Steelers/Falcons are big Week 10 winners, Oregon jumps Irish, Johnson wins at Texas, Hoops News and Notes, MLB Hot Stove + Free Play for Monday, November 5, 2012

Steelers beat Giants late, Falcons remain unbeaten

In Sunday’s NFL feature action, the Steelers overcame a 20-10 fourth quarter deficit to beat the Giants 24-20 at the Meadowlands. Ben Roethlisberger threw for two scores and Isaac Redman had a career high 147 yards rushing on 26 carries. The Pittsburg defense held the previously white-hot Eli Manning to 10-24 and 125 yards passing. Atlanta got off to a slow start before wearing down Dallas 19-30. The Cowboys jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes before the Dirty Birds got both field goals back at the half. It was the Matty Ice show in the second half as Ryan drove the Falcons to 13 fourth quarter points and the win. Ryan finished with 342 to improve his record to 30-4 as a starter in the Georgia Dome.

Colt’s head coach Chuck Pavano addresses an emotional locker room after Indy’s 23-20 home win over the Miami Dolphins. Pavano was diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia and has been hospitalized for the past six weeks for treatment

The dogs were definitely NOT barking in Week 9 of the NFL with favorites roaring back to the tune of 9-4. The over enjoyed a small 7-6 edge against the under while home teams were just 6-7, home dogs an awful 1-4. Tonight, two desperate teams square of in the Superdome as the Eagles travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. A steady influx of Eagle money has drooped the line down half-a-tick to a field goal with the high/low set at 52. Kickoff as always is on ESPN at 8:40 PM EST.

Oregon leapfrogs Notre Dame in BCS Polls

The Oregon Ducks jumped Notre Dame into third place in the newly updated BCS standings. The Quack Attack rolled to 730 yards of offense in their 62-51 win at USC. The Irish survived in three overtimes at home against upstart Pitt. Kansas State remained anchored at No.2 after beating Oklahoma State 44-30 but lost Heisman front-runner Collin Klein at the beginning of the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.

ESPN analyzes current BCS standings

BCS Standings

1 Alabama 9-0
2 Kansas State 9-0
3 Oregon 9-0
4 Notre Dame 9-0
5 Georgia 8-1
6 Florida 8-1
7 LSU 7-2
8 South Carolina 7-2
9 Louisville 9-0
10 Florida State 8-1
11 Oregon State 7-1
12 Oklahoma 6-2
13 Clemson 8-1
14 Stanford 7-2
15 Texas A&M 7-2
16 Nebraska 7-2
17 Texas 7-2
18 UCLA 7-2
19 USC 6-3
20 Louisiana Tech 8-1
21 Mississippi State 7-2
22 Texas Tech 6-3
23 Rutgers 7-1
24 Northwestern 7-2
25 Toledo 8-1

AP Top 25


1 Alabama (60) 9-0 1500
2 Oregon 9-0 1421
3 Kansas State 9-0 1385
4 Notre Dame 9-0 1318
5 Ohio State 10-0 1198
5 Georgia 8-1 1198
7 Florida 8-1 1112
8 Florida State 8-1 1057
9 LSU 7-2 1029
10 Clemson 8-1 931
11 Louisville 9-0 862
12 South Carolina 7-2 836
13 Oregon State 7-1 796
14 Oklahoma 6-2 765
15 Texas A&M 7-2 700
16 Stanford 7-2 655
17 UCLA 7-2 446
18 Nebraska 7-2 441
19 Texas 7-2 355
19 Louisiana Tech 8-1 355
21 USC 6-3 237
22 Mississippi State 7-2 187
23 Toledo 8-1 146
24 Rutgers 7-1 99
25 Texas Tech 6-3 97

Dropped from rankings: Boise State 19, West Virginia 23, Arizona 24

Others receiving votes: Northern Illinois 64, Kent State 61, Michigan 53, TCU 38, Northwestern 32, Oklahoma State 27, Ohio 22, UCF 15, Boise State 11, Washington 9, Penn State 8, San Diego State 7, Tulsa 6, Arizona 5, Utah State 4, Fresno State 2

Johnson extends point lead with win at Texas

The two points leaders in the Chase finished 1-2 at Texas as Jimmie Johnson outlasted Brad Keselowski in a green-white-checker finish to take the checkered flag. Kyle Busch was third with Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart rounding out the top five. With eight races of the Chase completed, Johnson leads Keselowski by seven points heading to next Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix.

College and NBA Hoops news and Notes

The Lakers got their first win of the season with a 108-79 beat down of the visiting Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles was all business in jumping out to a 34-13 lead after a quarter and extending to 62-34 at the half. Dwight Howard led the way with 28 points and seven rebounds. Metta World Peace chipped in with 18 points. The Lakers shot a blistering 51.7% (40-77) from the floor while holding Detroit to just 28-79 shooting, good for just 35%. Jonas Jerebeko led Motown off the bench with 18 points. The Association resumes play tonight with an 8-game Monday night card.

NHL and NHLPA to meet again on Tuesday

Talks between the NHL and the NHLPA on Saturday reportedly went well and lasted into early Sunday morning. ESPN is reporting that both sides are tentatively scheduled to resume bargaining talks Tuesday in New York City. After not talking for two weeks, both side report that steady progress is being made to end the Lockout which enters its 51st day on Monday.

MLB Hot Stove League

Police in the Dominican Republic have arrested three suspects in last week’s home invasion/murder of former MLB pitcher Pascual Perez. Police said one of the suspects admitted to planning to rob the house at steal Perez’s $2400 monthly MLB pension with four others. Perez, 55, was found dead in his home Thusday with severe head wounds. He was beaten with a hammer. Perez compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Yankees last pitching for the Bronx Bombers in 1991.

Free Play

(NBA) Cleveland +10.5 over Clippers (Monday, November 5, 10:35 PM EST)