Italy shocks Germany, Anthony Davis goes #1, Nadal out, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Friday, June 29, 2012

Italy shocks Germany to advance to Euro 2012 Final

Italy got two first-half goals from Mario Balotelli to lead the Italians to a 2-1 win over Germany and a place in the Euro 2012 final against Spain. Balotelli scored on a header in the 20th minute and then cracked a laser from just outside the box in the 36th to put the Germans in a hole that they were unable to dig out of. Germany had three excellent chances in the first 15 minutes but couldn’t convert and finally settled for a consolation penalty in injury time after a handball. Spain is a -185 moneyline favorite over Italy (+145) in Sunday’s 2:45 PM EST final in Kiev. The total is two flat with the Under -140, the Over +110.

Hornets snatch Anthony Davis with first pick in the draft

As expected, the New Orleans Hornets took PF Anthony Davis with the first pick of the 2012 NBA draft. There were some minor surprises in the order taken but for the most part there were no major surprises or blockbuster trades from teams looking to move up. Sportsbetting3 will have a recap and draft grades for each team in the next 24 hours.

The first 10 picks of the 2012 NBA Draft

Hornets Anthony Davis PF Kentucky
Bobcats Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Kentucky
Wizards Bradley Beal SG Florida
Cavaliers Dion Waiters SG Syracuse
Kings Thomas Robinson PF Kansas
Blazers Damian Lillard PG Weber State
Warriors Harrison Barnes SF North Carolina
Raptors Terrence Ross SG Washington
Pistons Andre Drummond C UConn
Hornets Austin Rivers SG Duke

MLB Diamond Dust

The San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight game, all by shutout, blanking the Reds 5-0 on a one-hitter by Madison Bumgarner. Cincinnati’s lone safety was a Russ Hanigan single leading off the sixth inning. Bumgarner won his seventh straight decision for his 10th win spinning a 107 pitch complete game striking out eight. The Giants win coupled with the Dodgers 3-2 loss to the Mets gave San Francisco sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers are 1-9 in their L10, have lost five straight, scored two runs in their last four games, and now in second place for the first time since April 11th.

Little known Czech bounces Rafa from Wimbledon

Men’s top-seed Rafael Nadal has been bounced from in five sets from Wimbledon by big hitting Czech Lukas Rosol, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Rosol, a 26-year-old Czech ranked No. 100, earned the biggest win of his career playing in Wimbledon’s main draw for the first time. He lost each of the past five years in the first round of qualifying. It was Nadal’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since 2005 and make the probable semifinal matchup between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic the de facto Men’s final.

Nadal talks about loss to Lukas Rosol

DWade needs knee surgery, out of the Olympics

Dwayne Wade will need surgery on his knee and will be unable to compete at the London Olympics. Team USA is already down Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard and the loss of Wade leaves Kobe Bryant as the team’s lone shooting guard. Oklahoma City’s James Harden has been added as a late edition to the talent pool and will be in position to take Wade’s place.

Sid the Kid and Jonathon Quick sign mega-extensions

The face of the Pittsburg Penguins and the NHL, Sidney Crosby, has signed a front-loaded cap-friendly 12-year $104.4 million dollar extension. While there was no doubt that Crosby would get a boatload of money, the length of the contract was surprising given Crosby’s concussion prone past and the fact that the franchise had never signed a contract ever of longer than seven years. The contract is structure to leave the Penguins $15 million under the cap putting Pittsburg in a position to go after free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings locked up goalie Jonathon Quick with a ten-year $58 million dollar deal. Quick still has one-year remaining on his current contract that will pay him $1.8 million this upcoming season, his new deal won’t kick in until the 2013-14 season Even with the new deal, Quick will be only the seventh highest paid goalie in the NHL.

While Crosby and Quick have agreed to terms, the deals can’t officially be signed until July 1st.

Free Plays

(MLB) Miami (Johnson) -110 over Philadelphia (Lee)

(MLB) NY Mets (Dickey) -135 over LA Dodgers (Harang)

(MLB) San Francisco (Cain) -151 over Cincinnati (Leake)

(MLB) Angels (Santana) -115 over Toronto (Villaneuva)