Play it forward: May 3-9 on your sports calendar

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



MLB: Angels at Boston, 4 p.m., FSW, ESPN:

October 11, 2009: Torii Hunter comes out of the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park to spray champagne over the fans and family who came from Anaheim to see the Angels finish a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in the ALDS. Vlad Guerrero caps the three-run rally off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. And the Angels finally beat the Red Sox, after Boston had knocked them out of the playoffs the last four times they met. Naw, Fenway fans won’t bring that up at all this week.

NBA playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, Game 2, 5 p.m., TNT:

And they have three days off until Game 3 in Boston.

NHL playoffs: Vancouver at Chicago, Game 2, 6 p.m., Versus:

C’mon, you’re a little curious.


NBA playoffs, Western Conference semifinals: Lakers vs. Utah, Game 2, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT:

The last time Jazz guard Deron Williams won a game at Staples Center was New Year’s Day, 2006 – when he was a rookie, facing a Lakers lineup that started Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, Brian Cook, Luke Walton and Smush Parker. And no Kobe Bryant.


MLB: Dodgers vs. Milwaukee, Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m., Channel 9:

We regret to inform those fans sitting below the press box that Bob Uecker won’t be on the Brewers’ trip into L.A. with the team — the broadcaster underwent heart surgery Friday and is expected to miss the next three months. The 75 year old, in his 40th year with the team, held a press conference before the operation, and started it with the line: “A lot of you don’t know, some of you do…. I have been added to the active roster by the team.” If only. Otherwise, toast Uecker with a cool Miller Lite during your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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

We just went online to vote for the 2010 All-Star game, which will happen at Angels Stadium in July. They allow you to compare stats for players at each position. You really want to compare Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre (.330) to the Angels’ Brandon Wood (.189) — alphabetically, and statistically about as far apart as possible?



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

It was inevitable in a four-game series at Fenway: The Angels have to face John Lackey tonight. It won’t be lacking in drama. It still don’t look right, seeing him throw for the Red Sox, but … at least he’ll know that Mike Scioscia won’t be taking him out of the game if there’s trouble. By the way, it’s been noted (linked here) that John’s wife, Krista, received a nice welcome to Boston back when he signed his contract last December. Apparently the couple went out for a bite in Kenmore Square, where the Krista had her fur coat vomited on. Stay classy, Boston.

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

Brews first baseman Prince Fielder said he’d eat his contract if he could get something comparable to what the Phillies just gave Ryan Howard. No, literally, he’d eat it. Ryan Braun confirmed it.

MLS: Galaxy at Colorado, 6:30 p.m., FSW:

Rapidly, the domestic pro soccer season is moving forward. Not fast enough.



Golf: PGA Tour The Players Championship, first round, Golf Channel, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (same time/channel for round two; NBC Channel 4 has rounds three and four from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.):


We know Tiger Woods is a player. So why wouldn’t he be the favorite in The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass? Sorry, too easy. That said, go to the Tiger Woods video game (linked here) and play the 17th island green yourself. You can even wear the red shirt.

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

Since Randy Wolf pitched for the Brewers on Sunday in San Diego, and Jeff Suppan and his $12.5 million contract is back in the bullpen, the two local throwers may miss having Dodger Stadium mound time this trip. At least they can leave plenty of free passes for their pals.

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

The series ends with Dice-K going against Scott Kazmir, who in the past has owned David Ortiz (.205), Kevin Youkilis (.237), J.D. Drew (.143) and Jason Varitek (.188). But not so much Dustin Pedroia (.533).


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

Jim Tracy’s Rockies have hit a rocky patch. Outside of Ubaldo Jimenez, off to a 5-0 start with a 0.79-ERA start that includes a no-hitter, the other four Colorado starters are a mess, and Jeff Francis, Jorge De La Rosa and Jason Hammel have joined Huston Street on the DL, with Brad Hawpe. Jimenez is scheduled to start the last game of this series on Sunday.

MLB: Angels at Seattle, 7 p.m., FSW:

The Angels should miss Cliff Lee, but they’ll wrestle with Felix Hernandez in the opener of this three-game series. Except Kendry Morales. He’ll be sitting on Hernandez’ fastball. He’s already made the clear in the clip above.


NBA playoffs, Western Conference semifinals: Lakers at Utah, Game 3, 5 p.m., Channel 7:

Really? Three games off between Games 2 and 3? Because the Lakers are taking a covered wagon via the Lewis and Clark trail back from Salt Lake City to L.A.? Or to give Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko more time for faith healing.

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

Todd Helton (.269 through 21 games, 0 HRs, 5 RBI and 11 strike outs) has only one extra base hit in his last 10 games?


MLB: Angels at Seattle, 6 p.m., FSW:

That Figgins guy, batting behind Ichiro … watch him. He can run.

MLS: Galaxy at Seattle, 1 p.m., FSW:

Drew Carey is still invested in the health of Seattle pro kickball? Apparently, he wants the whole town to be fit. He just joined the brother of his partner to buy into a group that includes founder Jeff Bezos and Dell computer founder Michael Dell in putting money into a Seattle-based health care management company.

NCAA men’s volleyball championship, at Stanford, 4 p.m., ESPN:

If second-seeded Cal State Northridge can get past Penn State in the semifinals (Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN2), the Matadors face either Stanford or Ohio State in the title game – on Stanford’s home court.



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

It’s mother’s nature to want to go a baseball game on Mother’s Day. Who are you to argue?

MLB: Angels at Seattle, 1 p.m., FSW:

And if you happen to see Pete Carroll hanging out in the visiting locker room, tell him we said hey.

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