OK, so it doesn't get started until Tuesday. But if you're having a good time and want to extend your holiday weekend another day, the matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat should be a delight. Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James have put on breathtaking shows throughout the playoffs in leading their teams to the Finals. The Mavs will be the sentimental choice of many fans, partly because they are the NBA's oldest roster and have several stars chasing their first championship rings. But mainly people will be rooting against the Heat, who have thrived in the villain role all season and will be difficult to deny on the sport's biggest stage.
There's still time to get your friends together and fire up the grill this weekend. It's been a great weekend for sports so far, with the Bruins beating the Lightning to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, Barcelona beating Manchester United in the Champions League final, Rampage Jackson winning the featured bout at UFC 130 and plenty of MLB action. And the action isn't done. Sunday brings three classic auto races and more MLB, and if you feel like stretching it to a four-day weekend, the NBA Finals begin Tuesday.
Forty-three of the top drivers in the world testing both themselves and the stamina of their equipment in the NASCAR season’s longest race. What’s not to like? Charlotte Motor Speedway already proved to be rough on the sport’s top drivers in the tune-up All-Star race last weekend. This Sunday (FOX, 5:30 p.m. ET), points are on the line. Crew chiefs will frantically calculate fuel mileage, engine builders will hold their breath and hope their cars can last the distance and drivers will let it all hang out as they jockey for position. This season's already proven that anybody can win on any given day. Will that lead to another surprise winner in one of NASCAR’s biggest events?
Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
The race for top billing in the NL East heats up as the rival Phillies and Mets square off in a three-game set. It's been a drama-filled week for the Mets, following owner Fred Wilpon's critical comments about his star players. David Wright (pictured) is on the DL with a back injury, so it'll be interesting to see how the rest of the team responds with the added pressure to perform. The Phils took the first two games, leaving the Mets trying to avoid a sweep on Sunday.
This is the IndyCar race fans of all forms of racing universally watch. Just look at the drama already created when Danica Patrick was in danger of missing the field on Bump Day. Sunday’s race marks the 100th celebration of the event, adding even more texture to the pomp and circumstance surrounding this storied race. You’ll want to tune in from the start — people will be talking about this one for a while.
Looking for some sports action early in the day? Follow all the happenings at the year's second tennis major, the French Open, as it reaches third and fourth-round matchups this weekend. Can Roger Federer (pictured) defy the odds and win this tournament for a second time over the in-form Novak Djokovic, or five-time and defending French champion Rafael Nadal? On the women's side, we've seen four different winners the past four years at Roland Garros. Will we see a fifth?
Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Who says you need money to be the best in baseball? These two small-market teams square off in a three-game set this weekend, playing what could be a postseason preview. The Indians are early runaway leaders in the AL Central, while the Rays continue to defy the odds by hanging tight in the battle for the AL East crown against the Yankees and Red Sox. The Rays took a 5-0 decision Friday night, while the Indians won 7-3 on Saturday, setting up a rubber game on Sunday.
Monaco Grand Prix
This is one of Formula One racing’s most coveted crowns. All drivers want to hoist this trophy. The question is can anyone take it away from Sebastian Vettel, winner of four of the opening five F1 races this season? The young and tenacious defending series champion is starting to feel some heat from Lewis Hamilton, also an F1 winner this year. Will they go head to head again on Sunday? It’s certainly worth watching to find out.