June 1st, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Sports update: LeBron talks to Larry; Federer at Open


All eyes on Roger Federer at the French Open.

Before all the French Open news you could want...We give you LeBron James. Or, Larry King will give you LeBron James. King interviewed the two-time MVP Tuesday just as the basketball superstar is on the cusp of free agency. The interview will air on Friday on CNN. Check out Sports Illustrated's Lebron watch.

On the courts, Roger Federer is 12-0 lifetime against Robin Soderling, and Soderling has won all of two sets in those meetings - but there's reason for Federer to be worried in their 13th clash as the two play with a spot in the French Open  semifinals on the line (8 a.m.-noon, Tennis Channel; noon-3 p.m., ESPN2).

It was Soderling that ended Rafael Nadal's reign in Roland Garros last season, ousting the Spaniard in the fourth round, and it was Soderling that beat Federer earlier this season in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Federer may have dismissively called Soderling's win "exhibition play," but a win is a win and now the Swede goes into their latest meeting believing he can go toe-to-toe with the world's top-ranked player.

Can Soderling end Federer's streak of 23 straight Grand Slam semifinals, which dates back to 2004, or will Federer make it 13 in a row in their matchups? It's just one of the highlights on a sports slate that includes baseball and soccer friendlies (all times Eastern).

In other French Open news, Nadia Petrova vs. Elena Dementieva (8 a.m., Tennis Channel). These Russians have a history, playing 14 times in their careers with each winning seven times. Dementieva will be going for her first trip to a Grand Slam semifinal in her 10-year career, while Petrova is seeking her third semis berth.

Phillies at Braves (7:10 p.m., ESPN). Remember April? Back then Phillies were12-3 and the Braves suffered through a nine-game losing streak. Fast-forward to June and it's Atlanta that sits atop the National League East and it will try to extend that lead as it continues its series with the defending NL champs, who have lost seven of their last nine games.

Reds at Cardinals (8:15 p.m., FS-Ohio, FS-Midwest). The Cardinals handed the Reds their second straight loss Monday, creating a tie atop the NL Central. Cincinnati will try to get back on track with the ball in the hands of Johnny Cueto, winner of his last four starts?

By The Numbers

$2.8 million. Dario Franchitti received his payday for winning the Indianapolis 500 during Monday's annual victory dinner. It was part of an overall purse of $13,592,815. Franchitti won $1,645,233 when he won the 500 in 2007.

20. Alex Rodriguez hit his 20th career grand slam in the Yankees' 11-2 win over the Indians. His 20 slams are the third in baseball history behind Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21).

0.78. ERA of the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez, the best in the majors. Jimenez won a duel with the Giants' Tim Lincecum for his league-leading 10th win of the season.

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