Play it forward: April 26-May 2 on your sports calendar

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


(Video courtesy of the Fordham athletic department; WFUV’s Gregg Caserta on the call)

MLB: Dodgers at New York Mets, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket, ESPN:

That clip above is Brian Kownacki of Fordham, taking a dive over the catcher for Iona, which caps an eight-run comeback. It’s bypassed the one-mil viewer mark on YouTube. Considering he’s a local kids, you’d think the Mets would bring him by for a replay. And since he’s from Vin Scully’s alma mater, there’d be more local interest. By the way, if you watch the game on ESPN, Nomar Garciaparra is part of the broadcast team. It’s gotta beat Steve Lyons.

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

Jered Weaver (2-0, 2.77 ERA) leads the league in strikeouts with 27 so far in four starts.



NBA playoffs: Lakers vs. Oklahoma City, Game 5, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT:

ABC keeps promoting this new show called “Happy Town,” which we only see when the Lakers are on the network and Mike Breen starts to read the script. “Don’t let the name fool you,” he adds. And don’t let the Lakers fool you — this town won’t be happy until this series mercifully ends. The show airs Wednesday. The Lakers will unnecessarily be flying back to OKC when this game ends.

MLB: Angels vs. Cleveland, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., Channel 13:

Stay cool. Come by and get a free portable ice chest for your parking lot coolies.

MLB: Dodgers at New York Mets, 4 p.m., Channel 9:

The Mets’ Johan Santana (2-1, 2.56 ERA), scheduled to start tonight, has had all his decisions come at Citi Bank Field.


MLB: Dodgers at New York Mets, 10 a.m., Prime Ticket:

A day game only because the Dodgers want to get this roadie over as quickly as possible.

MLB: Angels vs. Cleveland, Angel Stadium, 4 p.m., FSW:

An odd start — could the sun be in a worse place for the right fielders? — but it’s because both teams head to the Midwest, and against the clock, after the contest for games on Friday.


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MLB: Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket:

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To open an 11-day, 10-game homestand, this is your town, USC Dodger fans. At least for tonight. The first of a two-night promotion — Friday, it’s UCLA’s turn to turn it power blue –has the Dodgers giving out special “LA” logo hats and T-shirts in the appropriate school colors, offering up cool reserve seats down the first-base line so you can sit with those of your ilk, and there’s an all-inclusive consession menu that includes Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn, soft drinks, Pastrami sandwiches, Kettle style potato chips and Kosher style pickles. Each school’s marching band will participate, and a special Trojan and Bruin will throw out the first pitch. You got game for this?


Golf: PGA Tour: Quail Hollow Championship, first round, Golf Channel, noon to 3 p.m. (also second-round on Golf Channel, third and final rounds on CBS):

Tiger Woods ain’t out of the woods yet. As a tuneup to next week’s Players Championship, he’s joining Masters champ Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk for some crowd time in Charlotte, N.C. — his first event this season in which the general public can purchase tickets, act unruly, and pretty much do what they please. Even fly a plane overhead? Woods won this event in ’07 and was fourth last year. Tournament director Kym Hougham said they’ve been preparing for Woods’ possible participation for some time, and will need to make only slight tweaks with security plans. “I think our crowds are very respectful and they always have been. The players have always told us that,” Hougham said. “If there is inappropriate behavior, we’ll act on it swiftly. I’m sure that if Tiger didn’t feel we could handle it he wouldn’t be coming here.”


NBA playoffs: Lakers at Oklahoma City, Game 6, TBD:

Thunder bench scrub rookie James Harden: 0 points at Staples Center in Games 1 and 2. Then 18 in Game 3 and 15 in Game 4 in Oklahoma City. And he’s back at home. See any trends?

MLB: Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket:

As attractive as this matchup is again, it may be worth heading down to a pretty place in Southern California down San Diego way. A ticket to this night’s San Diego Padres’ game — does it matter who they’re playing — also gets you free admission into their Beerfest promotion, with some of the local breweries putting their adult beverages on display (linked here). The beer, of course, ain’t free. Six-ounce tasters are $3, and a full pour is $6. By the way, the Padres’ opponent is the Brewers. So it makes sense. And the Brewers face the Dodgers in L.A. next week.

MLB: Angels at Detroit, 4 p.m., FSW:

The start of 10 straight games on the road for the Angels goes to Tigerland, where Carlos Guillen, hitting .333 with a homer and six RBIs in his last 10 games, is still on the DL. The Tigers split two with the Angels last week in Anaheim. Guillen was 6-for-14 against the Angels with 3 RBI in that series.


Horse racing: Kentucky Derby, 3:15 p.m., Channel 4 (on the air from 1 to 4 p.m.):

Lookin At Lucky has separated himself from the horde of Derby contenders despite finishing a troubling third as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. The colt trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert is atop the graded-stakes earnings list with $1.48 million. Last year’s juvenile champion proved by winning the Rebel at Oaklawn Park that transitioning from California’s synthetic surfaces to dirt won’t be an issue. “He’s just getting stronger and stronger. He’s a really happy horse right now,” said Baffert, who has another probable starter in Southwest Stakes winner Conveyance. Other trainers with two possible starters include California-based John Sadler, who has Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy and upset Arkansas Derby winner Line of David.


Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley, 6 p.m., HBO pay-per-view, $54.95:

Oscar De La Hoya, helping to promote this big-deal bout, predicts this will do 3 million pay-per-view buys, which would smash the mark of 2.4 million buys when Mayweather beat De La Hoya in 2007. No other fight has topped 2 million. De La Hoya, who also lost to Mosley twice, admits 3 million might see unrealistic to some, “but nobody thought we could do 1 million” for Mayweather vs. Juan Manual Marquez in September — which drew 1.05 million. If you’ve been watching the HBO reality show “24/7” since earlier this month, you know Mayweather puts on a good show. He may even cry in the ring. “I don’t mind crying on camera,” he says.

MLB: Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket:

In the past, visits from the Pirates would bring out local fans who were invested in the success of players like second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson. No more. How sad.

MLB: Angels at Detroit, 10 a.m., FSW:

Would you keep sitting Brandon Wood if he continues to avoid putting wood on the ball when he’s at the plate?

MLS: Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

The Philly team is known as the Union. If they ever fold, and then return, they’d be the Re-Union. That’s all we got.


NBA playoffs: Lakers vs. Oklahoma City, Game 7, Staples Center, TBA:

Does it really have to come to this? ABC has its 12:30 p.m. tipoff window all ready for someone to fill.


MLB: Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, Dodger Stadium, 1 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Remember last week, when the Brewers beat the Pirates, 20-0 — the worst loss in the Bucs’ 124-year history? Hold that thought. Through last Friday, the Pirates had been outscored 85-13 in their eight losses (one of them to the Dodgers in the first series of the season) and the team ERA was 7.23 — the highest in the league by more than a run.

MLB: Angels at Detroit, 10 a.m., FSW:

So what happened the other night when Detroit outfielder Johnny Damon was tossed out of the Tigers’ game against the Angels in the fifth inning? Damon said he drew a line about six inches off the inside corner of the plate with his bat where he thought a pitch was located. Home plate umpire Dale Scott told Damon that if he did that again, he’d have to eject him. Said Damon: “Well, I’m doing it again.” And Scott threw him out.

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