Baylor survives, NFL officials update, MLB Diamond Dust, Furyk leads tour after 64, Gordon on the pole, UFC 152 + Free Plays for Saturday, September 22, 2012

UL Monroe takes Baylor to the limit

For the third week in a row, UL Monroe gave a BCS school all it wanted in a 47-42 home loss to Baylor. The Warhawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair on Baylor turnovers but the Bears roared back with 24 second quarter points to lead 24-21 at the half. The teams traded leads in the third quarter before Baylor seemingly iced things by taking a two score lead with 2:25 to play. Monroe was good for one last drive, scoring on a 15-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left for the backdoor cover. The teams combined for 63 first downs and 1,109 yards of total offense and there were only three punts in the game.
UL Monroe had beaten Arkansas in OT and lost to Auburn in overtime the past two weeks.

Week IV of the college football season features three matchups between top Top 25 teams. No.18 Michigan travels to No.11 Notre Dame to face the Irish. The Wolverines are six-point dogs, the over/under down from 51 to 49 1/2. No.15 Kansas State takes on No.6 Oklahoma in Norman. The Sooner are -16 with the total down drom 58.5 to 56 1/2. The feature matchup of the night comes out of the ACC where No.10 Clemson catches 14 from No.4 Florida State. The high/low has been bet down from 58 to 55 1/2.

NFL and regular officials still far apart

The locked-out NFL regular officials and the league met the last two days but sources say that the two sides are still far apart and there are no further talks planned. The anonymous source said in an E-mail to the Associated Press that there are “significant and serious economic gaps.”

The NFL locked out the regular officials in June and has been using replacements as the season enters its third full weekend. Many players, coaches and fans have been upset with what they say is poor officiating. The NFL has warned teams that it won’t tolerate confrontational behavior toward the new officials.

Yanks win on Martin walk off homer

Friday night the Yankees beat Oakland 2-1 on a 10th-inning walk-off home run from catcher Russel Martin. It was the Bombers eighth win in nine games as the Bronx was able to maintain a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East. CC Sabathia was nearly flawless allowing just three hits while striking out 11 in eight innings. Rafeal Soriano blew just his fourth save of the season by serving up a ninth inning homer to Brandon Bass. The Orioles were 4-2 winners over the BoSox.

Furyk leads Tour Championship after 36 holes

Jim Furyk fired a six-under 64 on Friday to take the lead at the halfway mark of the Tour Championship at East Lake outside Atlanta. Furyk is seven-under for the tournament, one shot better than Justin Rose and two shots better than Bubba Watson and Bo Van Pelt. Rory McIlroy is four back while Tiger Woods limped in with a 73 to finish T12. Phil Mickelson is T-16 at even par for the tournament.

Gordon wins 72nd career pole at New Hampshire

Jeff Gordon hasn’t won a Nascar championship since 2001, was the last man into The Chase, and dead last in points after one race but ….. he’s far from given up and will leave from the front in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire after securing his 72nd career pole. Kyle Bush will leave on the outside with Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Pual Menard, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., and Dave Blaney round out the top five rows.

SP3 will have a full preview on Sunday.

Jones vs Belfort headline UFC 152

Jon ‘Bones” Jones defends his UFC Light-heavyweight championship against Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort in the main event of UFC 152 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Jones was originally scheduled to fight Dan Henderson at the postponed 151 but Henderson was forced out with a torn ACL just eight days out prompting the postponement of the event after no suitable opponent for Jones could be found on short notice. Jones is a prohibitive -750 favorite with Belfort +475 on the takeback. Michael ‘The Count” Bisping is a -190 favorite over Brian “All American” Stann (+155). Joseph Benavidez (-290) meets Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (+210) in the UFC’s first ever flyweight championship. Odds courtesy of Bovada.

Highlights from the weigh-in for UFC 152.

SP3 will have full results and highlights from UFC 152 in the Sunday edition.

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