The Heat are Champs, Euro 2012, MLB Diamond Dust, Fedor + Free Plays for Friday, June 22, 2012

King James is playoff well deserved MVP

It was over before they even threw the ball up. Oklahoma City leaving it all on the floor ??? Fugetaboutit !!! The Thunder ARE going home but the Miami Heat will not be going with them. After taking their only lead of the game at 6-4 at the 8:17 mark of the first quater, OKC was taken behind the woodshed by the Miami Heat 121-106 in a NBA Game V final nowhere near as close as the final score. Miami was up by 25 after three quarters and the garbage time fourth quarter was a formality as the Heat faithful began celebrating the second championship in franchise history.

Lebron James capped off an amazing playoffs with his first ever playoff triple-double (26/11/13) in taking home the MVP. The King averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds in the post season and came up big and clutch in the few instances Miami had it’s back against the wall. Vindication ??? Maybe. At 27, Lebron James has lots of time to win more championships but for now, he that elusive first ring.

Thunder/Heat Game V Highlights

Portugal 1-0 on to semis, Germany vs Greece today

You’ve seen it a million times in the NHL. A team that gets outshot 49-16, dominated for 59 minutes, cashes in on a breakaway or a bad bounce to come away with a 1-0 win. Before Cristiano Ronaldo’s winning header in the 80th minute, you were waiting for the hammer to drop on Portugal. Ronaldo had hit the woodwork twice, Czech goaltender Petr Czech had made several incredible saves to keep the Portuguese out of the net, it was only a matter of time but … in the end, class won out. Ronaldo got lost coming in from the backside of a cross to nail the header that would propel Portugal to the Euro 2012 semifinals. Ronaldo has now scored three goals in his last three games after scoring just three times in his last 15 international tournament caps. In today’s Euro 2012 quarterfinal action, pre-tournament favorite Germany is a full goal (-210) favorite over Greece (+1, +160), the total 2.5 with the high/low both -110. Odds compliment of Bovada as of 5:00 AM EST on Friday.

Peralta gets 8-game pine tar suspension for pine tar incident

Tampa Bay probably wishes Joe Peralta’s eight-game suspension had come a day earlier. Perlata was the loser on Thursday’s Ray 5-2 loss to the Nats. Peralta was suspended early in the day for getting ejected for having a foreign substance (pine tar) in his glove when he was ejected Tuesday night. Peralta, who played for the Nats last year, entered with a 2-1 lead in the sixth but after getting two outs yielded a double, intentional walk, double to take the loss.

MLB Diamond Dust

Colorado Rockies shortsop Troy Tulowitzki had surgery on his left groin on Thursday and will miss the next six weeks. Tulowitzki has not played since May 30 and was hitting .287 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 47 games this season. The Rockies are just 2-12 in their L14 games and sorely miss Tulowitzki’s pop with the bat.

The American League is 120-90 vs the National League this year heading into the final weekend of interleague play. After Sunday, the next time the Americans will face the Nationals will be in the All-Star game and World Series.

In the interview Thursday, Roger Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin said his client rejected a plea deal that would have spared him prison time, and instead took his chances by going to trial. He was offered the same deal in December 2009 and immediately rejected it. Prosecutors offered to let the former pitcher plead guilty to one count of lying to Congress when he denied using human growth hormone. In exchange, Clemens would have received probation. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was indicted in August 2010 on six counts for allegedly lying to Congress for denying he used HGH as well as steroids. At the time, Hardin revealed that his client had rejected a plea offer, but the lawyer declined to provide the details.

Fedor wins “retirement” match

With Russian president Vladamir Putin looking on, Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko stopped veteran Pedro Rizzo on strikes at 1:34 of the first round to win what was reported to be his final match. Emelianenko leveled Rizzo with a big right hand which was followed by some ground and pound before gaining the stoppage. Fedor had been the “Baddest” man in MMA for more than a decade going 31-1-1 with his only loss coming via a doctor’s medical stoppage from a cut. “The Last Emperor” lost three straight after signing with Strikeforce but has won three confidence builders on the independent scene since. Fedor made no mention of retirement in his post-fight new conference so it remains to be seen whether we will see him in the ring again.

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