Play it forward: Feb. 22-28 on your sports calendar

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



Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

Prime time fodder goes heavy with the figure skating dance gold-medal final. Ever try to dance on the ice? We won’t dance around the fact that our interest is more in the two women’s hockey semifinals — USA vs. Sweden at noon (USA Network) and Canada vs. Finland at 5 p.m. (CNBC). The men’s U.S. curling team also has a border war to solve with brooms and stones against Canada (9 a.m., USA Network).

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

Four years ago, Michael Jordan became partowner of the Charlotte Bobcats. During Friday’s Cleveland-Charlotte game, Bobcats owner Bob Johnson sat courtside, but avoided reporters as rumors continue to circulate that NBA commissioner David Stern expects the team to be sold in 60 days — perhaps, all to Jordan. Who wasn’t courtside. And probably won’t be on this trip West with the team. But you never know.


NBA: Lakers at Memphis, 5 p.m., Ch. 9:

Seemed like just a couple of weeks ago when the Lakers were in Tennessee, and Kobe was proclaimed the greatest Laker of all time because he passed Jerry West on the franchise’s all-time regular-season scoring list. Has Kobe even played in a game since then? If he’s back on the court for this one, that’ll be news unto itself.


Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The women’s figure skating starts with the short program in prime time. Since Johnny Weir finished sixth in the men’s competition, does that disqualify him from becoming a late U.S. entry into this mix?


Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The four men’s hockey quarterfinals are played at noon, 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with NBC taking the first one live. In prime time, the women’s Alpine giant slalom gold-medal final should put Lindsay Vonn back in the spotlight. There’s also gold to give out in the women’s frestyle style skiing aerials, the women’s bobsled, the men’s short track 500 meters, the men’s cross country 4x10km relay and the women’s short track 3,000 relay.


NBA: Lakers at Dallas, 6 p.m., Ch. 9, ESPN:

This one won’t be played at the Cowboys Stadium, but many eyes will curiously tune into the game. How will the new-look Mavs operate against the same-old Lakers? Ex-Wizards Caron Butler (left) and Brendan Haywood looks as if they’ve fit into the Dallas lineup.

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

Still time for the Clippers to clear more cap space. Just don’t suit up any more players the rest of the year.


Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The ladies figure skating competition comes to the medal distribution in prime time, so we’ll see if Mirai Nagasu or Rachel Flatt have any shot at something shiny. And the women’s hockey medals are sorted out, with the expected U.S.-Canada faceoff to come in the afternoon (3:30 p.m., MSNBC), following the bronze-medal game (11 a.m.).

College basketball: USC vs. Oregon, Galen Center, 7:30 p.m.; UCLA vs. Oregon State, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Make sure no one on the USC bench is yapping at the refs, especially the loud guy with the fedora doing the PA.

Golf: PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open, first round, Golf Channel, noon to 3:30 p.m. (final round: Sunday, noon):

The event at the TPC in Scottsdale has a new corporate sponsor, ironic since so many spectators on the course manage to get wasted.



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

More from Vonn-couver: the women’s Alpine slalom final shares the stage with Apolo Ono, again, in the men’s short-track 500 gold medal final. The first of two men’s hockey semifinals are live on NBC’s afternoon broadcast (noon to 2 p.m.). The other has a 6:30 p.m. slot (on MSNBC).

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

Last meeting in Philly: A 99-91 victory a month ago. That’s just about the time Jrue Holiday, the UCLA one-and-done gun, moved into the Sixers’ starting lineup. He makes a return to L.A. averaging 5.5 points and 2.2 assists a contest. And is that Jason Kapono still down there on the end of the bench?

NBA: Clippers at Phoenix, 6 p.m., Prime Ticket:

The PHX kept Amare Stoudamire. Maybe so he and Chris Kaman can relive those good ol’ All-Star days.



College basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon, Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m., Prime Ticket; USC vs. Oregon State, Galen Center, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:
Take a stroll around Pauley Pavilion one more time, for old time’s sake. After this final Bruins home game, construction begins next month on the facilities’ $185 million renevotation, starting on the outside. After the 2010-11 basketball season, the building will close for interior work, set to reopen in the fall of 2012. First Mac Court goes away on the Oregon campus, and now Pauley gets a good ol’ L.A. facelift.

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

If the network can pull away long enough from the figure skating “champions gala” — which doesn’t award any medals — there’s championships to be given out in the men’s showboard parallel giant slalom, the four-man bobsled and the men’s Alpine skiiing slalom. The men’s curling final is also taking place in the afternoon (noon, CNBC), with the men’s hockey bronze-medal game at night (7 p.m., MSNBC). And it’s all supposed to end in time for “Saturday Night Live.” Which, of course, is taped.



Winter Olympics: 7 to 10:30 p.m., Channel 4:

Before the closing ceremonies and any more malfunctioning caldrens, there’s the men’s hockey final live (Channel 4, 12;15 p.m.) after the men’s cross country 50k gold medal race (Channel 4, 9:30 a.m.)


NBA: Lakers vs. Denver, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:

They’re still buzzin’ about Carmelo Anthony’s performance against LeBron James last week in Cleveland. And then trying to figure out how the Nuggets went out two nights later and lost to Washington. The Nuggets had just a 13-13 road record when this week started, but one of them was a 13-point win against the Lakers earlier this month.

NBA: Clippers at Sacramento, 6 p.m., Prime Ticket:

NBA rookie of the year candidate Tyreke Evans keeps these Kings interesting to watch.

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