Daily Sports Roundup: June 6th

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The NBA Finals continue in Los Angeles, the Stanley Cup final returns to Chicago, and the Sprint Cup Series hit the track at Pocono.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

It’ll be Boston vs. the Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with Kobe Bryant and company looking to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Lakers rolled to a 102-89 home win in the opener of the set on Thursday night, getting 30 points from Bryant and 23 points and 14 rebounds from Pau Gasol. Ron Artest added 15 points for Los Angeles in that win. Paul Pierce tossed in a team-high 24 points in the losing cause for the Celtics, while Rajon Rondo was good for 13 points and eight assists. The Lakers covered the spread as 5.5-point favorites in Game 1, and the oddsmakers opened them as 6-point favorites for the second game of the series on Sunday night. The OVER/UNDER for Game 2 is listed at 190.5 points.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Sunday has the Yankees at Toronto, Cleveland at the White Sox, Detroit at Kansas City, Tampa Bay at Texas, Minnesota at Oakland, the Angels at Seattle, and Boston at Baltimore. The Orioles, who just fired manager Dave Trembley on Friday, are slated to send Brian Matusz (2-6, 5.28 ERA) to the mound on Sunday to take on Boston’s John Lackey (6-3, 4.95 ERA). Lefthander Matusz was the hard-luck loser against the Yankees last time out, giving up just one earned run on six hits over his 6 2-3 innings of work. Righthander Lackey beat the Athletics in his last trip to the mound despite surrendering four earned runs on 12 hits in six innings worked.

Meanwhile, the National League on Sunday offers up Florida at the Mets, San Francisco at Pittsburgh, San Diego at Philadelphia, Cincinnati at Washington, the Cubs at Houston, Atlanta at the Dodgers, Colorado at Arizona, and Milwaukee at St. Louis. Manny Parra (1-3, 4.06 ERA) is expected to take on Jaime Garcia (5-2, 1.32 ERA) in that Brewers/Cardinals primetime matchup. Lefthander Parra was knocked around by the Mets in his last appearance, giving up three earned runs on six hits over three innings of work. Lefthander Garcia beat the Reds in his last outing, surrendering just three runs (two earned) on seven hits over his six innings of work in that contest.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

The Stanley Cup final returns to Chicago on Sunday night with the Blackhawks and Flyers tied at two games apiece in the best-of-seven series. Philadelphia evened up the set with a 5-3 home win in Game 4 on Friday night. Mike Richards, Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino, and Jeff Carter (into an empty net) scored for the Flyers in Friday’s win, while Michael Leighton stopped 31 of 34 Chicago shots. Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, and Brian Campbell replied for the Blackhawks in Friday’s losing cause.

Roaring around the track . . .

The Sprint Cup Series will take the track at Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500. Tony Stewart is the defending champion at this event, but he’s back at 16/1 odds to take the checkered flag at Pocono on Sunday. Denny Hamlin, who visited victory lane at Pocono last August in the Pennsylvania 500, and Jimmie Johnson are the oddsmakers’ picks at 5/1 to take the trophy this weekend, with Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch all pulling down 8/1 odds. Kevin Harvick, the series points leader, is pegged at 18/1 odds to get the win Sunday.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are three games on the WNBA’s schedule for Sunday, with Indiana at Minnesota, Phoenix at Seattle, and San Antonio at Connecticut. The Silver Stars have struggled to start the season, going 2-4 straight-up (and 2-4 against-the-spread) through their first six contests. San Antonio picked up its third straight loss last time out, falling 79-57 on the road to Indiana despite Chamique Holdsclaw’s 12-point effort. Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon is listed as day-to-day with a strained quad.

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