76ers force Game 7, Devils break through, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Thursday, May 24, 2012 for Thursday, May

Heat go for the clincher tonight without Haslem and Pittman

The Miami Heat can clinch a spot in the NBA Eastern Conference final tonight with a win at Indiana but they’ll have to do it with three of their bigs in street clothes. Chris Bosh is still out with a lower abdominal strain and Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman are both suspended for their Game Five flagrant fouls. Haslem will sit out a game. Pittman will sit the next three games. Miami is a 3 1/2 points favorite with total steady at 182.

Philadelphia is going back to Boston for a Game Seven. Despite shooting just 1-9 from behind the arc, just 17-28 (60%) from the foul line, and getting outrebounded 47-36, the 76ers live to fight another day after holding Boston to 26-78 (33%) shooting from the field. Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 20 points and six assists. Paul Pierce had 24/10 and Kevin Garnett 20/11 were the only two Celtics in double-figures. Game Seven is Saturday at the TD Garden Arena with Boston a five-point favorite, the total 171.

Devils bounce Rangers 5-3

New Jersey scored three times on their first five shots on goal to take a 3-0 lead after nine minutes. The Rangers managed to claw back to 3-3 at the beginning of the third period but a Ryan Carter wrister at 15:26 and a Zach Parise empty netter sealed the deal for the devils who return the Prudential Center for Game Six with a 3-2 lead. For the first time in the series, both goaltenders were shaky giving up a number of soft goals.

MLB Diamond Dust

Tampa Bay improved to a MLB best 17-7 at home with 5-4 11-inning victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. BJ Upton did the honors going three-for-six including a walk off RBI double. Jose Batista his his 12th homer of the year, his 125th as a Blue Jay which ties him for eighth in the franchise. Tampa Bay is 27-18 despite having 10 players on the disabled list including power hitting third-baseman Evan Longoria.

2012 Possible Belmont Stakes Starters

Horse Trainer Jockey Odds Last Race

Alpha, K. McLaughlin, R. Dominguez, 15-1, Kentucky Derby, 12th

Atigun, K. McPeek, undecided, 15-1, Churchill allowance, 1st

Dullahan, D. Romans, J. Castellano, 5-1, Kentucky Derby, 3rd

Five Sixteen, D. Schettino, R. Napravnik, 50-1, Aqueduct allowance, 4th

Guyana Star Dweej, D. Shivmangal, undecided, 50-1, Belmont OC/allowance, 2nd

I’ll Have Another, D. O’Neill, M. Gutierrez, 4-5, Preakness, 1st

Optimizer, D. Lukas, C. Nakatani, 30-1, Preakness, 6th

Paynter, B. Baffert, M. Smith, 12-1, Pimlico allowance, 1st

Rousing Sermon J. Hollendorfer undecided 20-1 Kentucky Derby, 8th

Stealcase, M. Casse, S. Bridgmohan, 30-1, Derby Trial, 3rd

Street Life, C. Brown, J. Lezcano, 15-1, Peter Pan, 3rd

Union Rags, M. Matz, J. Velazquez, 6-1, Kentucky Derby, 7th

Unstoppable U, K. McPeek, J. Alvarado, 30-1, Belmont allowance, 1st

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Will the Steinbrenners sell the Yankees ???

Citing multiple baseball and financial sources, the New York Daily News is reporting that the Steinbrenners might be in the market to look at offers for the Yankees. If the Dodgers were worth $2.175 million, where would the bidding stop for the Yankees ??? Probably exceeding $3 billion for the game’s most storied franchise. George Steinbrenner bought the team for $8.8 million in 1973.

Is Shaq the the next GM of the Orlando Magic ???

ESPN’s Chris Broussard has indicated that Shaquille O’Neal is being considered a GM candidate for the Orlando Magic. Shaq has apparently mended fences with Dwight Howard and the two apparently have a good relationship. The Magic’s first choice for a front office position was Doc Rivers who lives in Orlando year around but Rivers just signed a five-year $35 million dollar extension with Boston.

2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class announced

Rusty Wallace was among five chosen to be inducted into the Nascar Hall of Fame. Wallace, the 1989 series champion who won 55 races, headed the group of five picked Wednesday as NASCAR’s newest Hall of Famers. The others selected were Leonard Wood, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens and Buck Baker. Wallace is ninth on the career victory list. He was a master of the short tracks with 25 of his victories coming at Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro and Richmond.

Free Plays

(NBA) Miami/Indiana Over 182

(MLB) Atlanta (Delgado)/Cincinnati (Bailey) Under 9

(MLB) Minnesota (Devries) +150 over WSox (Humber)

(MLB) Seattle (Vargas) +115 over Anaheim (Haren)