Awesome series win for the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks last night. The NBA playoffs aren’t disappointing (uh, unless you’re a Heat fan or Dirk Nowitzki). It’s going to be a huge sports weekend, so let’s hit it:
NHL Playoffs: N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, Game 5 (Versus). Rangers have tied the series after being down 2-0.
NBA Playoffs: Toronto at New Jersey, Game 6 (ESPN/ESPN HD). Series heads back to New Jersey with Raptors facing extinction.
NHL Playoffs: San Jose at Detroit, Game 5. Wings and Sharks are tied at 2 apiece. The Anaheim Ducks await the winner after closing down the Canucks last night.
Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs (NBC/NBC HD). NBC’s going to have a red-carpet type preview featuring celebrities wearing really ugly hats. Keep an eye out for Carson Daly, who looked even dopier than usual at last year’s race.
NASCAR Nextel Cup Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 from Richmond International Raceway (FOX/FOX HD). Jeff Gordon wins! And here come the beer cans Crown Royal bottles!
NBA Playoffs: Chicago at Detroit, Game 1, and Utah at Houston, Game 7 (TNT/TNT HD). After first-round sweeps, the Bulls and Pistons are rested and ready.
Boxing: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Pay-Per-View). Them’s fightin’ words. Let’s fight!
NBA Playoffs: New Jersey at Toronto, Game 7 (if necessary) or New Jersey at Cleveland, Game 1 (ABC/ABC HD); San Antonio at Phoenix, Game 1 (ABC/ABC HD). When they last met on April 5, the Spurs totally shut down the Suns’ top offense.
Major League Baseball: Philadelphia at San Francisco (ESPN/ESPN HD). Top prospect RHP Tim Lincecum is likely going to make his first start for the Giants on Sunday. He’s 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA with Triple-A Fresno.
Also Sunday, a must-see on ESPN’s SportsCenter:
SportsCenter this Sunday will feature a story on chessboxing – a hybrid sport of chess and boxing that is emerging in Europe. Jeremy Schaap reports from Cologne, Germany, on this unique sport which is comprised of alternating rounds of chess and boxing. Chessboxing matches begin with a four-minute round of speed chess, followed by a two-minute round of boxing, then back to the chessboard, then back to boxing etc. up to 11 rounds. In between rounds there is a one-minute rest period when the fighters must get their gloves on or off, and the board must be moved in or out of the ring. Winner is determined by knockout or checkmate – whichever comes first.
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