I’ll Have Another wins Derby highlighting monster day in sports
I’ll Have Another left alertly, stalked the leaders through fast fractions, then exploded down the stretch to win the 138th Kentucky Derby. The $11,000 colt paid $32.60, 13.80, and 9.00. Bodemeister set some of the fastest fractions in Kentucky Derby but couldn’t hold on through the final 200 years finishing second. Sportsbetting3’s choice, Dullahan, was a hard charging but non-threatening third and paid $7.20. The Triple Crown resumes in two weeks in Baltimore with the Preakness.
Mayweather takes tough unanimous decision over Cotto
Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated but it wasn’t easy. Miguel Cotto showed the heart of a lion and kept coming forward giving “Money” everything he wanted. Mayweather found his rhythm late and rocked Cotto in the 12th round. The judges has it 117-111, 118-110, and 117-111 but many at ringside had it closer. The Associated Press scored the fight 116-112. “Pretty Boy” will have a couple of weeks to heal, rest, and spend some of his guaranteed $32 million dollar purse before he enters a county jail to serve a three-month sentence for domestic abuse. Mayweather vs Pacquiao ??? They waited too long.
Thunder sweep, Pacers survive OT, Clippers win, Spurs 3-0
The Indiana Pacers blew a 19-point fourth quarter lead but survived in overtime on two George Hill FTs with 2:2 seconds left. David West had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners who take a commanding 3-1 series lead back for for Game V on Tuesday. The Clippers set an NBA record for the worst foul shooting in a playoff game but still were able to hang on for an 87-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers could convert just 13-30 (43%) from the charity stripe and needed a 23-14 final quarter to take a 2-1 lead in their series. Chris Paul had 24 points and 11 assists.
The Oklahoma City Thunder can go home and put their feet up for a while, completing an easy first-round sweep. The Thunder eliminated the defending champion Mavericks 103-97 thanks to a 35-16 4th quarter. Likely NBA Sixth-Man-of-the-Year Jame Harden had 29/5/5 for OKC off the bench. Dirk got his usual 34/5/4 for the Mavs. San Antonio took a 3-0 lead in the series with the Jazz with a routine 102-90 win in Utah. The Spurs won the second half 50-40 and were never threatened down the stretch.
Today, the Heat have their brooms ready in New York. Miami is -8 and the total 183 for Game IV at the mecca of Madison Square Garden The Knicks have lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2001. Amare Stoudamire will be a game time decision. The surprising Philadelphia 76ers are three-point home favorites over the Bulls, the high low steady at 174. Joakim Noah (sprained ankle) is a game time decision for the Bulls. Boston looks to go up 3-1 in their series with the Hawks. The Celtics are 5.5 point favorites and the total 171 1/2. Atlanta expects to have Josh Smith back in the lineup. In tonight’s 9:35 PM EST finale, Denver is -2 over the Lakers, the total 201. The Nuggets can tie the series at 2-2 by holding serve tonight at the Pepsi Center.
Caps square series with the Rangers
The Washington Capitals were supposed to fold their tents after losing Wednesday’s 3OT 114 minute marathon with the Rangers. Somebody forgot to tell the Caps who cashed a late power-play to beat the Rangers 3-2. Washington got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green scored the Cap goals. Washington is 13-0 when that trifecta scores in the same game.
The Kings can eliminate St Louis today with a win at The Staple Center. LA is a -135 favorite with the total 4.5, the over -125. The puck drops at 3:05 PM EST. The Devils lead their series with the Flyers 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game IV. Philly has been hammered at the window as New Jersey opened as a -115 favorite but is now a +110 home dog. The total is 5.5 with the under -140.
Johan Santana gets first win since Sept 2010
Johan Santana held Atlanta to just three runs through seven innings of a 4-3 Mets win to pick up his first victory since September 2, 2010 when he also beat the Braves. Santana missed all of 2011 after major shoulder surgery and has had a tough luck start to 2012 despite pitching well. Adam Dunn hit a two-run walk-off homer leading the WSox to a 3-2 win over the Tigers. The A’s beat Tampa Bay in 12-innings handing the Rays just their second (13-2) home loss of the year.
Nate Diaz submits Miller in MMA prime time
Nate Diaz slapped on a deep guillotine choke on Jim Miller to get a second-round tap in the main even of UFC on Fox 3. It was an action packed TV card as MMA returned to prime time with a bang. In the opening bout, “Big” Lavar Johnson knocked out Pat Berry with a barrage of punches towards the end of the first round in a battle of heavyweights. Johnson is the younger “little” brother of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Alan Belcher battered Brazilian submission specialist Rosimar Palhares as a 2-1 underdog. Palhares was never in the fight that Belcher dominated on the ground. Johny Hendricks beat Josh Koscheck by split decision in a battle of 170s. This was another example of terrible MMA officiating as Koscheck clearly won the first and third rounds.
Ten players within four shots at Quail Hollow
Webb Simpson has a one-shot lead over a pretty elite group of ten golfers at the Wells Fargo Open at Quail Hollow. Ryan Moore and DA points are one back with Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney knocking on the door at two back. Ricky Fowler, Stewart Cink, Geoff Ogilvy, and John Senden are all in the thick of it. If you like golf, this is the Sunday final round to watch.
Jeff Gordon wins the pole at Talladega
(NBA) Lakers +2 over Denver
(NHL) LA Kings -135 over St Louis, 3:05 PM EST
(MLB) Texas (Darvish) -160 over Cleveland (Jiminez) 1:05 PM EST
(MLB) Miami (Nolasco) -133 over San Diego (Weiland) 4:05 PM EST