The Lineup: Thursday, June 20
If you're wondering what to watch tonight, you're probably not much of a sports fan.
There is no TV, only Zuul. (All Times Eastern)
NBA Finals, Game 7: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat 9:00p.m. (ABC & ESPN3)
The final game of what has been an incredible Finals gets the biggest share of the marbles. Wait, this just in: My sources tell me that the winner of the game will, in fact, receive every marble. All of them, you might say.
Soccer Confederations Cup Group Play: Spain vs. Tahiti, 2:45p.m. Nigeria vs. Uruguay, 5:30p.m. (ESPN & ESPN3)
Poor, poor Tahiti. Even their coach is a realist at this point. One of the tiebreakers in group play for this tournament is goal differential, meaning it’s incumbent upon all of the tiny island nation’s opponents to score as many goals against them as they can. Nigeria dropped six, but allowed the Tahitians to get one, resulting in one of the more charming celebrations you’ll ever see.
Soccer Women’s International Friendly: South Korea vs. USA, 7:30 (NBC Sports Network & NBC Sports Live Extra)
Remember back when Mia Hamm’s international goals record seemed insurmountable? Well, Abby Wambach needs just three more to match her. These two teams played just last week. The final score: 3-0 USA. Oh, the possibilities.
NCAA Baseball College World Series: UNC vs. North Carolina State, 8:00 (ESPN)
The Wolfpack face the prospect of being eliminated be a Tarheel team that they beat 8-1 earlier in the tournament. State’s ace Carlos Rodon dominated the earlier matchup, but the team is being coy about who will get the ball today. Whatever happens, one of these teams will be taking a solemn walk down Tobacco Road come tomorrow.
Golf Travelers Championship, First Round, 3:00 (Golf Channel) All Day (PGA Tour.com)
For those of you who don’t have access to the Golf Channel, the PGA Tour is streaming the tournament live from its website. Regardless of your platform, expect to see high definition relief on the players’ faces after the pounding they took last week at Merion.
Cricket ICC Champions Trophy Semifinal: India vs. Sri Lanka, 5:00a.m. (ESPN3)
A wet pitch is expected to wreak havoc on the batters in this semifinal matchup. Hopefully that will result in some slipping and sliding that we can set to Yakety Sax.
TV Trouble With the Curve, 8:30 (HBO)
From this review by Keith Phipps of the A.V. Club:
“(Clint) Eastwood has no problem appearing onscreen with his pants hiked up to his waist, or doing scenes where he struggles to empty his bladder.”
The movie is essentially Moneyball told from the aging scout’s perspective. It might be worth a watch just to see Eastwood’s scowl the first time someone uses the word BABIP.