Play it forward: Feb. 15-21 on your sports calendar

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


Dog show: Westminster Kennel Club, USA Network, 5 p.m.; CNBC, 6 p.m.

Stump, the 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel, is the defending champ here. We’re stumped to provide any more info beyond that.

Winter Olympics, Channel 4, 8 to 11:30 p.m.:

Bode Miller’s run in the men’s downhill has been pushed back to tonight (actually today, but you won’t see it until tonight). If the weather on the mountain is still a mess, the figure skating pairs gold-medal night will make up most of prime-time viewing.



NBA: Lakers vs. Golden State, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Against the Clippers last week, Warriors rookie Stephen Curry had 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 30-point win. He’s the first Golden State player in 17 years to even get a triple-double. The last: Chris Webber, also against the Clippers. And they count those in the record book? OK, Kobe, get back on the court and guard Curry.

NBA: Clippers at Portland, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Since Kim Hughes has taken over, the Clippers are … even more useless than when Mike Dunleavy was there before he excused himself. Maybe it’s because they have a coach named Kim.

Winter Olympics, USA Network, 9 a.m.; MSNBC, 2:30 p.m.; Channel 4, 8 p.m. to midnight:

In the morning, the U.S. men’s hockey team has an early wake-up call against Switzerland, featuring Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. In the afternoon, the U.S. women’s hockeys quad takes on Russia. In prime time, it’s the men’s figure skating short program and Lindsey Jacobellis trying to redeem herself in the women’s snowboard cross — going up against “American Idol” picking its 24 semifinalists, two episodes of “Lost” and the Best in Show selection for the Westminster Kennel Club. Who are you betting on there?


Winter Olympics, Channel 4, 8 to 11:30 p.m.:


It’s Shaun White’s white-out moment again.


The gold-medal winner in the ’06 Winter Games defends his title in the halfpipe. He won his third consecutive Winter X Games superpipe gold last month, hitting his head on the halfpipe in a scary crash during practice, then using the same trick in competition to win. He also claims that “Flying Tomato” nickname is so 2006. Conan O’Brien called him “Animal” during a recent appearance, a reference to the wild-haired Muppet who bangs on the drums, and White says: “The Animal has become my thing here.” Meanwhile, Lindsey Vonn will get her first test, perhaps, in the women’s Alpine downhill. There’s also gold to give out in the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating. Meanwhile, Lindsay Vonn is supposed to see if the women’s downhill will finally take place.

NBA: Clippers vs. Atlanta, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:

The Hawks’ Jamal Crawford set an NBA record against the Clippers a couple of weeks ago. Wanna guess? He registered his 24th career 4-point play, passing the record held by Indiana’s Reggie Miller. Crawford did it playing 744 fewer games than Miller, more than 26,000 fewer minutes and with about 3,300 fewer shots from behind the arc “That’s huge,” Crawford noted, “hopefully I will continue to add to it.” Why wouldn’t he? He’s playing the Clippers again.

Golf: PGA Tour WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship first round, in Marana, Ariz., Golf Channel, 11 a.m. (semifinals and final on Saturday and Sunday, Channel 2, 11 a.m.)

The top 64 players in the world go in the March Madness format. Except, of course, for Tigers.


NBA: Lakers vs. Boston, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT:

Last meeting: The Lakers’ 90-89 victory at in Boston, thanks to another Kobe Bryant clutch hoop, and Ray Allen missing at the buzzer, was noted for a lot of players touching each other. Ron Artest, you’re up again as the primary enforcer. The NBA trading deadline is also today at noon. One last swap option: Lakers send Adam Morrison to the Celtics for … it’s their choice.

College basketball: USC at Washington, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket; UCLA at Washington State, 5:30 p.m., FSW.

WSU’s Klay Thompson, who was leading the Pac-10 with a 22.8 points-per-game average, scored just 13 in the Cougars’ 74-62 loss at UCLA back on Jan. 23. WSU never led in that game.


Winter Olympics, USA Network, 9 a.m.; MSNBC, 2:30 p.m.; Channel 4, 8 p.m. to midnight:

Evan Lysacek comes in as the No. 1 men’s skater in the world; U.S. teammate Johnny Weir is No. 8. The free-skate gold medal is at stake for one of them. In the morning, the U.S. men’s hockey team faces Norway; in the afternoon, the U.S. women’s hockey team takes on Finland.


Winter Olympics, USA Network, 9 a.m.; Channel 4, 8 to 11:30 p.m.:

Don’t wait for the men’s gold-medal run in the skeleton set for prime time. Focus on the U.S. women taking on the pesky Russians in live curling during the afternoon slot.



NASCAR: Nationwide Series Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2:

What we learned about Danica Patrick from last week’s Daytona appearance: Wrecks are just part of the deal. She wasn’t so much reckless in her Nationwide series debut, and the longer she can stay on Auto Club Speedway today, the better the post-party situation.

NBA: Clippers vs. Sacramento, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets have been sold. The NBA says it must be played.

Winter Olympics, Channel 4, 8 to 11:30 p.m.:

Again, will the women’s Super G event include Lindsey Vonn? At least the bobsleds make their debut.


College basketball: USC at Washington State, 2 p.m.; UCLA at Washington; 6 p.m.; ESPN:

Given some national exposure, the Bruins can’t be all that comfortable going into Seattle knowing that when they last met the Huskies, they needed Mustafa Abdul-Hamid’s jumper at the buzzer to win 62-61 at Pauley Pavilion. Washington is ridiculous 16-1 at home this season.



NASCAR: Auto Club 500 at Fontana, 11 a.m., Channel 11:

Word on the streets of El Cajon is that native son Jimmie Johnson — winner of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, voted AP Male Athlete of the Year and NASCAR Driver of the Decade — will soon get his due. The El Cajon City Council voted a couple of weeks ago to rename part of a two-mile street in the city Jimmie Johnson Way. Some many not notice. That same piece of street is currently named Johnson Avenue, named after a local pioneer whose first name isn’t even known by city historians. The speed limit will remain 40 mph. They drive much faster in Fontana, on or off the track. Just watch out for those potholes.

Winter Olympics, MSNBC, 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Channel 4, 8 to 11:30 p.m.:

NBC may be TV partners with the NHL to do a game of the week during this season, but when the U.S. faces Canada today in a highly-anticipated men’s hockey tournament, the game has been sent to MSNBC to be carried live at 4 p.m. Some puckheads are furious about feeling slighted, but …. In another marquee matchup, Finland meets Sweden (9 p.m.). Meanwhile, on NBC tape-delayed prime time, it’s figure skating original dance.

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    TUESDAY: Champions League, AC Milan vs. Manchester United, 11:30 Fox Sports West:

    Think the Super Bowl got high ratings? This match will blow that game’s ratings away. Internationally of course. Will Beckham start for Milan against his former team?