Play it forward: Jan. 25-31 on your calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:

MONDAY

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NBA: Clippers at Boston, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:
L.A. at Boston, 1.0: A bunch of Celtics fans scalping tickets might have thought something was wicked goofy when they got their courtside duckets for tonight’s game at $12 a pop.

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TUESDAY

NBA: Lakers at Washington, 4 p.m., Channel 9:
The Lakers may have an ego-hangover on account of the fact they just visited the president at the White House. On account of the fact they won the NBA title a year ago. On account of the fact they aren’t White House party crashers. Ever see the movie “Dave,” where the president is replaced by a look-alike. What if the Lakers left Jordan Farmar in DC and picked up Barry Obama to come off the bench for the rest of the season?

NHL: Kings at Toronto, 4 p.m. (no TV):
What’s new – the Maple Leafs are a mess again.

WEDNESDAY

NBA: Lakers at Indiana, 4 p.m., Channel 9:
Ever wonder what happened to Tyler Hansbrough? The rookie out of North Carolina has missed nearly 10 games for the Pacers this season because of problems with an inner-ear infection. Say what? We’ve seen more of him helping find a lost dog in a cellphone commercial.

NBA: Clippers at New Jersey, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:
Last meeting: A lopsided Clipper win on MLK Day at Staples Center. Expect more.

THURSDAY

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College basketball: UCLA at Oregon, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket; USC at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m., FSW:
Named after Clifton N. (Pat) McArthur, a student-athlete and the first student body president, Mac Court on the University of Oregon campus is like what the old Boston Garden was in the NBA. And like that place, it’ll be gone. The third-oldest Division I arena in the country and built in 1926 – three years before The Great Depression – “The Pit” will be abandoned for a new, 12,500-seat facility on the other side of the campus starting next season. The building will be home to the School of Architecture. Tonight, Bill Walton will serve as the honorary UCLA captain when the Bruins face the Ducks. Walton probably knows that the Grateful Dead played at Mac Court on May 31, 1969 — his senior year at Helix High.

Golf: PGA’s San Diego Open at Torrey Pines, first round, noon-to-3 p.m., Golf Channel:
Farmers Insurance signed on late as this event’s title sponsor. Ironically, there’s nothing it can do to insure the tournament from being rained out before the tour heads up to L.A. — where we can pretty much guarantee more rain.

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Winter X Games from Aspen, Colo., 9 a.m., ESPN:
There will be some snowfall, altitude sickness and kids having a tough time keeping down their Mountain Dew. Some will even go from here to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Others will just chill out at the Aspen Emergency Center.

NHL: Kings at Columbus, 4 p.m., FSW:
The B-Jackets have a great shot of missing the playoffs and coach Ken Hitchcock could lose his job. Otherwise, things are cozy in Columbus.

FRIDAY

NBA: Lakers at Philadelphia, 4 p.m., Channel 9:
When Kobe Bryant grew up in Philly, there’s a good chance he watched “Sesame Street.” Or not. He made an appearance on the show recently, to explain to kids the word “miniature.” Like, once there was Lil’ Penny, now there’s Miniature Kobe. Which bears a remarkable resemblance to his Nike commercial doll.

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SATURDAY

Tennis: Australian Open, women’s final, 12:30 a.m., ESPN:
There’s been some photographic evidence that Venus Williams was playing in some matches earlier this tournament without any undergarment covering her behind. Was the moon of Venus just an illusion in the Southern Hemisphere?

College football: Senior Bowl from Mobile, Ala., 10 a.m., NFL Network:
Stafon Johnson, Taylor Mays, Charles Brown, Jeff Byers and Anthony McCoy are the former USC players participating in this game. With Tim Tebow as their quarterback on the South squad.

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NHL: Kings at Boston, 4 p.m., FSW:
L.A. at Boston, 2.0: Last meeting: A Kings’ shootout victory at Staples Center two weeks ago, twice beating Team USA goalie Tim Thomas on tweeners.

College basketball: USC at Oregon, 3 p.m., no TV; UCLA at Oregon State, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:
On the flip side, both USC and UCLA could be battling for the top spot in the Pac-10 by the time this game is played.

SUNDAY

Tennis: Australian Open, men’s final, 12:30 a.m., ESPN:
Defending men’s doubles champs Mike and Bob Bryan of Camarillo are trying to add their eighth Grand Slam to their collection. But right about now, the crowds may be more interested to see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the last two men standing.

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NBA: Lakers at Boston, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:
L.A. at Boston, 3.0: Everything’s not so fine with the Celtics, who’ve been struggling to play under .500 this month. The NBA fined forward Rasheed Wallace $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials following a loss last week against Dallas. A couple days later, the league fined forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis $25,000 for shouting an obscenity to a heckling fan in Detroit. Maybe the re-emergence of Kevin Garnett, who’s been plagued again by a knee injury that isn’t supposed to be related to what kept him out of the playoffs last year, will calm down the chowderheads.

NBA: Clippers at Cleveland, 3 p.m., Prime Ticket:
The Cavs toyed with the Clips a week ago at Staples Center before pulling out a one-point victory. Without Clipper Darrell screaming from the rafters, it’ll be a much tougher task.

NHL: Kings at New Jersey, 2 p.m., no TV:
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has three shutouts this month, seven for the season, and the Team Canada star also has went past 30 victories so far.

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Pro bowling: Dick Weber Open, at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, 10 a.m., ESPN2:
The list of entrants toward today’s stepladder final includes Northridge’s Howard Goldstein, Chatsworth’s Dave Wodka, Canyon Country’s Scott Critchfield, Agoura Hills’ Michael Reichstein, Moorpark’s Jason Thomas and Valley Village’s J.T. “Action” Jackson. Plus this Pete Weber guy of St. Ann, Mo., who’d like to keep the title in the family.

NFL: Pro Bowl, 4 p.m., ESPN:
Here’s a group of Pro Bowlers who’d rather not be competing. This NFL exhibition could be held in Santa Monica in May with The Eagles as the halftime show, and still, no one should have to pay to see this.

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