Play It Forward: April 21-27 on your sports calendar — Boston’s back in the running business, while Clippers, Kings and Ducks continue a post-season run

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A makeshift memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing victims is near the finish line ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A makeshift memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing victims is near the finish line ahead of Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

THE 118th BOSTON MARATHON
Monday at 6:30 a.m., Universal Sports Network:
“There’s a road race in Boston on Monday,” Boston Globe columnist Dan Schaughnessy wrote Sunday. “An actual athletic competition. Thousands of athletes will compete to see who can cover 26.2 miles faster than anybody else. Remember when the Boston Marathon was just a footrace? …. Everything, of course, has changed. This year, the Boston Marathon belongs to the world. It stands as a symbol of American freedom and a population refusing to cower to terrorism. Bostonians, New Englanders, Americans, and citizens of the free world on Monday will return to Hopkinton to reclaim a celebration that last year was interrupted by murder and mayhem.”

Shalane Flanagan approaches the finish line to finish fourth in the women's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  Flanagan is more determined to win the race for her battered hometown, and if she does, the Marblehead, Mass., native would be the first American winner since 1985. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Shalane Flanagan approaches the finish line to finish fourth in the women’s division of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Flanagan is more determined to win the race for her battered hometown, and if she does, the Marblehead, Mass., native would be the first American winner since 1985. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

For example: There will be 100 runners in this year’s race as part of Team MR8, all picked by the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation to honor the 8-year-old who was the youngest of three who died during the bombings last year. One of those chosen Pat Brophy, who was stopped with less than a mile to go from the finish line when the two blasts occurred. “I have unfinished business on that course,” she told CBS News this week. The group, who applied through the www.teammr8.org website, is made up of many who didn’t get to complete the race a year ago, but “they are also running for our son Martin, and finishing a race he wanted to someday run, but will never get the chance to,” his mother, Denise Richard, said in a statement to CBS News. Pre-race coverage starts at 5:30 a.m. and race coverage ends at 10 a.m., with a one-hour wrap-up show at 1 p.m. A two-hour condensed version of the race airs from 5-to-7 p.m. and 8-to-10 p.m. with the wrap-up re-airing each time.
Adding to the day: The Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in an 8 a.m. first pitch (MLB Network, with Bob Costas and Jim Kaat), coming back just hours after playing for ESPN on Sunday night.

BEST OF THE REST:

MONDAY

NBA PLAYOFFS:
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 2: CLIPPERS vs. GOLDEN STATE
Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime, TNT:

Any sense of urgency now that the Clippers find themselves trailing this series almost before it started? There were 51 fouls called and 60 free throws shot in the Warriors’ Game 1 win, dragging the pace out to a long yawn before a bunch of late-game drama ensued. Did the refs overrate to all the pre-series chirping? “All that hype absolutely had an impact on how the game was called,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “A lot of them were touch fouls.” Getting a little touchy, are we? Also watch the video above of the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, watching the board at Staples Center to see the call on his sixth and final foul. And watch how the Warriors fan behind him gets the wrong end of a cup of water.
The series continues:
Game 3: At Golden State, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Prime, TNT
Game 4: At Golden State, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 7

Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf hands his stick to a fan after he was named one of three stars in Game 2 of the Ducks-Stars series.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf hands his stick to a fan after he was named one of three stars in Game 2 of the Ducks-Stars series. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
GAME 3: DUCKS at. DALLAS
6:30 p.m., NBCSN:
The Ducks ride a 2-0 series lead to Dallas behind the adrenalin rush of 28-year-old captain Ryan Getzlaf, who took a slap shot to his face in Wednesday’s opener and followed that by a lack of sleep following the birth of a daughter prior to scoring a goal and an assist in a 3-2 Game 2 win. “He’s a leader on this team for a reason,” said Corey Perry, Getzlaf’s linemate.
The series continues:
Game 4: Wednesday at Dallas, 5 p.m.
Game 5: Friday at Anaheim, 7:30 p.m.

MLB: ANGELS at WASHINGTON, 4:05 p.m., FSW:
Albert Pujols is about to make some history by hitting his 500th career homer, but the MLB commercials have tried harder to put the spotlight on Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Harper shows up in a “timeless” spot, standing with Ted Williams and Babe Ruth, in the on-deck circle with Carlton Fisk, and going yard off Nolan Ryan. “Bryce Harper is only 21 years old, but he already looks like a legend,” goes the narration.  As for Trout, the “Simon says” scenario that has hit hitting home runs, making a ridiculous catch and stealing a base, all on the command of some kid, is probably more palatable. The first time these two were linked is when they met at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, when both were on their way to their league’s respective Rookie of the Year Awards. But if you want to talk legendary production, Harper, hitting .295 this year with just one homer and five RBIs through his first 16 games, made some interesting headlines when he was pulled from a game against St. Louis for “lack of hustle” by manager Matt Williams. Meanwhile, Trout (.391, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs in his first 17 games) deserves a private tour of the White House during this D.C. trip for all he’s done for the game to date. And not to harp on it, but Trout could provide Subway sandwiches for everyone.
The series continues:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., FSW

 

MLB: DODGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA:
Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.:
kershaw_bobblehead250x404The climax to this series on Thursday is a Clayton Kershaw bobblehead giveaway. The real treat would have been if the defending Cy Young Award winner actually pitched at any time in this four-game stretch, but reports indicate he still isn’t coming back until mid-May as he works out some back tightness. There’s a better chance that he makes some rehab start in the Inland Empire. The Phillies, for what it’s worth, are finally trotting Cole Hamels back into the rotation on Wednesday (against Zack Greinke) after he missed the month of April as well, suffering from bicep tendinitis. Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00), who struck out 13 and threw a career-high 128 pitches in a 1-0, complete-game loss against Atlanta in his last outing, starts the series for the Phillies. Chase Utley came into last weekend leading the league with a .429 average.
The series continues:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.

