There’s no shortage of sports on Wednesday’s docket, with the NBA and NHL playoffs heating up, Major League Baseball in full swing and the UEFA Champions League careening toward the finish line (all times Eastern).
– Bayern Munich vs. Olympique Lyonnais (2:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel): Yesterday, Inter Milan staked a commanding 3-1 lead in the opening leg of their Champions League semifinal tie against Barcelona. Today, Germany’s Bayern and France’s Lyon try to do the same in the other first leg. The return legs are played next week, with the one-off final slated for May 22 in Madrid.
– Sabres vs. Bruins (7 p.m., Versus): Underdog Boston holds a two-games-to-one lead over Buffalo despite conceding the first goal in all three games. Can the Bruins take a stranglehold of the first-round series Wednesday, or will Buffalo rally to even the series?
– Phillies vs. Braves (7:05 p.m., ESPN): Atlanta threw down the gauntlet in the NL East race Tuesday with a furious ninth-inning comeback to stun the Phillies and move into a tie for first. The teams renew hostilities Wednesday as Philly ace Roy Halladay takes the hill opposite Atlanta’s Tim Hudson.
– Spurs vs. Mavericks (9:30 p.m., TNT): Game 2 of the Lone Star showdown finds San Antonio desperate for a victory that would level the series at one game apiece. Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who’s made no secret of his enmity for the Spurs, is just as eager to see the Mavs take a decisive two-games-to-none lead down I-35.
By The Numbers
– 28 – Age of Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1-ranked women’s golfer who surprised the sports world Tuesday with the announcement of her early retirement.
– 15 million – Number of official 2006 World Cup balls sold by Adidas, which has made every ball for the World Cup since 1970. The Germany-based company expects even better sales for the 2010 edition.
– 117 – Consecutive at-bats for the Mets without an extra-base hit until Angel Pagan’s seventh-inning homer on Wednesday, the club’s longest such drought since 1983.