College Football playoff approved, Spain vs Portugal, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Four team college football playoff approved for 2014

A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, will begin in 2014 and continue through the 2025 season. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.

The 11 conference commissioners watched on Tuesday afternoon as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick presented their proposal to a board of 12 university presidents at the Dupont Circle Hotel. In less than three hours, the group agreed upon a postseason that college football fans have been clamoring for years.

The group of presidents also endorsed a rotation of the semifinal games among six bowl sites and a rotation of the championship game among neutral sites. The semifinals either will be played on December 31st or January 1st, and the national title game will be played on “Championship Monday,” the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the final semifinal game is played.

Some conference commissioner discuss playoff on ESPN

Euro 2012 Semis: Spain vs Portugal

The semifinals of Euro 2012 start today with an Iberian Derby between Spain and Portugal. Spain is the defending Euro and World Cup champs and looks to become the first team to defend a Euro title. The Portuguese have been on a roll since losing 1-0 to tournament favorite Germany in group play. Portugal has been carried over the last two games by arguably the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored three times and hit the woodwork three times in the last two games. The Spanish are -275 money-line favorites with Portugal +215 on the take back. The total is two flat with the Over -110 and the Under -120. The game starts at 2:45 PM EST, watch and win on ESPN.

MLB Diamond Dust

Tuesday, Ryan Vogelsong and two San Francisco relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout and Melky Cabrera’s fourth-inning solo blast was all the offense needed in the Giants 2-0 win over the rival Dodgers. San Francisco climbed to within one game of Los Angeles for the lead in the NL West. The Bums are just 1-7 in their L8 games and struggling mightily without the offense of Matt Kemp.

Derek Jeter celebrated his 38th birthday with a two-for-five night as the New York Yankees continued their hot play with a 6-4 win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod hit the 642nd home run of his career and Phil Hughes pitched eight innings of six-hit shutout ball as the Bombers took a 6-0 lead into the ninth before the Tribe nicked Cory Wade for four runs. Rafael Soriano got the final out to record his 16th save.

NBA Draft Buzz

The NBA draft is Thursday and SP3 is on it like white on rice.

The Houston Rockets are stockpiling draft picks in hopes of being able to package them in a deal with Orlando for Dwight Howards. Tuesday, Houston sent Chase Budinger to the Timberwolves for the No. 18 pick in Thursday’s draft, giving the Rockets the 14th, 16th and 18th picks. The Rockets hope to parlay the picks and possibly Kyle Lowry into two top 10 picks to offer Orlando for D12. If Houston is unable to land Howard they will make a play for the Hawk’s Josh Smith who is unhappy in Atlanta.

The Cleveland Cavalier are looking to move up to the second pick in order to lock up Florida’s Bradley Beal. The Cav’s have offered Charlotte their No.4 plus either No.32 or No.34. The Bobcats are reportedly interested in Thomas Robinson or John Henson, one of who will still be available at four and still get the extra pick. Cleveland envisions Beal as the perfect wing-man for Rookie-of-the-Year PF Kyrie Irving.

Sportsbetting3 will release it’s NBA mock draft at 12:00 PM on Thursday

Adam Oates named new coach of the Caps

Adam Oates has been names as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals. Oates had been serving as an assistant for the New Jersey Devils over the past two seasons, and this will be his first opportunity as a head coach. Each of the past five coaches of the Caps have had no previous NHL experience as a head coach, a common theme for the Capitals under general manager George McPhee. Oates played 19 years in the NHL himself, five with Washington.

Free Plays

(Euro 2012) Spain/Portugal Over 2 +110 2:45 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Pettitte) -1.5 +128 over Cleveland (Jimenez) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Los Angeles (Billingsley) +115 over San Francisco (Lincecum) 3:45 PM EST

(MLB) Detroit (Fister)/Texas (Oswalt) Under 10 +105