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Week 13 NFL News and Notes, College Football News and Notes, Magic stun Lakers, St Louis wins for Majerus, Trout dominates Cotto, Shackleford retires a winner + Free Play for Monday, December 3, 2012


NFL News and Notes

MNF preview Giants vs Skins

Giants/Redskin analysis from our friend at Bookmaker

College Football News and Notes

It will be Alabama and Notre Dame for the National Championship January 7th in Miami. The Crimson Tide are early 9.5 point favorites over the Irish, no Bowl totals have been set. In the other BCS Bowls ….. Stanford is giving 6.5 to Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Florida State is laying 15.5 over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, Florida is -14.5 over Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, and Oregon spots Kansas State an eight-point lead in the Fiesta Bowl. SP3 will have more Bowl matchups, previews, and numbers in the upcoming days.

2012 NCAA Football Rankings for Week 15 (December 2)

BCS Standings

RANK TEAM RECORD

1 Notre Dame 12-0
2 Alabama 12-1
3 Florida 11-1
4 Oregon 11-1
5 Kansas State 11-1
6 Stanford 11-2
7 Georgia 11-2
8 LSU 10-2
9 Texas A&M 10-2
10 South Carolina 10-2
11 Oklahoma 10-2
12 Florida State 11-2
13 Oregon State 9-3
14 Clemson 10-2
15 Northern Illinois 12-1
16 Nebraska 10-3
17 UCLA 9-4
18 Michigan 8-4
19 Boise State 10-2
20 Northwestern 9-3
21 Louisville 10-2
22 Utah State 10-2
23 Texas 8-4
24 San Jose State 10-2
25 Kent State 11-2

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS

1 Notre Dame (60) 12-0 1500
2 Alabama 12-1 1424
3 Ohio State 12-0 1302
4 Florida 11-1 1279
5 Oregon 11-1 1250
6 Georgia 11-2 1213
7 Kansas State 11-1 1129
8 Stanford 11-2 1094
9 LSU 10-2 1051
10 Texas A&M 10-2 1025
11 South Carolina 10-2 907
12 Oklahoma 10-2 851
13 Florida State 11-2 789
14 Clemson 10-2 691
15 Oregon State 9-3 638
16 Northern Illinois 12-1 534
17 UCLA 9-4 440
18 Utah State 10-2 379
19 Michigan 8-4 306
20 Boise State 10-2 276
21 Northwestern 9-3 266
22 Louisville 10-2 248
23 Nebraska 10-3 227
24 San Jose State 10-2 157
25 Kent State 11-2 117

Dropped from rankings: Texas 23, Oklahoma State 24

Others receiving votes: Penn State 83, Vanderbilt 67, Wisconsin 62, Texas 51, San Diego State 22, Fresno State 20, Baylor 15, Cincinnati 15, Oklahoma State 15, TCU 14, Arkansas State 13, USC 11, Tulsa 9, Rutgers 6, Ball State 2, North Carolina 1, West Virginia 1

Magic stun Lakers in first game vs Howard

No Dwight Howard, no problem. In their first meeting with the their former franchise player, the Orlando Magic went into the Staples Center and rolled the Lakers 113-103. The Magic got big games from Aaron Affalo 30-5-5. Big Baby Glen Davis had 23 points and 12 boards and Jameer Nelson had 19 points and 13 helpers. The Magic outscored L.A. 40-28 in the final quarter. Kobe led the Lakers with 34 while Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds against his ex-mates.

Billikens stop Valpo 62-49, honor Majerus

The St Louis Bilikens took the floor with heavy hearts on Sunday, dispatching Valparaiso 62-49 less than 24 hours after the death of their former head coach Rick Majerus. St Louis went 26-9 last year under Majerus and making their their first NCAA tournament in 12 years beating Memphis in the first round before falling to Michigan State. As reported here on Sunday, Majerus passed Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital after battling heart disease for years. He was 64. The players wore a black ribbon on their jerseys and the student section, a Majerus favorite, all wore black shirts.

Trout dominates Cotto to win unanimous decision

Austin Trout went into Madison Square Garden on Saturday night undefeated at 25-0, the WBA light middleweight champion, and also a 3-1 underdog to veteran challenger Miguel Cotto. Trout left undefeated, still the champ, and in line for a big money fight vs Canello Alvarez after hammering out a unaimous decision victory over Cotto. Trout rocked Cotto in the first round with an uppercut and was in charge the entire fight. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and the third had it 119-109.

Shackleford goes out a winner

Lost in all of last weekend’s holiday hoopla was the final race of 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford who end his career with a win in the $500,000 Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Shackleford, in his usual front running style, beat Take Charge Indy by a length covering the 1-1/8 mile race in a time of 1:49.12. Shackleford paid $7.20 to win and ends his career with a line of 20: 6-5-1 and $3,090,101 in earnings. Shackleford will now stand stud at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

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