Play it forward: Nov. 9-15 on your L.A. sports calendar



On the day Luc Robitalle is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (with Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman and Brian Leetch), the Kings can’t get out of George Halas International Midway Airport. And it’s the only game played in the NHL tonight. And the game’s on a network no one with DirecTV can get. What the puck?
NHL: Kings at Chicago, 5 p.m., Versus, 1150-AM.


Isiah Thomas, you’ve run out of time. Again. Let’s see what kind of team you’re going to put on the court as a head college basketball coach. We’ll hold our giggles to a minimum.
College basketball: Florida International at North Carolina, 4 p.m., ESPNU

This is going on, as well.
NBA: Clippers vs. New Orleans, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

From today’s USA Today: To hype its “Legend of Jimmy The Greek” documentary debuting Tuesday, ESPN’s Monday night NFL pregame show reunites Brent Musburger, Phyllis George and Irv Cross– who worked with Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder on CBS’ NFL show in the 1980s — in a comedic skit. They’ll preview the Pittsburgh-Denver game as if it is decades ago, so when ESPN’s Tom Jackson, the ex-Bronco who retired 23 years ago walks on the set a surprised George says, “Shouldn’t you be at the game?” while Musburger announces: “We have some breaking news. Tom Jackson won’t be playing tonight.”
NFL: Pittsburgh at Denver, 5 p.m., ESPN



The Bruins beat NAIA Concordia in a poor exhibition of their skills, victorious by one point last week. Now they take it up a notch. Will they be completely humbled by Humbolt State in this one?
College basketball: UCLA vs. Humbolt State, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.,

We’ll bank on 21-year-old Joe Cada against 46-year-old Darvin Moon for the $8.5 mil top prize.
World Series of Poker, main event, at the Rio in Las Vegas, 6 p.m., ESPN


The Kings’ longest roadie of the year continues into places that don’t deserve NHL mention.
NHL: Kings at Carolina, 4 p.m., FSN West, 1150-AM.

Yup, and this one’s on the schedule.
NBA: Clippers vs. Oklahoma City, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m, Prime Ticket, 980-AM.


Four days after their last win (against New Orleans), the 6-1 Lakers take on the (currently) 6-1 Suns, who’ll be playing at home against New Orleans the night before — meaning Phoenix could be leading the Pacific Division when this takes place.
NBA: Lakers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT, 710-AM.

The NFL starts playing Thursday night games. For those working toward the Thanksgiving holiday.
NFL: Chicago at San Francisco, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network.



The Galaxy ended up as the men who stared down the Goats. Chivas was too stubborn to push themselves into the next round of the MLS playoffs, so they pushed the Galaxy instead into the Western Conference finals against Houston. David Beckham misses England’s exhibition against Brazil to see if he can help the Galaxy get into the MLS title game. Actually, the Galaxy really can’t afford to have Landon Donovan miss.
MLS: Western Conference final: Houston at Galaxy, Home Depot Center, 8 p.m., ESPN2.

Now it’s the Lakers turn for back-to-back, having to fly to Denver for their first encounter with the Nuggets since last year’s playoffs.
NBA: Lakers at Denver, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Channel 9, 710-AM.

The league says this game must be played on this date as well.
NBA: Clippers vs. Toronto, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

There’s still an NHL team in Atlanta? The Flames, right.
NHL: Kings at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m., FSN West, 1150-AM.


Cal State Northridge, the two-time defending Big West basketball champs and returning three starters from last year’s team that went 17-14 and went to the NCAA tournament, are picked to finish third behind Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara in the preseason media poll. Purdue isn’t picked to win the Big Ten, either — but the Boilermakers are ranked 7 in the country coming in. Close your eyes.
College basketball: CSUN at Purdue, 4 p.m.,



The Trojans could have picked an easier team than the Cardinal for a homecoming game. But then nothing seems to come very easily for USC this football season. Yet, in the BCS standings, somehow the Trojans move to No. 9 after a sloppy win at ASU. In the latest AP poll, Stanford snuck in at No. 25 on the legs of Toby Gehart (running past Oregon) while USC is at No. 11.
College football: Stanford at USC, Coliseum, 12:30 p.m., FSN West

Nothing’s automatic for the Bruins, but a win here could be.
College football: UCLA at Washington State, 2 p.m., Fox College Sports

This trip through the NHL’s Southeast Division is dandy, but when do the Kings return home?
NHL: Kings at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m., 1150-AM.

This is worth keeping an eye on as well.
NHL: Ducks at Detroit, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket, 830-AM.

Winner may face the Galaxy. And Becks could miss another trip to Europe.
MLS: Eastern Conference final: Real Salt Lake at Chicago, 5 p.m., FSC.



They went OT before the Lakers pulled it out against the Rockets last week in Houston. Trevor Ariza finally gets his ring. Now beat it.
NBA: Lakers vs. Houston, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSN West.

They say people will actually pay to attend this game. We’ll need to see it to believe it.
NBA: Clippers at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

Somehow the Colts are still unbeaten, and the Pats lead the AFC East.
NFL: New England at Indianapolis, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4.


The next-to-last NASCAR race of the season …. will Jimmy Johnson finally put this thing away?
NASCAR: Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix, 12:15 p.m., Channel 7.

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