Looking at the week ahead on the sports calendar:
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
KINGS vs. CHICAGO
Game 3: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Staples Center, NBC Sports Network:
Go back to the Saturday afternoon on Jan. 19 when the Kings finally raised their 2011-12 Stanley Cup banner. The NHL lockout postponed everything for a couple of months, and Angelinos were getting a little anxious. Was that all just a dream last summer? Is the league doing an audit and someone’s going to find out that the numbers don’t add up in the Kings’ favor anymore? When the banner went up into the rafters, the Chicago Blackhawks players occupied the visiting bench that day but made sure not to be around for all the hoopla. When they finally came out of the locker room, they snuffed out the celebration with a 5-2 pummeling, behind two Marian Hossa goals and 19 Corey Crawford saves. “The season after you win the Cup, everyone is going to play their best game against the Cup champion, because that’s the game where you want to prove yourselves and make a statement,” said Patrick Kane, whose 5-on-3 goal started the rout. “So I think that’s what we were kind of feeling today.” How will the Blackhawks be feeling when they revisit Staples Center after their one and only appearance 4 ½ months ago? It could determine how things go from here.
The series resumes:
Game 4: 6 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, NBC Sports Network
Game 5: 5 p.m. Saturday at Chicago, Channel 4
BEST OF THE REST:
NBA PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS:
MIAMI vs. INDIANA
Game 7: 5:30 p.m. at Miami, TNT:
How did it come down to this?
NHL PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
PITTSBURGH vs. BOSTON
Game 2: 5 p.m., at Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Network:
Nope, didn’t have the Bruins up 1-0 at this point.
The series resumes:
Game 3: 5 p.m. Wednesday, at Boston, NBC Sports Network
Game 4: 5 p.m. Friday, at Boston, NBC Sports Network
Game 5: 5 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Network
MLB: DODGERS vs. SAN DIEGO, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
Will we see the rematch of Greinke vs. Quentin? Nope. Will we see any of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers throw inside to Quentin? Probably.
The series continues:
Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., Channel 9
Wednesday at 7:10 p.m., Prime
MLB: ANGELS vs. HOUSTON, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
The Astros are prolonging their visit by one day. Can’t blame ‘em.
MLB: ANGELS vs. CHICAGO CUBS, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
One of Jered Weaver’s career wins was in 2010 at Wrigley Field, when he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, and also singled off Cubs starter Ted Lilly. Weaver is on target to pitch the opener of this short series after five days rest from his return from the DL.
The series ends Wednesday at 4:05 p.m., FSW
NBA FINALS: MIAMI or INDIANA vs. SAN ANTONIO
Game 1: 6 p.m., Channel 7:
David Zirin (
@EdgeofSports) tweets: Would a “Facts of Life” reunion set in Renaissance-era Italy get higher ratings than a Pacers-Spurs Final?
MLB: DODGERS vs. ATLANTA, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
The four-game series starts with a Don Sutton bobblehead giveaway and includes the return of the Old-Timers Day (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.), with former Dodgers facing off against former Yankees (and Darryl Strawberry dressed in pinstripes).
The series continues
Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m., Prime
Sunday at 1:10 p.m., Prime
MLB: FIRST-YEAR AMATEUR DRAFT, 4 p.m., MLB Network:
Serra High of Gardena first baseman Dominic Smith and Lakewood High shortstop J.P. Crawford, products of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton and recruits of USC, have been invited to be in the MLB Network Studios in New Jersey to see where they’ll be drafted (likely in the top 15). Oaks Christian pitcher Phil Bickford (25th ranked prospect by Baseball America) is also considered a first-round choice, perhaps by the Dodgers with pick 18. The Angels gave away their pick to Texas when they signed Josh Hamilton. Houston picks first for the second year in a row, while the New York Yankees have three first-round choices. TV has these first two rounds, with the 40-round event continuing Friday and Saturday on MLB.com.
MLB: ANGELS at BOSTON, 4:10 p.m., FSW:
The Angels won all six against Boston last year, and have an eight-game streak over the Red Sox. This, after Boston had won 15 of the previous 16 meetings going back to early in the 2010 season.
The series continues:
Saturday at 4:15 p.m., Channel 11
Sunday at 10:35 a.m., FSW
TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN, Women’s final, 6 a.m., Channel 4:
Top-seed Serena Williams remains on target for a meeting against defending champion Maria Sharapova.
The women’s semifinals Thursday are split between ESPN2 (6 a.m.) and Channel 4 (8 a.m.).
HORSE RACING: 145th BELMONT STAKES, from Elmont, N.Y., 3:30 p.m., Channel 4:
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who trains at this course, and Preakness winner Oxbow are expected to enter. You’re on your own after that, with no obligation to place a wager on the rest of the field.
IRL: FIRESTONE 550, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tex., 5:30 p.m., Channel 7:
In real life, the IRL needs more night-time races like this instead of back-to-back 70 laps races like they did in Detroit last weekend.
WNBA: SPARKS vs. TULSA, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. :
No conflict here with the Kings, thank you.
MLS: GALAXY at REAL SALT LAKE, 6:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
The real deal.
TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN, Men’s final, 6 a.m., Channel 4:
Defending men’s champ Rafael Nadal, who already owns a record seven French Open titles and seems to be all over the place during the first week of play, can only meet No. 1 seed 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals (Friday, Channel 4, 8 a.m.).
Tennis Channel has the repeats of both men’s and finals matches (Sunday, 11 a.m.).
GOLF: LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP, from Pittsford, N.Y., final round, noon, Golf Channel:
One of the five majors on the LPGA Tour – yup, five – returns to the suburb of Rochester at the Locust Hill Country Club for the fourth year in a row. Shanshan Feng, just 22, made history as the first player from mainland China to win on the LPGA Tour with the two-shot win, coming from three back. Golf Channel has coverage Thursday and Friday (9:30 a.m.) and Saturday (noon).