Daily Sports Roundup: May 18th
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Flyers host the Canadiens, the Hawks take on San Jose, and the Celtics and Magic play Game 2 of their set in Orlando.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Celtics will be looking to beat the Magic for the second straight game on Tuesday night when the teams play in Orlando in Game 2 of the Eastern Finals. Ray Allen was good for 25 points on Sunday afternoon as the Celtics grabbed a 1-0 series lead with a 92-88 road win as a 6.5-point underdog. Paul Pierce added 22 points for Boston in that win, while Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were both held to just eight points. Vince Carter had a team-high 23 points in Sunday’s losing cause for the Magic, while Jameer Nelson pitched in with 20 points in the contest. Dwight Howard had just 13 points in Game 1 to go along with 12 boards.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League on Tuesday offers up Minnesota at Toronto, the White Sox at Detroit, Cleveland at Tampa Bay, Kansas City at Baltimore, the Angels at Texas, Seattle at Oakland, and Boston at the Yankees. Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.46 ERA) is slated to return to the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday, while CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71 ERA) gets the ball for New York. Righthander Beckett missed his last scheduled start with a sore back, and he was blasted by the Yankees (nine runs in 5 1-3 innings) in his May 7 outing. Lefthander Sabathia took a no-decision against Boston on May 8, surrendering three runs over his 4 2-3 innings.
On the National League schedule for Tuesday it’ll be Milwaukee at Cincinnati, Arizona at Florida, the Mets at Atlanta, Colorado at the Cubs, Washington at St. Louis, San Francisco at San Diego, Houston at the Dodgers, and Pittsburgh at Philadelphia. The Pirates’ Zach Duke (2-4, 5.56 ERA) will try to get the better of Phillies ace Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Duke took the loss against the Reds in his last trip to the mound, giving up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Righthander Halladay had to settle for a no-decision against Colorado in his last start, surrendering two earned runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, the NHL’s conference finals continue on Tuesday with Chicago at San Jose and Montreal at Philadelphia. The Blackhawks grabbed a 1-0 series lead over the Sharks with a 2-1 road win in Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Sharp scored for Chicago in that contest, while Antti Niemi made 44 saves. Jason Demers had San Jose’s goal. The Flyers pounded the Canadiens 6-0 in the opener of the Eastern final on Sunday night, with Habs goalie Jaroslav Halak getting yanked after giving up four goals on just 14 shots. Flyers netminder Michael Leighton stopped all 28 Montreal shots in that victory.