The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night from Madison Square Garden. Like virtually everything else in the world these days the draft is interesting at least in part because you can bet on it. Bodog and 5Dimes are both among several books that are offering a full range of NBA Draft props. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ones:
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After the coaches faced off in UFC 115, and Rich Franklin hammered Chuck Liddell, it is now time to find out who will come out on top out of their teams. The fight between the coaches looked to be a close one with both fighters landing some good punches and kicks and Liddell scoring an early take-down. However, Franklin ended the fight with a big right to Liddell’s head with seconds to go in the first round.
Ladies and Gentleman, we have a Game 7. And here is the kicker: this will be the first for Phil Jackson to coach a Game 7 in an NBA Finals series. That’s right. The guy, who has won 10 NBA titles as a coach, never had to go to a Game 7 to win the Championship. In fact, he has never been part of a Finals Game 7 in his coaching or playing career.
Zig-zagging along. The Lakers and Celtics keep trading wins, and Boston’s latest victory came courtesy of “Big Baby”. Davis scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics tied the series with a 96-89 win Thursday night in Boston.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to the backyard of the automotive industry this weekend, and we will take an early look at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. The Michgan International Speedway is a two mile tri-oval that will take everything out of the drivers and their cars.
Kevin Garnett had a vintage “KG” game, but the rest of the Celtics let him down and didn’t give him the victory. Derek Fisher had a vintage “Money” game, and it was enough to beat Boston.
On a night of hard-fought yet sloppy basketball, the Lakers went up 2-1 in the finals and gained back home-court advantage.
The 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel in the Triple Crown, takes place on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET. It’s not a star-filled event – for the first time since 2006 and only the third time since 1970 neither the Kentucky Derby nor Preakness are in the field – but it is still a very compelling event. In fact, you can make a compelling argument that this is the most intriguing and competitive of this year’s three Triple Crown races.
The French Open quarterfinals are covered on ESPN3.com. The men’s and women’s singles and doubles for Tuesday begin at 5AM ET.
Novak Djokovic beat the last standing American on the men’s side, Robby Ginepri in four sets. Ginepri couldn’t keep his footing chasing down a shot from Djokovic. He fell on his face and to the enlightenment of the crowd and his opponent chose to do a couple push ups while he lay facing the red clay colored tennis court. At this point the momentum shifted to Djokovic even though Ginepri was quoted after the match saying he thought his antics would help get the crowd back on his side.
The Celtics continued their winning streak by beating the Magic 94-71 in Game Three last Saturday. Boston has now won six games in a row and is up 3-0 on the Magic. Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off Monday at 8:30 ET at the Boston Garden.
Miami, Chicago, New York, or Cleveland? Where will LeBron James, end up for the 2010 – 2011 season? The Cavaliers’ team leading small forward will become a free agent on July first.
The veteran small forward going into his seventh year of NBA basketball with over 15,000 career points is rumored to be looking for a new home. This news comes bundled with talk of Cavaliers coach Mike Brown not returning next season.