Championship Sunday, NBA New and Notes, Butler beats Zags at buzzer, RIP Stan Musial, RIP Earl Weaver, Kings raise banner and get spanked by Blackhawks, Belfort by TKO, Wise Dan HOY + Free Play for Sunday, January 20, 2013

49ers/Falcons and Ravens/Pats on Championship Sunday

NBA News and Notes

In Saturday’s NBA action, the Chicago Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit with a 29-16 fourth quarter but dropped an 85-82 decision to the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 boards for the Grizz, Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Chris Paul returned to the Clippers with 22-4-11 in LA’s 94-87 win over the Washington Wizards. Just four games on an abbreviated schedule today with the Thunder and Nuggets featured late.

It was a tough Saturday for ranked teams in college basketball

You probably didn’t want to be a ranked team in men’s college basketball on Saturday as several ranked teams went down including the No.1 Louisville Cardinals who lost at home to No.6 Syracuse. In arguably the best game of the day, No.13 Butler stunned No.8 Gonzaga on a Roosevelt Jones floater at the buzzer.

….. other ranked teams to go down in rotation order were …..

The No.17 Missouri Tigers got crushed 83-52 at No.10 Florida. The Tigers were without their best player Lawrence Bowers who was out with a knee injury.

No.24 UCLA was stopped at home by the No.21 Oregon Ducks 76-67 in a Pac 12 showdown.

No.12 Creighton suffered it’s first MVC Conference loss of the year falling to 17-2 but un-ranked Wichita State.

No.11 Ohio State fell at No.18 Michigan State 59-56.

No.25 Marquette came from 16 down at the half but lost to Cincinnati by a deuce in overtime.

No.15 San Diego State managed just 9 (nine) first half points in losing at Wyoming.

Kansas and Notre Dame barely survived their game versus Texas and Rutgers.

It was a tougher day for baseball legends as we lose Stan Musial and Earl Weaver

Stan ‘The Man” Musial passes at 92

Two bloops and a bomb, ex-O’s skipper Earl Weaver dead at 82

Kings raise banner then get blasted by Blackhawks

The NHL season opened on Saturday with the LA Kings raising their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters. As is often the case after these ceremonies, the Kings went out and got hammered on the ice by the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. In other results from opening night, Ottawa dropped Winnipeg 4-1, Pittsburg dropped Philadelphia 3-1, Tampa Bay lit Washington 6-3, Boston downed the NY Rangers 3-1, Toronto won their original six rivalry matchup with Montreal 2-1, the Devils edged the Islanders 2-1, and Florida smoked Carolina 5-1. Columbus was a 3-2 shootout winner over Nashville, Dallas edged Phoenix 4-3, St Louis blanked Detroit 6-0, Minnesota dumped the Avs 4-2, and Teemu Selanne notched career goals 664 and 665 in Anaheim’s 7-3 rout of the Canucks in Vancouver.

Vitor derails Bisping with TKO win on Fox

At UCF on Fox 7 Saturday night, Vitor Belfort scored the 15th knockout of his MMA career with a second round TKO of Michael Bisping. Belfort caught “The Count” with a high kick to the temple and then finished him off with some ground and pound before referee Dan Mirogliotta jumped in for the save. Belfort also earned an extra 50K for the Knockout of the Night bonus. Ex-Arizona State wrestlers C.B. Dollaway won a split decision over Daniel Sarafian in the co-feature in the Fight of the Night.

Wise Day wins Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year

It was the Night of Champions in horse racing on Saturday night as the Eclipse Awards were announced. Wise Dan took down the most hardware winning Older Male Horse, Male Turf Horse, and Horse of the Year Honors. Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another got the nod as the top three-year-old. Ramon Dominguez won his third straight Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey but had to receive his honor from a hospital bed after sustaining a skull fracture in a spill at Aqueduct on Friday.

Free Play

(NBA) Oklahoma City/Denver Under 209.5 (Sunday, January 20, 8:00 PM EST)

Free Pick record in January: 7-9