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Your guide to Super Saturday of the sports world

Kentucky Derby entrant Keen Ice gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, April 30, 2015 with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar in the saddle.
Kentucky Derby entrant Keen Ice gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, April 30, 2015 with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar in the saddle. AP

Today is Super Saturday in the world of sports, and whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, here’s a look at the top events going on from Sacramento to Kentucky, from fighting to fishing.

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Let’s start with the biggest of them all - the much-anticipated welterweight title fight Saturday night between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, scheduled to begin about 8 p.m. from the MGM Garden Arena. (It’s available to watch on Pay Per View television).

▪  The bout has local interest in boxing soaring, drawing interest from Sacramento-area taverns.

▪  The fighters weighed in on Friday, and that was quite a spectacle. Here are the photos from that event.

▪  Andy Furillo: Heart sings for Manny Pacquiao, but head thinks Floyd Mayweather wins

▪  As we wait for the opening bell, here’s what the fighters are doing today.

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Perhaps no sporting event got off to an earlier start than the pro bass fishing tournament on the Sacramento River.

This whirlwind tournament - Bassmaster Elite Series - brings to town the best for four days of harried competition, captured in high-definition by dozens of cameras for ESPN and streamed live via the Web around the globe. During contests, sponsor logos plaster nearly every flat surface in sight. Wearing replica jerseys, fans mob stars for autographs. With 106 top-ranked anglers, the four-day tournament casts off from Discovery Park at dawn with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. each day. The champion gets a $100,000 check on Sunday.

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Later today, the $2 million Kentucky Derby horse race takes off (3:24 post time). The Bee’s Debbie Arrington zeroes in on trainer Bob Baffert, who is aiming for a 1-2 finish.

▪ The Lexington Herald-Leader handicaps the derby - the bottom line on all 18 horses.

▪ The derby field at a glance.

▪ And here are photos from the Derby Eve bash.

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Day 3 of the NFL draft today caps three days of off-season hope and speculation for teams and fans. Matt Barrows is tracking the 49ers final picks here. All of his reports and analysis can be found on his blog.

▪ San Francisco made a huge local splash in the first round, taking Arik Armstead, who is already familiar with the team’s defense.

▪ The Raiders believe they caught the best receiver in the draft in the first round, Ailene Voisin reports.

▪ Here’s your pick-by-pick analysis of the draft.

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The first round of the NBA playoffs continues today, as well. San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers play their decisive Game 7 today at 5 p.m.. Here’s a preview.

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Also happening on one of the most memorable days in sports history: the Stanley Cup playoffs are in round two, the New York Yankees face the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco Giants play the L.A. Angels and the Oakland A’s take on Texas.

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Finally, here’s how to watch and listen to the top sporting events today:

Today’s Best Bets

ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

TIME

TV

RADIO

San Jose at Arizona

6 p.m.

ESPN2

BASEBALL

N.Y. Yankees at Boston

10:35 a.m.

MLB

L.A. Angels at Giants

1:05 p.m.

CSNBA, FS1

680, 1320

Cincinnati at Atlanta

4:10 p.m.

FS1

A’s at Texas

5:05 p.m.

CSNCA

950, 1140

El Paso at River Cats-x

7:45 p.m.

1320

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Arizona State at Stanford

5:30 p.m.

PAC12BA

GOLF

LPGA, North Texas Shootout

10 a.m.

GOLF

WGC, Cadillac Match Play

Noon

GOLF

WGC, Cadillac Match Play

4:20 p.m.

3

Champions, Insperity Invitational*

4:30 p.m.

GOLF

Web.com, United Leasing*

6:30 p.m.

GOLF

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby undercard

9 a.m.

NBCSN

Kentucky Derby show

1 p.m.

3

Kentucky Derby post

3:24 p.m.

3

MOTOR SPORTS

XFINITY, Winn Dixie 300 qualifying

8 a.m.

FS1

Sprint Cup, GEICO 500 qualifying

10 a.m.

FOX40

XFINITY, Winn Dixie 300

11:30 a.m.

FOX40

AMA Supercross, Las Vegas

7 p.m.

FS1

NFL

Draft, rounds 4-7

9 a.m.

ESPN, NFL

NBA PLAYOFFS

San Antonio at L.A. Clippers

5 p.m.

ESPN

1320

NHL PLAYOFFS

Washington at N.Y. Rangers

9:30 a.m.

3

SOCCER

EPL, Queens Park at Liverpool

7 a.m.

NBCSN

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