One of baseball’s biggest rivalries kicks off the Memorial Weekend at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

St. Louis avoided a sweep in San Diego on Thursday evening, picking up an 8-3 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.  The Cardinals had scored just one run in the first two games of the series, but broke out in a big way in the series finale, led by star 1B Albert Pujols.  He hit his first home run and picked up his first RBIs in 12 games, a slump that saw his average fall from .344 to .303 coming into the series.  “It’s always good when Albert’s hitting,” St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa said.  The team is now 12-13 on the road this season (-420) and 27-21 overall (-460).  Against division foes this season, St. Louis has compiled an 11-10 mark (-690) and is 93-85 against the NL Central over the last three years (-1,380).

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Are the Celtics in trouble?

I think it’s too early to say that, but the injuries – especially the ones to their big men – will certainly be a problem. In our Game 5 preview I predicted the Magic to win at home and pull within a game of tying the series. They did. And I am still expecting the Celtics to close out the series at home Friday night.

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Stanley Cup series preview: Blackhawks vs. Flyers

How they got there

Flyers

The Philadelphia continued their improbable Stanley Cup run last night by beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 to win the Eastern Conference Championship series 4-1. The Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 13 years.

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Needless to say, not all rotations in baseball are created equal. Some teams have five starting pitchers who are trustworthy and reliable to bettors, while others barely have one or two. You obviously need to handicap each pitcher separately – as opposed to betting on a team based on the strength or weakness of their rotation – but looking at the comparative strengths of the rotations from a betting perspective is still a useful and entertaining exercise. Here are my top four rotations in order:

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a series!

After the Lakers won the first two games on home-court handily, the Suns came back to tie the series after a 115-106 win at US Airways Center Tuesday. Los Angeles looked like it was going to run away with the series after two big wins by 21 points and 12 points, but Phoenix turned around answered with two decisive wins of their own.

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The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four match ups begin at 4PM ET on Saturday, May 29 in Baltimore. The first game will be the University of Virginia Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils. The second game which starts at 6:30 ET will be between Cornell Big Red and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. TV coverage is provided by ESPN2.

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The Orlando Magic are trying to take a step toward making NBA history Wednesday night. They are trying to become the first team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit.

The Magic beat the Celtics 96-92 in overtime Monday to stay alive in the series. They are trying to repeat the feat that the Philadelphia Flyers pulled off in their Conference Semifinal series against another team from Boston – the Bruins.

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American Idol is the number one reality show on TV for five years running. Last Tuesday 27 year-old Casey James from Ft. Worth, Texas was eliminated. Though all four judges gave positive feedback after his performance on Tuesday, America voted. Americans vote and Americans also wager. After James’ elimination, a huge shift occurred in the American Idol lines and Crystal Bowersox, a favorite through most of the season is now the underdog going into the finale of American Idol: Season Nine. The show is now down to its final two contestants – two 24 year-olds both of whom are open to prosperous careers after the show.

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