June 4th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Sports Update: Who will reign in NBA, NHL and at Belmont?

This weekend’s sports highlights (all times Eastern) offers plenty of championship action, from the courts of Paris to the ice of Philadelphia to the paddock at Belmont Park. The NBA Finals will also return on Sunday as the Celtics look to rebound following a dominating performance by the Lakers on Thursday night in Los Angeles:

Blackhawks at Flyers (8 p.m., Versus)
Philadelphia trails the Stanley Cup finals series 2-1 but gets another game at home following a Game 3 overtime win. Keep this stat in mind: The Flyers are 8-1 at home this postseason.

The Belmont Stakes (Saturday, 5 p.m., ABC)
With neither the winner of the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness in the race, the Belmont lacks sizzle this year. The favorite is Ice Box, who skipped the Preakness after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. Preakness runner-up First Dude is the second choice. The horse’s name refers to Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

French Open (Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m., NBC)
The unlikely finals duo of Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone will play for the women’s title on Saturday. The men’s championship will be held the following day. It's an early start for West Coasters, so get your sleep the night before.

Celtics at Lakers (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC)

How Ray Allen (12 points in just 27 minutes in Game One) and Kevin Garnett (16 points and just four rebounds) respond after poor performances in Game One will be one of the interesting subplots tonight.

BY THE NUMBERS

300
career starts for Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, who won yesterday for the first time since successive wins over Baltimore on April 28 and May 3.

5
times in French Open history where both female singles finalists made their Grand Slam finals debuts at the tournament. That will be the case on Saturday when Stosur and Schiavone play.

1
Three-pointers made by the Celtics last night out of the 10 they shot from behind the arc.

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