Play It Forward: Sept. 17-23

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

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MONDAY

NFL Week 2: Denver at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m., ESPN:

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TUESDAY

MLB: Angels vs. Texas, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:

Series continues Wednesday and Thursday (7:05 each night).

MLB: Dodgers at Washington, 4:05 p.m., Prime:

The start of a nine-game, 10-day trip.
Series continues Wednesday and Thursday (4:05 each night).

WNBA: Sparks vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TWC101:

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WEDNESDAY

Soccer: CONCACAF Champions League: Galaxy at Puerto Rico, 5 p.m.:

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THURSDAY

Golf: PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, first round, xxxxx:

Leads into the Ryder Cup.

NFL Week 3: N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network:

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FRIDAY

MLB: Angels vs. Chicago White Sox, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:

Series runs Saturday (6:05 p.m.) and Sunday (12:35 p.m.)

MLB: Dodgers at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m., Prime:

Series runs Saturday (4:10 p.m., Prime) and Sunday (5 p.m., ESPN).

Movie: “Trouble With The Curve,” in theatres citywide:

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SATURDAY

College football: USC vs. Cal, Coliseum, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network:

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College football: UCLA vs. Oregon State, Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m. Channel 7:

Here’s the fourth game on the Bruins’ 2012 schedule, but more interestingly, the last one before players are required to go to classes for the start of the fall quarter on Sept. 24.

MLS: Galaxy vs. Toronto, Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m., KDOC:

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SUNDAY

NFL Week 3: New England at Baltimore, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4; Pittsburgh at Oakland, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2; Atlanta at San Diego, 1:05 p.m., Channel 11; Houston at Denver, 1:25 p.m.;

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NASCAR: Sprint Cup

Beach volleyball: Jose Cuervo National Championship, Huntington Beach: Men’s and women’s final, 2:15-to-6 p.m.:

U.S. Olympians Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb are registered and scheduled to compete in the last USA Volleyball-sanctioned event starts Friday with qualifying and continues up to today’s final.

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