Kings hoist the Cup, Heat/Thunder Game One, RIP Teofilo + Free Plays for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kings win Game Six thanks on the power play

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for winning the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup, the first championship in the 45-year history of the franchise. The Kings scored three power-play goals in the first period of their Game Six matchup with New Jersey and went on to cruise to an easy 6-1 clincher. Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists for the first star, Jeff Carter pitched in with two goals for the second. Defensive quarterback Drew Doughty got the third and final star with two assists. King goalie Jonathon Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of the playoffs), adding one more dominant game to a run in which he set NHL records for save percentage (.946) and goals-against average (1.41) among goalies who played at least 15 postseason games.

The five-minute boarding penalty that decided Game Six

Devils/Kings Game Six highlights

Heat/Thunder Game One

The long anticipated NBA Finals dream matchup between the Heat and Thunder starts tonight in Oklahoma City. The Thunder opened as 4 1/2 point favorites and have been bet to five. The total has soared from 192 to 195 1/2. The home team won both series meeting this year, the Thunder winning 103-87 on March 25th, the Heat 98-93 in South Beach 11 days later. Miami is 4-4 on the road this year, Oklahoma City is 8-0 (5-3 ATS) at the Oklahoma City Arena. The Heat beat the Knicks, Indiana, and Boston to get here. The Thunder beat Dallas, the Lakers, and San Antonio to win the West.

In the opinion of SP3, Oklahoma City is the better/deeper team. The key for the Thunder is Westbrook accepting a subordinate role and making sure that Durant gets the ball during winning time. If he does, Oklahoma City wins this in six games.

Yanks/Nova shut out Braves

Raul Ibanez hit his 10th home run and Ivan Nova and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the New York Yankees shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0. Nova struck out six walking just one improving to 8-2 this year and to 16-4 since being inserted to the Bomber rotation. It was New York’s four straight win and eighth in ten games sending them ten games above .500 and lifting them to a first-place tie in the AL East with Tampa Bay.

Euro 2012 preview and results

Monday completed the first round of group play at Euro 2012 with England and France playing to a 1-1 tie and the Ukraine beating Sweden 2-1 on a brace from Andriy Shevchenko. All 16 teams have now played a game as we continue with Group A today with Greece meeting the Czech Republic in the 12:00 PM EST opener with Poland and Russia meeting in the back end of the ESPN double-header at 2:45 PM EST. The Czech’s are -165 favorites over the Greeks, the total is two flat with the over -135. Russia is -155 in the late game with the total 2 1/2 with the under -150. Poland and Greece tied 1-1 in their opener, Russia beat the Czechs 4-1.

Three-time Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist Teofilo Stevenson dead at 60

Cuban boxing legend Teófilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion is dead at age 60, the victim of a heart attack. Stevenson was denied the chance at a fourth gold when Cuba boycotted the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Stevenson was known for his devastating right hand and for turning down millions to face Muhammed Ali.

Stevenson knocks out Big John Tate, Howard Cosell on the call

Opening statements in Sandusky case

Opening arguments in the Jerry Sandusky case took place on Monday with the prosecution calling Sandusky a serial sexual predator and the defense saying that it is all a shake down for money. Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he has denied. His arrest and the fallout led to departures of longtime football coach Joe Paterno and the university president. The trial is expected to last several weeks.

14-year-old qualifies for the US Open

With Paul Casey withdrew from Thursday’s US Open, it opened the door for a 14-year-old player who originally hails from China to gain a spot in the field at Olympic Club. Zhang lost in a playoff at Black Diamond in Lecanto, Fla., last Monday. He finished with rounds of 70-72 at Black Diamond and would have been the youngest player in Open history by roughly a year, had he made the field at Olympic Club. Now he has.

Free Plays

(NBA) Oklahoma City -5 over Miami

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Cobb) -150 over NY Mets (Young)

(MLB) NY Yankees (Sabathia) -150 over Atlanta (Minor)

(MLB) Arizona (Kennedy) +155 over Texas (Lewis)