Big Three against the Big D

NBA: It's not often that a second chance comes along, but the Dallas Mavericks are getting one. The NBA Finals is a rematch five years in the making, as the Mavericks and Miami Heat tip off tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals from AmericanAirlines Arena (9 p.m., ABC). When these two teams faced off in 2006 for the title, the Heat won the series in six games. Dallas is four wins away from winning its first title, but to do so, it's going to have to get past the Big Three.

French Open: It's down to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, and the top three men are all going strong. No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic was slated to take on Fabio Fognini in the final eight, but Fognini withdrew because of a torn thigh muscle, so Djokovic will automatically move on to the semifinals. However, No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer will still have to play their way in. Federer will take on No. 9 Gael Monfils today in the quarterfinals, with a spot in the final four on the line.

MLB: In the wild, wild, (American League) West, all four teams are in contention for first place. The reigning AL champion Texas Rangers lead the division and will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field with ace C.J. Wilson set to make the start for Texas (6:40 p.m.). ... The Los Angeles Angels sit only one game back, and they'll put Joel Pineiro on the mound as they head to Kansas City to take on the Royals (8:10 p.m.). ... The Seattle Mariners sit 1 1/2 games out of first, and they'll welcome the bottom feeders of the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles, to Safeco Field (10:10 p.m.). ... Finally, the Oakland A's, who are hanging out in last place in the division -- but only 2 1/2 games back -- will host the AL East-leading New York Yankees (10:05 p.m.).

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