TUESDAY

The Kings' Matt Greene, third from right, is separated from San Jose Sharks' Raffi Torres (13) during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday night.. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Kings’ Matt Greene, third from right, is separated from San Jose Sharks’ Raffi Torres (13) during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday night. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick watches (left). (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
GAME 3: KINGS vs. SAN JOSE
Staples Center, 7 p.m., Prime
The underlying story here is that if the Kings and Ducks emerge from these first-round series, they’ll face off against each other in the conference semifinals. That’ll make all Frozen Freeway Fury breaking loose. The problem, of course, is the Kings are already down 0-2 in this series, giving up 13 goals. “If we’re not playing the way we’re supposed to, having the coverage we’re supposed to then those types of things are going to happen,” defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “We’ve really got to clean that up in a hurry.”
The series continues:
Game 4: Thursday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW
Game 5: Saturday at San Jose, time TBD, FSW

WEDNESDAY

NFL: 2014 SCHEDULE RELEASE, 5 p.m., NFL Network:
The league-owned network will dedicate three hours to this, as well as including the new CBS/NFL Network Thursday night lineup.

THURSDAY

SWIMMING: ARENA GRAND PRIX OF MESA
Universal Sports Network

Michael Phelps displays his gold medal for the men's 100-meter butterfly at the 2012 Summer Games in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Michael Phelps displays his gold medal for the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the 2012 Summer Games in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

The fourth stop on the Arena Grand Prix Series sanctioned by USA Swimming takes place at the Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa. Which we didn’t even know existed until 28-year-old Michael Phelps said last week he’d be showing up, hoping to if not make a splash, at least a ripple of news. The 22-time Olympic medalist has supposedly come out of retirement to test the waters, so to speak, before considering a run at the 2016 Summer Olympics, which would be his fifth Olympiad. He’s entered in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly, both on Thursday. He’ll consider doing the 50 freestyle on Friday. If things go well, Phelps’ next target would be the Aug. 6-10 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, where the U.S. teams will be picked for the 2014 Pan Pacific and 2015 World Championships. Along with Phelps, there’ll be Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky, Anthony Ervin and Natalie Coughlin involved among the 500 athletes. Universal Sports has coverage Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. for the finals.

FRIDAY

MLB: ANGELS at N.Y. YANKEES, 4:05 p.m., FSW:

Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium on April 16. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium on April 16. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The finale of this series lines up for the Yankees to have Masahiro Tanaka as the starting pitcher, considering he gets through his Tuesday start in Boston without any major bumps and bruises. Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) has posted 28 strikeouts, most by any Yankee in his first three starts of the season, and that’s up against just two walks. The 25-year-old right-hander with the $155 million deal is looking like a big deal for now.
The series continues:
Saturday at 10:05 a.m., FS1
Sunday at 5 p.m., ESPN

MLB: DODGERS vs. COLORADO, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.:
The Dodgers invite you to stick around after Saturday’s contest and watch “Field Of Dreams” on the big screen. Here’s something that’s becoming a nightmare scenario: Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon. In a 12-2 win over Arizona on April 4, he went 6-for-6 with three doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored. The next night, he went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .619. He’s hitting .552 at home this season and .313 on the road.
The series continues:
Saturday at 6:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.
Sunday at 1:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.

SATURDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA SPRING GAME
StubHub Center, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network:

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley throws a pass against Virginia Tech  in the 2013 Sun Bowl (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley throws a pass against Virginia Tech in the 2013 Sun Bowl (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Bruins coach Jim Mora can practice in Westwood, play games in Pasadena and hold summer camp in San Bernardino. So, with renovations going on at the Rose Bowl, why not head to Carson for this spring showcase event? “It is located in an area that allows us to expand our footprint in the Los Angeles market,” said Mora. “This is a great opportunity for our fans down south to watch the Bruins play in their own backyard.”

LEGENDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
L.A. TEMPTATION vs. LAS VEGAS SIN, at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, 8 p.m.:

LFL Photos

LFL Photos

This LFL organization once known as the Lingerie Football League is back. The temptation is to actually consider it a sporting event – but then, the Arena Football League’s L.A. Kiss also has a game on this night at Honda Center against something called the San Jose Sabercats (7 p.m., Channel 9). The Temptations’ schedule has only four games, stretching it all the way to August. Enough time in between, apparently, to heal bruised knees and egos.

SUNDAY

GOLF: PGA ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS, final round, noon, Channel 2:
Any added interest if they played this inside the Louisiana Superdome?

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