Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
College football: BCS national championship, Glendale, Ariz.: Oregon vs. Auburn, 5:30 p.m., ESPN:
At last. Like a Victoria Secret fashion show, we get to see what the Ducks are wearing to the prom. They had 12 different looks during their 12-0 run this year, and of 1,280 combinations that can be created from four helmets, five jerseys, four pants, four shoes and four socks — plus a throw-back uniform — they’re supposed to be coming out with a never-seen-before throw-back ensemble that will dazzle Cam Newton to no end. A helmet that looks like a molded man-hole cover, accented with neon green socks is what Nike designer Todd Van Horne came up with after consulting with Ducks coach Chip Kelly. Van Horne said he tried to create something “that will actually look like blur on the field.” The top two undefeated teams going head to head outside of Phoenix will create enough of a buzz.
NHL: Kings vs. Toronto, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
In a division where a couple wins or losses can push you to the top or bottom very quickly, the recent five-game losing steak — all at home — pushed the Kings out of the eight of Western Conference contenders. Now that it’s over — barely — how about turning over an old Leafs team that has the fourth-fewest wins in the league right now?
NBA: Lakers vs. Cleveland, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
Cavs coach Byron Scott was told by team trainers that Daniel Gibson, the former USC guard who’s their team’s third-leading scorer, shouldn’t make this current five-game trip because of a throbbing ankle injury. Anthony Parker and Leon Powe also stayed home. Antawn Jamison may still be upright, but maybe it’s soon time to activate Brad Dougherty and Jim Cleamons. Yet, as any Staples Center ticket-buyer knows by now, this is the perfect chance for the Lakers to mail home a stupid loss.
Series: “SportsDome,” Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.:
The series premiere of a show that if ESPN thinks this is the more sincerest form of flattery, they’re sadly mistaken.
Series: “Lights Out,” FX, 10 p.m.:
A 40-year-old washed up fighter wanted to return to the ring, against his family’s wishes. Drama ensues.
NBA: Clippers vs. Miami, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:
Yup, we’ve heard LeBron James reference his team recently as the “Heatles” (rhymes with Beatles). For those who missed all the fuss on Christmas Day, he brings his boys back for an encore. We’re betting the Clippers keep it closer than a 20-point embarrassment that the Lakers suffered.
NBA: Lakers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., Channel 9:
The equally inept Warriors recently finished a 2-3 road trip where Monta Ellie and Stephen Curry did a lot of damage.
NHL: Ducks vs. St. Louis, Honda Center, 7 p.m., FSW:
The Ducks end a six-game homestand, still wondering how they’ll survive without Ryan Getzlaf, and sniffing around for a replacement (Maxium Lapierre?)
NHL: Kings vs. St. Louis, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
The Kings are actually promoting this as “Dodger Pride” night, and it is against the Blues. The Kings are also giving away special pucks commemorating the day if you use the promo code DODGERS to buy certain seats. If you’re one of 50 who spring for a $150 ticket, you sit in the 100 level, VIP access to a catered locker room suite next to the Kings dressing facility and a chance to meet whatever Dodger players show up.
College basketball: USC at Oregon, 8 p.m., FSW; UCLA at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m., Prime:
Tune in to watch the Trojans help the Ducks break in their new $250-million gym, having finally abandoned MacArthur Court. And depending on how that BCS game goes, see how much bile the students have left to spew on these longtime rivals.
Golf: PGA’s Sony Open in Hawaii, first round, Golf Channel, 4 p.m.:
Those with a Sony 3-D TV can watch special coverage of the 17th and 18th holes at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu on Saturday and Sunday via Golf Channel.
NBA: Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., Prime:
Bay Area fans must be in Giant heaven watching two L.A. teams come through in the last three days. And then destroying their teams.
NBA: Lakers vs. New Jersey, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
Make sure Jordan Farmar doesn’t leave that ring in the box behind when he and Sasha head off into oblivion.
NFL playoffs: Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1:30 p.m., Channel 2; Green Bay at Atlanta, 5 p.m., Channel 11:
The Steelers may not plod all the way to the Super Bowl, but they’ll be most represented in bars everywhere. On NFLShop.com, Pittsburgh moved the most merchandise, with Troy Polamalu owning the top-selling jersey in the league. Take that, whoever the star of the Atlanta Falcons is.
NHL: Kings vs. Edmonton, Staples Center, 7 p.m., FSW:
The homestand ends, and with it, most likely, another shootout against the Oilers.
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon, 2 p.m., Prime; USC at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.:
A year ago in Eugene, Ore., the Bruins suffered a 71-66 overtime loss, as the Ducks ended a five-game losing streak. Same weekend, the Trojans squandered away a 51-45 loss to the Beavers in Corvallis.
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., Prime, Channel 9:
The only reason this is a matinee instead of a prime-time affair: Both teams have to roll out of their giant beds Monday and play again. At Staples Center. Against other opponents. And the Clippers have another early start.
NFL playoffs: Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m., Channel 11; N.Y. Jets at New England, 1:30 p.m., Channel 2;
About five weeks ago, the Jets suffered that interminable 45-3 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. “The way that they beat us up when we were there, it was a butt-kicking,” Jets safety Brodney Pools said. That’s putting it kindly. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are one win away from becoming NFC title bowl eligible.
NHL: Ducks vs. Edmonton, Honda Center, 5 p.m, Prime:
How in the name of Teemu Selanni did we miss the sale of the first Ducks’ “Power Players” calendar (linked here)? Go over to Section 214 near Guest Services during intermission and get yours signed.