Giants shut out Tigers … again, College Football Recap, NFL Sunday Preview, James Harden traded, Nascar + Free Play for Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giant’s 2-0 win sends Tigers to the brink

Ryan Vogelsong and two Giant relievers shut out Detroit for the second straight game to give San Francisco an almost insurmountable 3-0 lead in the 2012 World Series. It was the sixth straight win for the Giants who came back from down 3-1 to beat the St Louis Cardinals. Vogelsong, Tin Lincecum, and Sergio Romo stopped the Tigers on just five hits. San Francisco got both of it’s runs in the second when a Julio Blanco triple scored Hunter Pence. Brandon Crawford followed with a single to bring home Blanco.

Detroit will look to stave off elimination with a win in Game IV by sending Max Scherzer to the mound to face Matt Cain. As of this writing (12:01 AM PST), there is no posted side or total number. San Francisco has now won its last six games by a combined score of 32-4. The Tigers are just 1-11 in the series with runners in scoring position.

Notre Dame mauls Sooners, four fall from the ranks of the unbeaten

Notre Dame and Georgia were the big winners in yesterday’s college football Saturday. The Irish dominated both sides of the ball in their 30-13 win over Oklahoma at Norman. Notre Dame held the No.8 Sooners to just 14 net rushing yards on 23 carries. No.10 Georgia upset No.2 Florida 17-9 to knock the Gators from the ranks of the unbeaten. Todd Gurley had 123 yards and a touchdown for the winners. The Dawg defense was more than up for the task holding Florida to just three field goals.

Oregon State, Rutgers, and Ohio U also took their first losses on Saturday. Sportsbetting3 will recap all the action including the horrific knee injury sustained by South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, Arizona’s upset of USC, and the sure to be shakeups in the BCS and AP polls on Monday and Tuesday.

Falcons/Eagles and Giants/Cowboys highlight Sunday Week Eight

Two key NFC matchups highlight this week’s Sunday card including the lone unbeaten Falcons traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles and the Giants traveling to Dallas for a rematch with the Cowboys. The Eagles are three point favorites and the total has dropped like a rock from its opening number of 47 to 42 1/2. The 6-0 Dirty Birds have not won in the City of Brotherly Love since 1988 losing six straight visits. Atlanta did beat the Eagles 35-31 last year in the Georgia Dome. The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for the desperate 3-3 Eagles. Since Andy Reid took over, the Eagles are 13-0 straight up coming out of their bye and 10-3 against the points.

The G-Men are 5-1 since losing to Dallas 24-17 on the opening Wednesday of the NFL season. The home team is just 2-5 in the last seven games of this series with Big Blue winning their last three visits here, all in shootouts, 33-31/41-35/37-34. The beleaguered Tony Romo has played well against the Giants over the last five games throwing 13 TDs against just two picks but the Pokes are just 1-4 over that span. The Cowboys opened up as one-point favorites with the total 47. The line no shows New York as -2.5 point favorites with the total up a point to 48.

Thunder ship Harden to the Rockets in multi-player deal

Earlier this week, Oklahoma City’s Sixth-Man-of-the-Year James Harden turned down a four-year $52 million dollar contract extension. Tonight, James Harden is a Houston Rocket after a blockbuster multi-player multi-draft-pick deal. OKC gets guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Along with Harden, the Rockets get center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward. The Rockets will have until October 31st to extend Harden or allow him to become a restricted free agent next July. Harden averaged 16.8 points and 3.7 assists last season, and also joined former OKC teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the U.S. Men’s Olympic team. He struggled in the NBA Finals vs the Miami Heat.

Junior returns for Martinsvile after concussions

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return behind the wheel of his familiar No.88 Chevrolet after sitting out two races with symptoms from a concussion originally sustained in practice at Kansas in August. Earnhardt aggravated the condition with a crash October 7th at Talladega that forced him to miss races at Charlotte and Kansas. Earnhardt qualified 20th and sits last in the Chase point standings, 122 points behind the leader Brad Keselowski.

Free Play

(NFL) Detroit -2.5 over Seattle (Sun, Oct 28, 1:00 PM EST)