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The Week In Sports TV: June 4-10

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 4th 2010 3:00PM
If there's one thing all sports fans can agree on, its that there's just not enough sports on television. Oh, sure, there are literally dozens of local and regional networks broadcasting track meets, fishing competitions and minor league baseball games around the clock, but when it comes to sports, can there ever really be enough?

Of course not. That's why each Friday, beginning today, we'll be providing you with a quick look at the upcoming week in televised sports. Because, let's face it: the last thing you want to do is accidentally schedule some face time with your loved ones during an important game. Or replay of an important game. Or airing of 'Rudy.'

And if there was ever a time that demanded our services, it's this week, what with the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the French Open all taking place. Not to mention a little thing called the World Cup kicking off. So get your DVR ready, because your appointment book is about to fill up.

Friday, June 4: It's a bit of a light night for sports tonight, with one major exception: Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Blackhawks (Versus, 8PM ET). Perhaps the biggest question yet to be answered about this series: will any Philly fans intentionally vomit on someone or get tazed by the cops before it ends? Whatever happens, you can catch all the anti-social antics live in HD!

Saturday, June 5: The Belmont Stakes is supposed to be one of horse racing's Triple Crown races, but this year that crown is more like one of those paper Burger King crowns; the winners of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness have already withdrawn, leaving a field of also-rans to compete for the title (pre-race stars on ABC at 5PM ET).

Other top picks for Saturday: NBC presents some morning tennis action courtesy of the Women's French Open final (9AM ET), Fox Baseball presents the Yankees at the Blue Jays (1:30 PM ET), HBO Zone brings us the classic football drama 'Any Given Sunday' (6:30 PM) and HBO presents championship boxing (Yuri Cotto vs. Miguel Cotto, 10:15 PM ET).

Sunday, June 6: This is one of the biggest sports days of the year, headlined by Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Celtics (ABC, 8 PM ET) and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals (NBC, 8PM ET), which go head-to-head in prime time.

There's also the Men's French Open final (9AM ET), NASCAR's Pocono 500 (TNT, 1PM ET) and some random golf tournament on CBS (OK, it's The Memorial, with final round coverage beginning at 1:30 PM ET).

Monday, June 7: Most people, even sports fans, will want to catch their breath after that redonkulous weekend of action, but for those of you who still need your fix, ESPN's Monday Night Baseball presents the Padres and the Phillies (7PM ET). Plus, the NCAA Women's College Softball World Series kicks off its best of three finals on ESPN2 (7PM ET).

Tuesday, June 8: The NBA Finals shift to Boston for the first of three games with Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but for some reason, the game is still at 9 ET even though the venue has shifted three time zones to the east (ABC).The NCAA Women's College Softball World Series finals air game two on ESPN2 (7PM ET).

Wednesday, June 9: World Cup fever really kicks into high gear thanks to ESPN Classic, which replays the infamous U. S. victory over Columbia from the 1994 World Cup (8:30 PM). Colombian defender Andres Escobar's accidental shot into his own net to give the Americans a 1-0 lead eventually resulted in his murder by irate fans upon his return home. Other top picks for Wednesday: the final game of the NCAA Women's College Softball World Series airs on ESPN if necessary (7PM ET).

Thursday, June 10: Get yourself even more in the mood for a month of international soccer with, uh, the World Cup Kick-Off Concert? Whatever that is, it's on all afternoon on ESPN2 (2PM ET). Also an all-day affair? ESPN Classic's fantastic twelve-hour marathon of their acclaimed '30 for 30' series of sports documentaries, which kicks off at noon. And ESPN combines both soccer and documentaries with a special about U. S. star Landon Donovan (9PM).

Other top picks for Thursday: oh yeah, the NBA Finals have Game 4 (ABC, 9PM ET) and NBC will air Game 6 of the Stanley Cup if necessary (8PM ET).

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