Heat victory parade, MLB Diamond Dust, Arizona CWS Champs, Venus bounced + Free Plays, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Heat celebrate with parade and victory bash

The Miami Heat celebrated their NBA championship with their fans with a parade that started at Southwest 8th Street and 2nd Avenue, headed east to Brickell Avenue and then north on Biscayne Boulevard. The parade ended outside the American Airlines Arena, where the team headed inside for a sold out private party and celebration.

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Bosh: “Without you all, without each and everyone person’s support here and each and every person’s support outside this stadium, we would be nothing without you guys, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.”

Wade: “This one right here feels a lot sweeter, we’ve been through a lot as an organization, as a city,” comparing the 2012 win to the Heat’s 2006 championship. “It means so much to us to be here to be able to celebrate this championship with this city and with this core of guys.”

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proclaimed June 25 “Miami Heat 2012 Champions Day” while Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said they were gathered to “celebrate having the Heat in Miami.” Pat Riley and owner Mickey Arison sported glasses as they too thanked the fans for their support. “Thank you Miami, we love you,” Arison said.

MLB Diamond Dust

Monday’s top performance came from the Cincinnati Reds Matt Latos who spun his second career complete game, a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Latos gave up a run on four hits while striking out a career high 13. The ex-Padre threw 109 pitches, 80 for strikes and kicked in two hits for good measure. Reds 3B Scott Rolen got the dreaded Golden Sombrero, striking out four times, the first three looking.

The Indians are 12-2 in one-run games, 25-32 in all other games. St Louis is 10-18 in games decided by 1-2 runs, 28-17 in all other games. The Braves were glad to have yesterday off since they’re 0-10 on Mondays this season. Free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen, a performance-enhancing drug.

Byrd released the following statement:

“I made an inexcusable mistake. Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons.

Arizona is the new College World Series Champion

The Arizona Wildcats used a three-run ninth inning to beat two-time defending CWS champion South Carolina 4-1 and sweep the the best-of-three series. It was the Wildcats fourth CWS championship and their first since 1986. The 49-18 Cats won 18 of their final 20 games including the last 11 straight. South Carolina (49-20) had been trying to become the first team since the Southern California dynasty of the early 1970s to win three national titles in a row.

Venus Williams is first Wimbledon upset victim

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was bounced in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament in 6 1/2 years getting smoked 6-1 and 6-3 against 79th-ranked Elena Vesnina of Russia. Only once before – as a teenager making her Wimbledon debut in 1997 – had Williams exited so early at the All England Club. The loss left many wondering how long Venus will continue to play. Williams is reportedly being treated for the illness Sjögren’s syndrome, a little-known autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Inmates “serenaded” Sandusky with Pink Floyd’s The Wall

An inmate in the Centre County Correctional Facility told a reporter that the inmates “serenaded” former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky with Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” while he was there in December. Sandusky is now on suicide watch after a jury convicted him late Friday of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Sandusky, 68, remained in Centre County Correctional Facility since then. Sandusky, who was found guilty of 45 of 48, faces a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 400+ years when he is sentenced in approximately two months.

Free Plays

(MLB) St Louis (Lohse) -109 over Miami (Zambrano)

(MLB) Washington (Gonzalez)/ Colorado (Friedrich) Under 10.5

(MLB) NY Yankees (Hughes) -151 over Cleveland (Masterson)

(MLB) Oakland (Blackley) +113 over Seattle (Vargas)