Irish and Ohio State go unbeaten, NFL Week 12 News and Notes, Duke downs Louisville, Laker bomb Mavs, RIP Hector Camacho + Free Play for Sunday, November 25, 2012

Notre Dame and Ohio State run the table …. Georgia, Florida, Oregon big Saturday winners

Notre Dame and Ohio State both completed their regular seasons at a perfect 12-0. The Irish beat USC 22-13 to lock up a spot in the National Championship game January 7th in Miami. Notre Dame will likely meet the winner of the Georgia/Alabama SEC championship game. No.3 Georgia smoked Georgia Tech in their annual rivalry while No.2 Alabama pasted Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl.

Ohio State beat Michigan 26-21 to finish their season at 12-0. The win over their biggest Big Ten rival was bittersweet however as the Buckeyes are prohibited from going to a Bowl because of sanctions imposed for Tatoogate. It was the first time the Buckeyes have finished undefeated since their 2002 National Championship team and the sixth time overall.

Other big winners on Saturday were Florida, Oregon, South Carolina, and Stanford. Oregon won it’s Civil War with Oregon State but will not make the Pac 12 championship game thanks to Stanford’s 35-17 win over UCLA. The same two teams will meet again this weekend in Palo Alto to decide the Pac 12 championship. Florida beat Florida State 37-26 for Sunshine State bragging rights and South Carolina topped Clemson in the Palmetto Bowl.

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The Laker get first road win with blowout over Dallas

The Lakers jumped on Dallas from the git, taking a 36-23 lead after a quarter and a 65-38 lead at the half before coasting to a 115-89 victory over the Mavericks. Los Angeles had previously been winless on the road. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points apiece. Vince Carter and Jae Crowder, both off the bench, led the Mavs with 16 and 15 respectively.

No.5 Duke edges No.2 Louisville 76-71

In the first meeting between Coach K and Rick Petino since the 1992 Duke/Kentucky Christian Laettner game, Duke beat Louisville 76-71 at Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. All five Duke starters had 14 points for the Blue Devils who got just three points from their bench. Payton Silva has 19 in a losing effort for the Cardinals who also got 17 from Russ Smith.

RIP Hector Camacho 1962-2012

Former four-time world champion boxer Hector ‘Macho” Camacho died early Friday after being taken off life support by his family. Camacho was shot twice in the face late on Tuesday while sitting in the passenger seat of his Mustang by an unknown assailant in a SUV. Camacho, a four-time champion in three weight classes, will be remembered for his flare and charisma inside the ring and for living dangerously outside the ring. RIP Hector Camacho.

Ricky Hatton knocked out in comback, retires again

Former light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton hastily retired again Saturday after he was knocked out by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his return to the ring after more than three years. Hatton, 34, hadn’t fought since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in May of 2009. If he stays retired this time, Hatton will end his career with a record of 45-3.

Guerrero earns unanimous decision over Berto

Robert Guerrero positioned himself as a top contender at welterweight with a unanimous decision over former champion Andre Berto. Guerrero, 31-1-1, dropped Berto in the first and second rounds. Guerrero, a former champion at featherweight and super-featherweight, now wants to meet Floyd Mayweather.
Don’t they all ???

The NHL cancels game through Dec 14 plus the All-Star Game

With the chances of an NHL season growing slimmer by the day, the NHL cancelled regular season games through December 14th plus the All-Star Game in Columbus. That makes 422 regular season games postponed because of the lockout which enters its 71st day on Sunday. With the league and the NHLPA still far apart, expect the next announcement form the NHL to be the cancellation of the season.

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