9 back in late April and early May, and 5-3 in a mid-September make-up game, thanks to a homer by their former rental first baseman, Mark Teixeira above, linked here) and won 8-4 behind Palmer on May 2.
ALCS Game 1: Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 5 p.m., Channel 11. (Game 2 is Saturday at 5 p.m.)



Five games into what many felt would be a defining fifth season for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, fans are still trying to figure out what the Irish (4-1) and their coach have shown. Some dramatic wins against three sub-.500 teams, and a loss to Michigan in the final 11 seconds, makes the Irish an enigma. Same for Weis. Another defining moment in the career for the coach, and QB Jimmy Clausen.
College football: USC at Notre Dame, Channel 4, 12:30 p.m.

“Please come back next week,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel pleaded to the Rose Bowl crowd after last Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Oregon. “I promise you’ll see a better game.” Don’t promise if you can’t deliver with a freshman QB.
College football: UCLA vs. Cal, Rose Bowl, Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.

Now that (perhaps) you have NASCAR fever and want to see how this Chase thing ends: Did you see during Sunday’s race from Fontana where Kevin Conway — an actual driver — came on and kept pitching the benefits of ExtenZe (that’s a male health supplement, supposedly)? With the website ( and the easy to remember phone number (800-241-8649)? “Have you ever wondered what you might be missing out by not trying ExtenZe?” he asked. Well, not really, until you explained there’s even some ExtenZe made for women … Now I’m curious. Since you’ve got me excited to extend my size, pleasure and performance of watching fast cars, bring it on. (By the way, where do we find that copy of Golf Digest below, so we can go longer and straighter?)
NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Stop No. 5 At Charlotte, Channel 7, 4 p.m.



Someday, Justin Timberlake thinks he’ll play on the PGA Seniors Tour. Until now, he’ll be happy sponsoring events. In Vegas. Wearing funny clothes.
Golf: PGA’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children tournament final round in Las Vegas, Golf Channel, 2 p.m. (The first three rounds are Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Golf Channel from 2-to-4 p.m.)

Bear down.
NFL: Chicago at Atlanta, Channel 4, 5:15 p.m.

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