Daily Sports Roundup: May 9th
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Hawks play host to the Canucks, the Cavs battle the Celtics, and the Suns try to sweep the Spurs out of the playoffs.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA offers up a pair of playoff games on Sunday, with Cleveland at Boston and Phoenix at San Antonio. The Cavaliers have a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series after blowing out the Celtics 124-95 in Boston in Game 3 on Friday night. LeBron James led the way with 38 points for the Cavs in that easy victory, while Kevin Garnett had a team-high 19 points in the loss for Boston. The Suns are up 3-0 on the Spurs in their Western Conference semifinal set after rolling to a 110-96 road win in Game 3 on Friday night. Goran Dragic scored 26 points off the bench for the Suns in that game, while Jason Richardson tossed in 21 points. Manu Ginobili poured in 27 points in the defeat for the Spurs.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Sunday has Detroit at Cleveland, Toronto at the White Sox, Baltimore at Minnesota, Kansas City at Texas, Tampa Bay at Oakland, the Angels at Seattle, and the Yankees and Boston. New York will send A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99 ERA) to the mound in their Sunday night matchup; righthander Burnett beat the Orioles in his last start, giving up just one unearned run on five hits over 7 1-3 innings of work (while fanning eight). The Red Sox will counter with Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93 ERA); lefthander Lester beat the Angels in his last trip to the mound, allowing just one earned run over his eight innings pitched.
Over in the National League on Sunday it’ll be the Cubs at Cincinnati, San Francisco at the Mets, Atlanta at Philadelphia, St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Florida at Washington, San Diego at Houston, Milwaukee at Arizona, and Colorado at the Dodgers. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-0, 0.87 ERA) will take on Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.99 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Jimenez won his sixth consecutive start last time out, holding the Padres to one run over seven innings while striking out 13 hitters. Lefthander Kershaw was bombed by the Brewers in his last trip to the mound, as he gave up seven runs on five hits over just 1 1-3 innings of work.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
There’s just one game on the National Hockey League’s playoff schedule for Sunday, with Vancouver at Chicago in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Blackhawks blasted the Canucks 7-4 in Vancouver in Game 4 on Friday night to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Jonathan Toews had a hat trick to go along with two assists for Chicago in that victory, while Patrick Sharp turned in a four-point performance. Antti Niemi stopped 26 of 30 Vancouver shots. Henrik and Daniel Sedin both picked up a goal and an assist in the losing cause for the Canucks, while goalie Roberto Luongo was lit up for six goals on 33 shots.
Roaring around the track . . .
Finally, the drivers of Formula 1 return to action on Sunday with the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. Mark Webber (6/5), Sebastian Vettel (5/4), and Lewis Hamilton (7/1) are pegged as the favorites to take the checkered flag at the event, with Fernando Alonso (12/1), and Jenson Button (16/1) rounding out the Top 5 on the odds list. Button currently holds a 10-point lead on Nico Rosberg atop the drivers championship; Rosberg is back at 65/1 odds to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Button won in Spain in 2009, with Rubens Barrichello (500/1), Webber, Vettel, and Alonso following him across the finish line that day.