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SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
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— all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
among them—arrived in Cleveland early for thisweekend’s series against the Indians sothey could attend Game 5 of the Cavs-Magic NBA Eastern ConferenceFinals.Sabathia even jokingly texted Cavsstar
that the former Indianspitcher was going to wear a Magic capas payback for when James wore a Yan-kees cap to an Indians-Yankees playoff game in 2007 in Cleveland, TNT broad-caster
reported.Also spotted in the crowd for Game 5,according topeople.com: hip-hopmogul
and a pair of NFL quarter- backs,
of the Steelersand
of the Browns.If James and the Cavs win tonight inOrlando, to bring the series back toCleveland for Game 7 Monday, the Yan-kees won’t be in the house because of ascheduling conflict. They’ll still be inCleveland but wrap up a four-gameseries with a 7:05 p.m. ET game; Game7 of Cavs-Magic is set for an 8:30 p.m.ET tip.
In the pink at Colonial
The PGA Tour Wives Association isasking all players in the Crowne PlazaInvitational at Colonial and their wivesto take part today in a “Pink Out,”golf.comreported, as a show of supportfor
, who wasdiagnosed with breast cancer earlierthis month.Companies including TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Ashworth, Cutter & Buck,Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren have sentpink shirts to the tournament in FortWorth, Texas.
A head-shaking delay
A thousand bobbleheads of
in his high school basket- ball uniform, scheduled to be a give-away today at a minor league baseballgame in Charleston, W. Va., apparentlydidn’t get the nod from customs offi-cials in Los Angeles. The Class A WestVirginia Power of the South AtlanticLeague said Thursday that the bobble-heads have been at a U.S. Customs andBorder Protection warehouse sinceMay 20. Fans will be given vouchers topick up the bobbleheads once theyarrive, a team spokeswoman said.
ESPN college football analyst
, who recently suffered a minorstroke, said in a statement that he has“no permanent damage.” He said he isexpected to make a full recovery andplans on being back for the kickoff of the 2009 season.
Baseball Hall of Fame announcer
, who broadcast 6,037 Philliesgames over 39 years before his suddendeath last month, will be inducted intothe team’s Wall of Fame on Aug. 7 atCitizens Bank Park, the
Philadelphia Business Journal
’s John Georgereported.
— Compiled by Bob Hille, with wire reports
Penguins at Red Wings
8 p.m., NBC
Once wasn’t enough. So the Stanley Cupfinals provide a repeat performance withthe Red Wings facing the Penguins for thesecond year in a row. The Wings won the Cupin six games last year, playing against a teamwhose future was bright with Sidney Crosbyand Evgeni Malkin as rising stars. The rematchbrings the same scenario, with the Penguinscounting on 2008’s disappointment to fueltheir championship drive. A story line to watch?Marian Hossa left the Penguins last summer tosign with the Red Wings.
— Ray Slover
Cavaliers at Magic
8:30 p.m., TNT
A Cleveland win in Game 5 was to beexpected, considering the Cavs were playing athome. But now is real gut-check time headingback to Orlando, where the Magic are 6-2 thispostseason and 2-0 against Cleveland. LeBronJames got the much-needed assistance heneeds from teammates in that game, and thesame needs to happen in Game 6 to send thisto a Game 7. Getting Dwight Howard in foultrouble again would help the cause, too.
— Roger Kuznia
White Sox at Royals
7 p.m., WGN
If your spouse is only giving you a two-hourwindow to watch baseball tonight, take him/her up on it because Mark Buehrle is pitchingtonight for the White Sox. Buehrle worksquickly and has pitched in a number of gamesthat have taken just under two hours to play.You’ll also be seeing a pitcher on a remarkableroll—Buehrle is 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA, and hisworst start was in Chicago’s season against thisK.C. team.
— Roger Kuznia
(All times Eastern)Schedule subject tochange and/or blackouts.
Reebok Grand Prix,at New York
NASCAR,Nationwide Series, polequalifying for Heluva Good!200, at Dover, Del.
NASCAR, SprintCup, practice for AutismSpeaks 400, at Dover, Del.
NASCAR, SprintCup, “Happy Hour Series,”final practice for AutismSpeaks 400, at Dover, Del.
NASCAR,Nationwide Series, HeluvaGood! 200, at Dover, Del.
NHRA, qualifyingfor Summer Nationals, at Topeka, Kan. (same-daytape)
Junior middle-weights, Alfredo Angulo(15-0-0) vs. Kermit Cintron(30-2-1); champion AndreBerto (24-0-0) vs. JuanUrango (21-1-1), for WBCwelterweight title, at FortLauderdale, Fla.
NCAA Division I,World Series, Games 7 & 8at Oklahoma City
NCAA Division I,World Series, Games 9 & 10at Oklahoma City
European PGA Tour,European Open, thirdround, at Kent, England
PGA Tour, CrownePlaza Invitational, thirdround, at Fort Worth, Texas
Champions Tour,Principal Charity Classic,second round, at West DesMoines, Iowa (same-daytape)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Regional coverage,L.A. Dodgers at ChicagoCubs, Atlanta at Arizona, orMinnesota at Tampa Bay
Chicago White Soxat Kansas City
AMA ProMotocross 450, at RanchoCordova, Calif.
Playoffs, EasternConference finals, Game 6,Cleveland at Orlando
Playoffs, StanleyCup finals, Game 1,Pittsburgh at Detroit
9 p.m.ESPN CLASSIC—
Playoffs,Super League, champion-ship match, teams TBA, atGlendale, Colo.
French Open, earlyround, at Paris (same-daytape)
CC, Yanks arrived early to watch LeBron
Mariano Rivera, left, and Alex Rodriguez were part of the Yankees’ contingent at Quicken Loans Arena.