Bruins/Hawks II tonight, Lefty Still atop Open, Brawl suspensions, NFL around the horn, UFC 161+ Friday Recap: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Can Bruins overcome meltdown in epic Game I ???

The Boston Bruins will look to get out of Chicago with a split in tonight’s Game II of the Stanley Cup final. The Bruins gave up two goal leads twice before falling 4-3 in Wednesday’s epic Game I three-overtime thriller. The Blackhawks opened as -155 favorites but an influx of Boston money has dropped the price down to -145. The total is five flat with the under shaded a healthy 50 cents.

Lefty still atop the leaderboard at Nerion after 36

Phil Mickelson got off to a slow start Friday but after all the smoke cleared, Lefty was still atop the US Open leaderboard. Lefty dropped three shots to the field early but righted the ship to finish his round with a 72 and a tie with Billy Horschel for the 36 hole lead. Veterans Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Steve Stricker are a shot back. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are paired again on Saturday and both are four shots in arrears.

MLB suspends eight for DBack/Dodgers brawl

The hammer finally fell on the DBacks and Dodgers for their beanball war and brawl on Wednesday. Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy got 10 games for his part in instigating the brawl and for throwing at the head of opposing pitcher Zack Greinke. Both managers were suspended a game as well as a Dodger hitting coach Mark McGuire.

Cruz signs tender, Gronk under the knife again

Giant’s wide receiver Victor Cruz has signed a one-year, restricted free-agent tender worth $2.879 million. The fourth year man out of UMass is now obligated to report without holding out but also opens the door to a longer extension down the road.

Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski is in the news again and for what else …. surgery. Gronk will have his sixth procedure in 16 months Tuesday when has a chronic disc problem worked on in his lower back. Gronkowski suffered from back problems in college that included surgery that cost him his senior year.

Evans vs Hendo highlights UFC 161

UFC 161 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Yves “Tiger” Jabouin -335
Dustin “The Disciple” Pague +255

John “The One” Maguire -240
Mitch “Danger Zone” Clarke +190

“Stunning” Roland Delorme-205
Edwin “El Feroz” Figueroa +165

Sean “The Punisher” Pierson -140
Kenny Robertson +110

Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout-265
James “The James Krause” Krause +205

Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley -200
Jake Shields +160

Pat “HD” Barry -120
Shawn “The Savage” Jordan -110

Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis -450
Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton +325

Ryan “Big Deal” Jimmo -270
Igor “The Duke” Pokrajac +210

Roy “Big Country” Nelson -280
Stipe Miocic +220

“Suga” Rashad Evans -140
Dan “Hendo” Henderson +110

Edwards wins the pole at Michigan

Michigan International Speedway is fast ….. VERY FAST !!! The top 13 qualifiers for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 all cracked the 200 MPH barrier topped by Carl Edwards at 202.542. Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, Eric Almirola and Joey Logano fill out the top three rows. Sportsbetting3 will have up to the minutes odds on the early Sunday recap.

Free Play

(MLB) Detroit (Sanchez) -151 over Minnesota (Deduno) (Saturday, June 15, 7:15 PM EST)