Thunder spank Heat with big second half
The Miami Heat punched the Oklahoma City in the face in the Monday’s NBA Final’s Game One, building a 15-point lead and leading by seven points at the quarter and at the half. The Thunder punched back in the second half, flooring the Heat with a 58-40 second half and cruising to a 105-94 win. Kevin Durant scored 36 points on an economical 20 shots and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 27/8/11 as OKC blew thing open with a 31-21 final quarter. Lebron James had 30 for Miami but struggled against the defense of the Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha. DWade had 19/4/8 for the Miami, Chris Bosh came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds.
The Thunder are -5 and the total is 195 1/2 in Thursday’s Game Two.
Heat/Thunder Game One highlights
A-Rod ties Gehrig with 23rd career slam
Alex Rodriguez hit the 23rd grand slam of his career tying him with Lou Gehrig atop the career grand slam list and leading the New York Yankees to a come from behind 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. The historic blast off Atlanta’s Jonny Venters came in a six-run eight winning for the Bombers making a winner out of CC Sabathia. The Yankees have won five straight and ten of 12 to take sole possession of first place in the AL East, one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays who were smoked 11-2 by the Mets.
Netherlands/Germany highlights Euro 2012 play
Group B, Euro 2012’s infamous “Group of Death” resumes play today with Denmark an Portugal squaring off at 12:00 PM EST. The Portuguese are a fill goal favorite +140 while the Danes are -175 with the full marker in pocket. The total is 2.5 with the Under -140. These are two very strong defensive clubs and SP3 will go so far as to call for the first 0-0 draw of the tournament. On the backend of the ESPN double-header, a desperate Dutch squad need a win over tournament favorite Germany. The Netherlands, which lost 1-0 in it’s opener to Denmark are +110 underdogs to the -130 Germans who beat Portugal 1-0 in their first games. The total here is 2.5 with the Over -120 as both teams have big offenses and the Dutch will be forced to takes chances opening things up for German counterattacks. This figures to be a great double-header and SP3 sponsors are waiting with great Euro 2012 bonuses to handle your action. Check out the great game props available at Bovada and Bookmaker.
Maurice Jones-Drew a no-show at Jags mandatories
More trouble in Jacksonville as the NFL’s leading rusher was a no show at the Jags three-day mini-camp. Drew is unhappy with his deal and has stated that he’s willing to sit out the season. MJD led the league in rushing last year with 1606 yards on 343 carries (4.7 ypc) and eight touchdowns. Jones is scheduled to make 4.5 million dollars this year on a contract where he’ll average $6 million that included a $9 million dollar signing bonus. Jones-Drew is subject to being fined upwards of $63,000 for missing all three days because he is still under contract. (The first day is worth $10,500, the second is worth $21,000, and the third is worth $31,500.)
US and Guatemala 1-1 in World Cup qualifying
The Chicago Fire’s Marco Papa drilled home a free lick in the 83rd minute to give Guatemala a 1-1 tie in a World Cup qualifier. Clint Dempsey had given the US a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute but Papa’s blast from outside the box froze US goalie Tim Howard and just snuck under the crossbar. The US, which could have opened a comfortable lead in it’s four team semi-final group with a win, still leads the group with four points.
Temple guard Khalif Wyatt nabbed in prostitution sting
Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was one on 28 people arrested in a prostitution sting over the weekend in Atlantic City. Wyat was arrested for allegedly propositioning an undercover cop and was also chearged with resisting arrest when he attempted to flee. Wyatt averaged 17.1 points per game with the Owls last season and was a Second Team Atlantic 10 selection. He’ll be a senior in the fall. Temple official released a statement late Monday afternoon saying they had just become aware of the incident and were gathering information.
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