A game a century in the making
The Cubs and the Red Sox last met at Fenway in the 1918 World Series. Tonight, nearly a century later, they'll meet again in Boston for the opener of a three-game set. Red Sox fans are as committed as they come, and Cubs fans are expected to turn out in droves, so the stands at Fenway should be buzzing all weekend with memories of the two storied franchises. If you don't dig baseball, there's still plenty of hoops and hockey to go around too, so check out the Games We're Watching this weekend.
MLB: For the first time since the 1918 World Series, the Cubs are in Boston to take on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Chicago enters the three-game set coming off a two-game sweep of the Marlins, while the Sox are riding a season-high six game win streak. Said Cubs manager Mike Quade, "Everybody I know on the face of the earth is going to be there. It will be a fun weekend for all of us." (7:10 p.m.) ... The historic nature of the series in Boston will have the attention of baseball fans everywhere, but if you're not into the Cubs and the Red Sox, there are plenty more games on the docket this weekend.
NBA: The Thunder found a way to slow down Dirk Nowitzki in Game 2; it'll try to keep him down again Saturday night when the Western Conference finals move to Oklahoma City. With the series all tied up at a game apiece, the momentum may be on the side of the Thunder, which managed to steal a game on the Mavs' home court. Of course, Dallas may benefit from some drama at the O.K. Corral. Russell Westbrook's benching at the end of Thursday night's game might cause a rift -- this young Thunder team may have to prove itself to be mature beyond its years for Oklahoma City to stick together and advance (9 p.m. ESPN). ... On Sunday night, the very rested Bulls and Heat will play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. On Wednesday the Heat evened things up with a big win in Chicago; Miami will try to capitalize on home-court advantage when the series shifts to South Beach. Defense and rebounding paved the way for the Bulls' Game 1 victory, while the Heat cashed in on the pick-and-roll, getting a much-needed energy boost from Udonis Haslem to win Game 2. The Bulls haven't lost more than two in a row all year, so a split in Miami would give them home-court advantage in the event of an all-or-nothing Game 7 (8:30 p.m. TNT).
NHL: The Western Conference finals head South to San Jose tonight, with the Sharks trailing the Canucks two games to none. Vancouver put a beat-down on their NorCal rivals on Wednesday, defeating them 7-3 and goading them into committing 53 minutes worth of penalties. The Sharks will have to regain their composure if they hope to cut the Canucks' lead in half and make this a series. As for Vancouver, a win tonight would give the Canucks a chance to finish off a sweep on Sunday (9 p.m. Versus). ... Saturday afternoon, the Eastern Conference finals continue with Game 4 in Boston. The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead with their 2-0 victory Thursday night; they can take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Lightning with another win on their home ice. (1:30 p.m. NBC)