What We'll See: Horses, hoops and a compelling night at the ballpark

April 21, 2013 

What we'll see

Sunday

The Miami Heat open defense of their NBA championship by beginning their first-round playoff series at home against Milwaukee. The Bucks (38-44) are the only one of the 16 playoff teams with a losing record, but they did take one from Miami in four tries during the regular season and played the Heat surprisingly tough. Still, nobody expects this to be anything more than a walkover. (6 p.m., TNT)

Sunday

Three other NBA playoff series open, with Atlanta at Indiana (1 p.m., TNT), the Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio (3:30 p.m., ABC-36), and Houston at Oklahoma City (9:30 p.m., TNT). While the Heat are expected to glide through the East, the Western Conference playoffs are shaping up as a brutal battle.

Wednesday

Those who have been out to the University of Kentucky's renovated softball complex say the game experience is outstanding for fans. If the weather cooperates, the teams almost certainly will play their part in enhancing the view when rivals Louisville and Kentucky collide at John Cropp Stadium. The 17th-ranked Cats will be looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to the eighth-ranked Cardinals on April 3 in Louisville. (5 p.m., Fox Sports South)Thursday

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event starts its annual equestrian championship at the Kentucky Horse Park. Things get going with dressage on Thursday and Friday, followed by cross-country on Saturday and stadium jumping on Sunday. (9:30 a.m.)

Thursday-Saturday

The NFL Draft plays out in New York City with Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford hoping to hear his name called in the early rounds. The first round has Thursday all to itself (8 p.m.). The second and third rounds are Friday (6:30 p.m.). Rounds 4-7 wrap things up on Saturday (Noon). This won't be a sexy draft, with linemen populating the tops of most projections. The Cincinnati Bengals have 10 picks, including the No. 21 choice in the first round, and are looking for help at linebacker, defensive back and running back. The NFL Network and ESPN will have all the live coverage.

Friday

Hard to believe, but the Keeneland Spring Meet is almost here and gone. The final day is highlighted by the Grade II, $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes, a 11/2-mile test on the turf. (First post, 1:05 p.m.)

Saturday

Just because Keeneland is closing up shop doesn't mean you can't get your horse racing fix. Churchill Downs opens its gates for the spring one week before the Kentucky Derby with a special card of night racing under the Twin Spires. (First post, 6 p.m.)

Mathew Graf

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