The Angels’ Howie Kendrick swings a bat during a workout for the ALCS at Angels Stadium on Sunday.
Warmer weather, and a warmer reception, for the AL West champions. “It feels good,” Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said upon arriving back in Southern California early Sunday. “The sun’s going to be great. I can work on my tan.”
ALCS Game 3: Angels vs. New York Yankees, Angels Stadium, 1 p.m., Channel 11 (Note: Game 4 at Anaheim on Tuesday, 4:45 p.m.; Game 5 at Anaheim on Thursday, 4:45 p.m.; Game 6 if necessary at New York on Saturday, 1 p.m.; Game 7 if necessary at New York on Sunday, 5:15 p.m.)
Cliff Lee isn’t pitching today, right? A win by the Dodgers either today or, after the off day, in Wednesday’s Game 5, and the series at the very least comes back to Dodger Stadium. Where they’ll probably face Cliff Lee again.
NLCS Game 4: Dodgers at Philadelphia, 5 p.m., TBS (Also: Game 5 at Philadelphia, Wednesday at 5 p.m.; Game 6 if necessary at Dodger Stadium, Friday at 5 p.m.; Game 7 if necessary at Dodger Stadium, Saturday at 5 p.m.)
Who’s the rising stars in the NHL’s Western Conference? Not in Dallas.
NHL: Kings at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., FSN West.
The 5-0 Broncos have been eating their Cheerios. That’s the storyline. Try to follow it.
NFL: Denver at San Diego, 5:30 p.m., ESPN.
Kobe Bryant can’t make it out to see the Angels and Yankees because he’s busy. Find a new rally monkey, Anaheim.
NBA exhibition: Lakers vs. Golden State at Ontario, 7 p.m., Channel 9.
ESPN’s “E:60″ sends Chris Connelly out to report on the Pat Chawki story, which we wrote about last week (linked here).
“E:60,” ESPN, 4 p.m.
Followed up by Mike Tollin’s entry into the “30 For 30″ documentary campaign.
“Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?,” ESPN, 5 p.m.
Can they hold a event in Bermuda pairing the winners of the most recent PGA majors and not invited Tiger Woods? Just watch ‘em. Angel Cabrera (Masters), Stewart Cink (British Open, over Tom Watson), Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) and Y.E. Yang (PGA Championship, over Tiger, with that photo above verifying it) earned the invite. Serious, check it out (official event site linked here)
Golf: Grand Slam of Golf, final round, TNT, 3-to-6 p.m. (first round is Tuesday, TNT, 1-to-4 p.m.)
If only the Kings could face Marty Turco every night.
NHL: Kings vs. Dallas, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West.
Donald Sterling can actually charge people to come to see this? And have it on TV, to promote regular-season ticket sales? And do it all without giving away free clipping sheers to anyone who dares attend? We’re guessing Byron Scott won’t even show up to watch his
Jazz Hornets play. It’s unbecoming.
NBA exhibition: Clippers vs. New Orleans, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.
This is called “parents’ weekend” at the Coliseum. It doesn’t encourage players on USC’s team to become parents. Just to bring their own to the game. Or, if Matt Leinart’s nearby by, bring your kid by so we can see how big he’s become. Now, about USC, No. 4 in both the AP and USA Today coach’s poll, is ranked No. 7 in the first BCS standings, behind Boise State, Cincinnati and Iowa … Seriously?
College football: USC vs. Oregon State, Coliseum, 5 p.m., Channel 7 or ESPN or ESPN2.
A three-game losing streak, after a three-game winning streak. A tie in Tuscon would be fitting for the Bruins.
College football: UCLA at Arizona, 3:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.
It’s Galaxy Fan Appreciation Night, before the playoffs start. We’d appreciate seeing David Beckham score a goal. Make it happen?
MLS: Galaxy vs. San Jose, Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West.
Eli Manning ain’t playing so bad (second in the NFL with a 111.7 passer rating, behind his brother Peyton, with 10 TDs and 2 INTs). Was he taken in the same draft when Arizona snatched up Matt Leinart? Oh, right. Earlier. Is Leinart still an honorary member of the Manning family? Why are we so stuck on Leinart? Because we’ll see him on the sidelines tonight at the Meadowlands, unless Kurt Warner gets lost in the Holland Tunnel.
NFL: Arizona at N.Y. Giants, 5:15 p.m., Channel 4.