Stanley CupFinals, Game 3, Hurricanes at Oilers
It's a battle of Cinderellas: Edmonton is the first No. 8 seed to make it tothe finals, while Carolina has been led by rookie goalie Cam Ward (above), whohas a goals-against average of 2.07 since taking over in the first round. NBC 8p.m.
Kentucky Derby champ Barbaro is hurt, and Preakness champ Bernardini isresting, so for the first time since 2000 the Belmont will be run without thewinners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The field will includeBluegrass Cat and Steppenwolfer, who finished second and third, respectively,behind Barbaro at Churchill Downs. ABC 5 p.m.
NCAA Men's andWomen's Outdoor Track and Field Championships
You don't have to be a Rhodes scholar to be a shot-putter, but Florida State'sGarrett Johnson (below) is both anyway. Before he heads to Oxford, Johnson--whowas a legislative assistant to Florida governor Jeb Bush and had thesecond-farthest indoor throw in the world last year (66' 8 3/4")--will joinhis Florida State teammates in Sacramento, where the Seminoles men are amongthe favorites to win what would be their first national title. CBS 3:30p.m.
June 11, 2006
Bernard Hopkinsvs. Antonio Tarver
The 37-year-old Tarver already has plenty in common with Roy Jones Jr.: Bothare dominant light heavyweights and both have tackled Hollywood--Jones in TheMatrix Reloaded and Tarver (below, with Sylvester Stallone) in the upcomingRocky Balboa. Tonight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Tarver hopes todo one more thing Jones has done: beat Hopkins. It won't be easy. The41-year-old Hopkins, who has said he will retire after the fight, has lost onlytwice since Jones took a decision in 1993. PPV 9 p.m.
Arena Bowl XX,Orlando Predators vs. Chicago Rush
Henry Taylor, meet Matt D'Orazio. Predators coach Jay Gruden hopes that Taylor(below), who tied for the league lead in sacks with nine, gets to know the Rushquarterback really well. Slowing D'Orazio will be a key; he threw sixtouchdowns in a 59--56 win over San Jose in the American Conference final. NBC3 p.m.
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Czechs and Balances
Four years ago the U.S. opened World Cup play with a stunning 3--2 win overPortugal, then ranked No. 5 in the world. This year America faces an eventougher challenge: the No. 2--ranked Czech Republic. Whether the Yanks pullanother first-game upset depends largely on how well they defend in the air.The Czechs are led by 6'8" striker Jan Koller (left), who scored nine goalsin eight Cup qualifying games, mostly with his noggin. The U.S. will look to6'4", 210-pound Oguchi Onyewu (right) to outmuscle--and hopefullyoutleap--Koller in Gelsenkirchen. ESPN noon