New No.1 Louisville survives UConn, the Bank of Cuban is open, Football News and Notes, Rory gets $200 million Nike deal, Lance comes clean, Hulk Hogan News + Free Play for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cards roll over Huskies with big second half

When you are No.1, there always seems to be an X on your back. That’s the way it looked Monday this week’s new No.1 Louisville rolled into UConn and found themselves down six at the half. Whatever Pick Pitino said in the locker room must have worked in a big big way as the Cards blitzed the Huskies with a 45-24 second half to come away with a 73-58 win. Louisville had the deck stacked against them as their Sunday night charter was cancelled by fog. The Cardinals didn’t arrive to Storrs until 1:00 PM Monday afternoon and did not have the benefit of a shoot around.

In the late game of the Big Monday ESPN double-header, No.4 Kansas beat Baylor for the tenth time in 11 games, routing the Bears 61-44. The Jayhawks got the job done on defense limiting the Bears to just 23% shooting (13-56) for the game. Ben McLemore led the Rock Chalks with 17 points. Isiah Austin has 15 points and 11 boards in a losing cause for Baylor.

Mark Cuban says Mavs will be active until the trade deadline

Billionaire Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban is letting the NBA know that “the bank of Cuban is open” and that the Mavs are in the market to deal before the February 21st trade deadline. The Mavs, who are in danger of having a 12-year playoff streak snapped, have several expiring contracts that could be attractive to cost-cutting teams. The 16-23 Mavs will seek to get involved as a facilitator in multi-team trades as well as discuss traditional deals.

NFL and College Football News and Notes

Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed his girlfriend and then himself on December 1st. At the time of his autopsy, Belcher’s blood-alcohol content was 0.17, more than twice the limit of 0.08 percent for Missouri drivers. Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times in their home and then drove to the Chief training facility where he took his own life in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli.

Notre Dame took a hit on Monday when junior running back Cierra Wood announced that he would enter the draft. Wood was Notre Dame’s second-leading rusher, running for 742 yards and four touchdowns while averaging an impressive 6.5 yards per carry. The Irish also lose leading rusher Theo Riddick to graduation meaning Notre Dame will have to replace 1659 yards on the ground.

Rory is the new face of Nike, gets $200 million mega-deal

Rory McIlroy talks about his new Nike deal, his rivalry with Tiger Woods, Caroline Wozniacki, Manchester United, and the NY Jets with ESPN’s Bob Ley.

Lance comes clean to Oprah

The rumors have been flying for a couple of weeks but now it has been confirmed by Oprah herself, Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping during his cycling career. If there was one accused athlete accused of doping that hadn’t, this writer had hoped it would be Lance Armstrong but that was not to be. You can watch the interview on the O Network on Thursday, January 17th.

Hulk Hogan sues spine clinic for $50 million

The Hulkster is suing a laser spine surgery clinic for $50 million dollars for needless surgeries and for using him as an unauthorized endorsement of the clinic. You can get the low down on the suiy in this clip from AOL.

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(NBA) Portland +9 over Denver (Tuesday, January 15, 8:05 PM EST)

Free Pick record in January: 5-6