Weekend Sports Preview

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Like a week ago, there are not a lot of events happening this weekend but some very significant ones. They include the Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, the final of the Champions League in soccer, grand slam tennis from Paris and the start of the National Lacrosse League Champion’s Cup. Here are the events I will be keeping my eye on.

Saturday & Sunday—French Open—TSN—An all French seeded matchup highlights play Saturday as 15th ranked Gael Monfils will face 24th ranked Richard Gasquet. Monfils and Gasquet have something in common. The highest each of them have reached in a Grand Slam has been the semi-finals. Monfils reached the French Open semi-finals in 2008 and the U.S. Open semi-finals in 2016. Gasquet reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2007 and 2015 and the U.S. Open semi-finals in 2013. The other intriguing matchup Saturday is an Olympic gold medal rematch between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. Meanwhile, Sunday’s fourth round action will have Canada’s Milos Raonic facing Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Saturday—Champions League Final—FOX—11:45 pm PT–This is a huge weekend in soccer as the best two European club teams will be playing in Cardiff for the final of the Champions League. Spain’s Real Madrid will be taking on Italy’s Juventus. Real will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. In the first leg of the semi-finals, Ronaldo displaying his offensive prowess with a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

Saturday & Sunday—Detroit Grand Prix—ABC—12:30 pm PT—In one of the most intriguing weekends in open wheel racing, there is an IndyCar race Saturday as well as Sunday from the Motor City in Detroit. Japan’s Takuma Sato will look to maintain his momentum after winning the Indianapolis 500 a week ago.

Saturday—MLB—Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles—Sportsnet One—4pm PT—In an American League East Division matchup, the Red Sox will face the ice cold Orioles. Baltimore has lost eight of their last 11 games and find themselves in the middle of the pack after contending for the division lead. Former Toronto Blue Jay David Price is expected to get the start for Boston. In his 2017 regular season debut on Monday, Price pitched five innings and gave up three earned runs in picking up a no decision in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Saturday—NHL—Stanley Cup Finals Game Three—Pittsburgh Penguins @ Nashville Predators–NBC—5pm PT—Ok. The Pittsburgh Penguins played sloppy hockey at home and found a way to win both games. Now the series shifts to Nashville for the first ever Stanley Cup Finals game in the state of Tennessee. For the Predators to get back into the series, their star goaltender Pekka Rinne simply needs to be better. In the first two games, he had a save percentage of .778. Yikes!

Sunday—NLL—Champion’s Cup Final Game One—Saskatchewan Rush @ Atlanta Swarm—Twitter—2pm PT—Well folks, it is now 2017 and you can watch championship lacrosse on Twitter. The Champion’s Cup was televised for a while on TSN but no longer. Instead if you want to watch the biggest indoor lacrosse game of the season, you have to get 21st century technology because the television is simply not enough. This is the start of a best of three series, with the next two games taking place the next two weekends. The Rush are going for their third straight Champion’s Cup.

Sunday—NBA Finals Game Two—Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors—ABC—5pm PT—In game one on Thursday I thought basketball fans were in for a real treat when the score of game one was tied at 24 apiece. I was wrong. Soon afterwards the Warriors dominated and ended up winning 113-91. For the Cavaliers to get back into it, they need Tristan Thompson of Toronto to step up. The 26 year-old center had zero points in 22 minutes. It was the first time since January 30 that Thompson was bageled on the scoresheet.

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