April 29th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Sports Update: Tiger plays, Dwight Howard is fined

Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 for criticizing NBA officials

Tiger Woods (yes, him again) returns to the golf course today, his first competitive round since his fourth-place finish at The Masters earlier this month. Golf.com will have all the action, including Woods's post-round comments, from The Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Along with Woods, Masters champion Phil Mickelson and rising star Anthony Kim are entered in the field. The tournament is one of the sports highlights (all times Eastern) on a day that includes a pair of NBA Game 6 playoff games. 

Mavericks at Spurs (8 p.m., TNT) - The basketball battle of Texas turns to San Antonio, with the Spurs up 3-2 in the series. The Mavs have been the NBA's best road team this season and they'll have to draw on that success tonight in order to force a Game 7 Saturday in Dallas. Keep in mind: Only eight teams in NBA history have rallied from a 3-1 deficit. 

Red Wings at Sharks (9 p.m., Versus) - The Sharks, the top team in the Western Conference this season, have never won a Stanley Cup while the Red Wings have defined such success over the past 10 years. Tonight, the two teams meet in the opening game of a Western Conference second round series. The Sharks lost to the Red Wings in this round in 2007. 

Suns at Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m., TNT) The Suns can wrap up the series tonight following an emphatic 107-88 Game 5 victory in Phoenix. It won't be easy, though. Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy says he'll start tonight. He averaged 21.5 points during the regular season but has suffered from a torn meniscus in his right knee since the end of the regular season. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

$35,000 - Magic center Dwight Howard was slapped with a $35,000 fine for criticizing NBA officials on his blog. The Magic star was not happy about the officiating in Orlando's series sweep over Charlotte. 

143 - Average number of RBIs over the past four years for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. He has 17 RBI this season. 

35 - Number of college football bowl games  expected to be played in 2011.

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