Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Suns look to beat the Lakers at home, the Blackhawks try to finish off the Sharks, and the Yanks and Mets complete their series.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Suns will be looking to break into the win column in their third-round series with the Lakers on Sunday night when they play host to Game 3. Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 124-112 home win in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Pau Gasol had a team-high 29 points for the Lakers in that contest, while Kobe Bryant was good for 21 points and 13 assists. Lamar Odom had 17 points and 11 boards off the bench. Jason Richardson led the Suns' attack with 27 points. Phoenix is pegged as the 2.5-point home favorite for Sunday, with the total set at 219.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The Yankees and Mets will finish up their interleague series at Citi Field on Sunday night with CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43 ERA) taking on Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72 ERA). Lefthander Sabathia dazzled the rival Red Sox in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just one earned run on four hits over seven innings while striking out five batters. Lefthander Santana is also coming off a quality outing, holding the Braves to just two earned runs on five hits in seven innings of work while striking out four batters.
Also on the MLB schedule for Sunday: Atlanta at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Cleveland, Baltimore at Washington, Florida at the White Sox, Tampa Bay at Houston, the Cubs at Texas, Milwaukee at Minnesota, Colorado at Kansas City, the Angels at St. Louis, San Francisco at Oakland, San Diego at Seattle, Detroit at the Dodgers, Toronto at Arizona, and Boston at Philadelphia. Tim Wakefield (0-2, 5.31 ERA) will take on Roy Halladay (6-2, 1.64 ERA) in that BoSox/Phillies matchup. Righthander Halladay was the hard-luck loser against the Pirates last time out, allowing just two runs over his nine innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The NHL has one playoff game on tap for Sunday, with San Jose at Chicago in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. The Blackhawks pushed the Sharks to verge of elimination last time out, grabbing a 3-2 overtime win and a 3-0 series lead in Game 3 at home on Friday night. Dustin Byfuglien had the OT winner for the Hawks on Friday, while Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland scored in regulation time. Antti Niemi stopped 44 of 46 San Jose shots in the contest. Patrick Marleau scored both Sharks goals in their Game 3 loss, giving him seven in the playoffs. Evgeni Nabokov blocked 35 shots.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are four games on the WNBA's schedule for Sunday, with Washington at Connecticut, Chicago at Indiana, Tulsa at Minnesota, and Atlanta at New York. The Dream have started the 2010 season at both 3-0 straight-up and 3-0 against-the-spread; Atlanta outgunned Connecticut 97-82 in their last game on Friday night. Angel McCoughtry had a team-high 32 points for the Dream in that contest, while Sancho Lyttle was good for 27 points. The Liberty are 1-1 SU but 0-2 ATS after falling 77-61 to Washington last time out. Cappie Pondexter led New York with 14 points in that game.