Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Magic try to sweep the Hawks, the Lakers try to sweep the Jazz, and the Penguins look to close out the Canadiens.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
Two NBA playoff series could end in sweeps on Monday night, with Orlando at Atlanta and the Lakers at Utah. The Magic took a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with an easy 105-75 road win over the Hawks in Game 3 on Saturday night. Dwight Howard picked up 21 points and 16 boards for Orlando in that win, while Joe Johnson was held to just eight points for Atlanta. The Lakers slipped past the Jazz 111-110 on the road in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal set on Saturday night, as Kobe Bryant poured in 35 points. Deron Williams had a team-high 28 points in a losing cause for Utah.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The condensed American League schedule for Monday has the Yankees at Detroit, Toronto at Boston, and Tampa Bay at the Angels. The Rays are slated to send Matt Garza (5-1, 2.09 ERA) to the mound in Monday’s contest, with Los Angeles countering with Joel Pineiro (2-4, 5.30 ERA). Righthander Garza beat the Mariners in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just two earned runs on five hits over his eight innings of work. Righthander Pineiro has been tagged with the loss in each of his past three starts, most recently falling to the Red Sox; Pineiro gave up two earned runs on eight hits over six innings of work on that day.
Meanwhile, the National League on Monday offers up Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Washington at the Mets, Florida at the Cubs, Atlanta at Milwaukee, the Dodgers at Arizona, and Philadelphia at Colorado. The Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.87 ERA) is scheduled to take on the Rockies’ Greg Smith (1-2, 6.35 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Kendrick picked up his first win of the season last time out, holding the Cardinals scoreless on six hits over seven innings of work. Lefthander Smith was stuck with a no-decision last time out against the Padres despite giving up just one run over five innings; Colorado is 1-5 in Smith’s starts.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The NHL could also see some series get wrapped up Monday, with Philadelphia at Boston and Pittsburgh at Montreal. The Flyers staved off elimination with a 5-4 home win in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal set with the Bruins on Friday; Simon Gagne had the winner in overtime in that contest for Philadelphia. The Penguins took a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Canadiens by winning 2-1 at home in Game 5 on Saturday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 of 33 Montreal shots in that victory, while Kris Letang and Sergei Gonchar had goals for the Pens. Michael Cammalleri scored for Montreal.