Thunder/Heat Game III, The US Open, Euro 2012, Father’s Day + Free Plays for Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thunder travel to South Beach tied at 1-1

The NBA Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat resumes tonight in South Beach with the Heat four point favorites and the total 193. The Thunder and Under have taken money since Thursday night’s opening line of five and 195. Just some notes to keep in mind while looking at this game. OKC MUST be better getting out of the gate. They were down 18 in the first half of Game I and still found a way to win. In Game II the Thunder were down 18-2 of the git go and never recovered. The OKC bench has dominated the Miami reserves. The Thunder non-starters are +51 in 145 minutes of play, the Heat pine-riders are -37 in 82 minutes which is why you see Spoelstra play first five till they drop. Somebody must cover Shane Battier. The Dukie is 9-13 from beyond the arc, the rest of Miami is 5-20.

Furyk/McDowell two clear at Open, Tiger five back

Hammel and Ervin Santana fire one-hitters

Strong dominating pitching from the MLB starters continued Saturday with two one-hitters. Baltimore’s Jason Hammel stooped the Braves 5-0 on one-hit, Jason Heyward breaking though in the seventh for Atlanta. Hammel struck out eight in his 103 pitch masterpiece. Hammel had been owned by Atlanta prior to last night with the O’s starter 0-3 with a 9.00+ ERA in five previous starts.

Ervin Santana mowed down the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 giving up just a safety to Justin Upton, also in the seventh inning. Santana threw just 102 pitches in walking just one while registering five Ks. Mark Trumbo provided all the offense for the Halos with a two-run shot in the first inning, his 15th homer of the season.

The Yankees won their eighth straight game with a 5-3 win over the Nats in 14 innings. Several records fell in that game, all Bryce Harper’s bad. The 19-year-old Vegas phenom became the first teen to ever go 0-7 in a game and the became the youngest player ever to strike out five times in a game during the “Live” ball era. Andy Pettite now owns the record for the most Interleague starts with 52.

Czechs and Greeks advance in Euro 2012

In a whacky final round of Group A at Euro 2012, Greece scored an improbable win over Russia and the Czech Republic beat host Poland to advance to the quarterfinals. Greece was outshot 25-6 but hit the onion-bag during injury time just before the first half to come away with a 1-0 win. The Czechs broke through after a scramble in front of the Polish goal in the 72nd minute and then held off a furious late Pole rally to move on. Today in Group B, the infamous “Group of Death”, plays it’s final group round today with Denmark taking on Germany and Portugal facing the Netherlands. Pre-tourney favorite Germany is a full goal (+120) favorite over the Danes, the total 2.5 with the Over -150. A desperate Netherlands outfit is -125 on the money-line over Portugal (-105) with the total 2.5 with Over -130.

Marcos Ambrose wins the pole at Michigan with 203 MPH

Free Plays

(NBA) Oklahoma City +4 over Miami 8:00 PM EST, ABC

(MLB) Cincinnati (Cueto) -135 over NY Mets (Young) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Pittsburg (Lincoln)/Cleveland (Gomez) Over 9 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Nova) -115 over Washington (Jackson) 1:35 PM EST