Play It Foward: May 20-26 on your sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead, both near and afar:


Chicago Blackhawks v San Jose Sharks - Game OneNHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS:
GAME 4: 7 p.m. Tuesday at San Jose, NBC Sports Network:

Slogging through the season finale of ABC’s “Shark Tank” leads us to the conclusion that, maybe not ironically, this thing is about ready to jump that proverbial shark.

Jonathan Quick blocks a goal attempt during the third period in Game 3 in San Jose on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Jonathan Quick blocks a goal attempt during the third period in Game 3 in San Jose on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Once a unique platform for some of the most ingenious entrepreneurs in the country, this one was reduced to a single woman pitching her high-end online dating service (apparently it hasn’t worked for her yet), an 11-year-old kid who baked dog treats (“but people can eat ‘em, too”), and a couple of clowns who started a tomato soup and cheese sandwich shop and were trying to market it as the next In-N-Out franchise model. Sadly, Mark Cuban jumped on that last one, bringing in another “shark” to fork over $600,000 for just a 30 percent of the business. “It’s not easy being cheese,” the Dallas Mavs owner said as he shook the hands of his new partners.  And how did the Mavs do in the NBA playoffs again?
82d765c7_jump_the_shark_signEasy-cheesy isn’t how the Kings see their second-round matchup with San Jose’s Sharks shaping up. This reality show, featuring a school of Sharks trying to tank in the home tank (aka, HP Pavilion), reached new dramatic heights with the Game 3 OT decision. Logan Couture has become San Jose’s version of “Mr. Wonderful” with his heroics, while Kings goalie Jonthan Quick is quick to berate the refs for turning their heads to illegal business practices conducted by the San Jose skaters. This one will only get more chippy as the series reaches a far more climatic conclusion – who’s going to cash in on the most power plays?
The series continues this week:
Game 5: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Staples Center
Game 6: TBA Sunday at San Jose
(A Game 7 would be Tuesday, May 28 at Staples Center)



MLB: DODGERS at MILWAUKEE, 5:10 p.m., Channel 9:
As much as the Dodgers’ bullpen could use a break, Clayton Kershaw got an extra day of rest prior to this start, having tossed a career-high 132 pitches in his win over Washington last Tuesday.  He’s got a streak of 21 starts where he has not allowed more than three earned runs, the longest active mark in the majors. That includes a 2-0 win over Milwaukee at Dodger Stadium on April 28 with a season-best 12 strikeouts.
The rest of the series:
Tuesday at 5:10 p.m., Channel 9
Wednesday at 10:10 a.m., Prime

GAME 3, 4:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network:
If the No. 7 seeded Red Wings, who’ve already eliminated the No. 2 Ducks, can take a victory at Chicago from the top-seeded and heavily favored Blackhawks and create a home advantage now with two in a row in Detroit, the Kings (and Sharks) should be paying attention.
The series continues:
Game 4, Thursday at Detroit, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Game 5, Saturday at Chicago, TBA


MLB: ANGELS vs. SEATTLE, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:
The Mariners squeezed off three wins in four days against the Angels in Seattle from April 25-28, and held them to just nine runs total for that series. Dodger castoff Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.50 ERA) , scheduled to start Tuesday, has managed to do little to earn his $6 million salary this season.
The series ends Wednesday, 4 p.m., FSW

The team that eliminated the Clippers, against the team that eliminated the Lakers, and you’re still interested to see which one will make it to the NBA Finals?
The series continues:
Game 3 at Memphis, 6 p.m., Saturday, ESPN


GAME 1: INDIANA at MIAMI, 5:30 p.m., TNT:
The “Blue Collar, Gold Swagger” Pacers won two of three against the defending champion Heat during the regular season. But try keeping pace with the South Beachers this time of year.
The series continues:
Game 2: Friday at Miami, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Sunday at Indiana, 5:30 p.m., TNT


In taking two of three from the Angels during their recent series, the Royals’ Billy Butler  went 8-for-13 with a homer and nine RBIs. Maybe the Angels’ answer is bringing in newly recalled reliever Billy Buckner. Former Angel Ervin Santana (3-2, 2.68 ERA) is slotted to start the opener of this series against someone who they thought could replace him, Joe Blanton (0-7, 6.62 ERA).
The rest of the series:
Friday at 5:10 p.m., FSW
Saturday at 11:10 a.m., FSW
Sunday at 11:10 a.m., FSW


MLB: DODGERS vs. ST. LOUIS, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
The Jaime Jarrin bobble head giveaway on Saturday (in suit and tie, holding a mike) is actually pretty classy.
The rest of the series:
Saturday at 4:15 p.m., Channel 11
Sunday at 1:10 p.m., Prime


MLS: GALAXY vs. SEATTLE, Home Depot Center, 8 p.m., ESPN2:
How soon before the Galaxy works out a deal to pull Robbie Rogers out of retirement and into their lineup, and then openly promotes the fact it has the first openly gay player (born in Palos Verdes, schooled at Mater Dei High) in the MLS?


WNBA: SPARKS vs. SEATTLE, Staples Center, 5:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
2013.ogo3The Lakers and Clippers have left the arena wide open. And the Kings are clear, too. Bring on the 17th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association, new logo and all.

F1: MONACO GRAND PRIX, 4:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network
INDYCAR: INDIANAPOLIS 500, 9 a.m., Channel 7
NASCAR: COCA-COLA 600 in Concord, N.C., 2:30 p.m., Channel 11:
Ed Carpenter nailed down the Indy 500 pole position last weekend and now has to figure out how fend off the Penske and Andretti team competition. If Carpenter wins, he might pass on the traditional milk drink. One of his team sponsors is Fuzzy’s Vodka, owned by golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.

TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN, first round, 2 a.m., ESPN2; 9 a.m. Sunday, Channel 4 and Tennis Channel:
Rafael Nadal’s knees don’t seem to be an issue any more as to whether he can hold up in his pursuit of an eighth title in Paris. The 26-year-old, who just crushed Roger Federer in the Rome Masters, has reached the final of all eight tournaments he’s played, and winning six, since coming back from a seven-month layoff in February.

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