Fight off football withdrawal
NBA: The Bulls hope Derrick Rose can fight through stomach ulcers to take on the Magic tonight at the United Center. Chicago is a game and a half ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings, and they'll have revenge on their minds after getting whooped 107-78 in the teams' first meeting this year. On Saturday night, the Spurs look to become the first team to 40 wins when they host the Rockets. The Rockets have lost three of five heading into the contest; the Spurs have won 10 of 11. Two blockbuster matchups will help you get through a Sunday afternoon without football as the Heat visit the Thunder and the Celtics face the Lakers.
Men's college basketball: Saturday afternoon, the top-ranked, undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes visit the slumping Northwestern Wildcats, who have lost two straight Big Ten contests. Add in a couple matchups between ranked teams as No. 19 Louisville faces fifth-ranked UConn, No. 13 Missouri heads to Austin to battle eighth-ranked Texas and No. 20 Georgetown visits seventh-ranked Villanova.
Women's college basketball: A big challenge for the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears on Sunday, as they visit No. 5 Texas A&M. The Lady Bears haven't lost since Nov. 16 at then-No. 1 UConn, and the Aggies' only loss came Dec. 6 to Duke. Later that afternoon, the eighth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers try to bounce back from a loss to Georgetown when they visit No. 17 DePaul. As the men at DePaul continue to struggle (they're 0-8 in the Big East), the women are the big story, with a 7-0 conference record and just two losses all season.
NHL: An exciting new format for the NHL All-Star Game has hockey fans fired up for Sunday's festivities. Team Lidstrom, captained by the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom, will take on Team Staal, with Eric Staal of the Hurricanes at the helm. Lidstrom and Staal, aided by two assistants each, will pick teams tonight in a fantasy draft of sorts. Should be a blast for puckheads.
Australian Open: On Saturday, just two weeks after defeating Kim Clijsters in the Sydney International, China's Li Na will try to do it again in the women's final of the Aussie Open. It will be Andy Murray battling 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in the men's final on Sunday. A win for Murray would snap a 75-year winless stretch for British men in Grand Slam singles events.