Sanusky guilty on 45 counts, Germany 4-2, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sandusky faces 442 years in prison

The nine-day trial of Jerry Sandusky concluded Friday evening with the former Penn State defensive coordinator convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse. It took the jury about 20 hours over nearly two days following Thursday morning’s closing arguments before delivering their verdict at approximately 10 p.m. Friday. The decision was met with a chorus of cheers from a crowd of hundreds that had gathered outside the Centre County courthouse. Sandusky faced 48 counts of abuse committed against 10 different victims, 26 of which were felonies. He has been convicted of 25 of those felonies and faces a maximum prison sentence of 442 years. While this may serve as some sort of justice for the victims, it will be years before the healing can really begin, after the civil suits and the trials of the Penn State administrators charged with not reporting Sandusky.

The Miami Heat run up $200K bar tab at all night victory bash

It’s good to be King and it’s good to be in the King’s court. The Miami Heat all-night victory party at LIV nightclub in Miami ran up a staggering $200,000 bar tab, easily surpassing last year’s economical $110,000 bar tab ran up by the Dirk and the Mavs. The party featured , dancing women twirling flaming sticks, carbon dioxide guns, lots of your favorite hip-hop classics, and bottles of champagne including the legendary Ace of Spades super magnum-sized champagne, 15 litres of nectar with a sticker price of $75K. Yup, it’s good to be King.

Partying with the Heat Thursday night

Germany crushes Greece, Spain vs France in Saturday’s quarterfinal

Germany joined Portugal in the Euro 2012 semifinals with a dominating 4-2 win over Greece. Philipp Lahm drew first blood in the 39th minute for the Germans. Georgios Samaras got the equalizer for Greece in the 55th, but it was all Germany after that as Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all hit the back of the net. It was Germany’s 15th consecutive international win and puts them on a collision course with World Champion Spain in the finals. Spain is a -375 money-line favorite today against (+275) France. The total is 2.5 with the high +130 and the low -160. The Franch saw their 23-game unbeaten streak come to an end in their last, a 2-0 loss to Sweden in the final day of Group D round play.

MLB Diamond Dust

The American League was 6-7 Friday in interleague play vs the National League. The AL is 126-97 against NL teams in interleague play this season, with two days to go.

Roy Oswalt couldn’t find a free-agent deal in the spring so he stayed in shape and waited for the phone to ring. Sure enough it did and it was the Texas Rangers. Oswalt picked up his 160th career win Friday and his first for Texas going 6 2/3 innings in the Ranger’s 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. Oswalt gave up just one run on nine hits, striking out six and walking just one. Oswlat threw 110 pitches, 81 of them for strikes. The Rockies continue a horrendous run that has seen them go 2-13 in their L15 games.

It’s amazing what a change of scenery will do. After nearly getting ridden out of town after signing an $85 million dollar deal with the Yankees, A.J. Burnette is thriving in Pittsburg. Friday night, Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start as the Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over Detroit. Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight consecutive outings in 1974.

Oilers take Yakupov with first pick in NHL draft

The Edmonton Oilers have had the No.1 pick in the NHL draft for the last three years and pretty soon that top influx in talent will start paying dividends. Friday, to nobody’s surprise, the Oilers took Russian forward Nail Yakupov. “I can’t wait,” Yakupov said after being the first Russian taken with the No. 1 pick since Washington drafted Alex Ovechkin in 2004. Ryan Murray was taken by Colombus with second overall pic, Alex Galchenyuk went to Montreal with the third.

UFC on FX4: Maynard over Guida split decision

MMA was back on prime time last night with UFC on FX4, live from Atlantic City. In the main event, Gray Maynard eeycked out a 28-27, 27-28, 28-27 win over Clay Guida in a lightweight eliminator. The perpetual motion Guida followed his gameplan to perfection by bobbing, weaving, and circling the more powerful and heavy handed Maynard. In the end, Guida did just not bring enough fight. In the co-feature, Sam Stout won the rubber match in his trilogy with Spencer Fisher capturing a 30-27 unanimous decision on all three scorecards. Brian Ebersole and Cub Swanson won the other TV bouts.

Free Plays

(Euro 2012) Spain/France Under 2.5 -160 2:45 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Nova) -151 over NY Mets (Young) 7:15 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Chen) -113 over Washington (Jackson) 7:15 PM EST

(MLB) San Francisco (Bumgarner) -133 over Oakland (Ross) 7:15 PM EST