Italy completes Euro 2012 semis, MLB Diamond Dust, Sunday Highlights + Free Plays for Monday, June 25, 2012

England out on PKs AGAIN

Italy became the fourth and final team to punch their ticket to the Euro 2012 semifinals with a 4-2 penalty kick win over England. The Italians dominated the game start to finish but were unable to find the back of the net on numerous excellent scoring chances. Ninety minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time still could not decide a winner so it game down to the crap shoot of penalties. Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney scored England’s penalties, briefly giving their team a 2-1 lead in the shootout. But Ashley Young hit the crossbar with England’s third, and Ashley Cole’s attempt was then saved by Buffon diving to his left. Alessandro Diamanti stepped up and drilled decisive penalty setting up a semifinal match against three-time champion Germany on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland. The Germans, who will have the advantage of an extra two days rest are -300 on the money-line with Italy +225 on the takeback. The total is two flat with high -140 and the low +110. Spain is -270 in Wednesday’s early semifinal with Portugal +200 on the takeback … the total is two flat with the Over -125.

Wimbledon starts today

Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Singles – Outright Winner, All Wagers Have Action

Novak Djokovic 3/2
Rafael Nadal 21/10
Roger Federer 9/2
Andy Murray 11/1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 33/1
Tomas Berdych 33/1
Milos Raonic 33/1
Juan Martin Del Potro 40/1
John Isner 50/1
Andy Roddick 100/1

Wimbledon 2012, Women’s Singles – Outright Winner, All Wagers Have Action

Serena Williams 11/4
Petra Kvitova 5/1
Maria Sharapova 5/2
Victoria Azarenka 7/1
Kim Clijsters 20/1
Venus Williams 20/1
Na Li 25/1
Samantha Stosur 33/1
Caroline Wozniacki 40/1
Sabine Lisicki 50/1

MLB Diamond Dust

The Subway Series pitcher’s duel between the Yankees C.C. Sabathia and the Mets R.A> Dickey never materialized as neither starter was sharp in the Yankees 6-5 win in the ESPN late game. It was Yanks 4-1 after three innings, and 5-5 after six in a game decided by a Robinson Cano solo shot in the top of the eighth. Neithe Sabathia or Dickey were involved in the decision. The Yankees took five of six games from the Mets in this year’s interleague play.

After setting a franchise mark for wins in the month of May, the Miami Marlins have collapsed in the month of June. The Fish are just 3-15 in their L18 games and have gone 25 straight games of scoring five runs or less. That ties Miami for T4 in MLB history (the record is 40, ’79 Mets under Joe Torre) and no team with a similar offensive drought has ever finished above .500 for the year. Miami is currently 34-38 in the inaugural season of their new ball park.

Bowyer much the best at Sonoma

Clint Bowyer won his first ever Nascar race over a road course holding off Tony Stewart and Kurt Bush late. Bowyer led a dominating 71 of the 112 laps and seemed to have much the best car all day but he still had to hold off challenges from Busch and then Stewart who were all over his back bumper over the final ten laps. Stewart finished second, Busch third, with Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. Matt Kenseth is still the series leader with 596 points, 11 better than Greg Biffle.

Leishman wins Travelers for first PGA win

Aussie Marc Leishman shot a blistering final round 62 to win the Traveler’s Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut for his first tour win. Leishman was 14-under for the four days, one shot better than Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman. Leishman took down a cool $1,080,000 in his 96th start. This week the tour visits Bethesda, Maryland for the AT&T National.

Arizona wins Game I of College World Series

Sunday, Arizona Wildcats beat two-time defending champion South Carolina 5-1 to take Game I of the best-of-three College World Series. Konner Wade pitched his third consecutive complete game and Robert Refsnyder homered for the second consecutive game to lead the Wildcats. Arizona is yet to trail in the the CWS, South Carolina has already staved off elimination twice.

Lopez stops Ortiz with 9th round TKO

Saturday night in Los Angeles, 8/1 underdog Josesito Lopez stopped Victor Ortiz in one of the most stunning upsets in recent boxing history. Ortiz, leading by a slight margin on all score cards, was unable to come out for the 10th round having broken his jaw and was unable to close his mouth. Lopez, who had never fought in a world title fight, was supposed to be a soft touch for Ortiz who was fighting in his first bout since getting stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September. Somebody forgot to tell Lopez who stepped in for Andre Berto (failed doping) on short notice and fought the fight of his life.

Free Plays

(MLB) St Louis (Westbrook) -110 over Miami (Nolasco)

St Louis (Westbrook)/Miami 9Nolasco) Under 9 -120

(MLB) Mets (Santana) -140 over ChiCubs (Wood)

(MLB) Kansas City (Hocevar) +115 over Tampa Bay (Cobb)