The NBA and NHL playoffs are heating up, while the English Premier League approaches this weekend’s frenetic finale (all times Eastern).
– Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (3 p.m., ESPN2): The battle for the English Premier League’s fourth and final berth in next year’s UEFA Champions League could boil down to today’s high-stakes clash at the Eastlands. Harry Redknapp’s Spurs can clinch fourth with a victory, while a Man City win keeps their hopes alive heading into this weekend’s season finale.
– Cardinals vs. Phillies (7:05 p.m., ESPN): St. Louis and Philly have accounted for four of the past six National League pennants - and could very well meet up in the playoffs this October. The frontrunners in the East and Central divisions hook up at Citizens Bank Park, while across the street…
– Bruins vs. Flyers (7 p.m., Versus): Thirty-six years after Philadelphia upset Boston for the Stanley Cup - a title celebrated Tuesday in HBO’s new documentary "Broad Street Bullies"- the rivals are hooking up for another bruising playoff tie. So far, the Bruins have the upper hand with a two-games-to-none lead, but don’t expect the Flyers to go down without a fight as the series heads back to South Philly.
– Spurs vs. Suns (9 p.m., TNT): This year marks the fifth time in eight postseasons these Western Conference rivals have clashed. San Antonio eliminated Phoenix in 2003, ’05, ‘07 and ’08, but the Suns have home-court advantage and a one-game-to-none series lead heading into tonight’s Game 2.
By The Numbers
– 43 – Margin of victory for the Magic in Tuesday’s 114-71 win over the Hawks the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal clash. It marked Atlanta’s second-worst loss in franchise playoff history after a 58-point defeat to the Lakers in 1956.
– 20 – Months since Ana Ivanovic last defeated a Top 10 player before Tuesday’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 10 Victoria Azarenka at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
– $1,000,000 – Amount video-game developer 2K Sports is paying 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Mobile, Ala., for being the first person to pitch a perfect game in thew new Major League Baseball 2K10 game.