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  • What time is the Indy 500 green flag?

    All you need to know to follow the Indy 500 action on Sunday! Ed Carpenter has pole.

    The 102nd Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, with raceday coverage broadcast by ABC beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Drivers will start their engines at 12:15 p.m., and Green Flag is set for just five minutes later at 12:20 p.m. Ed Carpenter will lead off from pole position.

    Online streaming of the race can be had via WatchESPN or the ESPN App, or any subscription service that carries ABC. The WatchESPN coverage will also begin at 11 a.m. and will also include specific driver cams.

    The 43-year-old Helio Castroneves is searching for his fourth Indy 500 win. He’ll be starting eighth on the grid, just behind Danica Patrick, who herself is racing in what she says is her last race as a full-time competitive driver. She last raced the Indy 500 in 2011.

    Patrick was ninth-fastest on Bump Day, but out-qualified Castroneves and Scott Dixon in the Fast Nine on Pole Day. Patrick had an average four-lap speed of 228.090 mph, behind Spencer Pigot’s 228.107 mph and ahead of Castroneves’ 227.859 mph.

    Carpenter took pole with an average speed of 229.618 mph, helped by one lap on which he averaged more than 230 mph, the only driver to do so in the field. He was also the only driver to average more than 229 mph over the four Fast Nine laps.

    James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann were both casualties on Bump Day, not making the 33-driver field after multiple rain delays and car issues.

    Below is all you need to know to watch the big race on Sunday and the full starting grid.

    How to watch the Indianapolis 500

    All Times Eastern

    Date: Sunday, May 27

    Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, In.

    Green Flag: 12:20 p.m.

    TV: ABC (from 11 a.m.)

    Online Streaming: WatchESPN, ESPN App

    Indy 500 starting grid

    Row 1: Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power
    Row 2: Josef Newgarden, Sébastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot
    Row 3: Danica Patrick, Hélio Castroneves, Scott Dixon
    Row 4: Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist, Marco Andretti
    Row 5: Zachary Claman DeMelo, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball
    Row 6: Takuma Sato, Kyle Kaiser, Robert Wickens
    Row 7: James Davison, Max Chilton, Carlos Muñoz
    Row 8: Gabby Chaves, Stefan Wilson, Sage Karam
    Row 9: Zach Veach, Oriol Servià, J.R. Hildebrand
    Row 10: Jay Howard, Ed Jones, Graham Rahal
    Row 11: Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, Conor Daly

  • The NBA Finals comes down to 2 Game 7s. That hasn’t happened in 39 years.

    We get TWO win-or-go-home games over the next two days, and that will determine legacies.

    The 2018 conference finals will both end in Game 7s, something that hasn’t happened in the NBA since 1979. For a season fraught with questions about parity and predestination, this is an incredible outcome for us basketball fans at home.

    In 1979, the three-point line was still a season away from being introduced, the league had only merged with the ABA three years prior, and the Seattle Supersonics were still a dominant franchise. In fact, Seattle beat the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference Finals Game 7, while the Washington Bullets knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in the East. (That was San Antonio’s conference back then.)

    Almost four decades have passed, and so much has changed, but here we are yet again.

    LeBron James‘ elimination dominance vs. Boston’s home record

    Is anyone picking against James, indisputably the best player of his generation, in a win-or-go-home game against a team missing two huge stars? It would be hard, but Boston has home court advantage, where they are 11-0 this postseason.

    James’ elimination game statistics are something else, though. He averages 34.1 points per game, more than any other player who has played at least five such games. In his last seven elimination games, he either has scored 40-plus points or recorded a triple-double. Those are absurd statistics.

    LeBron James now averages 34.1 PPG in elimination games, the most among players who have played in at least 5 such games in NBA history (h/t @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/bTKGtNDhij

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 26, 2018

    Still, James could score 80 points and it won’t be enough if he doesn’t get a minimal amount of help. His Cleveland teammates have been much, much worse on the road, and Kevin Love has already been ruled out with a concussion, a tragic absence for both the Cavaliers and for Love himself.

    Boston has proved everybody wrong this entire postseason. James is the best player ever — suck it, Jordan stans — and it still might not be enough.

    Don’t miss it: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Golden State’s resurgence vs. Houston’s resiliency

    We thought the Rockets were dead after Game 1, and after Game 3, and in Game 4 when Golden State exploded in the fourth quarter. (OK, not everyone believed this, but it was a common narrative each time.) Houston remains alive anyway. They led by 10 points at halftime of Game 6 before things fell apart against a red-hot Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who had 14 three-pointers combined.

    (Thompson going off in a Western Conference Finals Game 6? Who could have predicted that!?)

