Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
NBA: Lakers at Charlotte, 4 p.m., Channel 9:
The Bobcats always seem to give the Lakers fits, even as they come off a strange lackidasical effort in Orlando.
Series: “Jeopardy!”, 7 p.m., Channel 7:
On a day where neither the Lakers, Clippers, Kings or Ducks play a game, check out the second night of the “Jeopardy!” challenge where two former star contestants rage against the IBM machine.
NBA: Lakers at Cleveland, 4:30 p.m., Channel 9:
Can the Cavs make it two in a row over L.A. teams? Last time out, they only scored 57 points.
NHL: Kings at Columbus, 4:30 p.m., FSW:
The team has chalked up a 5-0-2 road record so far on this journey away from Staples Center.
NHL: Ducks vs. Washington, Honda Center, 7 p.m., FSW:
The Ducks get to host Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh, as well as Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, in the same season. And the Kings don’t.
College basketball: Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m., ESPNU:
It’s the 154th meeting between the two, coming off the Waves’ 78-75 win over the Lions in their last clash on Jan. 22 when junior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley High) hit three free throws with 12 seconds left to put Pepperdine ahead for good. Anthony Ireland’s three-point shot from the top of the key at the buzzer was off the mark for LMU.
Golf: PGA’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, first round, noon, Golf Channel:
Here, play the course yourself. In your mind (linked here). Without the rain. CBS has the final two rounds.
NHL: Kings at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m., FSW:
The Rangers’ Marian Gaborik is supposedly on the trading block. Are the Kings interested in taking him home?
College basketball: UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FSW; USC at Cal, 7:30 p.m.:
The Bruins lost to the Cardinal by 11 at Maples Pavilion last season.
NHL: Ducks at Minnesota, 5 p.m., Prime:
Two more teams slug it out for the dangling Western Conference playoff berths.
NBA: All Star skills competition, dunk contest, Staples Center, 5:30 p.m., TNT:
What will Blake Griffin come up with? Maybe he can ask another one-time Clipper dunk champ, Brett Barry.
NHL: Kings at N.Y. Islanders, 4 p.m., FSW:
The New York trip continues with a venture to Long Island. The Islanders know how to put up a fight.
NHL: Ducks at St. Louis, 5 p.m., Prime:
The Blue stunned the Ducks with two goals in six seconds in a 5-1 win back on Oct. 11.
College basketball: USC at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
The Cardinal couldn’t handle the Trojans last month — a 65-42 USC win — but it has beat USC eight times in a row at Maples Pavilion.
Monster Jam: Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m.:
The main event on the infield of Dodger Stadium is scheduled to include appearances by monster truck machines better known as Grave Digger, Dragon’s Breath, Maximum Destruction, Monster Muttm, Nitro Circus, Iron Man, The Patroit, Tropical Thunder, Shocker, Obsession, King Krunch, The Felon and El Matador. For those scoring at home, there are points in standings to be gained from this event.
NBA: All Star game, Staples Center, 5 p.m., TNT:
LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh team up with four members of the Boston Celtics to try to mess up a party for Kobe, Gasol and Blake Griffin on their home court. It means nothing in the standings or Carmello Anthony’s future (what if he’s traded to the Knicks or Nets before the game?) and everything else in shoe endorsements and YouTube clips. Flash back to the last time the game was here in 2004, and the highlight was Star Jones’ marriage proposal from Al Reynolds during a time out: The Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal was the game MVP, scoring 24 points with 11 rebounds in the West’s 136-132 win. Shaq’s supporting cast, aside from Kobe, included current Celtics teammates Ray Allen (Seattle) and Kevin Garnett (Minnesota), while Ron Artest (Indiana) came off the bench to score seven points for the East. Jones, by the way, has shed more than 300 pounds since that episode – the former co-host of “The View” lost about 150 of her own after bypass surgery and then dropped another 150-plus by divorcing Reynolds in 2008.
NASCAR: Daytona 500, 10 a.m., Channel 11:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the top qualifier of the event, 10 years after his dad died. Watch for the moment of silence during Lap 3.
College basketball: UCLA at Cal, 7 p.m., Prime:
The Bruins held on for a two-point win against the Bears last month at Pauley Pavilion, when Reeves Nelson (24 points) tipped in the winner at the buzzer.