Scheduling the Phoenix Mercury's annual clinic to coincide with the Summer Olympics is a slam-dunk way of cashing in on all the, uh, hoopla surrounding USA Basketball's expected march to the medal stand. True, a chunk of the WNBA's roster is already in Athens. But c'mon, is there a better way to fuel your kids' hoop dreams than by watching Diana Taurasi and company conquer the world? With the fundamentals Mercury players and coaches will drill into your kids' heads during the two-day camp at Thunderbird High School, 1750 West Thunderbird Road, you might consider reserving your seats for Beijing in 2008. The clinic's open to both girls and boys, ages 8 to 17, and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 13, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Entrance fee is $90 and includes a WNBA basketball and Mercury tee shirt. Call 602-514-8333 to register. -- Benjamin Leatherman
A night at the rodeo
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There's nothing quite like the sight of man meeting the hoof of a bucking bronco or the thrill of the goring of a bull's horns. Catch the fun-filled family entertainment this Saturday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the "Extreme Roughstock Explosion" rodeo at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Admission is $10. Call 928-713-0839 for directions and details. -- Joe Watson
Action in the squared circle
The marauders of the mat return to action on Tuesday, August 17, as Impact Zone Wrestling's Karma, Chris Kole, the Navajo Warrior, and the Crock butt heads and headcases at The Sets, 93 East Southern in Tempe. The doors open at 7 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 602-953-2728 or see www.trashcity.com/izw.htm. -- Joe Watson