Steelers/Titans, College Football News and Notes, MLB Playoffs, Junior out at Charlotte, NHL Loclout update + Free Play for Thursday, October 11, 2012

Week Six of the NFL starts with Pittsburg/Tennessee

Week Six of the NFL kicks off tonight with the Pittsburg Steelers traveling to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans. The 2-2 Steelers are -6.5 favorites over the 1-4 Titans with the high/low unchanged from the 43.5 opener. Weather is expected to be partly cloudy with light winds and a game time temperature of 64.

Western Kentucky/Troy kicks off NCAAF Thursday Triple Header

Western Kentucky travels to Troy to meet the Trojans tonight in a key Sunbelt matchup. The Hilltoppers opened as -2.5 favorites with the total 56. Troy and under money has dropped the number to -2 and 54. Western Kentucky rushed for 338 yards in last years 41-18 victory over Troy. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM EST on ESPN, weather will be no factor.

At 8:00 PM EST, UTEP and Tulsa square off in CUSA action. The Game opened with the Golden Hurricane as 15-point favorites but that has mover North to -17. The total is unchanged at 57. The Miners have lost their last five visits here by an average score of 39-24. There is a 40% chance of rain in Tulsa so do your due diligence closer to kickoff.

In the 9:00 PM EST college football finale, Colorado entertains Arizona State in a Pac 10 tilt. The visiting Sun Devils are -22 point favorites and the total is 57, both numbers up a half point from the opener. ASU spanked Colorado 48-14 last year. The Buffs are 10-6-1 in their L17 as a home dog. Weather is projected to be partly cloudy with winds 10-15 mph. Temperature at game time should be around 64.

Ibanez historic night lifts Yanks

Joe Girardi rolled the dice last night pinch hitting for the slumping (1-2, 7 Ks) Alex Rodriguez with Raul Ibanez. Girardi rolled a seven and Ibanez made history with a game-tying home run in the ninth and a walk-off winner in the bottom of the 12th as the Yankees outlasted Baltimore 3-2. Ibanez became the first player in MLB postseason history to homer twice in a game that he didn’t start. The Yankees lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

Giants and A’s force Game Fives, Cards win

Tim Lincecum was the hero for the Giants Wednesday pitching 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief as San Francisco pounded Cincinnati 8-3 to force a fifth and final game in the NLDS series. Pedro Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda, had three hits and three RBIs for the Giants. Gregor Blanco chipped in with a two-run homer.

Oakland came back from 3-1 down in the ninth to beat Detroit 4-3 and force a Game Five in that ALDS series. Seth Smith had a two-run single in the ninth and then scored the game winner on a Coco Crisp single two outs later as the A’s registered their 14th walk off win of 2012.

Chris Carpenter and there Card relievers combined to shut out Washington 8-0 and take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS series. The St Louis lineup battered Nat pitching for 14 hits including a three-run blast from SS Pete Kozma. Matt Holiday plated two runs with his three hits and Jon Jay had a big day at leadoff with two hits and two runs scored.

All for series are in action today including elimination games between the Giants and Reds and the Tigers and A’s. St Louis and the Yankees can both wrap up their respective series tonight with wins.

Earnhardt Jr out for Charlotte and Kansas with concussion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday and will miss the next Nascar’s next two races effectively eliminating him from the Sprint Cup championship. Earnhardt was involved in last Sunday’s massive final lap wreck at Talladega and also sustained a concussion earlier in the year testing in Kansas. Junior had made 463 consecutive starts. Regan Smith will get the ride of the No.88 Chevrolet this week at Charlotte and next week at Kansas. An 11:00 AM news conference is scheduled at Charlotte Motor Speedway to discuss the injury.

NHLPA working on a new proposal to end as talks continue

The NHL and the NHLPA met for five hours over two sessions on Wednesday. The core economic issues that divide the sides were not discussed but sources close to the talks have said that the NHLPA is in the process of putting together a new proposal. The NHL regular season would have started tonight. Eighty-two regular season games through October 24th have been canceled.

If you are jonsing for hockey, check out this highlight from the Langley Rivermen and the Prince George Spruce Kings

Free Play

(NCAAF) Fresno State +7.5 over Boise State (3:30 PM EST)