Colts crush Jags, Florida State survives, College Hoops starts tonight, NBA News and Notes, MLB Hot Stove, NHL Lockout Update + Free Play for Friday, November 9, 2012

Colts win fourth straight routing Jacksonville

In Thursday’s NFL Week 10 opener, the Colts won for the fifth time in six games by easily downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-10. While the stats were relatively equal, the Jags were never in the game as the Colts rushed out to a 17-0 lead and were never headed. The Colts had 359 yards to the Jags 337 but Indy dominated time-of-possession with 36 minutes. Indianapolis’ more balanced attack rushed the ball 37 times vs 26 passes while Jacksonville playing catchup, threw the ball 51 times and running the football just 11 times. Andrew Luck rushed for two touchdown and Darius Butler returned a pick-six back 11 yards for a touchdown. Favorite and Under players cashed their tickets.

Florida State stuns Hokies in final minute

Trailing 22-20 with less than a minute left, Florida State looked to get into position for a winning field goal but ….. Rashad Greene broke a 39-yard crossing pattern of a score with just 40 seconds left to give the No.8 road Seminoles the win. Under players took a tough beat when FSU converted a two-point conversion on the last score to send Over players to the cashier. Florida State quarterback EL Manuel threw for 326 yards and three TDs under constant pressure from a fired up Hokie defense that sacked him five times. After eight straight seasons of double-digit wins, 4-6 Virginia Tech must win out to get Bowl eligible.

In Thursday night Sunbelt Conference action, homestanding Arkansas State used a 21-point third quarter to roll over UL Monroe 45-23. Ryan Aplin threw for 334 yards and two scores and rushed for another for the victorious Red Wolves who won their fifth straight game. Arkansas State improved to 11-1 in their last 12 home games, winning in front of 30,243 fans, the second-largest crowd ever at Liberty Bank Stadium. ASU easily covered the -7.5 number and the game flew Over the 60 point final total.

Friday night’s college football weekend appetizer features Pittsburg at UConn in Big East action. This is a gut check game for the Panthers who are on a short week after getting their hearts ripped out in a 3OT loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. With Rutgers and at South Florida on deck, Pitt needs this if they hope to get to a Bowl. The Panthers are 6-2 in their L8 a a road favorite. UConn has dropped four straight scoring just 33 points and won’t be playing after December 1st. The spot might be right for the Huskies who play their only home game in a month tonight on national TV. Pitt opened and has remained a -3.5 point favorite with the high/low set at 43 1/2. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN2 and weather will not be a factor in Storrs.

College Hoops starts tonight

Thursday NBA News and Notes

Just two games in “The Association” last night. In the TNT double-header, Oklahoma City outscored the Bulls 31-19 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 99-93 win at the United Center. Kevin Durant led the way with 24 points, six in the final minute. In the late game, the Clippers blew out Portland 103-90 in a game nowhere as close as the final score. CP3 had a complete game 21-4-6 for Los Angeles. The NBA has 13 games on tap for it’s usual monster Friday night schedule.

The Lakers are off to a 1-4 start and the rumors are starting to fly that head coach Mike Brown and his Princeton offense might not be long for La La Land.
Reports that Jerry Sloan could take over by as early as December 1st are gaining momentum and make perfect sense as it would give the veteran HC a final pay and a chance to win that elusive first ring. More to follow.

Kobe Bryant’s infamous death stare at the end of Wed’s Laker loss at Utah

MLB Hot Stove News

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane has been named MLB executive of the year. Beane won easily over Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Rangers GM Jon Daniels. The award is given by The Sporting News who has presented the award since 1936. It’s the first time that Beane (Money Ball) has won it.

NHL talks to resume again on Friday

The NHL and the NHLPA met for another five hours on Thursday trying to hammer out a deal that would end the lockout that is now in its 55th day. The two sides have now met for more than 18 hours over the last three days. The two will meet again today with league reportedly responding to a new proposal by the union NHL regarding revenue sharing and the league’s make whole provision, the two biggest sticking points in the negotiations.

Free Play

(NBA) Dallas/Knicks Over 199 (Friday, November 9, 7:35 PM EST)