Manziel adds Player of the Year, Sanchez benched, Lakers survive Bobcats, NCAAB ranked teams roll, US 28th in final 2012 FIFA rankings + Free Play for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Johnny Football adds AP Play of the Year to his Heisman Two weeks ago, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Tuesday, Manziel became the first freshman to win the AP Player of the Year award. Manziel’s 31 votes were more than twice that of second place finisher Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s linebacker. He is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. The 6-foot-1 Manziel threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to help the Aggies win 10 games for the first time since 1998. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney thinks he can win Heisman Manti Te’o almost became the first true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Gamecock pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney finished sixth this year and has his eyes set on the 2013 Heisman. Clowney was a consensus All-American and also won the Hendricks Award this year as the best defensive end in college. Mel Kuiper Jr says that if Clowney was eligible to come out this year, he’s be the first player taken in the draft. Here is ESPN’s take. McElroy to start for the Jets, Tebow expected to ask for trade With the Jets officially eliminated from the playoffs, head coach Rex Ryan has officially pulled the trigger in benching Mark Sanchez. Greg McElroy will start on Sunday vs the Chargers. Sanchez was intercepted four times and fumbled in the final 30 seconds of Monday’s 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. In related Jets news, multiple sources have Tim Tebow requesting a trade from the Flyboys in the off-season after not being named to replace Sanchez. Lakers come from 18 down to edge Bobcats, Noah triple-double Teams coming home off long road trips generally don’t play well and are generally put on upset alert or at least rate a fade at the betting window. That’s exactly what happened to the Lakers on Tuesday in a 101-100 victory over the Bobcats, a team that has traditionally given them fits. Even with Pao Gasol back in the lineup, the Lakers found themselves down by 18 (80-62) in the third quarter and staring down the barrel of an 0-12 mark when trailing after three quarters but …. a big fourth quarter led by Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace saw the Lake Show through. All four NCAAB ranked teams win by double-digits Four ranked teams played in college hoops on Tuesday and all four came away with easy victories. Fourth-ranked Arizona spanked Oral Robets 89-64, No.7 Ohio State extended late to beat Winthrop 65-55, No.9 Kansas rock chalked Richmond 87-59, and No.18 San Diego State won their money game with Point Loma 76-49. There is a full slate of college hoops tonight including the first Xavier/Cincinnati meeting since last year’s brawl. FIFA releases 2012 year end soccer rakings, Spain reigns After capturing Euro 2012 over the summer, Spain maintained it’s stranglehold on FIFA’s top ranking for the fifth consecutive year. Germany and Argentina stay in second and third place respectively, while Euro 2012 finalists Italy move up one place to fourth and Colombia – who had been 36th a year ago – are up to fifth. There were no new entrants to the top ten, which also features England, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Croatia. Ivory Coast are the highest-ranked African team in the list, while Brazil, whose status as World Cup hosts has meant a lack of competitive action, drop to 18th. Japan is the highest ranked Asian team at 22nd. In North and Central America, Mexico dropped a spot to 15th, the US fell to 28th and Haiti became the third best-ranked CONCACAF side as they moved up 18 places to an all-time high of 39th. The FIFA World Ranking is based on a four-year cycle, taking into account results, status of matches, the strength of the opposition and the strength of football in the region. 1 Spain 1606 2 Germany 1437 3 Argentina 1290 4 Italy 1165 5 Colombia 1164 6 England 1151 7 Portugal 1144 8 Netherlands 1124 9 Russia 1070 10 Croatia 1064 11 Greece 1033 12 Switzerland 1004 13 Ecuador 999 14 Côte d’Ivoire 995 15 Mexico 994 16 Uruguay 975 17 France 949 18 Brazil 946 -5 19 Algeria 887 20 Sweden 870 21 Belgium 868 22 Japan 840 23 Denmark 821 24 Norway 810 25 Mali 809 26 Chile 793 27 Bosnia-Herzegovina 788 28 USA 782 29 Czech Republic 781 30 Ghana 777 31 Montenegro 756 32 Hungary 750 33 Romania 700 34 Zambia 697 35 Korea Republic 686 36 Australia 668 37 Paraguay 666 38 Serbia 659 39 Haiti 650 18 40 Turkey 627 41 Egypt 615 42 Bolivia 609 42 Gabon 609 42 Republic of Ireland 609 45 Tunisia 606 46 Peru 603 47 Slovakia 595 47 Ukraine 595 49 Slovenia 591 50 Bulgaria 585 Free Play New accounts at Top Bet and EZ Street get automatic 50% bumps Claim your $100 Free bet today at Bovada (NBA) Charlotte +9.5 over Phoenix (Wednesday, December 19, 9:05 PM EST) Free Pick record in December: 8-9 Earn Bet Points with EVERY wager at Bookmaker Get up to $900 in Free Play at Bet Online Buy up to five points and tease up to 21 at Wager Web