Play it forward: May 10-16 on your sports calendar

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



NBA playoffs: Western Conference semifinals: Lakers at Utah, Game 4, 7:30 p.m., TNT:

Jazz’s fans suck. There, we said it. And here’s their last chance to yell at Derek Fisher unless Utah somehow wins two more and drags the series back to Salt Lake City for a Friday Game 6. The Lakers guard was booed all night during Game 3 as he scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 28.6 seconds left on Saturday. Apparently some Jazz fans won’t forgive him for asking for his release so he could move back to L.A. and get medical treatment for his 1-year-old daughter. Chants of “Fisher Sucks!” aren’t sitting well with the Lakers players. “That’s just bad people, doing stuff like that,” Kobe Bryant says. “Not about that. You don’t boo about that.”


MLB: Dodgers at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., Prime:

Charles Barkley said it about the Phoenix Suns wearing “Los Suns” jerseys in support of the Hispanic community in Arizona: “The only people screwing this up are the politicians. I take my hat off to (Suns owner) Robert Sarver and the Suns for taking a stance. Living in Arizona for a long time, the Hispanic community, they are the fabric of the cloth. They are part of our community. Anytime you try to do any kind of racial profiling or racial discrimination, we’ve got to do something because these little lightweight politicians in Arizona don’t know what they’re doing.” The Boys in Azul see first hand the backlash from this Arizona state senate bill 1070. Considering the Dodgers have their spring-training site in nearby Glendale, this visit could have a bigger impact on how they come out for or against this thing down the road.


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

The Rays, our preseason pick to represent the AL in the World Series, come off losing two of three in Oakland. Joe Maddon’s mashers, who have outscored their opponents by 80 runs in 31 games, are still 13-3 on the road. Matt Garza (5-1, 2.09 ERA) starts for the first of three against the Angels.


MLB: Dodgers at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., Channel 9:

John Ely (0-1, 4.26 ERA) probably gets called back up from Triple-A to make another start for the Dodgers, looking much sharper in his six-plus innings against Milwaukee than his six innings against the Mets in his first trip. He faces former Pepperdine standout Dan Haren (4-1, 50 Ks in 49 IP).

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


We do our weekly All-Star position comparisons, since the game in July is taking place at Angel Stadium: Again, we harp on third base. The Rays’ Evan Longoria, when he’s not chasing down someone wearing his cap: .325, 7 HRs, 23 RBI. The Angels’ Brandon Wood: .172, 2 HRs, 5 RBI. So, how ’bout that Kevin Frandsen? And speaking of Brandon Wood — “Robin Hood” comes out this week.


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

It took Jeff Weaver 11 seasons (and 322 games) to reach his 100th career win, which happened last week for the Dodgers. Younger brother Jered Weaver already has 55 victories in a little more than four seasons (117 games). Jered, who nearly twirled a no-no for the Angels in Seattle in his last start, benefits with a start time that really brings the shadows across the field at weird angles.


MLB: Dodgers at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., Prime:

Remember back in ’03, when the Dodgers brought up Edwin Jackson to make his major-league debut, on his 20th birthday, and he beat the D’backs in Arizona? Two years later, the Dodgers shipped him off to Tampa for relievers Danys Baez and Lance Carter. Jackson, a year removed from appearing in the All-Star game for Detroit, is the D’backs’ No. 3 starter, going against the Dodgers tonight, struggling with his control, and apart of the list of the “10 Most Overrated Players in Major League Baseball” by the Bleacher Report (linked here).


MLB: New York Yankees at Detroit, 10 a.m., MLB Network:

The league-owned channel gets a C.C Sabathia-Justin Verlander matinee to end the four-game series.

NBA playoffs: Eastern Conference semifinals: Cleveland at Boston, Game 6, TBA, ESPN:

Whomever wins Tuesday’s Game 5 in Cleveland can close it out here.



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

Dallas Braden, Mr. Perfect his last outing against Tampa Bay, returns for the first time since making history to begin the A’s three-game series in Anaheim. Back on April 9-11, the Angels scored four runs in three straight games against the visiting A’s. They lost two of ’em.

MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 7 p.m., Prime:

The Padres come off a long-ish road trip, sporting an 11-5 record at home so far this season. How have they stayed near the top of the NL West? Must be their huge payroll stepping up. That and they’ve outscored their opponents by more than 30 runs so far.

College baseball: USC at UCLA, Jackie Robinson Stadium, 6 p.m.:

In a non-league game at Dodger Stadium back in January, the Bruins knocked off the Trojans, 6-1, victory No. 6 in a season-opening 23-game win streak. These two also play Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). The NCAA Regionals start June 4, the Super Regionals on June 11 and the College World Series on June 19. Not that the Bruins, who won 30 of their first 40 games, are looking ahead.



Horse racing: The Preakness Stakes, 3:15 p.m., Channel 4:


As poet Ogden Nash wrote: “The (Kentucky) Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness, for horses of birth to prove their worth to run in the Preakness.” That’s rap-song quality by today’s standards. For the 135th version of this event in Baltimore, Calvin Borell has already poetically won the Kentucky Derby aboard Super Saver and then waxed lyrically about a Triple Crown for the 3-year-old. As for that age thing, Nash also once said: “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” Real mature, Ogdy doggy.

WNBA: Sparks at Phoenix, 11 a.m., ESPN2:

The league opener. There are 32 more through Aug. 21.

MLS: Galaxy vs. Toronto, Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:

The Galaxy (7-0-1) give Landon Donovan a World Cup send-off day with a poster and American flag giveaway. Wave the flag. And wave so-long to the L-Don.

MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 5:30 p.m., Channel 9:

The Padres have Scott Hairston as one of their regular outfielders and his older brother Jerry Hairston Jr., as one of their regular infielders. Their padre: Jerry Hairston Sr., the former White Sox outfielder. And his padre: Sam Hairston, a long-time Negro League player who got in a half-season as a catcher for the White Sox.


MLB: Angels vs. Oakland, Angel Stadium, 6 p.m., FSW:

Kids aged 2-to-18 will be handed an Angels’ Rally Monkey pillow case when they enter the park today. Sleep on that one.


NBA playoffs: Western Conference finals: Lakers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, TBA:

Naw, it’s not today. It’ll be Monday at 6 p.m. When more people can see it.

MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 1 p.m., Channel 9:

Of course, we pick Vinny. But is there a chance to hear Dick Enberg calling the game from the Padres’ booth, too?


MLB: Angels vs. Oakland, Angel Stadium, 12:35 p.m., Channel 13:

In his first 12 appearances, where he earned six saves, A’s reliever Andrew Bailey has an ERA of zilch. He’s had more bobblehead giveaway special days than runs allowed. In fact, he hasn’t allowed an earned run since Sept. 5, 2009.

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