Saturday Wrap

May 20, 2012 8:53 AM
I’ll Have Another catches Bodemeister at the wire in the Preakness, both the Lakers and Clippers blow big leads at home and “Five Time” Jimmie Johnson wins $1 million.
With a record crowd of 121,309 watching, I’ll Have Another was sent off as the second choice at 3-1, with Bodemeister the 8-5 favorite. The winning time was 1:55.94. It was the fifth Preakness victory for trainer Bob Baffert.
I’ll Have Another paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80. Bodemeister returned $3.20 and $2.80, and Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show. Zetterholm was fourth, followed by Teeth of the Dog, Optimizer, Cozzetti, Tiger Walk, Daddy Nose Best, Went the Day Well and Pretension.
The victory was worth $600,000, boosting his earning to $2,693,600. Not a bad return for Reddam, who bought the colt for $35,000 on the advice of O’Neill’s brother, Dennis.
Nothing was going to rattle the calm, cool and collected San Antonio Spurs. Not even a 24-point deficit.
Tim Duncan scored 19 points, helping engineer a defining 24-0 run in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers fell 96-86. The Spurs now own a commanding 3-0 lead. San Antonio covered as 5-point favorites and the game went UNDER the posted 191.
Later that night at Staples Center, the Lakers fell apart again in the final two minutes in a 103-100 loss to find themselves down 3-1 to the Thunder with Game 5 back in Oklahoma City on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter comeback and Kevin Durant added 31, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left. Kobe Bryant had 38 to lead the Lakers.
Johnson used a calculated strategy - he drove hard for the first and last segments, and coasted for the three in between - to join Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon as the only three-time winners of NASCAR’s All-Star race.
The five-time champion won the first 20-lap segment of the Sprint All-Star race, then deliberately faded to the back for the next three 20-lap segments at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His plan was to keep the No. 48 Chevrolet out of trouble, then make his play for the win in the fifth and final segment. It comes a week after his Darlington Raceway victory and gave Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Cup win.
Brad Keselowski, winner of the third segment, finished second.