Devils look to stave off elimination … again
The pressure is starting to mount on the LA Kings who look to hoist the cup for the third straight in tonight’s Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings are -170 favorites with the total 4 1/2, the under -115. The Devils are 7-5 on the road during the playoffs, 10-1 in games 4-7 of their series. The Kings are 5-3 at home and have lost two straight after going 15-3 through their first 18 playoff games. Eight of the last nine Kings playoff games have gone under including all five in this series. The loser in games of this series scored 1-1-0-1-1 through five games.
Game Five highlights and preview
(Just In) Nadal claims 7th French Open
Move over Bjorn Borg, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Rafael Nadal. Returning early Monday after their Men’s Final was suspended for rain last night, Nada finished off Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 for his 7th French Open title and 11th Grand Slam title. Nadal had lost seven straight matches to Djokovic, all finals, before breaking through on the red clay of Roland Garros. Nadal improved to 52-1 lifetime on the French Open. There will be no Joker slam for Djokovic who was trying to become the first man in 43 years to win four straight Grand Slam titles.
Logano wins at Pocono
Joey Logano passed Mark Martin with a well timed bump-and-run pass with four laps left to win Sunday’s Pocono 400. It was Logano’s second career victory and first since 2009. Martin held for second with Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five. Logano had a good car all day leading a race high 49 laps. Repaving of the track and shortening the race 100 miles led to some of the most exciting racing ever seen at the one time innocuous raceway.
Matt Kenseth finished seventh but took over the lead in The Chase with 523 points, 10 better than Dale Earnhardt Jr who was eighth. Greg Biffle, who has led the points standings most of the season, finished 24th and fell to third, 16 points in arrears. Hamlin, Johnson, Harvick, Truex Jr, Stewart, Bowyer, Keselowski, Edwards, and Kyle Busch complete the top twelve.
Logano’s winning pass of Mark Martin
Dustin Johnson one shot the best at St Judes
It didn’t take Dustin Johnson long to find his form. After not picking up a club for six weeks after hurting his back moving a snowmobile, John won his second event back shooting 9-under 271 to win the Memphis St Jude Classic by a shot over John Merrick. Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, Nick O’Hearn, and Davis Love were all T-3 just two shots back. With 30 players going into Sunday’s final round within five shots of the lead, Sunday figured to be wide open. It was, with eight different players having or sharing some piece of the lead.
Rory McIlroy finished T-7 with a 6-under 274 to build some confidence before defending his US Open title this week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. McIlroy had missed the cut in his three prior events.
Euro 2012 preview and results
The final Group to not see action in Euro 2012 takes to the pitch Monday as Group D gets underway in Poland/Ukraine. Traditional rivals France and England meet at 12:00 PM EST with the French -150 money-line favorites. The total is two flat with the under -140. In the second half of the ESPN double-header, Ukraine hosts Denmark in Donetsk. The homies are 20 cent favorites over the Danes in the virtual pick’em. The total is two flat with the over -135. In yesterday’s Group C action, Italy and Spain played to a 1-1 draw, Croatia beat Ireland 3-1. All kinds of great bonuses are still available for Euro 2012 action from SP3’s top rated sponsors. Check them out.
MLB Diamond Dust
Russell Martin hit two home runs including a walk off shot in the ninth to beat the Mets 5-4 and give the Yankees an Interleague Subway Series sweep. The Bombers came back from 3-0 down with two in the seventh, two in the eighth, and Martin’s winner in the ninth.
The Tampa Bay Rays completed their sweep of the Marlins in Miami to take down Florida bragging rights and remain a game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. Matt Joyce and Elliot Johnson both homered in the fourth as the Rays jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruising to a 4-2 win. James Shields went 6 1/3 four-hit one-run innings for his seventh win.
The Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-4 win at Fenway. Bryce Harper scored from first on a RBI double from Roger Bernadina. David Ortiz hit his 14th homer of the year to snap a 7-game drought without an RBI for Boston. Tom Gorzelanny picked up the win in relief.
(NHL) New Jersey +155 over Los Angeles
(MLB) Washington (Jackson) +145 over Toronto (Morrow)
(MLB) NY Yankees (Nova) -115 over Atlanta (Delgado)
(MLB) Miami (Johnson) +108 over BoSox (Beckett)