Play It Forward: April 28-May 4 on your sports cal — The Clips-Warriors Game 5 decision: Use your ticket, watch on Prime Ticket, or get ticked off

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Blake Griffin, left, goes up for a shot next to  Warriors' David Lee during Game 4 on Sunday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Blake Griffin, left, goes up for a shot next to Warriors’ David Lee during Game 4 on Sunday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NBA PLAYOFFS:
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 5: CLIPPERS vs. GOLDEN STATE
Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNT, Prime Ticket:

Shelley Sterling, left, wife of  Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 at Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Shelley Sterling, left, wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 at Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By the time tip-off happens, the NBA may have tipped its hand on resolution in the Donald T. Sterling mess and fan reaction will be a focal point of the story as the Clippers regroup following the Game 4 sluggish loss that tied the series up at two games apiece. Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he understood how many paying customers may heed Magic Johnson’s advice and stay away from the game, even if they’ve already bought tickets. The Clippers have sold out their last 137 games. “We need (the fans), I can tell you that,” said Rivers. “We need everybody. We play for them. We always have. So we do need them. We’re going to need them bad on Tuesday. We’re going to need them there. We’re going to need them in our corner. But, listen, I get all of it.” What Rivers should be more concerned about is how Golden State shot 55.4 percent (to the Clippers’ 42.9 percent) in Game 4. That’s the best field-goal percentage allowed by the Clippers this season, and the highest by a Doc Rivers coached team in a playoff game since May 8, 2009. By the way, Sterling has already agreed not to attend this game, according to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Maybe that opens up a court-side seat for one of Billy Crystal’s pals?
The series wraps up:
Game 6: at Golden State, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., TNT, Prime
Game 7: at Staples Center, Saturday at TBA

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MONDAY

Linesman Pierre Racicot, left, tries to break up a fight between Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr and San Jose right wing Brent Burns during the third period in Game 4. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Linesman Pierre Racicot, left, tries to break up a fight between Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr and San Jose right wing Brent Burns during the third period in Game 4. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

NHL PLAYOFFS:
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 6: KINGS vs. SAN JOSE
Staples Center, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket:
Does the Kings’ 3-0 triumph in Game 5, cutting the seemingly hopeless deficit in the series to a manageable 3-games-to-2 scenario, actually the thought of putting two more wins together and eliminating the Sharks any less daunting now? Drew Doughty has no doubts. “Not at all,” the Kings star defenseman said. “If anything it feels more daunting. We came this far to get two and now we need to get two more. We take it one at a time and that puts even more pressure on us; we can kind of smell it but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and going back to Staples is the thing we want to be doing so we need to get a win and tie the series up.”
If the series continues:
Game 7 at San Jose, Wednesday at time to be determined, Prime Ticket

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MLB: ANGELS vs. CLEVELAND, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
The Indians are relying on 43-year-old Jason Giambi to stay around as their DH. You know, Jim Thome is still out there.
The series continues:
Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday at 4:05 p.m

NBA PLAYOFFS:
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 5: ATLANTA at INDIANA, 5 p.m., NBA TV:
At this pace, the Pacers will need seven games to uphold their No. 1 seeding in the Eastern Conference. It’s all tied at two.

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
GAME 4: SAN ANTONIO at DALLAS, 6:30 p.m., TNT:
The Vinsanity continues for the Mavericks, up 2-1 against their Texas rivals and No. 1 seeds in the West.

TUESDAY

MLB: DODGERS at MINNESOTA, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.:
ows_139382189873810The Twins were so desperate for a veteran starting pitcher that they gave Corona native Ricky Nolasco a franchise record four-year, $49 million deal, with an option for a fifth year. Considering that Nolaso went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts for the Dodgers in the second half of last year – as well as making one playoff start, giving up three runs in four innings – his modest 2-2 start with a 6.67 ERA ain’t real flashy. Maybe starting Wednesday against the Dodgers will give him some extra motivation. The Dodgers plan to start Zack Grienke (4-8), Dan Haren (4-4) and Josh Beckett (4-1), three former AL stars who each have four career wins against Twins, but by much different means.
The series continues:
Wednesday, 5:10 p.m. and Thursday at 10:10 a.m., SportsNet L.A.

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 5: MEMPHIS at OKLAHOMA CITY, 6 p.m., NBA TV:
If not for the OT win in Game 4, the Thunder could be under 3-1.

WEDNESDAY

NHL PLAYOFFS:
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 7: COLUMBUS at PITTSBURGH, TBA
GAME 7: PHILADELPHIA at N.Y. RANGERS, TBA
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 7: MINNESOTA at COLORADO, TBA:
This all happens if the Blue Jackets and Wild win Game 6s at home on Monday, and the Flyers win a Game 6 at home on Tuesday.

