Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Tiger Woods hits the links, LeBron James hits the hardwood, and the Ducks and Canucks look for playoff wins on the ice.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
LeBron James and the Cavaliers will be looking to stomp the Hawks for the second straight time on Thursday night when those teams meet in the lone NBA game on the schedule. The Cavs cruised to a 99-72 home win in the series opener on Tuesday night, getting 34 points and 10 boards from James and 21 points from Mo Williams. Josh Smith had 22 points in the loss for the Hawks, who scored only 28 points in the second half. Mike Bibby had 19 points in the contest.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren will take on the Padres’ Chris Young on Thursday afternoon in the top pitching matchup on the baseball schedule. Righthander Haren has won each of his last three starts and has given up just seven earned runs over 43 innings this season (for an ERA of 1.47). Righthander Young is coming off a solid outing against the Dodgers in which he gave up one run in seven innings; still, his 2-1 mark and 4.81 ERA need some improvement.
Elsewhere in the National League on Thursday it’ll be Atlanta at Florida, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, San Francisco at Colorado, Milwaukee at Cincinnati, the Cubs at Houston, Washington at the Dodgers, and Philadelphia at the Mets. New York probable starter Mike Pelfrey is perfect at 3-0 but has a 6.00 ERA this year.
Over in the American League on Thursday it’s Seattle at Kansas City, Texas at Oakland, Minnesota at Baltimore, Tampa Bay at the Yankees, Detroit at the White Sox, Toronto at the Angels, and Cleveland at Boston. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield held the Indians scoreless on one hit over seven innings on April 27.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Up 2-1 in their best-of-seven second-round series, the Ducks will be at home again on Thursday night to play host to the Red Wings. Anaheim edged Detroit 2-1 in Game 3 on Tuesday, getting goals from Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne in the victory. Jonas Hiller was solid between the pipes again for the Ducks, stopping 45 of 46 Red Wings shots. Henrik Zetterberg had the lone Detroit tally in the defeat, while Chris Osgood gave up two goals on just 23 shots.
The Canucks also hold a 2-1 series lead as they stay on the road on Thursday night for Game 4 of their set with the Blackhawks. Vancouver rolled to a 3-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night, with Mason Raymond, Steve Bernier, and Henrik Sedin providing the markers. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for Vancouver in the win, while Chicago counterpart Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 18 of the 21 shots directed his way. Brian Campbell had the lone Hawks goal in the second period.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Tiger Woods is the 2/1 Vegas favorite to win this week’s PGA Tour stop, The PLAYERS Championship at TPC at Sawgrass. Woods, though, hasn’t won this event since 2001. Defending champion Sergio Garcia is farther down the odds list this week at 25/1, while 2007 winner Phil Mickelson is nestled right behind Woods at 8/1. Sean O’Hair, who held off Woods and company to win the Quail Hollow Championship last weekend, is third on the odds chart this week at 8/1. Padraig Harrington and Geoff Ogilvy are both holding down 20/1 odds to grab The PLAYERS Championship win, with Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry both at 25/1.