NFL and College Football News and Notes, Knicks edge the Nets, NCAA unviels TOP list, MLB Hot Stove League + Free Play for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Bountygate player suspensions vacated In a stunning turn of events, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has vacated the suspensions of the four New Orleans Saints bountygate players. Tagliabue decided that while Goodell’s findings were factually accurate, the “entire case” was “contaminated” by the Saints organization. You can read the entire decision here in a PDF format compliments of CBS sports. AP releases 2012 Football All-America Teams FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB — Johnny Manziel , Texas A&M RB — Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB — Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona WR — Marqise Lee, USC WR — Terrance Williams, Baylor TE — Zach Ertz, Stanford OT — Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M OT — Taylor Lewan, Michigan OG — Chance Warmack, Alabama OG — Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina C — Barrett Jones, Alabama FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DE — Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina DE — Bjoern Werner, Florida State DT — Star Lotulelei, Utah DT — Will Sutton, Arizona State LB — Manti Te’o, Notre Dame LB — Jarvis Jones, Georgia LB — C.J. Mosley, Alabama CB — Dee Milliner, Alabama CB — Jordan Poyer, Oregon State S — Phillip Thomas, Fresno State S — Matt Elam, Florida FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS K — Cairo Santos, Tulane P — Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech All-Purpose — Tavon Austin, West Virginia SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB — Collin Klein, Kansas State RB — Kenjon Barner, Oregon RB — Johnathan Franklin, UCLA WR — Stedman Bailey, West Virginia WR — Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech TE — Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame OT — D.J. Fluker, Alabama OT — David Yankey, Stanford OG — Spencer Long, Nebraska OG — Cyril Richardson, Baylor C — Dalton Freeman, Clemson SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DE — Damontre Moore, Texas A&M DE — Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame DT — Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State DT — Kawann Short, Purdue LB — Kevin Minter, LSU LB — Anthony Barr, UCLA LB — Arthur Brown, Kansas State CB — Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State CB — Bradley Roby, Ohio State S — Eric Reid, LSU S — Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS K — Dustin Hopkins, Florida State P — Riley Stephenson, BYU All-Purpose — Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB — A.J. McCarron, Alabama RB — Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada RB — Giovani Bernard, North Carolina WR — DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson WR — Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas TE — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington OT — Jake Matthews, Texas A&M OT — Eric Fisher, Central Michigan OG — Larry Warford, Kentucky OG — Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA C — Braxston Cave, Notre Dame THIRD TEAM DEFENSE DE — John Simon, Ohio State DE — Sam Montgomery, LSU DT — Shariff Floyd, Florida DT — Chris Jones, Bowling Green LB — Khaseem Greene, Rutgers LB — Trent Murphy, Stanford LB — Kyle Van Noy, BYU CB — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon CB — Jason Verrett, TCU S — Ed Reynolds, Stanford S — Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State THIRD TEAM SPECIALISTS K — Caleb Sturgis, Florida P — Kyle Christy, Florida All-Purpose — Dri Archer, Kent State All-Americans by conference SEC: 22 Pac-12: 15 Big 12: 9 Big Ten: 7 ACC: 6 Independents: 6 MAC: 4 Mountain West: 2 WAC: 2 C-USA: 1 Big East: 1 Teams with multiple All-Americans Alabama: 6 Florida: 4 Notre Dame: 4 Stanford: 4 Texas A&M: 4 Kansas State: 3 LSU: 3 Ohio State: 3 UCLA: 3 Baylor: 2 BYU: 2 Clemson: 2 Florida State: 2 Louisiana Tech: 2 North Carolina: 2 Oregon: 2 West Virginia: 2 Knicks beat Nets 100-97 behind Melo’s 45 Carmelo Anthony scored a season high 45 points and Jason Kidd added 18 including the game winning three as the Knicks beat the Nets 100-97 at the Barclays Center. Andre Blatche led the Nets with 23 points subbing for Brook Lopez who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained foot. Now a heated rivalry in New York, the series is tied 1-1 since the Nets came over from Brooklyn. The Nets beat the Knicks in overtime on November 25th