OKC breaks through, Kings blank Devils, NFL replacement Refs + Free Plays for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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21 turnovers doom San Antonio to third straight loss

A road team has finally broken through in the NBA playoff conference finals and it’s Oklahoma City that’s drawn first blood. The Thunder converted 21 Spurs turnovers into 28 points and shot 50% from the field in beating San Antonio 108-103 in Alamo City. The Thunder leads the series three games to two and can close out the Spurs at home on Wednesday. OKC’s big three led the way with Kevin Durant (27), Russell Westbrook (23), and James Harden (20) including a couple of huge dagger threes late. Manu Ginobli led the Spurs with 34 points but missed a three that would have tied the game with four seconds left. After 20 straight wins, the Spurs have lost three straight games for the first time all season.

Will Chris Bosh play in Celtics/Heat Game Five ???

Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final is tonight in South Beach with the series tied at 2-2. Miami is an eight point favorite with the total currently at 179. Chris Bosh will reportedly be activated for the game after missing the last nine with a lower abdominal strain. As to whether he’ll play, he’s a game-time decision. The key to victory for the Heat will be stopping Rondo who had 75 points and 35 assists over the last three games. The key to victory for the Celtics is knocking down shots. The over is 7-3 in Boston’s ten playoff wins, the under is 5-2 in the Celts seven playoff losses. Miami has gone 6-4 ATS in their ten home playoff games.

Kings one game away from first Stanley Cup

The Los Angeles Kings continued their rampage through the NHL playoffs with a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to close to within one game of becoming Stanley Cup champions for the first time. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist and Jonathon Quick made 22 saves for the winners who can close out the series Wednesday in LA. The Kings are now 15-2 in the playoffs tying the 1987 Edmonton Oilers for the best playoff record through 17 games.

Kings/Devils Game Three highlights

NFL to hire replacement Refs

With the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the referees and the league is still up in the air, the NFL announced Monday that it would “proceed immediately” with the hiring of replacement refs.

From the NFL

“Negotiations with the NFL Referees Association on a new collective bargaining agreement remain unresolved and the previous CBA has expired,” the league said in a statement. “In order to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season we will proceed immediately with the hiring and training of replacement officials.

“Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games.”

For now, negotiations will continue — the NFL also said in its statement that a mediation session took place on Sunday. Additionally, the league claims that it has “made a proposal that includes substantial increases in compensation for all game officials.”

The NFL has already said that it would not raid the college ranks in search of officials.

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Nascar suspends Kurt Busch

NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch until June 13 and extended his probation through Dec. 31 for his actions following his tirade with a reporter after the Nationwide Series race June 2 at Dover International Speedway. This guy has a ten year history of this stuff and needs to be sat down.

The tirade that got Kurt Busch suspended

Astros make SS first pick in the MLB draft

The Houston Astros shocked the baseball world by taking 17-year-old power-hitting SS Carlos Correa with the first pick of the 2012 baseball draft. Correa was the thought by many scouts to be a young version of A-Rod, slick fielding and with a big bat. The Astros seemed all but locked into big Stanford right-handed pitching ace Mark Appel but went with the player with the most up side. Appel slid to the Pirates with the eighth pick.

Free Plays

(NBA) Boston +8 over Miami

(MLB) Pittsburg (Burnett)/Cincinnati (Bailey) Under 7.5 -115

(MLB) NY Yankees (Pettitte) -135 over Tampa Bay (Shields)

(MLB) BoSox (Lester) -160 over Baltimore (Hammel)