MIAMI, May 27 (UPI) — The NBA Conference Finals, the Champions League Soccer Finals and the 2022 Indianapolis 500 top the sports list this weekend. Tennis matches from the third and fourth rounds of the French Open and NHL playoffs also highlight the list.
Dozens of regular-season MLB and MLS games, a PGA Tour golf tournament, a trio of NASCAR races and the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix also air Friday through Sunday.
Boxing fans can even get in the mood for a title fight between lightweights Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero on Saturday.
But the basketball and hockey postseasons, the final of Europe’s most prestigious football tournament and the premier IndyCar event will be the main attractions.
NBA Conference Finals
The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami on Wednesday. They now lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven game series.
Game 6 begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. EDT in Boston. Another win could secure the Celtics a place in the NBA Finals. A Heat win would force a Game 7, which would take place in Miami on Sunday. The conclusion of the Heat Celtics series will air on ESPN.
“If you want to break through and get a ticket to the Finals, you have to do some ridiculously hard stuff,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters Wednesday.
“Coming to Boston and figuring this out together, those are the emotions and breakthroughs to remember for the rest of your life.”
The winner of the series meets the Golden State Warriors in next week’s NBA Finals.
The 106th Indianapolis 500 will air Sunday on NBC. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. EDT from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is home to more than 300,000 race fans. The green flag is expected to be waved at 12:45 p.m. to signal the start of the race.
Pole winner Scott Dixon is the favourite. Pato O’Ward, Rinus VeeKay, Josef Newgarden and Will Power are among the expected contenders for the 200 lap event. Defending champion Helio Castroneves is also in the 33-car field, but will start 27th.
Spanish La Liga winners Real Madrid meet Liverpool of the English Premier League in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France on Saturday.
Liverpool are favored to capture the crown. The game begins at 3:00 p.m. EDT and will air on CBS.
Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2017/18 Champions League final. Madrid have a record 13 titles in total at the tournament. Liverpool won their sixth Champions League title in 2019.
Madrid staged a vicious comeback, beating Manchester City in the Champions League semifinals to reach Saturday’s final. The Spanish league title also beat defending champions Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain en route to Saint-Denis.
Liverpool beat Villarreal, Benfica and Inter Milan in the knockout stages to reach the final.
“If only we took the last 10 minutes of all the games in the last knockout stages [Madrid] then you’d say they’re pretty much unbeatable, sure, no chance,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters on Wednesday.
“The comebacks they’ve had are really special. But those games were all longer than just those last 10 minutes and obviously they had to come back in a few moments, that’s the way it is.”
Weekend schedule (all times EDT)
French Open: Third round from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tennis Channel
Charles Schwab Challenge: Round Two from 4pm to 7pm on Golf Channel
Orioles at Red Sox at 7 p.m. on Apple TV+
Blue Jays at Angels at 8 p.m. on Apple TV+
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 6: Avalanche at Blues at 8 p.m. on TNT
Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1
Game 6: Heat at Celtics at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
French Open: Third round from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tennis Channel; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC; 2pm to 6pm on Peacock
Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 at 1pm on FS1
Champions League: Real Madrid vs Liverpool at 3 p.m. on CBS
MLS: San Jose at LAFC at 6pm on TUDN/Twitter
MLS: Columbus in Atlanta at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: DC United vs New York Red Bulls at 7pm on ESPN+
MLS: Chicago in Toronto at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Philadelphia at New England at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Dallas in Orlando at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Portland in Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: NYCFC in Minnesota at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Nashville, Colorado at 9 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Vancouver in Kansas City at 9 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Houston at Salt Lake at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Guardian at Tigers at 4pm on FS1
Dodgers at Diamondbacks at 7 p.m. on Fox
Phillies at Mets at 7 p.m. on Fox
Cubs at White Sox at 7 p.m. on Fox
Charles Schwab Challenge: Third Round from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 6: Hurricanes at Rangers at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero at 11:30 p.m. on Showtime
French Open: Fourth round from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tennis Channel; 12pm to 6pm on Peacock
Monaco Grand Prix at 9am on ESPN
Indianapolis 500 at 11 p.m. on NBC
Giants at Reds at 11:30 am on Peacock
Phillies at Mets at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Charles Schwab Challenge: Finals from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on CBS
MLS: Austin at Los Angeles Galaxy at 6 p.m. on TUDN/Twitter
MLS: Charlotte in Seattle at 9:30 p.m. on FS1
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 7 (if required): Blues at Avalanche at 8 p.m. on TNT
Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at 6 p.m. on Fox
Game 7 (if required): Celtics at Heat at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN