The NBA Final is set, Miami vs OKC
During winning time, the Miami Heat were better than the Boston Celtics. Down four after a quarter and seven at the half, and tied after the three quarters, the Miami Heat closed out Boston with a 20-6 run in the final nine minutes enroute to a 101-83 win. Miami’s big three of Lebron James/Dwayne Wade/Chris Bosh combined for 73 points and 26 rebounds. The Celtic starters all scored in double-digits but the Boston bench provided just two points for the entire game.
As the NBA Eastern Conference champions, the Heat move on to face Oklahoma City in the NBA finals. The Thunder have been installed as -160 favorites with the underdog Heat +140. The teams split during the regular season, each winning on their home floor. Game One is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City with the Thunder minus 4 1/2 with the total 192. The NBA finals will be played in the 2-3-2 format.
Celtics/Heat Game Seven Recap
Devils send it back to LA for Game Six
The New Jersey Devils are not done yet sending the Stanley Cup Finals back to Los Angeles after a 2-1 win at the Prudential Center. Bryce Salavador broke a 1-1 tie at the 9:05 mark of the second period and future HOFer Marty Brodeur stopped 25 shots as the Devils became just the third team in NHL history and the first since the 1940’s to force a Game Six in the Stanley Cup Finals after being down 3-0. Sin City has yet to post a line on Game Six at the Staple Center.
Denmark and Germany win at Euro 2012
Euro 2012 continues on Sunday with action in Group C with World Champion Spain facing Italy and Ireland taking on Croatia. At 12:00 PM EST, Spain is a full goal +145 favorites over Italy, the total two flat with the over -120. In the 2:45 PM EST backend of the ESPN double-header, Croatia is a -200 favorite over Ireland (+155), the total two flat with the under -130. In Saturday’s, Group B (Group of Death) results, Denmark upset the Netherlands 1-0 and Germany beat Portugal 1-0. Great Euro 2012 deals are still available from SP3 sponsors.
Nadal vs Djokovic … WOW
Lost in all this weekend’s incredible sports weekend is the amazing men’s final matchup at the French Open. Rafael Nadal looks to surpass the great Bjorn Borg with a seventh French Open title and Novak Djokovic looks to complete his Joker Slam becoming the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to be in possession of all four Grand Slam titles. Djokovic has won 27 Grand Slam matches in a row. This is clearly a question of surface. Djokovic has beaten Nadal seven straight times, all finals, including the last three Grand Slam events but …. this is Djokovic’s first French open final and arguably worst surface and he’ll be facing a Nadal who is 51-1 lifetime at Roland Garror. WOW !!!
Bradley wins controversial decision over Pac Man
In a decision that bordered on criminal and will have far reaching ramifications in the sports of boxing, Timothy Bradley was a split decision winner of Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand is Las Vegas. Bradley won 113-115, 115-113, 115-113 despite being outpunched and outhit in every measurable analytic by a considerable margin. Several industry ringside observers had the rounds 11-1 or 10-2 Pacquiao. A rematch has already been set for November 10th.
Redemption for Union Rags
Union Rags used a ground saving trip to shoot up the rail to beat front-running Paynter by a neck in the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. Longshot Atigun finished third. Favored Dullahan, third in the Kentucky Derby, ran a dull seventh. Union Rags paid $7.50 for a $2 win wager in the field of 11. He completed 1 ½ miles in a pedestrian 2:30.42. Union Rags was considered a top colt this crop but encountered bad trips in the Florida and Kentucky Derbies. A five week freshner and jockey change to Johnny Velasquez apparently did the trick.
Union Rags wins the Belmont
Sharapova completes career Grand Slam
Maria Sharapova reached three milestones with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Sara Errani in the final of the French Open. It was her first win at Roland Garros, she became the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam, and on Monday she’ll regain her world No.1 ranking for the first time since 2008. Sharapova has battled numerous injuries in recent years and finally appears to be healthy enough to make an extended run at the top of women’s tennis.
Logano wins pole and sets record at Pocono
Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Pocono 400 and in doing so shattered the track record. Logano’s run of 179.598 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the 2.5-mile track broken the previous mark set by Kasey Kahne of 172.533 mph in 2004. In all 36 drivers bested the previous mark as speeds continued to remain high on Pocono’s new asphalt surface.
Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Regan Smith, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Kahne complete the first five rows. Jimmy Johnson and Denny Hamlin are co-favorites at 4-1 with Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon all 8-1. Check with a top rated SP3 sponsor to get the best of the number and driver H2H matchups.
Nine players within one shot at St Judes
Nick O’Hearn, Davis Love III, and John Merrick are on top of a very crowded leaderboard headed into the final round of the St Jude’s Classic in Memphis. Those three are at 6-under while Rory McIlroy leads a charge of six golfers one back at 5-under. Altogether there are 30 golfers within five shots of the lead in the final tuneup to next week’s US Open.
Norfolk Admirals sweep Toronto for first AHL title
The Norfolk Admirals won their first Calder Cup with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies sweeping the series 4-0. Why does that rate space here ??? The Admirals went 44-3 down the stretch including ending the AHL season on a 28-game win streak and then going 16-3 in the playoffs. It also gives SP3 the opportunity to post this incredible OT goal in Game Three on Thursday night. Check it out.
Is there a tougher way to lose a game than this ???
(MLB) NY Yankees (Pettitte) -1.5 +115 over NY Mets (Niese)
(MLB) Washington (Zimmermann) +135 over BoSox (Lester)
(MLB) Pittsburg (Burnett) -135 over Kansas City (Chen)
(MLB) Detroit (Smylie)/Cincinnati (Bailey) Under 9 ESPN 8:00 PM EST