Sports and Newtown, Let the Bowls Begin, Thunder win 10th straight, College Hoops back in force, NHL goes to court, MLB Hot Stove + Free Play for Saturday, December 15, 2012

The sports world react to the tragic shootings in Connecticut

Some things just transcend sports ….. like the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Sportebtting3 sends it’s thoughts and prayers out the victims and families of this terrible and senseless tragedy.

Nevada/Arizona and Toledo/Utah State kick off the Bowl season

The 2012-2012 Bowl season kicks of today with two games right out of the box. At 1:00 PM EST, Arizona is a 9-point favorite over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. The total has been bet from 75 all the way to 79. Weather in Albuquerque is expected to be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of scattered showers and a temperature at kickoff of around 36. At 4:30 PM EST, Toledo takes on Utah State in the Idaho Potato Bowl on the smurf turf of Boise. Utah State will be laying 10.5 with the total 58 1/2. Weather will be cloudy with a game time temperature of 36. No precipitation is in the forecast.

Durant scores 31 as OKC wins their 10th straight game

It took the Oklahoma City Thunder about 10 games to adapt to life without James Harden but now they have and they are back with a vengeance. The Durantula popped for 31 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 18 points and 11 boards as OKC rolled past Sacramento 113-103. Russell Westbrook has 13 points and 13 helpers for the winners. The Thunder led by as many as 26 until the Kings made things respectable in garbage time. Isiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 collecting all his points in the final 13 minutes.

The Florida/Arizona lats show highlights full card of college hoops

Finals week is over and college basketball is back at full force with a full slate of action for Saturday. Key games on the schedule in rotation order are No.1 ranked Indiana at Butler, Louisville at Memphis, Northern Iowa at Iowa, West Virginia at Michigan, Kansas State at Gonzaga, Florida at Arizona, and Creighton at Cal on the graveyard.

The NHL goes to court

With the lockout reaching it’s 90th day on Friday and the NHLPA threatening to decertify, the league has filed a class action suit against the players in federal court.

From the NHL:

“Today, in response to information indicating that NHL Players have or will be asked to vote to authorize the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Executive Board to proceed to ‘disclaim interest’ in continuing to represent the Players in collective bargaining, the National Hockey League filed a Class Action Complaint in Federal Court in New York seeking a Declaration confirming the ongoing legality of the lockout.

“Simultaneously with the filing of its Complaint, the NHL also filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that by threatening to ‘disclaim interest,’ the NHLPA has engaged in an unlawful subversion of the collective bargaining process and conduct that constitutes bad faith bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act.”

In response, the NHLPA issued the following statement.

“The NHLPA has just received a copy of the National Labor Relations Board charge and has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, based on what we’ve learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that Players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union. We believe that their position is completely without merit.”

MLB Hot Stove News

Proving that there is just too much money in baseball, the Tigers have re-signed pitcher Anibal Sanchez to a five-year $80 million dollar deal. Widely regarded as the second best available free agent starting pitcher after Zack Greincke, Sanchez is just 48-51 lifetime with a 3.75 career ERA for the Tigers and Miami Marlins. Sanchez was dealt to the Detroit in July and went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 regular-season starts for the Tigers. He recorded a 1.77 ERA while going 1-2 in three postseason outings.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Michigan -10.5 over West Virginia (Saturday, December 15, 8:00 PM EST)

Free Pick record in December: 6-8