Play It Forward: Oct. 31-Nov. 6 on your sports calendar



NFL: San Diego at Kansas City, 5:30 p.m., ESPN:

A Chiefs’ victory means they’re tied for the AFC West lead with the Chargers and Raiders at 4-3. The Chiefs could also be the first team since the 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers to start a season 0-3 and then win its next four games.

Series: “Dancing With the Stars,” Channel 7, 8:30 p.m.:


Hope Solo in a Halloween costume? Might be worth checking out. it might also be worth it to her to just get eliminated. She was among 30 soccer players called up Thursday by U.S. women’s head coach Pia Sundhage for a Nov. 17 friendly against Sweden in Glendale, Ariz. The team will start training for two weeks. It won’t be the first time Solo has juggled her dancing duties with her day job. Before Week 2 of “Dancing with the Stars,” partner with Maksim Chmerkovskiy had to fly to Portland to rehearse with Solo as she got in practice for a game against Canada.On the show right after that mess, Solo and Chmerkovskiy scored 19 points for their jive, performed to Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend.” It was their lowest score of the season. Check back Tuesday (Channel 7, 9 p.m.) to see if she stayed alive.


Documentary: “Unguarded,” ESPN, 5 p.m.:


Chris Herren’s hoop dreams, and his life, took a downward spiral, and this hour-long project directed by Jonathan Hock captures it all, including his rebound. “It’s painful,” Herren told the Boston Herald after seeing the premiere recently. “That’s the life I had to live. If I look back with regret, guilt or shame, I couldn’t be here today.” Herren, the Fall River, Mass., native who who recently published an autobiography titled “Basketball Junkie,” played briefly for Boston College, had drug problems, caught on with Jerry Tarkanian at Fresno State, then somehow had a dream come true playing for the Boston Celtics. In one scene, though, Herren recalls standing in the rain in his Celtics uniform outside the Boston Garden waiting for his dealer just minutes before tip-off,.

Awards show: “2011 Gold Glove Awards,” ESPN2, 7 p.m.:

The live ceremony to celebrate those who could catch and throw better than everyone else the past season. Better, we’re told, than the Golden Globes.



Book signing: Jerry West signs “West By West: My Charmed Tormented Life,” 6 p.m., ESPN Zone at L.A. Live:

Yup, this was supposed to be part of the festivites tied to the opening of the NBA season. But West will still show and sign copies across from the empty Staples Center.


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

Oilers first overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had nine points (and a team-best five goals) in his first 10 games — and by playing in that 10th game last week, he has to stay with Edmonton for the remainder of the season. Is that even a question now?


MLS playoffs: Western Conference semifinals Game 2: Galaxy vs. New York Red Bull, Home Depot Center, 8 p.m., ESPN2:

The back end of a home-and-home series comes to L.A., with the Galaxy just needing a tie to advance. Post-game melee optional. The Red Bull needs a win of two or more goals to move on. Don’t count on it. The Galaxy, who haven’t lost at home this season (one of their five ties was against the Red Bulls in May) would end up facing the winner of the Seattle-Salt Lake City in a one-game match on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Home Depot Center for the Western Conference title. Then it’s a 13-day wait for the title match, back in Carson.



College football: USC at Colorado, 6 p.m., ESPN2:

The hangover from Saturday’s triple-OT loss to Stanford could have been worse. The Trojans could be in Eugene, Oregon. Instead, a trip to Boulder, Colo., against a 1-8 Buffaloes team that still hasn’t won a Pac-12 game, and may never do so the rest of this season. Colorado is ranked 117th in the country in points allowed a game — 38.3, or about 20 points a game more than they score.


College football: UCLA vs. Arizona State, Rose Bowl, 4:30 p.m., Versus:

The rest of the college football world may not care — it’ll be going head-to-head with No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama (5 p.m., Channel 2) — so the Bruins’ potential throttling by the Pac-12 South-leading Sun Devils will likely not be on anyone’s watch list. Unless, of course, they somehow win again, as Lee Corso predicted would happen a week ago against Cal.

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


Once more anticipated in Hollywood than “Happy Feet Two” in 3D and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” combined, the first visit to L.A. in two seasons by Pittsburgh’s Penguins is more like a kick in the head. It probably won’t be the first game back for Sidney Crosby since sustaining a concussion last January. He’s been cleared for contact in practice, but still doesn’t seem to be game-ready. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin is back in the line-up after going down with a knee injury last February. Then again, the Pens won the Atlantic Division last year and took eight of their first 12 games this season. Back in Nov., 2009, the Kings slapped a 5-2 loss on the Penguins and shut Crosby out.


Horse racing: Breeders Cup Day 2: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Channel 7; 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., ESPN:

Last year, it was Zenyatta who tried to cap off her career by beating the boys one last time. It didn’t happen. In this year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Havre de Grace (left) will see if she’s up to it in a 13-horse field. The 4-year-old filly is 5-of-6 this year and a solid challenge to Uncle Mo and Flat Out. Havre de Grace’s owner, Rick Porter, also entered her in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic on Friday as a backup plan. “The only reason we wouldn’t run in the Classic is if we drew the 1 hole or if we saw a complete difference in the weather on Friday and Saturday,” he said. A record total of 193 horses (nine more than last year), including 29 from overseas, were pre-entered for the $26 million, 15-race card at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Bob Baffert has 11 entries, including Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, ridden by Chantal Sutherland and co-owed by former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, for the Classic.



Running: New York City Marathon, 6-9:30 a.m., Universal Sports; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Channel 4 (delayed):

Pray for more snow. And a Lance Armstrong appearance again.

NASCAR: AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Tex., noon, ESPN:

Three more stops in the Chase for the Cup, with Tony Stewart scrambling back into second place behind Carl Edwards.

NFL: Green Bay at San Diego, 1:15 p.m., TBA; Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4:

The Chargers actually sold this out a couple of weeks ago. Does that mean it’s important, or just a lot of Packers fans in Southern California?

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