World Series Game One, NFL News and Notes, Arkansas State rolls, NBA and College Hoops, NHL Lockout Update + Free Play for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tigers/Giants 2012 World Series Game One

Brian Belsing of Bookmaker analyzes the 2012 World Series

NFL News and Notes

Good news and bad news for the Jag’s Maurice Jones-Drew. The bad news is that he’ll miss several games with a sprained foot. The good news is that he doesn’t have a Lisfranc injury that will require him to undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The news was all bad for the Dallas Cowboys and linebacker Sean Lee who will have surgery on the ligaments of his big toe and is out for the year. Since coming into the league as a second-round draft pick out of Penn State in 2012, Lee has seven interceptions from his LB post, the most of and LB in the NFL. He leads Dallas in tackles with 77 stops this year and was on pace for a mind boggling 204.

The NFL is investigating Chargers for use of “sticky” towels

Arkansas State pummels UL Lafayette

In Tuesday night college football, Arkansas State ran out to a 20-0 lead in the first 16 minutes and then cruised to a 50-27 road win at UL Lafayette. The Red Wolves took advantage of five Ragin’ Cajun turnovers and then sealed the deal with a strong running game that netted ASU 257 yards on 50 carries. State won the first down war 27-21 and dominated time-of-possession with better than 36 minutes. The Red Wolves have now won three straight while the Cajuns have dropped their last two.

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has been cleared to play and will start Saturday when the No.5 Irish meet No.8 Oklahoma in Norman. Golson was held out of last week’s 17-14 win over BYU after suffering a concussion October 13th against Stanford.

The BCS has announced that it has permanently moved the National Championship Game to Monday nights. The 2013 game, set for Jan. 7 at the Orange Bowl, is already scheduled for a Monday night. The 2014 game at the Rose Bowl has been rescheduled, from Tuesday, Jan. 7, to Monday, Jan. 6.

“Moving the game closer to the weekend makes it a little more fan-friendly in terms of travel,” Bill Hancock, the BCS executive director, said in a press release. “Plus, although the national championship game always enjoys blockbuster television ratings, moving it to Monday night may provide even more people a chance to watch the game.”

“This change also gives us a head start as we establish Monday night as championship game night under the college football playoff,” Hancock added.

NBA and College Hoops News and Notes

The NBA has announced a change in the All-Star ballot that will effectively eliminate the “Center” position designation and replace it with “Front Court”.

From NBA.com:

The league will announce Wednesday a change to its All-Star ballot that will, for the first time, allow fans to vote for three undefined “frontcourt” players instead of having to vote for two forwards and a center. With more and more teams playing smaller than in the past, the definition of “center” was becoming increasingly difficult — not to mention finding enough quality big men for whom to vote.

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote on and approve the transfer of ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies to California tech mogul Robert Para. The ownership group includes Memphis native Justin Timberlake, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, a native of Memphis, former NBA player Penny Hardaway who played his college ball at Memphis plus Autozone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde.

It was a busy Monday off the court for the University of Minnesota basketball program. Assistant coach Saul Smith, Tubby’s son, was put on unpaid administrative leave after an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Smith is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3. Former All-Big Ten power forward Trevor Mbakwe avoided jail time at a hearing in Miami and will return to the Gophers for a sixth year. Mbakwe was convicted of a DUI in September that put him in violation of probation from another case. The judge ruled that Mbakwe was not a threat to the community and extended his probation an additional two years. Mbakwe missed most of last year with a torn ACL.

League refuses to meet with NHLPA

The NHL refused requests from the NHLPA for a meeting on Wednesday stating simply that there was no reason to meet. The two sides have not met since last Thursday, when the NHLPA presented three offers to the NHL, all of which were rejected. The NHL was hoping to start a full 82-game season on Nov. 2, but for that to happen a deal would have to be reached by Thursday.

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