Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
Tennis: ATP Farmers Classic, UCLA Tennis Center, first round matches, noon and 7 p.m.:
The plan is that Saturday’s John McEnroe-Andre Agassi exhibition won’t be what this event is remembered for months from now. Thousand Oaks favorite Sam Querrey, with his “Sam’s Club” fans, can’t afford to miss this one — he’s the defending champ, and winner of three ATP events this season, including the Wimbledon tuneup at Queen’s Club when he beat good friend Mardy Fish. This year’s field includes a new No. 1 seed, Andy Murray, who replaces Novak Djokovic. Querrey is seeded second, with Fish (who won the ATP event in Atlanta on Sunday), James Blake, Robby Ginepri and Marcos Baghdatis in the field. At tonight’s opening night, Jim Courier will be introduced as tournament honoree. We’ve seen him play. He can still bring it. Even by courier.
MLB: Angels vs. Boston, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:
The Red Sox’s only visit to Anaheim this year. Bummar. There are conflicting reports that the Angels may start newly-acquired Dan Haren in this game.
MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 7 p.m., Channel 9:
Let’s revisit the NL West for a moment: The Padres haven’t collapsed yet, and the Dodgers haven’t made enough of an effort to overtake them. Thus, a standoff, and seven of their next 10 games will be against each other. Maybe the Dodgers can actually climb into second place by the time the series ends.
MLB: Angels vs. Boston, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:
John Lackey returns to the hill in Anaheim for the first time since leaving to throw against Jeff Weaver. Lackey, who beat the Angels back in Boston, 3-1, on May 5, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Thursday’s start at Seattle before having it broken up with a two-out single. Then he got a no decision.
Soccer: Galaxy vs. Puerto Rico, CONCACAF, Home Depot Center, 7 p.m.:
You think the Galaxy are happy about playing this one so close to the MLS All Star game less than 24 hours after this one ends, in Houston? Read below.
Soccer: MLS All Stars vs. Manchester United, at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, 5 p.m., ESPN2:
Bruce Arena, the Galaxy coach in charge of the MLS All Star team that will include his own shooting stars Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, defender Omar Gonzalez and goalie Donovan Ricketts, isn’t all the pleased this game is scheduled in the middle of the CONCACAF Champions League, which disallows players from Seattle (who are playing in it today), while both the Galaxy and Toronto FC played the previous night. “We have five players playing on Tuesday, and we don’t know the outcome of the games Tuesday on the players, physically,” Arena told MLSSoccer.com “Therefore, they’d be an unknown Wednesday in trying to piece together at the last minute the First XI and also the roles of the reserves … At the end of the day, the bottom line is we want to win this game.” Case closed. And any other cliche you may want to add.
MLB: Angels vs. Boston, Angel Stadium, 12:35 p.m., FSW:
The Red Sox’s Josh Beckett may make it to this one, but considering his start last Friday at Seattle (98 pitches, 5 2/3 innings, 1 ER, 3 BBs, 5 Ks in a 2-1 victory, where he got no decision) was his first since May 18, and he’s been on the DL with a bad back, there could be an alternation to those plans. Against the Angels since 2007, he’s just 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA, and 0-2 in Anaheim with a 5.14 ERA. If Dan Haren doesn’t pitch in Monday’s opener, his first appearance for the Angels could be here. Haren, who started the 2007 All-Star Game for the American League in San Francisco when he was Oakland’s ace, was 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 141 innings with Arizona.
MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 7 p.m., Prime:
Until tonight, the Dodgers haven’t seen 6-foot-5, 240-pound Padres lefthander Clayton Richard, who had won three in a row before losing 8-0 to Atlanta on Thursday. His ERA in the month of June is north of 7.00. Too bad the Dodgers don’t have Clayton Kershaw on call to pitch against him here.
The 16th Summer X Games, Coliseum and L.A. Live, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., ESPN:
The Moto X freestyle and Skateboard Big Air final cracks open the opener of the four-day festivities, asking the Coliseum to stay relevant with the kids who’ll see a massive ramp built inside where skaters can decide if they want to launch themselves over a gap of 50 or 70 feet to get over to the 27-food quarterpipe. At the event deck at L.A. Live, there’s more BMX and skateboarding. ESPN also debuts the latest “30 for 30″ documentary project called “Birth of Big Air,” which chronicles BMX legend Mat Hoffman and his quest to conquer do what other kids only dream about on his giant quarterpipe in a remote field in Oklahoma City nearly 20 years ago. Tony Hawk and Evel Knievel also make appearances. In the movie, not the X Games.
MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 3:30 p.m., Channel 9:
They close this important series, with the trade deadline nearing, by roasting in the afternoon sun and seeking some off-track wagering information from Del Mar. Vicente Padilla is scheduled to face Kevin Correia.
MLB: Dodgers at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Prime:
Now what do you think of this Gerald “Buster” Demp Posey III as a vital part of the Giants regular nine? Since he was installed as the starting catcher on June 30 in a game against the Dodgers — the Giants traded Bengie Molina to Texas — Posey has hardly been a poser. He extended a 12-game hitting streak to 15 by going 4-for-13 in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium last week. He extended the streak to 18 in the Giants’ four-game sweep over Arizona last weekend, going 4-for-5 with an RBI in Sunday’s finale. He’s hitting .371 this season (66 hits in 48 games, with 8 HRs and 33 RBIs and a .986 OPS). The Giants start Tim Lincecum in the three-game series opener today, while the Dodgers, unless they made a trade for a starting pitcher, may have to throw Carlos Monasterios again. Get ready, Kenley Jansen.
MLB: Angels vs. Texas, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:
After sweating out a four-game series against each other last week, where the Rangers won three of four and extended their AL West lead, the two have three more to finish here. So in a round-about way, they keep the rivalry fresh.
The 16th Summer X Games, Staples Center and Nokia Theatre, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., ESPN:
Staples Center clears out any references to the Lakers, Kings or Sparks by hosting something called the Moto X Best Whip and Best Trick final. The stage at the Nokia Theatre, where they now hold the Academy Awards and the ESPYS, will be transformed into a platform for the Skate Vert Final and Skateboard Vert Best Trick. How tricky.
WNBA: Sparks at New York, 4:30 p.m.:
Some of the latest stats to come out of the NBA’s league office on WNBA matters: Through 10 games on ESPN2, the league has upped its ratings by 20 percent. That’s a 0.24 mark versus 0.20 a year ago. And they’ve got four times as many Facebook fans and 15 times more Twitter followers than last year.
The 16th Summer X Games, Coliseum and L.A. Live, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., ESPN:
Ever want to drive your car up the peristyle entrance at the Coliseum? Watch it happen as the Rally Car SuperRally returns for a trip. More skateboarding and BMX stuff at the L.A. Live event deck.
MLB: Angels vs. Texas, Angel Stadium, 6 p.m., FSW:
Four words: Rally Monkey Soap Dispenser. But only given away to kids 18 and under. Dang. And we still are looking for our Angels Garden Gnome. It’s trading deadline day: Can we swap a clean monkey for a dirty gnome?
MLB: Dodgers at San Francisco, 1 p.m., Channel 11:
Barry Zito, whose team gave him nothing to work with when he faced the Dodgers last week at Dodger Stadium, has a 109-6 record when his team has given him four or more runs to work with in his career with Oakland and San Francisco. That’s just one run every other inning, guys. Too much to ask? Clayton Kershaw, coming off his eight shutout innings against the Mets, returns for the Dodgers.
MLB: Dodgers at San Francisco, 5 p.m., ESPN:
Chad Billingsley, who threw the complete-game shutout against the Giants last week, gets a national stage for his re-appearance.
The 16th Summer X Games, Staples Center and L.A. Live, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., ESPN2:
The Moto X Speed & Style final returns to the X Games, and it’ll be indoors at Staples Center. A crazy way to end this thing.
MLB: Angels vs. Texas, Angel Stadium, 12:35 p.m., FSW:
They still have seven more games against each other, during the last two weeks of the regular season — including the final four at Texas. This isn’t over yet. Right?
Tennis: ATP Farmers Classic, UCLA Tennis Center, doubles final, noon; singles final, 2 p.m., ESPN2:
Five-time tournament doubles champion Mike and Bob Bryan are tied for the Open Era record with 61 titles. You could see history made today. And then the musically-minded Camarillo twins, who last Sunday played at a benefit in Venice and were scheduled to play at Molly Malones in L.A. on Monday, could break out in song afterward.