The first rounds of the NBA and NHL playoffs are winding down - along with the UEFA Champions League semifinals - while the Major League Baseball season is just heating up (all times Eastern).
Barcelona vs. Inter Milan (2:30 p.m., FSN): The Champions League semis wrap up with an explosive showdown between Spanish and Italian superpowers at the Camp Nou. Barca face a 3-1 deficit after last week’s first leg, so the defending champions will be in full-blown attacking mode from the opening whistle Wednesday in Spain. The winner advances to the one-off final on May 22 against Bayern Munich, who booked their place yesterday with a victory over Olympique Lyonnais.
Phillies vs. Giants (3:45 p.m., CSN/CSBA/MLB.tv): It’s the two-time defending National League champions against a two-time defending Cy Young Award winner as the potent Philadelphia lineup tries to solve Tim Lincecum at AT&T Park. The Giants can complete a sweep of the slumping Phillies with a victory.
Canadiens vs. Capitals (7 p.m., Versus): Top-seeded Washington, who captured the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best regular-season record, is just one defeat away from premature elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The eighth-seeded Canadiens can complete the improbable upset tonight in the District.
Jazz vs. Nuggets (10:30 p.m., TNT): Underdog Utah holds a three-games-to-one lead over Denver and can close out their first-round clash tonight at the Pepsi Center. Will Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets fight back to make it a series?
By The Numbers
7 – Length in games of the Pirates’ losing streak that ended yesterday.
72-12 – Margin by which Pittsburgh was outscored during the week-long skid, including a 20-0 loss to the Brewers on Thursday.
0-1 – Record of top-ranked Roger Federer in clay-court matches this season after Tuesday’s 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 loss to 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis in the opening round of the Rome Masters.