Giants blank Tigers, Bucs rip Vikes, Clemson crushes Wake, Stern to retire in 2014, RIP Emanuel Steward, Honey Badger + Free Play for Friday, October 26, 2012

Giants go up 2-0 in World Series with 2-0 shutout

Giant manager Bruce Bochy is pressing all the right buttons. Last night, the San Francisco skipper started Madison Bumgarner in Game Two and was rewarded with seven innings of two-hit shutout ball in the Giants 2-0 win over the Tigers. Bumgarner had gotten nobody out in his two prior post-season starts and was rocking an 11.25 ERA when he took the mound. It was a 0-0 game heading into the bottom of the 7th when the Giants got the only run they would need on a double play groundout. They added an insurance run in the eighth on a Hunter pence sacrifice fly. The Giants head to Saturday’s Game Three in Detroit leading 2-0 and with Ryan Vogelsong toeing the rubber against Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. Detroit is an early -143 favorite with the total locked in at 7.

Martin leads Bucs over the Vikings

Tampa Bay first-round draft pick Doug Martin ran for 135 yards and was on the receiving end of 79 more to lead the Buccaneers to a 36-17 road win at Minnesota. Josh Freeman threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns including a 64-yard screen pass that Martin took tuda house. The Vikings could never dig out of an early 20-7 hole thanks to two early turnovers. Adrian Peterson had a 123 yards on 15 carries including a 64-yard run in a losing effort. Tampa Bay was a straight up winner as a six-point dog and the total flew over the final posted 43.

Clemson rolls, Cincinnati/Louisville square off tonight

In Thursday night’s college football action, Clemson exploded for 28 second quarter points in a 42-13 beat down of Wake Forest. Taj Boyd continued his hot hand with a 27-38 for 428 yard passing night with five touchdowns. Clemson won easily despite wracking up a staggering 158 yards in penalties. Players that bet the favorite and the under went to the cashier.

Two games on the Friday college football menu and both games could have weather issues so you’re going to need your due diligence closer to game time.

In the 8:00 PM EST ESPN2 game, Cincinnati travels to Louisville in a key Big East showdown. The Cardinals opened as -4 favorites with the over/under set at 54. Early Bearcat money has the line down half-a-tick to -3.5 with the total headed south to 52. This is a regional rivalry with these campuses separated by just 40 miles. The Bearcat have won the last four games in the series including the last two at Papa John’s Stadium. Cincinnati lost it’s first true road game at Toledo last week despite outgaining the Rockets by 123 yards and Toledo not scoring an offensive touchdown. Louisville is still pretty much an unknown quantity. They’re 7-0 with three wins by five points or less. North Carolina is the only winning team they’ve faced. There is a 70% chance of thundershowers through the first half and temperature at game time is expected to be around 50.

Also kicking at 8:00 PM EST, is Nevada at Air Force on CBSSC. The Wolf Pack opened as -2.5 point favorites, the high/low set at 66. Nevada has been bet up to -3.5, the total is up half a tick to 66 1/2. Last week, the Jeckyll and Hyde Wolf Pack became the first team in 21 years to lose straight up to San Diego State after leading by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter. In their prior road game, Reno came from 31-14 down to beat state rival UNLV. Five of Air Force’s six I-A games have been decided by six points or less. The Falcons will be without their best player, RB Cody Getz. Colorado Springs is supposed to see 1-3 inches of snow before game time. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be around 29 with the wind chill making it 19.

David Stern will retires after 30 years

David Stern has announced his retirement as commissioner of the NBA. Stern will step down on February 1, 2014, 30 years to the day that he took over the struggling league and transformed it into a $5 billion dollar a year industry. Adam Silver, Stern’s right-hand man, was named Stern’s successor and unanimously approved by the Board of Gouvenors.

David Stern announces his retirement and announces his successor

HOF boxing trainer Emanuel Steward dead at 68

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward passed away on Thursday, reportedly from complications after surgery for diverticulitis. He was 68. Steward trained 41 World Champions over his career including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, and Wladimir Klitschko. His heavyweight fighters had a record of 34-2-1 combined in title fights. Most recently he’s been a commentator for HBO Boxing and actively involved with charities around Detroit that helped endangered youth. RIP Manny.

The Honey Badger gets arrested for possession

Tyrann Mathieu is at it again. The Honey Badger and three of his former LSU teammates including former Bayou Bengal quarterback Jordan Jefferson were arrested Thursday on marijuana charges. Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with simple possession while another man in the apartment was charged with intent to distribute. Police were called when Jefferson allegedly tried to force his way into the gated community and had words with a maintenance worker who followed him to Mathieu’s apartment. Mathieu was college football’s defensive Player of the Year last year and a Heisman Trophy finalist before being dismissed from the team for failing two drug tests.

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