Steelers survive Chiefs, BCS Playoff News, Hoops New and Notes, Trout/Harper ROYs, NHL welcomes four into HOF, Jeff Gordon fined 100K + Free Play for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Roethlisberger hurts shoulder in Pittsburg 16-13 OT win

The Pittsburg Steelers overcame a 10-0 deficit to beat Kansas City last night but are holding their breaths after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder injury. Roethlisberger left the game after taking a hit in the third quarter and was scheduled to have a MRI last night. Early reports suggested that Big Ben had suffered a dislocation and is said to be out for the Steeler’s Week 11 Sunday night showdown with the Ravens. Byron Lefwich was 7-14 for 73 yards in relief of Roethlisberger and will likely be behind center vs. Baltimore.

BCS college football playoffs, the little guys will have on seat at the table

Monday the BCS announced that a six-bowl, four-team college playoff had been approved that would give automatic access to the highest rated “Group of Five” team. The Group of Five are schools playing in the non-BCS conferences (Mountain West, Big East, MAC, Sun Belt, Conference USA) that were seeking a guaranteed spot in the system. The highest-ranked of those teams beginning in 2014 will play in one of the three “host” or open bowls. Those bowls are still to be determined. The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC already have automatic access to the new system via the Sugar, Rose and Orange Bowls.

Phil Jackson stunned by D’Antoni hire, thought job was his to turn down

From Phil Jackson in an interview with the LA Times

“Saturday morning, [Lakers executive] Jim Buss called to ask if he could come and visit. I didn’t solicit or ask for the opportunity but I welcomed both him and [team executive] Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as head coach,” Jackson said.

“We talked for over an hour and a half. No contractual terms were discussed and we concluded with a handshake and an understanding that I would have until Monday [today] to come back to them with my decision. I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job. I was awakened at midnight Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a three-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker fans who encouraged my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”

Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, added that media coverage portraying Jackson as being full of demands was inaccurate.

Trout/Harper are AL/NL Rookies of the Year

In a surprise to no one, teen phenoms Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were named the AL and NL Rookies of the Year respectively. Trout was the unanimous choice in the junior circuit garnering all 28 first-place votes. The Angel outfielder batted .326/.399/.564 with 30 homers and a majors-leading 49 steals against just five times caught. Harper captured 16 first-place votes to edge Arizona DBack pitcher Wade Miley 112-105 in the voting. Harper ended the season hitting .270/.340/.477 with 22 home runs, 59 RBI, 98 runs, 26 doubles, nine triples and 18 stolen bases. Defensively, he added eight outfield assists.

NHL Hall of Fame welcomes in Sundin, Sakic, Oates, and Bure

One Monday, it was all about hockey and honoring four past greats of games as the Hockey Hall of Fame enshrined it’s class of 2012. Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, and Joe Sakic were all honored at the induction ceremony in Toronto. This class featured four of the most outstanding offensive players in the game. Sundin scored 564 goals to go along with 785 assists good for 1,349 points in 1346 career games. he was the first overall pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. Sakic was one of the elite centers in the game tallying 625 career goals and an additional 84 playoff goals. Adam Oates was one of the games premier playmakers wracking up 1,079 assists to go along with 341 career goals. Pavel Bure, the Russian Rocket, scored 437 goals in just 703 games before injuries forced him out of the game at age 31.

A pretty epic hockey fight between minor league goalies last night

Jeff Gordon fined and docked for instigating brawl

Nascar was busy dishing out fines on Monday including a whopping 100K and 25 championship points to Jeff Gordon for instigating Sunday’s altercation with Clint Bowyer that resulted in a post-race brawl. Team owner Rick Hendrick was docked 25 championship owner points for the incident but supported Gordon for standing his ground. Bowyer crew chief Brian Pattie was also fined $25,00 and put on probation for his part of the incident and points leader Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 for having a cellphone or similar electronic device in his car.

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