Play it forward: June 14-20 on your sports calendar


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



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

Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf (4-6, 5.31 ERA), who throws today against the Angels in the opener of a three-game interleague series, seems to have done pretty well for himself after the Dodgers didn’t want to commit to a three-year contract. The Dodgers definitely could not have promised the former El Camino Real High star anything close to the run support he’s received so far from the Brewers. Wolf, mind you, was the winning pitcher when Milwaukee edged Pittsburgh, 20-0, back on April 22, and on May 8, he beat Arizona, 17-3. Yet he hasn’t won a game since then, giving up three homers in an inning to the Cubs when last we watched him on the mound.



NBA Finals, Game 6: Lakers vs. Boston, Staples Center, 6 p.m., Channel 7:

Celtic pride has swelled up larger than Andrew Bynum’s knee. Just look at how jazzed Maria Menounos is to see Donnie Wahlberg before Game 3 at Staples Center. The script handed down by the NBA office before the series started continues back in L.A., since the Lakers wanted at least one more home game, and a sell-out of the courtside seats filled with publicity-seekers. Andy Garcia, shave that crazy mustache and show up with your game face.

MLB: Dodgers at Cincinnati, 4 p.m., Channel 9:

The NL Central-leading Reds have a big-leading 12 wins in their final at-bat. “I don’t know if you expect it, but I know everybody believes, from the players to the administrative assistants to the grounds crew,” manager Dusty Baker says. “Don’t turn off the TV if we’ve still got bats in our hands.” Remind us to remind Jonathan Broxton. Hiroki Kuroda, who hasn’t registered a win since May 18, faces Aaron Harang in the first of three.

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

Kendry Morales still leads the Angels with 11 homers. You might remember the last one he hit. Seeing as how he just had surgery is won’t play again this year, see how long that holds up.



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

Get out the eyeblack before someone gets a black eye. The Angels’ Joel Pineiro, who draws this strange twilight starting time again, said last time out against Toronto, in right about the sixth inning, he made a pitch to the plate without knowing where it was going. “The sun blinded me for a second,” he said. “During my delivery, I was losing sight (of catcher Mike Napoli).” Just warning Prince Fielder now before he gets mad.

MLB: Dodgers at Cincinnati, 4 p.m., Prime:

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 Cardinals in his last win. Over his last seven starts, he has a 1.95 ERA, striking out 54 in 46 innings.



NBA Finals, Game 7: Lakers vs. Boston, Staples Center, 6 p.m., Channel 7:

We’ve come this far. Might as well make it historic.

MLB: Dodgers at Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m., Prime:

The Dodgers’ James Loney (.471, 8 for 17 with a HR and 5 RBIs) and Matt Kemp (.455, 5 for 11, 1 HR) have the best career marks against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, scheduled to pitch against them today.


Golf: U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, first round, ESPN, noon-to-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; Channel 4, noon-to-2 p.m.:

When Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finishing at 12 under and with everyone else over par and no one with 15 shots, Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shared second place with Ernie Els, reportedly said to a USGA official: “Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me where the playoff starts for the other tournament between me and Ernie?” That was the most dominant victory in the 150 years of championship golf. The previous margin of victory in a major: 13 strokes, by Old Tom Morris at the 1862 British Open. Woods also finished 41 shots ahead of last-place Robert Damron. “I didn’t do anything special that week,” Woods said. “Everything was just on.” Woods may be No. 1 in the world again 10 years later, but it’s hardly the same. He looks rusty since coming back from a five-month layoff at the Masters and tying for fourth. The real measure of Woods could start here. He tees off at 7:36 p.m. with Lee Westwood and Ernie Els. Phil Mickelson starts 11:06 a.m. with Padraig Harrington and Y.E. Yang.



FIFA World Cup: U.S. vs. Slovenia, 7 a.m., ESPN:

According to, the best Slovenian sausages made of pork, garlic, and white wine (then cold smoked for four days) are over at Stolichnaya Bakery next to Whole Foods on Santa Monica and Fairfax. Try one while the U.S. is smoking Slovenia in World Cup Game No. 2.


MLB: Dodgers at Boston, 4 p.m., Prime:

Check the scoreboard: What’s Manny Ramirez’s excused absence count up to so far? Could he conveniently come up with an injury / excuse / pardon to get out of playing for the Dodgers against the team that gave him away two summers ago? “The people of Boston have been very, very fond of Manny for a long time. I would like to believe the majority of them will remember him that way,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. Or, he could just disappear into the Green Monster door, if they allow him to play left field and not DH. Meanwhile, the Dodgers also talked Vin Scully into making the trip to Fenway — just to do this game. Then he’s got the weekend off for himself. Too bad the Lakers aren’t in town any more.

MLB: Angels at Chicago Cubs, 11:20 a.m., FSW:

Three games at Wrigley Field – all in the day – could test the Angels’ Torii Hunter’s ability not to get lost in the ivy.


MLB: Washington at Chicago White Sox, 4 p.m., MLB Network:It’s Stephen Strasburg’s third career start. We have a feeling every one of them will make it onto some sort of national telecast before they’re on a National telecast. And lookie here: Topps baseball card company already has cranked out a new one for him, right after his MLB debut on June 8. Trade you a couple hundred Kerry Woods for it. And Letterman has already had him on to read a Top 10 list.

WNBA: Sparks vs. Connecticut, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.:

They’ll bring it indoors again, now that the Lakers don’t need the facility the rest of the summer.

Golf: U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, second round, ESPN, noon-to-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; Channel 4, noon-to-2 p.m.:

One more thought about Tiger, from Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg: “He’s still the No. 1 player in the world, has been for the last 261 weeks. But, as the mutual fund salesmen warn, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. Worst-case scenario? How about a Tiger Woods who becomes so mediocre we simply stop caring?”


MLB: Dodgers at Boston, 1 p.m., Channel 11:

They’re not chanting “Manny, Manny . . .” They’re just looking to see if Nomar Garciaparra is still on the Dodgers’ bench.


MLB: Angels at Chicago Cubs, 10 a.m., FSW:

Ted Lilly, who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Juan Pierre led off with a single, comes back from that one to pitch for the Cubs again, this time against Jered Weaver, who doesn’t want anything to do with his brother again for another week and could miss the Dodgers’ series next week all together.

Golf: U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, third round, 1:30-to-8 p.m., Channel 4:

From sea to shining sea, we’ll see enough of the Monterrey coast even as the sun sets in the Pacific. Back east, it’ll be time for the late local news. Here, we play in the ocean another half hour.



MLB: Dodgers at Boston, 5 p.m., ESPN:

Before he leaves town, and the sun sets on what could be his last season as the Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt proposes one more deal with anyone listening in Boston: Take my wife, please.

MLB: Angels at Chicago Cubs, 11:20 a.m., FSW:

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remember that the Angels’ first season (1961) was at Wrigley Field — the old one in L.A. Go here (linked here) and tell us what you discovered.

Golf: U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, final round, noon-to-6 p.m., Channel 4:

Throw a little more history into the wind: This is the 50-year anniversary of what some consider one of the best U.S. Opens ever, a convergence of three great golfers when Arnold Palmer held off aging Ben Hogan and 20-year-old amateur Jack Nicklaus at Cherry Hills in 1960.

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