10 things to keep an eye on this week

October 28, 2013 

There is plenty of football this week, and throw in some baseball, basketball and soccer.

Here are 10 things to keep an eye on this week:

1. NBA. OK, Seattle didn’t get an NBA franchise this offseason, and if you’re like me, you’re tired of being abused by David Stern. February and his scheduled retirement can’t come soon enough.

Yet the game is still fun to watch. The season begins tonight, with a doubleheader on TNT. The Bulls play the Heat at 5 p.m., then the Clippers-Lakers battle at 7:30 p.m.

2. World Series. It’s been a pretty good series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes all seven.

Game 6 is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday in Boston. With the Red Sox up 3-2, the Cardinals will need to win Wednesday to force a Game 7. That would be played at 5 p.m, Thursday. Both games would be televised on FOX.

3. Sounders in the playoffs. They struggled the final month, going from a chance to having the best record in Major League Soccer to having to play host to Colorado (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, NBCSN) in a one-game shot to advance.

The winner will then have to take on the Portland Timbers this coming weekend.

4. Arizona State at WSU football. Cougar fans have been looking forward to this Halloween night game. I believe Friday classes have already been cancelled on campus.

The Cougars need to start winning again if they hope to make it to a bowl game this season. The so-called experts have already readjusted their predicted number of wins from six down to five.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the game will be televised on ESPN.

5. Breeders’ Cup. Horse racing’s big weekend with the sport’s top thoroughbreds heads to Santa Anita, with five races on Friday (first one goes off at 1:45 p.m.) and nine more on Saturday, including the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Both days will be broadcast on NBCSN.

6. Ephrata at Prosser football. Bottom line, if Prosser expects to make the playoffs this year, the Mustangs must treat this game against the visiting Tigers as a playoff.

It’s been a knock-down-drag-out battle for all the Central Washington Athletic Conference teams not named Ellensburg, and there are four teams (Ephrata and Prosser among them) battling for two playoff spots.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Fiker Stadium.

7. Waitsburg-Prescott at Tri-Cities Prep football. If Prep wants a top seed, it must beat the visiting Cardinals. The winner will get a 1 or 2 seed in the postseason, while the loser will be a 3 or 4. So this is like a playoff too.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Chiawana High School.

8. Miami at Florida State football. This is the best national matchup, featuring the No. 7 Hurricanes and the No. 3 Seminoles. It’s at 5 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

9. Sprint Cup race. Three races left in the Chase for the Cup, and Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are in a dead heat tied for first.

This weekend’s race is at Texas Motor Speedway, set for noon on ESPN.

10. Buccaneers at Seahawks. The sign of a good team is one that still finds a way to win even when it’s not playing its best. That’s what happened Monday night in the Seahawks’ 14-9 win over St. Louis.

Even with a short week turnaround, the Seahawks should easily beat the lowly Bucs, especially with the game at CenturyLink Field.

Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, with the game on FOX.

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