in an added game after the season opener was cancelled by Superstorm Sandy. You can tell from this clip that is was a slow night for any type of sports highlights. Here, Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors gets ejected and subsequently suspended to getting Tee’d up, ejected, and subsequently suspended for a game without pay by the league. NCAA unveils “Top” March Madness list It’s finals week for most NCAA tournament schools so it’s a going to be a slow week in college hoops. This year marks the 75th anniversary on the the NCAA tournament and the NCAA has just released a “Top” list for the previous 74 March Madness tournaments. For today, SP3 brings you the Top 75 players. Thursday and Friday we’ll bring you Top Teams and Best Moments. Top Players POS NAME SCHOOL TOURNEY YEARS G Ken Sailors Wyoming 1941, 1943 C Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M 1945-1946 G Arnie Ferrin Utah 1944 F George Kaftan Holy Cross 1947-1948 F Clyde Lovellette Kansas 1952 C Bill Russell San Francisco 1955-1956 F Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina 1957 C Wilt Chamberlain Kansas 1957 F Elgin Baylor Seattle 1958 C Darrall Imhoff California 1958-1960 G Oscar Robertson Cincinnati 1958-1960 G Jerry West West Virginia 1958-1960 C Paul Hogue Cincinnati 1960-1962 F Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1960-1962 G Tom Thacker Cincinnati 1961-1963 G Walt Hazzard UCLA 1962-1964 F Bill Bradley Princeton 1963-1965 G Gail Goodrich UCLA 1963-1965 C Elvin Hayes Houston 1966-1968 G Bobby Joe Hill Texas Western ** 1966 C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar UCLA 1967-1969 C Dan Issel Kentucky 1968-1970 G Austin Carr Notre Dame 1969-1971 F Sidney Wicks UCLA 1969-1971 C Artis Gilmore Jacksonville 1970-1971 C Bill Walton UCLA 1972-1974 F Jamaal Wilkes UCLA 1972-1974 F David Thompson NC State 1974 F Scott May Indiana 1975-1976 C Kent Benson Indiana 1975-1976 G Butch Lee Marquette 1975-1978 F Jack Givens Kentucky 1975, 1977-1978 F Larry Bird Indiana State 1979 G Darrell Griffith Louisville 1977-1980 G Earvin “Magic” Johnson Michigan State 1978-1979 G Isiah Thomas Indiana 1980-1981 C Ralph Sampson Virginia 1980-1983 F James Worthy North Carolina 1981-1982 G Clyde Drexler Houston 1981-1983 G Michael Jordan North Carolina 1982-1984 C Hakeem Olajuwon Houston 1982-1984 C Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1982-1985 F Chris Mullin St. John’s 1982-1985 F Ed Pinckney Villanova 1982-1985 G Johnny Dawkins Duke 1984-1986 G Steve Alford Indiana 1984-1987 C David Robinson Navy 1985-1987 F Danny Manning Kansas 1985-1988 F Sean Elliott Arizona 1986-1989 F Danny Ferry Duke 1986-1989 F Glen Rice Michigan 1986-1989 C Pervis Ellison Louisville 1986, 1988-1989 G Keith Smart Indiana 1987-1988 G Stacey Augmon UNLV 1988-1991 F Christian Laettner Duke 1989-1992 G Kenny Anderson Georgia Tech 1990-1991 F Larry Johnson UNLV 1990-1991 G Bobby Hurley Duke 1990-1993 F Grant Hill Duke 1991-1994 F Corliss Williamson Arkansas 1993-1995 G Tony Delk Kentucky 1993-1996 F Antawn Jamison North Carolina 1996-1998 G Miles Simon Arizona 1995-1998 G Richard Hamilton Connecticut 1998-1999 G Mateen Cleaves Michigan State 1998-2000 F Shane Battier Duke 1998-2001 G Juan Dixon Maryland 1999-2002 C Emeka Okafor Connecticut 2002-2005 F Carmelo Anthony Syracuse 2003 C Sean May North Carolina 2004-2005 C Joakim Noah Florida 2005-2007 F Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina 2006-2009 G Shelvin Mack Butler 2009-2011 G Kemba Walker Connecticut 2009, 2011 C Anthony Davis Kentucky 2012 MLB Hot Stove League News Shin-Soo Choo dealt to the Reds in three-team nine-player deal Kevin Youklis and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year $12 million dollar deal. The deal is contingent on Youklis passing a physical. Youkilis, 33, is coming off a season in which he batted .235/.336/.409 with 19 homers for the Red Sox and White Sox. His numbers improved somewhat after getting out of Boston. Youklis will play third base for the Bombers while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. The Yankees and Ichiro are also close to finalizing a one and possibly two year deal. Ichiro hit .322 for the Yankees after coming over from Seattle and was their lone bright spot with the bat in the playoffs. Ichiro can play all three outfield positions well and with 2606 career MLB hits, is closing in on becoming the first Japanese player to reach 300 knocks. The Phillies are also said to be interested but Ichiro has made it clear that he wants to remain in New York. 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