Celtics still alive, Kings/Devils II, Santana No-No + Free Plays for Saturday, June 2, 2012

Boston goes wire-to-wire to get must win

The Celtics had their backs against the wall down 2-0 but veteran Beantowners responded with a 101-91 to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Final series with the Miami Heat. Boston led 55-42 at the half and 85-63 at the end of three quarters in cruising to an easy win. Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo had 24, 23, and 21 respectively while Lebron James led the Heat with 34 points. In a game that was eerily identical statistically, the Celtics won the game at the foul line cashing 20-26 while the Heat could manage just 10-20. Game Four is 8:30 PM EST Sunday at TD Arena, the Celtics are -1 and the high/low 180.

Devils look to break Kings road stranglehold

Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals takes place tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with Los Angeles Kings leading one game to none in the series and -115 favorite in Game Two. The total is 4 1/2 with a 15 cent tax. The Kings won Game One 2-1 in overtime on a perfect finish of a breakway by Anze Kopitar. Game One was a defensive struggle producing just 42 combined shots on goal in 68 minutes of play. Tonight figures to be much more wide open. The puck drops at the Rock at 8:00 PM EST and can be seen on NBC.

Santana gets first Mets franchise no-hitter

It took 8,019 games over 50 years and two months but the NY Mets finally have their first no-hitter. Johann Santana threw a career high 134 pitches walking five and striking out eight in the 8-0 Mets win over St Louis. The Cardinals lead the national league in just about every major offensive category making the performance all the sweeter. The streak was one of the most puzzling in sports as the Mets have had some pretty good pitching over the years … Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, Al Leiter, Jon Matlack, David Cone, Gary Gentry, Frank Viola, Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan. The Mets had 35 one-hitters and 13 ex-Mets threw no-hitters elsewhere, Cone and Gooden doing it with the crosstown rival New York Yankees. Nothing like getting a 50-year monkey off your back.

NFL has Saints Bounty Ledger

According to reports from CBSSports and Yahoo, the NFL has a copy of a ledger detailing the weekly bounty earnings of Saints players. The ledger shows both money earned from “cart-offs” ($1,000 payouts) and “whacks” ($400), as well as deductions for “mental errors” ($100). The ledger was apparently presented to some of the players involved during the investigation of Bountygate. Sources have indicated the players clearly knew what was going on each week with the payments. Two entries from the 2009 season were highlighted, facing the Bills on Sept. 27, 2009, “there were three $1,000 awards. … and, in a game against the New York Giants on Oct. 18, there was a $1,000 bounty awarded for one cart-off.”
It looks like Bountygate is far from over.

Tiger one back of Sabbatini at Memorial

Despite battling the flu and cold rainy weather in Ohio, Tiger Woods managed to shoot a 3-under 69 to leave himself just one shot back of Rory Sabbatini at the halfway mark of the Memorial. It was only Wood’s second sub-70 round in his last fourteen. A win at the Memorial would be Woods 73rd for his career, tying him for second place all time with Jack Nicklaus who is hosting this event. World No.1 Luke Donald is at even par six back, Rory McIlroy shot 79 and missed the cut.

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Chiesa submits Iaquinta to win TUF 15

Michael Chiesa put Al Iaquinta to sleep with a rear-naked choke to win the TUF 15 championship, a brand new Harley, a sponsorship with Tapout, and a six-figure contract with the UFC. Chiesa was the story of the show having lost his father to leukemia in his first week at the house and scoring several big wins where he was a decided underdog to his opponent.

Orlando Woolridge dead at 52

Ex-Notre Dame and Chicago Bulls star Orlando Woolridge died in his parents home Friday from a long time chronic heart condition. One of the NBA’s most prolific dunkers, the 6-9 Woolridge averaged 16 points and 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 28.3 minutes in 851 games. He was first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls and later played for the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers from 1981-94. He also played in Italy for Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna. Woolridge also coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. RIP Orlando.

Woolridge had plenty of hops

Umenyiora restructures deal to stay a Giant

Two years of contract discontent has apparently come to an end in a restructuring deal that will keep DE Osi Umenyiora a Giant, at least through 2012. Terms were not disclosed but Umenyiora will apparently get a bump this year and the Giants will agree not to “tag” Umenyiora in 2013. Recently parting ways with his long-time agent, Umenyiora did all the negotiations personally with Giants GM Jerry Reese. Umenyiora says that he’s in great shape, all in, and will report to team OTAs on Monday.

Free Plays

(NHL) Los Angeles Kings -110 over New Jersey

(MLB) NY Mets (Dickey) +125 St Louis (Lynn)

(MLB) Oakland (McCarthy)/Kansas City (Hocevar) Under 8 even

(MLB) Minnesota (Walters)/Cleveland (Tomlin) Under 9 even