Washington survives Cal, Bama at LSU, NFL News and Notes, Knicks pound Heat, NHL talks resume, NY City Marathon cancelled, Breeders Cup Classic + Free Play for Saturday, November 3, 2012

Washington outlasts Cal in 21-13 turnoverfest

In last night’s Friday night college football action, Washington beat Cal 21-13 in a game that saw an interception and seven lost fumbles. Bishop Sankey led the way for the Huskies with 189 yards on 29 carries and two scores. Cal piled up 450 yards including 249 on the ground but was unable to convert in the red zone. Dog and under player went to the cashier.

Bama at LSU highlight monster Saturday college football card

In the feature matchup of Saturday’s college football card, the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. The Bayou Bengals have won 22 straight games at Tiger Stadium and are consensus 8.5 point underdogs. The teams split two games last year with LSU winning 9-6 during the regular season and Alabama exacting revenge in the National Championship game.

In other matchups involving Top 25 teams, No.16 Texas A&M takes on No.17 Mississippi State at Starksville, No.2 Oregon could be on upset alert at No.18 USC, and No.24 Arizona visits No.25 UCLA in a key Pac 12 matchup.

NFL News and Notes

New Orlean’s running back and return specialist Darren Sproles has undergone surgery on his hand and will be unavailable for the Saints Monday night game vs Philadelphia.

The Viking’s Adrian Peterson did not participate in Minnesota’s final full practice on Friday but is considered probable for Sunday’s game at Seattle. Peterson is battling a sore ankle.

Dallas’ top running back DeMarco Murray is making progress with his sprained foot but will not play in Sunday’s showdown with undefeated Atlanta Falcons. Murray will be missing his third straight game.

Knicks crush Heat behind big night from Carmelo

In an emotional moment at Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony and the entire Knicks team went out to center court before the game and thanked the fans for coming and to show their appreciation and solidarity for the people ravaged this week by Hurricane Sandy. Mello had 30 and ten for the Knicks who jumped out to a 33-17 first half lead and never looked back. The Knicks shot a lights out 19-36 from behind the arc and forced 21 Miami turnovers.

Knicks win emotional home opener

Game on Dude is Breeders Cup Classic favorite

Twelve of the best horses in the world will go to post today in the Breeders Cup Classic headed by 9-5 morning line favorite Game on Dude. Flat Out and Fort Larned are the co-second choices at 5-1. Game on Dude will break from post No.5 and is five-for-five lifetime at Santa Anita. The horse couldn’t have better connections with Bob Baffert training and Rafeal Bajarano in the irons.

NHL and NHLPA to resume talks, the Winter Classic is cancelled

The NHL has announced that it has cancelled it’s signature outdoor event, the Winter Classic. This year’s event, a matchup between original six members Detroit and Toronto, was scheduled to take place on New Year’s Day in Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in front of an anticipated 100,000 people. The cancellation not only hurts the league but will have a devastating economic affect on a struggling area as well.

Winter Classic cancellation could cost area a whopping $75 million

The NY City Marathon is cancelled

The NY Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in it’s 40+ year history due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. NYC Mayor Bloomberg had original hoped to run the race as a show of resilience but bowed to pressure from police, sanitation workers, and citizens who had volunteered to help victims but were then assigned to the race.

“We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” the mayor said.

Around 47,500 runners — 30,000 of them out-of-towners, many of them from other countries — had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event, with more than 1 million spectators usually lining the route.

The race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the storm’s hardest-hit places, and wind through all of the city’s five boroughs. The nationally televised race has been held annually since 1970, including 2001, about two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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