Heat force Game 7, Euro 2012, Rays avoid sweep + Free Plays for Friday, June 8, 2012

Lebron’s 45 points and 15 rebounds leads Heat

For the Miami Heat to stave off elimination in the NBA playoffs, they had to have a big game from Lebron James. They got it !!! James was white-hot early with 25 first half points staking Miami to an first quarter double-digit lead that they would never relinquish in the 98-79 win. James game was epic. You have to go all the way back to Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to find the last player to go for 45 and 15 with five assists as the gravy. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists for Boston but the Celtics could not get their offense going and were hampered by poor outside shooting that included 1-14 from beyond the arc. The decisive Game seven is Saturday in South Beach with the winner taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA title. The Heat are eight point favorites and the total hasn’t moved off its opening 179.

Celtic fans salute their team

Euro 2012 opens with Poland vs Greece

Triple Crown on the line Saturday

MLB Diamond Dust, Interleague play resumes tonight

At Yankee Stadium, David Price bested CC Sabathia as the Rays averted a sweep with a 7-3 win in the Bronx. Tampa Bay used small ball to build up a 5-1 lead after four innings before tacking on two insurance markers in the ninth. Price through 109 pitches in five innings walking four and striking out eight Bombers for the win.

RA Dickey, the Met knuckleballer with the bionic elbow won his MLB best ninth game Thursday, beating the 3-1 in the nation’s capital. Dickey blanked Washington on four hits in seven innings chalking up eight Ks. Lucas Duda’s two-run shot in the fifth inning, his 10th, was all the support Dickey would need. Ryan Zimmermann homered off Ben Francisco in the ninth for the Nat run.

In response to both the new collective bargaining agreement and the Ryan Braun arbitration decision, Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced its changes to the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

From the MLB press release:

– Adding HGH blood testing during Spring Training, during the off-season, and for reasonable cause. The parties also agreed to study expanding hGH testing to the regular season.

– Increasing the number of random tests during the season and off-season.

– Modifying the Collection Procedures of the Program to clarify when collectors must deliver specimens to the courier, and how specimens should be stored prior to delivery to the courier.

– Modifying the Appeals procedures of the Program, including the circumstances under which procedural deviations will result in the invalidation of test results.

– Creating an Expert Panel of recognized ADD/ADHD experts to advise the Independent Program Administrator (“IPA”) on Therapeutic Use Exemption (“TUE”) applications for ADD/ADHD medications, and another expert panel of medical professionals to advise the IPA on TUE applications for other medications.

-Strengthening the protocols for addressing use by players of drugs of abuse.

– Permitting public announcement of the specific substance that resulted in a player’s positive test result or discipline.

– Making players who are suspended for violating the Program prior to the All-Star Break (including during Spring Training and the preceding off-season) ineligible to be elected or selected for the All-Star Game.

-Establishing a protocol for evaluating and treating players who may suffer from an alcohol use problem or who have engaged in off-field violent conduct.

-Clarifying the rules for violations for use or possession of prohibited substances based on evidence other than positive test results (“non-analytical positives.”)

-Increasing the penalties for criminal convictions for possession or use of drugs of abuse (including stimulants).

More than 45 performance-enhancing substances and stimulants were added to the list of prohbited substances.

Nascar HOF electee Cotton Owens dead at 88

Former driver and car owner Cotton Owens passed away age 88 only weeks after being ielected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Owens will officially enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame when the enshrinement ceremonies happen on Friday, February 8, 2013. Owens will be joined by Rusty Wallace, Leonard Wood, Buck Baker and Herb Thomas in this 4th class. Owens was more than successful behind the wheel, winning nine times in NASCAR’s premier series competition, including the 1957 Daytona Beach road course which marked Pontiac’s first NASCAR victory. He nearly won the 1959 championship, finishing second to NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Lee Petty

Free Plays

(MLB) Pirates (Bedard) -140 over Kansas City (Hocevar)

(MLB) Baltimore (Arrieta) -125 over Philadelphia (Blanton)

(MLB) Atlanta (Beachy) -1.5 +130 (run line) over Toronto (Drabek)

(MLB) Oakland (Milone)/Arizona (Hudson) Under 9 +125