GP2 ChampionshipSeries, at Barcelona, Spain (same-day tape)
Formula One, SpanishGrand Prix, at Barcelona, Spain
IRL, pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
Big 12 Conference, cham-pionship game, teams TBA, atOklahoma City
European PGA Tour, ItalianOpen, final round, at Turin, Italy(same-day tape)
PGA Tour, THE PLAYERSChampionship, final round, atPonte Vedra Beach, Fla.
LPGA, Michelob ULTRAOpen, final round, at Williamsburg,Va.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Atlanta at Philadelphia
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee
Tampa Bay at Boston
FIM World Superbike, atMonza, Italy (same-day tape)
Playoffs, conferencesemifinals, Game 4, L.A. Lakers atHouston
Playoffs, conference semifi-nals, Game 4, Boston at Orlando
Playoffs, conferencesemifinals, Game 5, Carolina atBoston
Lakers at Rockets
3:30 p.m., ABC
By winning Game 1 in the conference semis,the Rockets grabbed momentum and sowedseeds of doubt in what was expected to bethe Lakers’ march to the NBA Finals. Now, withC Yao Ming out with a broken foot and SF RonArtest having been ejected from consecutivegames, it is the Rockets on the ropes in Game4. Coach Phil Jackson has, at times this season,questioned his team’s killer instinct. It has achance to how him that instinct today.
— Sean Deveney
Hurricanes at Bruins
7:30 p.m., Versus
The Hurricanes pulled off the large shockerby beating the Devils in the first round, butnow that they have Boston facing eliminationtonight, maybe nothing they do from now onshould be considered surprising. Eric Staal andJussi Jokinen have been beasts throughoutCarolina’s playoff run, and G Cam Ward stillhasn’t lost a playoff series. Boston’s biggestfault is scoring just three goals in the last threegames—all losses.
— Roger Kuznia
Rays at Red Sox
8 p.m., ESPN
Tonight’s game is already the 10th betweenthese two teams this season, with Tampa Bayholding a 6-3 edge. If Rays righthander MattGarza pitches as well as he has in his first twostarts against Boston this season, Tampa Baylikely will post their seventh victory. Garza hasallowed just one earned run in 14.2 innings of work, striking out 15, including 10 in his April30 start. Garza matches up with Boston’s JoshBeckett, who has given up 10 hits in each of hislast three outings.
— Roger Kuznia
Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars owner
, who defaulted last month on $525million in loans tied to those teams, saysthe issue is a “nonevent” for coaches, play-ers, fans and the rest of the operations.Financial analysts aren’t so sure.“The notion that this is a modest hic-cup, where all he’s really trying to do is buy himself a few weeks before he makespayments so that he can properly runhis franchises ... I don’t find that partcompelling,” said
, aSmith College economics professor whospecializes in sports business.However, some analysts consider itfairly unlikely that Hicks will lose eitherof the teams, citing the value of the fran-chises ($810 million combined, accord-ing to Forbes magazine) relative to thedebt and the large number of lenderstied up in the loans (about 40).
Nowitzki’s credit cards at risk?
The love interest of Mavericks star
may have gained access to hiscredit cards without permission,
The Dallas Morning News
reported, but it’sunknown if, or how much, she was ableto use them.
may have alsovictimized her former husband in simi-lar fashion, racking up $330,000 indebt, according to the newspaper. Taylorwas arrested at Nowitzki’s homeWednesday. She was taken to DallasCounty jail with bail set at $20,000 on atheft of services charge.
, who as president of businessoperations for MSG Sports Teams hiredformer Knicks marketer
and former Knicks president
, is leaving the organization afternearly a decade to work for Magic JohnsonEnterprises,
’s TerryLefton reported. Browne Sanders waspaid $11.5 million in the 2007 settlementof a sexual harassment suit againstThomas and MSG.
say they’llseek to have the former NBA star’s convic-tions for covering up a fatal shootingthrown out on grounds of racial bias. Atissue is a racial slur used by a formeremployee of the Hunterdon County (N.J.)Prosecutor’s Office.Williams was convicted of four countsof covering up the shooting death of ahired driver at his Hunterdon Countymansion in 2002.
Mexican soccer clubs Chivas Guada-lajara and San Luis have withdrawn fromthe Copa Libertadores in the fallout fromthe refusal of Uruguay and Brazil clubs toplay matches in Mexico following theswine flu outbreak. One club official saidthe South Americans’ refusal to visit bor-dered on “racism.”
— Compiled by Benson Taylor, with wire reports
While his team is down 3-0 to Denver, DirkNowitzki is dealing with a personal issue.
Hicks’ loan default castsshadow on Rangers, Stars
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