FRIDAY

MLB: ANGELS vs. TEXAS, Angel Stadium, 7:05 p.m., FSW:
hamilton_bobble_promoThe Angels dropped 15 of 19 against the Rangers a year ago, the first time Josh Hamilton was on their side. The Angels now have the gall to give away a Josh Hamilton bobblehead on Friday. It’s not a pose of him sliding into first base head first. Yu Darvish, scheduled to start Sunday, has a 4-1 record and 2.10 ERA in his five career at Angel Stadium.
The series continues:
Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:35 p.m., FSW

MLB: DODGERS at MIAMI, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA:
The timing seems about right for Clayton Kershaw to finally let it loose again, and where better to hang loose than Miami Beach. Maybe Yasiel Puig will loosen him up even more by driving him around town, with Hanley Ramirez as the navigator.
The series continues:
Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday at 10:10 a.m., SportsNet L.A.

SATURDAY

California Chrome is heading to the Kentucky Derby after winning the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

California Chrome is heading to the Kentucky Derby after winning the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

HORSE RACING: 140th KENTUCKY DERBY: At Churchill Downs in Lexington, Ky., 3:25 p.m., Channel 4:
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In a story entitled “The Accidental Favorite,” Sports Illustrated has laid out all the reasons why recent Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome stands a great chance to be the first Cal-bred since Decidely in 1962 to win the Run For The Roses. As 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman brings the 3-year-old colt to this auspicious position, there’s also the back story about how California Chrome won the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes on the last day of racing at Hollywood Park last December, taking it by more than six lengths. California Chrome had kept in a stable at Hollywood Park through January until he was moved to Los Alamitos.
Santa Anita Derby Horse RacingJockey Victor Espinoza, who won the 2002 Kentucky Derby on War Emblem, has been up on the last four wins for California Chrome and calls him “an amazing horse. He’s so light on his feet and just makes things so easy and makes my job more easy during the race. I ride him with more confidence.” Hopportunity, the Bob Baffert-Mike Smith entry who finished second at the Santa Anita Derby, will also be at Churchill Downs with the Gary Stevens-ridden Candy Boy as for those in the hunt. As for the local favorite, three-time Derby winning jockey Calvin Borrel is set to ride Ride On Curlin, who finished second in the recent Arkansas Derby. That race was won by Todd Pletcher’s Danza, the 41-1 longshot named after actor Tony Danza and unfortunately expected to be here as well.

BOXING:
FLOYD MAYWEATHER vs. MARCOS MAIDANA
At MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, 6 p.m., Showtime Pay Per View
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO vs. ALEX LEAPAI

From Oberhausen, Germany, 2 p.m., ESPN:
article-2611651-1D47B1F900000578-304_634x440In the afternoon, the battle between WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champ Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) and Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) provides ESPN with some rare live fighting from the class that still lacks anyone with staying power. In the nightcap, Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) takes the spotlight against Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), who won his most recent bout in December with a unanimous decision against the heavily favored American Adrien Broner to claim the WBA welterweight title. This one will unify the WBC welterweight title held by five-division champ Mayweather and Maidana’s WBA welterweight crown. “In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet,” said the 37-year-old Mayweather. “I’ve boxed my whole life and everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do. (Maidana) is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. This is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him — beat me.”

MLS: GALAXY at COLORADO, 6 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
The Galaxy is amidst a four-game road trip, having taken last week off, and rapidly getting bored. A game against the Rapids may do wonders. Captain Robbie Keane has goals in the last four games. The goal in this one: Avoid altitude sickness.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP:
At Chicago, 5 p.m., ESPNU:
It’s kind of eerie that as the sport combines its Divisions I and II into one expanded format event this year, there are no Southern California teams in the mix for the final six-team field going to Loyola of Chicago – and it just so happens that Loyola (27-1) has the top seeding as well. Tuesday, it’s No. 3 seed and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion Stanford (22-8) vs. No. 6 seed Erskine (21-6), with the winner going to Thursday’s semifinals to face No. 2 seed BYU (21-8). On the other side, No. 4 seed Lewis (23-7) takes on No. 5 seed Penn State (24-6), with Loyola getting the winner.  UC Irvine is the two-time defending champion, having ousted USC and BYU in the finals the last two seasons.

SUNDAY

AUTO RACING: NASCAR SPRINT CUP AARON’S 499
At Talladega, Ala., 11 a.m., Channel 11:
Remember last year when David Ragan, a journeyman from Unadilla, Ga., in Sprint Cup obscurity for seven seasons, crashed victory lane by slipping past Carl Edwards on the last lap to win? Neither do we. But we’ll play along.

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