Ravens/Broncos and Packers/49ers today, College Football News and Notes, Thunder send Lakers to 6th straight loss, Lance to come clean, MLB Hot Stove + Free Play for Saturday, January 12, 2013

NFL quarterfinals start today in Denver and in San Francisco

The NFL in down to it’s Elite Eight and after Sunday, it will be down to the Final Four.

Saturday’s first game features a rematch between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. The teams met four weeks ago in Baltimore with Denver winning 34-17. In that game, Denver held Baltimore to just 56 yards rushing and 1-12 on third down. Peyton Manning is 8-0 straight and ATS vs Baltimore lifetime with a 16-5 ratio. On the surface, it looks like all Denver in this game but the points are a great equalizer. AFC top seeds are just 2-7 ATS the last nine years in this game. Kickoff is at 4:30 PM EST on CBS. Temperature at game time is projected around 18 with the wind chill making it about 7 degrees above zero. The Broncos are currently 9 1/2 point favorites with the high/low 46. Is this Ray Lewis’ last dance ???

The nightcap also features a rematch as Green Bay travels to San Francisco to meet the 49ers. In Week One, the 49ers spanked the Packers 30-22 at Lambeau Field with Alex Smith at the controls. In the game, San Francisco outrushed the hosts 186-49. Today, Colin Kaepernick makes his first playoff start for the 49ers against Aaron Rodgers who has thrown for 281-yards per game and a sweet 22-3 TD/Int ratio. Green Bay had won eight straight in the series prior to opening week loss. San Francisco will be giving up a field goal with the over/under set at 45. It should be perfect football weather by the Bay on a mostly fair day with a game time temperature expected of around 48. Kickoff is 8:00 PM EST on Fox. Watch and win!

Grizz spike Spurs in OT, Thunder roll over the Lakers

The San Antonio Spurs drilled two threes in the final six seconds to force overtime but the Memphis Grizzlies were relentless in the extra five minutes to come away with a 101-98 win. Tony Parker had 30 points and nailed a running 30-footer at the buzzer to tie the game. Zach Randolph led the Grizz with 18/10 and Rudy Gay got the winner on a 14-foot jumper with 27 seconds left. Manu Ginobli’s desperation three at the end of OT clanged off the rim.

Key Alabama players declare for the draft

The Alabama Crimson Tide to an expected hit on Friday as three key components of their newly crowned national championship outfit declared for the NFL draft. Cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacy and right tackle D.J. Fluker made official their decisions to turn pro during a joint news conference on campus Friday. In the clip below, ESPN analyst Trevor Matich analyzes where each player is expected to be drafted.

Armstrong to admit doping on Oprah

As reported on SB3 earlier in the week, Lance Armstrong will reportedly admit to doping throughout his career in an interview with Oprah. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas. The 41-year-old Armstrong, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.

Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after new charges

Former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with assaulting his estranged wife and if found guilty of all 13 counts could go to prison for up to 13 years. Bradley has been in and out of trouble for domestic violence since 2005 and has always been thought of as a loose cannon. Bradley spent parts of 12 seasons with the Expos, Indians, Dodgers, A’s, Padres, Rangers, Cubs and Mariners. As a member of the Rangers in 2008, he made the AL All-Star team.

Junior starts 12-car wreck in Daytona testing

If you are jonesing for Nascar, this clip is for you. The Great American Race is right around the corner on February 24th.

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