Daily Sports Roundup: June 17

by Dirty on June 17, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The U.S. Open begins at Pebble Beach, and the Celtics and Lakers will meet at Staples Center in the seventh game of the NBA Finals.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA season will come to a close on Thursday night, with the Lakers hosting the Celtics in the seventh and deciding game of the Finals. Los Angeles knotted up the series at 3-3 with a resounding 89-67 win at home in Game 6 on Tuesday night as a 6-point favorite. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and picked up 11 rebounds in that victory for the Lakers, while Pau Gasol was good for 17 points and 13 boards on the night. Lamar Odom had eight points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Ray Allen had a team-high 19 points in the loss for the Celtics, who were held to just 31 points in the first half. Kendrick Perkins suffered a knee injury and played only six minutes. Oddsmakers opened the Lakers as 7-point favorites for Thursday, with a total of 187.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The World Cup matches for Thursday are Argentina vs. South Korea, Greece vs. Nigeria, and France vs. Mexico. Argentina (1-0 over Nigeria) and South Korea (2-0 over Greece) both won their opening matches, but the oddsmakers have Argentina pegged as the big -275 favorite for Thursday, with South Korea at +800, and the draw odds at +330. Nigeria is then a -110 favorite over Greece (+300) on Thursday, with draw odds of +230, and France is favored at +120 over Mexico (+220), with draw odds of +220. Mexico tied South Africa 1-1 in their first game, and France tied Uruguay 0-0.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The Rockies and Twins will close out their interleague series in Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, with Colorado sending ace Ubaldo Jimenez (12-1, 1.16 ERA) out against Francisco Liriano (6-3, 2.90 ERA). Righthander Jimenez picked up yet another victory in his last trip to the mound, holding the Blue Jays to three earned runs on five hits over his six innings of work (and fanning six). Lefthander Liriano dominated the Braves last time out, surrendering just one earned run in eight innings and fanning 11.

Elsewhere on the MLB slate for Thursday it’s the Dodgers at Cincinnati, Washington at Detroit, Oakland at the Cubs, the White Sox at Pittsburgh, Philadelphia at the Yankees, the Mets at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Texas at Florida, Houston at Kansas City, and Arizona at Boston. Dan Haren (7-4, 4.61 ERA) is set to take on John Lackey (7-3, 4.54 ERA) in that D-Backs/Red Sox matchup. Righthander Haren beat the Cardinals last time out, giving up just two earned runs over eight innings while striking out nine batters. Righthander Lackey is also coming off a victory; Lackey held the Phillies to just two earned runs on six hits over seven innings last game, fanning three.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The PGA Tour gets its second major tournament of the year underway on Thursday morning, with golfers teeing off in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Vegas oddsmakers have set Tiger Woods as the 5/2 favorite to win this week despite his struggles so far this year; Woods won the U.S. Open convincingly the last time the tournament was held at Pebble Beach. Phil Mickelson is next at 7/1 odds as he searches for his first U.S. Open victory, with Ernie Els third at 12/1. Lee Westwood, who won the St. Jude Classic last week, is at 15/1 odds this week, while Padraig Harrington rounds out the Top 5 at 18/1. Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim, and Steve Stricker are set at 22/1 odds to win.

Finally, there’s one WNBA game on the schedule for Thursday, with Seattle at Indiana. The Storm (9-1 straight-up, 7-3 against-the-spread) have won five games in a row, beating Los Angeles 82-60 last time out. Lauren Jackson scored 17 points for Seattle in that victory. The Fever (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS) got past Connecticut 77-67 in their last game; Katie Douglas had 20 points for Indiana, while Tamika Catchings had 18 points.

Betjamaica the players paradise

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: