A look at the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
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Beau Hossler hugs his mother Amy Balsz after the third round of the U.S. Open Championship on June 16 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Golf: 112th Men’s U.S. Amateur Championship, Monday through Sunday, om Cherry Hills Village, Colo.:
Gain custody of the Havemeyer Trophy, and there’s an exemption to the British Open, a probable invite to the Masters and, according to protocol, “an exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Open, provided he is still an amateur.” Former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay almost had that a year ago, but lost in the final, then changed his non-amateur status, so he’s not coming back here anytime soon. In his absence, UCLA will have three in this year’s field: Senior Pedro Figueiredo, sophomore Jay Hwang and incoming freshman Lorens Chan. Jeffrey Kang, a 21-year-old playing at USC, also qualified.
Others with local ties: Tim Hogarth (right), the 46-year-old from Northridge who wno the ’96 U.S. Amateur Public Links title and is one of the most winning amateurs in SCGA history; Brandon Hagy, a 21-year-old from Westlake Village who was second-team All-Pac 12 at Cal last year; Paul Misko of Thousand Oaks, Bobby Holden of Simi Valley, Max Homa of Valencia, Walker Huddy of Studio City and Jeremy Sanders of Chatsworth.
And then there’s Beau Hossler (above), the 17-year-old who had the outright lead at one point in the recent U.S. Open, having earned his way into this event through sectional qualifying and will be entering his senior year at Santa Margarita High in Orange County (so expect more TV shots in the gallery of his mom, Amy); Gary Nicklaus, the 43-year-old son of Jack Nicklaus; Andy Zhang, who at 14 is the youngest in the field; Philip Pleat, who at 56 is the oldest player, and Eli Cole, a 22-year-old out of Beverly Hills who sat out the 2011-2012 season at TCU because of a leg injury.
Funny story: A friend rented out the Rose Bowl for a soccer game, and while Cole was playing goalie, he broke his leg attempting to make a save. He now has a titanium rod — but is not penalized for having too many clubs in his bag when going through a metal detector. More storylines? Go to this link.
After the 18 holes of stroke-play qualifying Monday and Tuesday, the first round of match play begins Wednesday on Golf Channel (1 p.m.), The network also has first-round matches Thursday (3:30 p.m.) and quarterfinal matches Friday (5:30 p.m.), while NBC has the semifinal matches Saturday (1 p.m., Channel 4) and the final match Sunday (1 p.m., Channel 4).
MLB: Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m., Prime:
The Dodgers’ pitching staff, meanwhile, must dread looking at Andrew McCutchen’s stats: A major-league best .362 average and .605 slugging percentage, fourth in the NL with 23 homers, and according to Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, “if you had to pick an MVP right now, it would be (McCutchen). When he raised his average to .373 after the 100th game of the season, it was the highest that a Pirates player’s average had been through 100 games since Hall of Famer Paul Waner was hitting .375 at that point in 1937. The series continues Tuesday (4:05 p.m., Channel 9), Wednesday (4:05 p.m., Channel 9) and Thursday (1:05 p.m., Prime).
MLB: Angels vs. Cleveland, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
The Angels are keen this week about celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2002 World Series victory, with a week of giveaways that includes a “ring figurine” on Tuesday (7:05 p.m., FSW) and a free poster on Wednesday (7:05 p.m., FSW). As long as they don’t keep giving away victories with an AL wild-card berth at stake. Remember, that’s how they won it all in ’02, from that wild-card entry ticket.
NFL exhibition: Dallas at Oakland, 5 p.m., ESPN:
After Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart get their reps in for the Raiders, Terrell Pryor will make an appearance. The Raiders also have a practice match Saturday at Arizona this week (7 p.m. live, 10 p.m. delayed on NFL Network).
MLB: Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 4 p.m., MLB Network:
Something for Angels’ followers to monitor. The two teams also show up on ESPN Wednesday (4 p.m.).
MLS: Galaxy at Columbus, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network:
No one will confuse this with a Super Classico. It’s the Galaxy and Crew’s one and only meeting of the year because of the new unbalanced schedule.
MLB: Washington at San Francisco, 12:45 p.m., MLB Network:
Probable starters: Strasburg vs. Lincecum. Interested now?
MLB: Angels vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
A four-game set against the Rays comes just as Evan Longoria is back in the swing of things, having missed 86 games with a slow-healing hamstring, David Price (15-4, 2.50) scheduled to throw in the opener, and crooked-hat-wearing Fernando Rodney, who had 17 saves, 31 holds and 11 blown saves in 111 appearances for the Angels from 2010-’11, anchoring the bullpen with an AL-best 35 saves with only one blown save and a 0.86 ERA in 54 games. Price hasn’t lost to an AL team since May 10 and recorded a 5-0, complete game win over the Angels on April 24. The series continues Friday (7:05 p.m., FSW), Saturday (6:05 p.m., FSW) and Sunday (12:35 p.m., FSW).
66th Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.: Japan vs. Caribbean, 10 a.m., ESPN; West Regional Champion vs. New England Regional Champion, noon, ESPN; Europe vs. Asia Pacific, 2 p.m., ESPN2; Midwest Regional Champion vs. Southeast Regional Champion, 5 p.m., ESPN:
Petaluma National from Northern California represents the West this year, and a group of kids from Lugazi in central Uganda will be the first African team to make it into the final group of 16 teams (eight from the U.S., and eight international). A Methodist Church that has made annual missionary trips to Uganda since 2004 introduced baseball to the local school, and the team actually qualified for the trip to Pennsylvania a year ago but had problems with it came to documentation. Uganda opens their play against Panama on Friday, and all 32 games of the event will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 through Sunday, Aug. 26.
MLB: Dodgers at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m., Prime:
The Braves are also ahead of the Dodgers in the NL wild-card standings coming into this week, with Ben Sheets a recent insertion into their starting rotation. Saturday’s game (4:10 p.m., Prime) is designated as the annual Civil Rights Game. The series ends Sunday (10:35 a.m., Channel 9).
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Candace Parker, right, holds up her 3-year-old daughter Lailaa as she celebrates with teammate Sue Bird, left, and the rest of the team their victory over France to win gold in the women’s gold medal basketball game final at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
WNBA: Sparks at Seattle, 7 p.m., KDOC-Channel 56:
The U.S. women’s gold-medal hangover finds Candace Parker on one side now, with Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson reunited on the other.
NFL exhibition: N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 4 p.m., NFL Network; Dallas at San Diego, 6 p.m., Channel 2:
Did you see the coverage ESPN gave the Jets’ first exhibition game last week? You’d think they’re already in the playoffs.
MLB: Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 1 p.m., Channel 11:
And, at 5 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. You’ve been warned.
NFL exhibitions: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m., Channel 4:
Headline in the Onion Sports last week: “Andrew Luck cut from Colts after overthrowing wide-open receiver.”
NASCAR: Sprint Cup, Michigan 400, Brooklyn, Mich., 10 a.m., ESPN:
Did we mention the things you might otherwise be missing on the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” if you’re distracted by this race? There’s the “How ‘Jaws’ Changed the World” documentary, “How Not to Become Shark Bait,” and “Top Five Eaten Alive” survivor stories. Why not airing of the 2011 Bethany Hamilton movie, “Soul Surfer”?