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The Lineup: Sunday, June 16

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For those fathers whose gift is a shiny, new evening of peace and quiet tonight. (All Times Eastern)

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NBA Finals Game 5: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:00 p.m. (ABC & ESPN3)

ESPN can be unpredictable in what they stream on their online properties, with some things not offered or blacked out to most of the country. But props to them for providing the NBA Finals to ESPN3 and WatchESPN customers. Here's hoping that drawing 82,500 computer users for Game 4 compels them to continue their generosity.


Reserves

Soccer Confederations Cup Group Play: Mexico vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m. Spain vs Uruguay, 5:45 p.m.(ESPN)

The second matchup features the reigning World Cup champions facing 2010's Golden Boot winner, Diego Forlan, and Luis Suárez, committer of the greatest defensive hand ball ever.

Golf U.S. Open: Final Round, 12 pm (NBC & NBC Sports Live Extra)

Merion Golf Club has proven an unwieldy beast, with only Phil Mickelson under par after 54 holes. Mama nature was kind yesterday, but the papa day forecast calls for late afternoon thunderstorms. Nothing says drama like high profile stars, a major tournament and Steve Stricker in a wet t-shirt.

NCAA Baseball College World Series: UNC vs. North Carolina State 3:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Tarheels may be the overall No. 1 seed, but they have limped into the World Series, barely surviving their regionals and looking nothing like the juggernaut that went 52-8 in the regular season. They get no relief in facing Wolfpack ace Carlos Rodon, SI analyst Alan Simpson's #1 pro prospect, who has given up just three runs in four meetings with North Carolina. Also, you'll get to see if this guy keeps his promise.

MLB L.A. Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. (TBS)

Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig proved himself quite the Puig-alist in Tuesday's brawl with the Diamondbacks. He was a late scratch in his team's last outing because of a sore shoulder; I wonder how he could have gotten that.

MLB Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 1:10 (SNY, MLB.tv)

Went to yesterday's game at Citi Field. Even the security guard in my section rocking a rally cap couldn't prompt a Mets comeback yesterday.

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Today the Cubs trot out Matt Garza and his 6.26 ERA, giving the home squad a shot at maintaining the 3:1 pattern of this Twitter account.

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Cricket ICC Champions Trophy England vs. New Zealand, 5:15 (ESPN3)

You should embrace cricket because it defies everything you know about sports. For example, through something called the Duckworth-Lewis Method, India's 102 runs beat Pakistan's 165 yesterday. Also today's test between the Limeys and Kiwis is the premiere fruit nickname matchup in all of sports.


Deep Bench

Movie The Game Plan, 8:00 (Disney)

Disney has you covered in case Father's Day leaves you searching for some family entertainment. Let the little ones enjoy this tale of a star QB who discovers that he has a young daughter; you get to enjoy thinking about the transformation of Dwayne Johnson into a family-friendly leading man from his fake Black Power movement roots.


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