Heat advance, Rangers/Devils Six, Tribe sweeps Tigers, + Free Plays for Friday, May 25, 2012

Pacers can’t overcome 22 turnovers, DWade’s 41

In the end, it was too much Lebron and too much DWade for the Pacers. The dynamic duo combined for 69 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Miami Heat closed out Indiana with a 105-93 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals vs either Boston or Philadelphia. Over the final three games of the series /James/Wade outscored the Pacer starters 197-183.

It’s win or go home on Saturday when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Boston Celtics at TD Arena. Boston is a 5 1/2 point favorite with total bet down a point to 170 1/2.

Rangers/Devils Game Six Preview

The Devils can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win over the Rangers tonight at the Prudential Center. New Jersey is a slight 20 cent favorite with the total 4 1/2 and the over -120. Game Five saw an uncharacteristic flurry of scoring as both teams accounted for eight goals several thanks to some equally uncharacteristic soft goaltending. New Jersey scored on three of their first five shots on goal and lit the lamp five time on their 16 shots for the game. The Rangers have gone 18 games scoring three or less goals and Wednesday was the first time in 18 games that a Ranger opponent has scored more than three goals. Look for a very physical tight checking game tonight in New Jersey.

Haren wiffs 15, Pujols hits No.450 in 3-0 Angels win

Dan Haren pitched a four-hit nine-inning shutout striking out out a career high 14 batters and Albert Pujols hit his 450th career homer as the Angels dumped Seattle 3-0. Haren’s previous career high had been 12 Ks. The Anaheim righty needed 126 pitches to complete his gem, 83 strikes. Pujols had three hits in the game and became the fourth youngest player ever to 450 homers at 32 years and 129 days. Ken Griffey Jr was the fastest by about a year.

The Cleveland Indians beat Jason Verlander and the Tigers 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep of Motown and stretch their lead in the AL Central to 3 1/2 games over the White Sox and six games over the Tigers. Sin-Soo Choo led off the game with a monster blast off Verlander who pitched and eight-inning complete game loss. It was Verlander’s 52nd straight start of pitching at least six innings, the longest since Steve Carlton did it 69 times in 1979-1982. Detroit’s big bats have gone silent. The Tigers left 30 on during the series, went 3-28 with runners in scoring position, Cabrera/Fielder/Young going 0-12 with runners to pick up.

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I’ll Have Another’s trainer suspended 45 days

Doug O’Neill, who trains Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another, has been suspended a minimum of 45 days and fined $15,000 after one of his runners at Del Mar in 2010 tested in excess of the permitted level of total carbon dioxide. The penalty will not begin until July 1 at the earliest and will not affect I’ll Have Another’s attempt to sweep the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, in an attempt to sweep the Triple Crown.

Whelan’s wife accepts championship ring

Seven months after her husband Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific crash in Las Vegas, Susan Wheldon and her two children somberly celebrated her late husband’s Indianapolis 500 victory Thursday by accepting his championship ring

Seven months after Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific crash at Las Vegas, Susie and their two children came to Indianapolis to accept the champion’s ring. “He loved Indianapolis Motor Speedway so much,” she said softly as cameras clicked. “I’m proud to be here with our two children, Sebastian and Oliver, and to represent him as a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.” Wheldon didn’t take questions during the brief ceremony, but did thank racing fans for showing love and support following the fatal crash. The 14-karat gold ring includes one full karat of diamonds with Wheldon’s name on one side of the ring. It was made by Herff Jones and is valued at $5,000.

Amirola wins the pole at Charlotte

Aric Amorola captured his first career pole and teammate Marcos Ambrose finished second giving Richard Petty racing a sweep of the front row at this year’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Petty won a Sprint Cup-record 123 poles during his career but his No. 43 car hasn’t sat on the pole at the Coca-Cola 600 in 46 years. Jimmie Johnson, who won last week’s All-Star race, qualified third, followed by Greg Biffle with Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith rounding out the top ten.

Free Plays

(MLB) ChiCubs (Dempster)/Pittsburg (Burnett) Under 7

(MLB) San Diego (Bass)/NY Mets (Gee) Over 7

(MLB) Cincinnati (Cueto) -150 over Colorado (Friedrich)

(MLB) Anaheim (Santana) -125 over Oakland (Beavan)