Bama in a classic, Week 9 Sunday in the NFL, Hoop News and Notes, Breeders Cup, Nascar, NHL Lockout Update, MLB Hot Stove + Free Play for Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tide edges LSU, Notre Dame escpaes in OT, Collin Klein injured, Oregon/Barner rip USC

The nation’s top four teams all won on Saturday but not without being tested, SB3 will have a complete recap on Monday along with the new AP and BCS poll rankings. Until then, these were the highlights …..

Top-ranked Alabama trailed No.5 LSU 17-14 with less than two minutes to play but drove 72 yards in five plays to get the winner on a 28-yard screen pass from AJ McCarron to TJ Yeldon with 51 seconds left.

No.2 Kansas State rolled OKlahoma State 44-30 but lost quarterback Collin Klein to an undisclosed injury in the third quarter. Klein left after throwing for 245 yards and rushing for 64 more. The Wildcats perfect season, National Championship aspirations, and Klein’s Heisman Trophy run could all be in jeopardy in the injury turns out to be serious.

Notre Dame trailed Pitt 20-6 entering the fourth-quarter but scored on their final two possessions to force overtime. Pitt had a chance to win it in the second overtime but Kevin Harper’s winning FG attempt sailed wide right. The Irish won 29-26 when Everett Golson punched it in from the one in the third OT. Notre Dame is 9-0 for the first time since 1993.

Oregon rolled to 730 yards of total offense including 321 yards rushing and five touchdowns by RB Kenjon Barner as the Ducks torched USC 62-51 at the Coliseum. Matt Barkley threw for 484 yards in defeat for the Trojans who scored on the final play of the game and then went for two but failed. With game closing at 9 or 9.5 almost everywhere, those final two points could have partially middled the books.

Cowboys/Falcons and Steelers/Giants Highlight Week 9 Sunday

Bear/Titans early, Steelers/Giants late, and Cowboys/Falcons in the NBC prime time finale headline an action packed Sunday in Week 10 of the NFL. The Bears are 3.5 point road favorites in Music City in the feature matchup of the 1:00 PM EST kickoffs. Pittsburg travels to the Meadowlands to face the Giants at 4:25 PM EST. The G-Men are three point favorites with the total up a point-and-a-half from the 46.5 opener to 48. In Sunday night football, the desperate Dallas Cowboys face the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons are -3.5 and the total has not budged from the 47.5 opener.

Upsets the theme of 2012 Breeders Cup

Fort Larned capped off a weekend of upsets at the Breeders Cup by going wire-to-wire in the $5 million Classic, winning at a robust 9/1. Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man raced away from the field in the final turn and battled the entire length of the stretch before the winner finally prevailed by a half length. Game on Dude, the 7/5 race favorite never fired and finished a well beaten seventh. Just four favorites were able to win in the 15 weekend Breeders Cup events.

Fort Larned wins Breeders Cup Classic

NBA News and Notes

The Nets finally got their chance to open the brand new Barclay Center and they did so in style beating Toronto 107-100. Brook Lopez scored 27 points and grabbed 5 boards and Deron Williams chipped in with 19 points and 9 assists in front of 17,732. Brooklyn’s Thursday home opener vs the Knicks was postponed until November 26th due to mass transit problems caused by the damage done by Superstorm Sandy.

Laker PG has a non-displaced fracture in the head of his left fibula and will miss at least a week of action. Nash suffered the injury Wednesday in Portland when he was accidentally kicked in the shin. Steve Blake will replace Nash for the struggling 0-3 Lakers.

Steve Nash fractures fibula in game vs Portland

Jimmie Johnson wins the pole in Texas

Jimmie Johnson won his second straight pole as he looks to protect his slim two-point lead in the Chase standings. Second place Brad Keselowski qualified eighth at Texas Motor Speedway, stop No.8 in the ten race Chase. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the first three rows. Carl Edwards has the most career wins at Texas with three. Matt Kenseth is on a run of four straight top five finishes.

Odds to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson #48 25/4
Denny Hamlin #11 13/2
Brad Keselowski #2 17/2
Greg Biffle #16 17/2
Kasey Kahne #5 10/1
Kyle Busch #18 10/1
Matt Kenseth #17 11/1
Jeff Gordon #24 12/1
Clint Bowyer #15 13/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 14/1
Carl Edwards #99 15/1
Martin Truex Jr. #56 16/1
Tony Stewart #14 16/1
Mark Martin #55 22/1
Ryan Newman #39 28/1
Kevin Harvick #29 35/1
Jeff Burton #31 50/1
Joey Logano #20 50/1
Marcos Ambrose #9 50/1
Paul Menard #27 50/1

NHL and NHLPA resume talks after two weeks off

The league and the players association met for the first time since October 18 to resume talks on a new CPA. The two parties met at a secret location on Saturday after talking by phone and finding enough common ground to meet face-to-face. The NHL lockout enters its 50th day on Sunday and the league is in danger of losing it’s second full season since 2004.

Rivera tells Yanks that he will return in 2013

MLB’s all-time save leader Mariano Rivera has told the Yankees that he wants to return in in 2013 ending speculation that he might retire. Rivera, 42, tore his ACL in May and was lost to the Bombers for the rest of the year. Rivera had just nine appearances in 2012, gathering five saves in six chances with a 2.16 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. His 608 career regular-season saves is the major-league record, and he has also saved 42 games in the postseason. Rivera also sports the best active career ERA (2.21), WHIP (0.998), hit rate (6.9 H/9), home run rate (0.5 HR/9) and K/BB ratio (4.04) in the bigs (minimum 1,000 innings pitched).

Free Play

(NFL) Denver -4 over Cincinnati (Sunday, November 4, 1:00 PM EST)