    There are two enormous injuries to watch: Houston desperately Chris Paul back, who hurt his hamstring on one of the final plays of Game 5, while the Warriors are hopeful Andre Iguodala can return. Both their availabilities will be massive swings one way or another.

    Especially after running away in the second half of Game 6, can anyone pick against Golden State? Their offense finally looked sharp again, with their signature off-ball movement occupying so much of Houston’s attention. Even if much of it was mitigated by the Rockets’ switch-everything philosophy, it did take away some of Houston’s excellent help defense. P.J. Tucker has been a defensive monster in this series, but he can’t rotate if he’s accounting for movement in the opposite corner.

    The Rockets, meanwhile, just need 48 minutes where their shots fall and their defense bothers Golden State enough. Do that, and they could be Finals bound for the first time since the Hakeem Olajuwon days. Having an effective Paul would do wonders for that, and home court advantage helps. They spent all season building towards this moment — here is their chance.

    Don’t miss it: Monday, 9 p.m. ET, TNT

  • French Open 2018: Time, TV/live stream info, and match schedule for Sunday

    Alexander Zverev, Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina highlight the Day 1 action at Roland Garros.

    The 2018 French Open from Roland Garros gets underway bright and early on Sunday morning. Play begins at 11 a.m. local time, which translates to 5 a.m. ET, but runs through the day into the afternoon, ending around 3 p.m.

    Alexander Zverev, the second seed and top competition for Rafael Nadal, will be in action on the opening day. He’s set to face Ricardas Berankis.In the women’s side, both Elina Svitolina, a popular pick to win it all this year, and Venus Williams will both be in action.

    Play begins at 5 a.m. and will be broadcast by the Tennis Channel through 3 p.m. NBC will also have coverage of select matches from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Live streaming of the NBC coverage is available via fuboTV, NBC Sports or the NBC Sports app, while live streaming of every court can be had with a subscription to Tennis Channel Plus.

    Zverev was the runner-up in Rome, taking one set from Nadal on clay. Nadal fell in the quarterfinals on the clay of Madrid, a tournament that Zverev ultimately won over Dominic Thiem. If anybody can unseat Nadal, it will probably be Zverv or Thiem, but history has shown Nadal is nearly untouchable at the French Open.

    Svitolina, the fourth seed, has been doing serious work this year, and will facee Ajla Tomljanovic in her openre. Williams, the ninth seed, will be taking on Qiang Wang. Her siter, Serena Williams, will not be in action on the first day. The defending women’s champion, Jelena Ostapenko, is the fifth seed and will face Kateryna Kozlova on Sunday.

    Below is all you need to know to watch and follow the French Open, including a list of men’s and women’s singles matches.

    How to watch the French Open

    All Times Eastern

    Date: Sunday, May 27

    Location: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France

    Time: 5 a.m.

    TV: Tennis Channel (5 a.m. – 3 p.m.), NBC (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

    Online Streaming: NBC Sports, NBC Sports app, fuboTV, Tennis Channel Plus

    Men’s Singles

    No. 2 Alexander Zverev vs. Ricardas Berankis
    No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Viktor Troicki
    No. 8 David Goffin vs. Robin Haase
    No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Jozef Kovalik
    No. 15 Lucas Pouille vs. Daniil Medvedev
    No. 19 Kei Nishikori vs. Maxime Janvier
    No. 26 Damir Dzumhur vs. Denis Kudla
    No. 30 Fernando Verdasco vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
    No. 32 Gael Monfils vs. Elliot Benchetrit
    Federico Delbonis vs. Thomaz Bellucci
    Nicolas Jarry vs. Jared Donaldson
    Oscar Otte vs. Matteo Berrettin
    Ivo Karlovic vs. Corentin Moutet
    Martin Klizan vs. Laslo Djere
    Guido Andreozzi vs. Taylor Fritz
    Gregoire Barrere vs. Radu Albot

    Women’s Singles

    No. 4 Elina Svitolina vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
    No. 5 Jelena Ostapenko vs. Kateryna Kozlova
    No. 9 Venus Williams vs. Qiang Wang
    No. 10 Aloane Stephens vs. Arantxa Rus
    No. 21 Alize Cornet vs. Sara Errani
    No. 22 Johanna Konta vs. Yulia Putintseva
    No. 25 Anett Kontaveit vs. Madison Brengle
    No. 26 Barbora Strycova vs. Kurumi Nara
    Francesca Schiavone vs. Viktoria Kuzmova
    Saisai Zheng vs. Skaterina Makarova
    Magdalena Frech vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
    Jennifer Brady vs. Amandine Hesse
    Magda Linette vs. Zarina Diyas
    Petra Martic vs. Yafan Wang
    Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Christina McHale
    Chloe Paquet vs. Pauline Parmentier


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