I'm writing coverage now and am skipping most of the sports play by play detail.
To me, showing a play by play is like showing a fight scene. Thus, the same rules apply.
Say it with me: Story SHOULD NOT STOP for the game/fight scene. Character MUST CONTINUE DURING the game/fight scene.
Do NOT stick in a sports game just to show cool moves.
Do NOT stop the stakes because the game is going. If anything, the stakes should be higher after the game.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: If I wanted to watch a game, I'd stop reading your script and go watch ESPN.
Of course if you want me to stop reading your script, go ahead & include game scenes that don't push the story forward...
Whew! Glad I got that off my chest.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.