Celtics ride Rondo, Indy 500, Dos Santos by KO, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Sunday, May 27, 2012

Celtics move on with 85-75 win over the Sixers

It’s going to be the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference final after Boston turned back Philadelphia 85-75 in Game Seven of their second-round series Friday night. Boston led pretty much wire-to-wire but couldn’t shake off the pesky 76ers who managed to stay close the entire way. Rajon Rondo was the hero for Boston with an 18/10/10 triple-double that included some dagger long range jump shots late in the fourth quarter. The Eastern Conference Final starts Monday in South Beach with the Heat as eight point favorites. The Western Conference final starts tonight in San Antonio with the Spurs minus 5 1/2 over Oklahoma City. The total hasn’t moved at 204.

Hasek mulls return to NHL at age 47

With the NHL playoffs on hiatus until Wednesday, reports from the Czech Republic have 47-year-old goaltender Dominik Hasek eyeing a return to the NHL with with Detroit, Buffalo, or Tampa Bay. Hasek hasn’t played in the NHL since 2008 and last played in the KHL during the 2010-2011 season. The Lightning’s Dwayne Rolloson (42) was the only 40-something goalie to play in the NHL this year. The Devil’s Martin Brodeur turned 40 during the playoffs.

Chipper goes on DL, Oriole’s Jones get $85 million extension

Braves 3B Chipper Jones had been put on the 15-day DL with a lower leg contusion retroactive to Wednesday when he pinch-hit. Jones hasn’t started since May 18th when he took a ground ball off the leg fielding a BJ Upton one-hopper. Jones said it was the hardest he’d been hit in his MLB career. The Braves are 5-14 when Jones does not play the field.

The Orioles have rewarded CF Adam Jones with a six-year $85 million dollar extension. Jones is having a break out year hitting .309 with 14 homers and 31 RBIs in 47 games. Jones won a Gold Glove and was an All-Star in 2009. He’s curretly riding a 15-game hitting streak and deal locks up the 26-year-old through 2018.

Briscoe has pole in wide open Indy 500

While the Indianapolis 500 doesn’t carry the same prestige it did 25 years ago, it is still an American institution and this year’s race is as wide-open as it’s been in years. Ryan Briscoe has the pole and is the 17/4 favorite at Bovada. Helio Castroneves (11/2), Marco Andretti (6/1), Will Power (6/1), Dario Franchitti (17/2), and James Hinchcliffe (17/2) are the only six drivers 10-1 or lower. The green flag drops at 11:00 AM EST. Throughout the week and today, Indy will be celebrating the life of Dan Wheldon who won this race last year but was tragically killed in Las Vegas in October.

Indy 500 preview from ESPN

Donovan nets hat-trick in 125th US start

Landon Donovan celebrated his return to the US National Team with his third international hat-trick leading the US to a 5-1 win over Scotland. It was Donovan’s record 125th start for the US and his 47th, 48th, and 49th goals. It was the fifth straight win for the US after starting 1-4-1 under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The US plays Brazil and Canada in friendlies before starting qualification for the 2014 World Cup on June 8th. The crowd of 44,438 in Jacksonville was the largest to ever see the US National Team in action in the state of Florida.

Dos Santos retains belt by KO at UFC 146

Junior Do Santos retained his UFC heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of veteran Frank Mir. Dos Santos was the much faster of two tatooing Mir with straight right hands and avoided be taken down by the submission specialist. Mir was floored midway through the second round and after a couple of Dos Santos hammer fists, Herb Dean called for the stoppage at the 3:04 mark. In the all heavyweight pay-for-views co-feature, Cain Velasquez won in a bloody first-round TKO over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Dos Santos talks about KO and future

Dufner one-up at the Colonial

Sunday’s final round at the Colonial looks to be a heads-up match play event between red-hot Jason Dufner and the equally smokin’ Zach Johnson. Dufner is at 15-under, one shot better than Johnson ….. then it’s all the way back to Tom Gillis and Bo Van Pelt at 7-under and 6-under respectively. A win at the Colonial would give Dufner back-to-back wins and three wins in a month. He was winless in his first 162 tour events.

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