Manu shoots down Heat, Lefty second best ….. again, Blackhawks/Bruins III, MLB News and Notes, Biffle best in Michigan, T.O. visits Chad + Sunday Recap: Monday, June 17, 2013

Spurs whack Heat 114-104 to lead 3-2 going back to Miami

In an effort to jumpstart Manu Ginobli, Spurs head coach Greg Popovich inserted No.20 into the starting lineup. He was not disappointed. On the first possession of the game, Ginobli knocked down a step back three and it was on for the Argentine who finished with 24 points and 10 assists. Danny Green continued his torrid three-point shooting and chipped in with an additional 24. Green knocked down his 25th trifecta of the Finals breaking the record of Ray Allen with possibly two games left to be played. The Spurs shot 60% in the game compared to 43% for the Heat. Lebron and DWade both had 25 for Miami.

The series returns to South Beach on Tuesday with Miami opening as a 7-point favorite with the total receiving a major adjustment …. up to 191 1/2.

Lefty is the bridesmaid at the US Open for sixth time

It would have been a great story. Father’s Day, 43rd birthday, five runner-up finishes in the US Open and eight runner-up finishes in majors overall. It was not to be for Phil Mickelson who led through 54 holes but could not seal the deal at Merion on Sunday. Justin Rose shot a final round 70 to win the US Open while Lefty needed a day high 37 putts to complete his round and finish two shots back. With Rose in the clubhouse with a one shot lead, Mickelson needed a birdie on 18 to force a Monday playoff. A poor drive left Mickelson in the rough and he was unable to get to the green in two on the Par 4 final hole. Mickelson’s pitch was a bit strong and rolled by the hole to give Rose the win.

Merion Notes …..

The final four groups shot a combined 33 over par on Sunday

Tiger Woods final score of +13 was his worst ever in a major

Shawn Stefani aced the 213 yard Par 3 17th hole on Sunday, the first hole-in-one ever at a major played at Merion

There were no birdies on the final hole on Saturday or Sunday

Blackhawks and Bruins skate tonight in Game III

After two epic overtime games in Chicago, the Stanley Cup Finals switch to Boston for Game III. Boston is a -130 home ice favorite with the total five flat with the under shaded 40 cents. If you haven’t watched this final yet, check it out when you can. Play has been great.

MLB News and Notes

Torii Hunter hit his 300th career home run and Doug Fister held the Twins hitless through six innings in Detroit’s 5-2 win over the Minnesota.

The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are in negotiations on a contract extension that would pay the southpaw somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.

The next big “phenom” will make his MLB debut on Tuesday when the Rays trot out Wil Myers. Tampa Bay acquired Myers over the winter in the James Shields deal. The power hitting outfield prospect has 14 homers and 57 RBIs in 63 games for AAA Durham.

Biffle wins at Michigan

Greg Biffle took advantage of some late wrecks to win his second straight race at Michigan Motor Speedway. It was a historic win for Biffle’s ride which won for the 1000th time just a couple of miles up the road from company headquarters. Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

Terrell Owens visits Ochocinco in jail

Terrell Owens visited Chad Ochocinco in jail and apparently it was quite a humbling experience for the future Hall of Fame wideout. Owens finished his career with 1,078 catches (sixth all-time) for 15,934 yards (second all-time) and 153 touchdowns (second all-time), while Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. T.O. was on blast on twitter Saturday night and you can read the tweets here.


Chad Johnson has apologized to Judge Kathleen McHugh and has been released from jail

Free Play

(MLB) Houston (Norris) +104 over WSox (Quintana) (Monday, June 17, 8:10 PM EST)