76ers clinch, Coyotes advance, Clemens trial opening statement + Free Plays for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Nets play their final game in New Jersey,

The New Jersey Nets played their final game in New Jersey last night getting spanked by the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87. Next year, the Nets will into a new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Here, NJ Gov Chris Christie says goodbye to the Nets.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat Toronto 92-86 but were eliminated from the playoffs by virtue of the Phialdelphia win. Washington waxed Charlotte 101-73 sending the Bobcats to their 21st straight loss. Charlotte has to more chances to get a win and avoid finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. Memphis rolled Cleveland 109-101 and San Antonio clinched the top seed in the West by spanking Portland 124-89 to round out a short Monday card in the NBA.

Rangers beat Ottawa 3-2 to force Game VII

Derek Stepan, Chris Krieder, and Brad Richards scored second period goals for the Broadway Blues as the Rangers beat the Senators 3-2 in Ottawa. The Rangers, the top seed in the East, avoided elimination forcing a Game Seven at Madison Square Garden. The Phoenix Coyotes advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since moving to the desert with a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith was the start of the game and the series stopping 39 shots Monday and finishing with a .950 save percentage for the series. Phoenix will face Nashville in the Western Conference semifinals.

Tonight on frozen pond, the Florida Panthers look to win their first playoff series since 1996 with a win over the New Jersey Devils. New Jersey is a -160 home ice favorite, the total is five flat with the under -120. The Panthers are just 10-22-3 in their L35 on Devil home ice but managed a split in the first two games of the series.

MLB Diamond Dust

The Yankees used four hits from Derek Jeter and career bomb No.632 from Alex Rodriguez to beat the Texas Rangers 7-4. Jeter is now hitting safely in 13 straight games. Since getting swept by the Rays in their opening series, the Bronx Bombers are 10-3. The Red Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win at Minnesota. Cody Ross had two dingers for the BoSox. The Giants swept a double-header from the Mets 6-1 and 7-2. Tim Lincecum got his first win of 2012 with a win in Game One. The Braves sent ex-All Star Jair Jurjjens to the minors after getting pounded in a 7-2 loss to the Dogers. Jurjjens gave up nine hits and five earned runs in his three innings of work.

Roger Clemens perjury case update

The jury is seated and Roger Clemen’s second perjury trial is ready to get started. The early rulings go to Clemens. The first Clemen’s perjury trialed ended in a mistrial nine months ago when the prosecution inadvertently presented evidence to the jury that had been ruled inadmissable by the judge.

Are the Saints involved in a new scandal ???

Did New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis have the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaching staffs ???

The ESPN program “Outside the Lines” was told that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was informed on Friday that Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that had been re-wired to give him the capability to eavesdrop on visiting coaching staffs for three seasons.

Loomis responded by email to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, which Glazer posted on his Twitter account:

“This report on ESPN is absolutely false. I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league issued stats for the game. I have a small tv [sic] with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the WWL- AM radio (flagship broadcaster) game broadcast.

Stay tuned, this one could be better than Bountygate.

Sportsbetting3 Potpurri

Former Michigan State head coach John L. Smith has been hired at Arkansas as a one-year interim coach. Smith had been an assistant for former-Razorback HC Bobby Petrino and responsible for recruiting almost every player on the current Arkansas roster. Smith had accepted the head coaching job at his alma mata Weber State in December but will leave the Bobcats without coaching a game.

This insane front flip basketball shot is going viral. Thinking that we might see more from this kid !!!

Bengals free agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson will be suspended for three games under the league’s substance abuse policy. Simpson was given 15 days in jail and three years probation for a drug charge from last year. He’s known primariy for this touchdown last year against the Cardinals.

Free Plays

(NBA) Oklahoma City -5 over Sacramento

(NHL) New Jersey -151 over Florida

(MLB) Philadelphia (Worley)/Arizona (Collmenter) Under 9 -120

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Price) -149 over Anaheim (Santana)