Heat/Thunder Game Two, MLB Diamond Dust, US Open, Lance Armstrong + Free Plays for Thurday, June 14, 2012

Heat/Thunder Game Two

The NBA Finals Game Two takes place tonight in Oklahoma City with the home-standing Thunder up 1-0 in the series thanks to an 11-point win over the Miami Heat. OKC fell behind early with the Heat leading by as many as 15 in the second quarter. A 58-40 second half blitz won it for the home team. Tonight, the Thunder are 5.5 point favorite with total holding steady at 196. This is a key game for both teams as after tonight, the series moves to South Beach for three games as the series is being played in the 2-3-2 format.

MLB Diamond Dust: Matt Cain throws a perfect game

Matt Cain made baseball history Wednesday night throwing the San Francisco Giants first perfect game and the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain threw 125 pitches in striking out 14 in the Giants 10-0 blowout win. It seems like there is always one great play that “preserves” the no-no. In Cain’s case it was right fielder Gregor Blanco running down a fly to deep right-center and making a diving catch on the warning track and rob Jordan Schafer for the first out of the seventh.

While Cain was throwing a perfect game, NY Met RA Dickey was winning his 10th game spinning a one-hitter in a 9-1 win over Tampa Bay. Dickey threw 109 pitches striking out 12 with his bionic elbow and knuckleball. The hit came on a BJ Upton bouncer in the first that 3B David Wright was unable to handle bare handed. Before giving up an unearned run in the ninth, Dickey topped the franchise record mark of 31 2/3 scoreless innings in a row set by Jerry Koosman in 1973.

The Yankees won their sixth straight game and tenth in their last 12 beating the Braves 3-2 in Atlanta. Curtis Granderson hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, his 19th, as Hideki Kuroda outdueled Tim Hudson. The Yankees are now 16-2 in their L18 games in Atlanta and 9-2 lifetime in the new Turner Field. The Braves pounded our 12 hits but left 13 on.

The US Open tees off today at Olympic

Portugal and Germany post Euro 2012 wins

In Wednesday’s Group B “Group of Death” play, Portugal jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Denmark but needed a goal in the 87th minute to survive 3-2. Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the second half of the ESPN double-header. In Thursday’s Group C play, Italy squares off with Croatia at 12:00 PM Noon EST. The Italians are -175 money-line favorites and the total is 2.5 with the Under a whopping -185. The Italians drew 1-1 with Spain in their opener, the Croats rocked Ireland 3-1. In the late game, Spain is -1.5 goals and still -140. You get a goal-and-a-half plus 10 cents with the Irish, the total is 2.5 with the Over -125.

Lance Armstrong charged with doping

The USADA is bringing formal doping charges against the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. The USADA accuses Armstrong of using and promoting the use of the blood booster EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, human growth hormone and anti-inflammatory steroids. Armstrong was not charged in February after being part of a two-year federal investigation. Armstrong, who was in France while training for a triathlon, issued a statement dismissing the latest allegations “baseless” and “motivated by spite.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr denied early release from jail

The motions for Floyd Mayweather’s early release from jail have been denied by a Las Vegas judge. Mayweather’s lawyers filed the motions Friday claiming that the jail’s low quality food and water threatened Mayweather’s health.

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa wrote in her late Wednesday decision that water has been made available to Mayweather around the clock and the only reason he isn’t eating properly is because he refuses to eat the provided meals. Saragosa said Mayweather’s complaints that he is unable to exercise in jail are also unfounded.

“While the physical training areas and times provided to [Mayweather] may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa wrote.

Free Plays

(NBA) Oklahoma City -5.5 over Miami

(MLB) San Francisco (Zito) -145 over Houston (Rodriguez) 3:45 PM EST

(MLB) Texas (Feldman) -135 over Arizona (Hudson)

(MLB) Minnesota (Diamond) -138 over Philadelphia (Blanton)