Play it foward: March 21-27 on your L.A. sports calendar

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

TODAY

Series: “Dancing With The Stars,” 9 p.m., Channel 7:

Does Sugar Ray Leonard, Hines Ward and Chris Jerico make you want to watch? This is not our idea of the Big Dance.

NHL: Kings vs. Calgary, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

If the Kings can’t solidify their own playoff spot, can they at least snuff out the Flames’?

TUESDAY

NBA: Lakers vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., FSW, TNT:

We saw how the Lakers struggled against the Blazers without Andrew Bynum; does it repeat itself for Game 2 of his suspension?

WEDNESDAY

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

In a 21-point win at Washington a couple of weeks ago, the Clippers got all of Blake Griffin’s 26 points before halftime.

NHL: Ducks at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., FSW:

Is this three-game road trip the beginning of the end for the Ducks?

THURSDAY

College basketball: Men’s tournament, Sweet 16: San Diego State vs. UConn at Honda Center in Anaheim, 4:15 p.m., Channel 2; Florida vs. BYU in New Orleans, 4:27 p.m., TBS; Duke vs. Arizona at Honda Center in Anaheim, 6:45 p.m., Channel 2; Wisconsin vs. Butler in New Orleans, 6:57 p.m., TBS:

If the Big East is indeed overrated, then UConn can perhaps change that opinion by knocking off San Diego State and then the winner of Duke/Arizona this weekend.

NHL: Kings vs. San Jose, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Recent problems playing at home don’t fare well for the Kings against the Pacific Division leaders.

NHL: Ducks at Nashville, 5 p.m., Prime:

Predators vs. Ducks. Even Discovery Channel watchers know who to bet the mortgage on.

Golf: PGA’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, first round, 10 a.m., Golf Channel:

Tiger Woods has won this six times in the last 10 years. As if it matters now.

FRIDAY

College basketball: Men’s tournament, Sweet 16: North Carolina vs. Marquette in Newark, N.J., 4:15 p.m., Channel 2; Kansas vs. Richmond in San Antonio, 4:27 p.m., TBS; Ohio State vs. Kentucky in Newark, N.J., 6:45 p.m., Channel 2; Florida State vs. Virginia Commonwealth in San Antonio, 6:57 p.m., TBS:

That VCU victory over USC in that fake first round looks pretty good now, eh?

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

Last matchup in the Hallway Series this season, and the best the Clippers can do it win to even it up at 2-2 for the season.

SATURDAY

College basketball: Men’s tournament, Elite Eight: UConn/San Diego State vs. Duke/Arizona and BYU/Florida vs. Butler/Wisconsin, 1:20 or 3:55 p.m., Channel 2:

Jimmer, are you here?

NHL: Kings vs. Colorado, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSW:

There’s daylight between the Kings and Colorado: The Avs are the next-to-last worst team in the conference.

NHL: Ducks at Chicago, 5:30 p.m., FSW:

The Ducks’ trip ends blackhawk and blue.

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

According to EarthHour.org, we’re supposed to turn our lights off between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. If it saves Donald Sterling money, why wouldn’t he do it?

MLS: Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m., Prime (delayed at 10 p.m.):

They met in the 2009 MLS title game. Do any of them remember that?

SUNDAY

College basketball: Men’s tournament, Elite Eight: Ohio State/Kentucky vs. Marquette/North Carolina and Kansas/Richmond vs. Virginia Commonwealth/Florida State, 11:10 a.m. or 1:55 p.m., Channel 2:

It’s on to Houston for the last two survivors here.

NBA: Lakers vs. New Orleans, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSW:

The way things line up, they could be first-round playoff opponents.

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at Fontana, noon, Channel 11:

We understand giving Southern California just one NASCAR stop a season, but who made the schedule? The series was in Las Vegas and Phoenix — and then went to Bristol, Tenn., last week before coming back west. Then they go to Martinsville, Va., from here. Do they think it won’t rain or something here?

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