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With college football's bowl season fast approaching, SI.com's Stewart Mandel breaks down each matchup and ranks all 35 games.
The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for College Football's National Championship on January 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
NASCAR has announced several changes for the 2013 season in regards to the Sprint Cup Series. Perhaps the biggest change will come with the official debut of the new "Gen 6" racecar, which after implementation, could lead to even more rule changes throughout the course of the season.
After two years of development, and some testing last season, the "Gen 6" (short for Generation 6) car will be unveiled at Daytona in February. The 2013 model was designed with manufacturer identity in mind – meaning the racecars will more closely resemble streetcars. As a way of increasing driver identity, drivers' last names will be placed on the front windshields.
After recent threats of cancelling professional football's all-star game, NFL executives and Commissioner Roger Goodell have decided to keep the game in its yearly schedule. The NFL Pro Bowl is an exhibition game between stars within the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. Selection to participate in the annual event is an honor for players, and primarily signifies recognition of superior on-field performance.
The NHL has lost nearly 35 percent of its regular season after it cancelled all games through December 14, including the All-Star game, the league announced Friday.
The 2013 All-Star Game was scheduled to be held in Columbus, Ohio on January 27. This would have marked the first time that the Blue Jackets organization hosted the event. With 422 games already lost in the 2012-2013 NHL season even if an agreement was reached in the near future the All-Star Game would likely remain cancelled. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated that the NHL will "work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible," as reported by The Huffington Post.
The Legends Classic featuring Georgetown, UCLA, Georgia, and the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers takes place today and tomorrow at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Games begin at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Each team warmed up for the championship round with two regional games. Indiana took on North Dakota State first with an 87-61 win, and then cruised to a 99-45 win over Sam Houston State in their second game. While Georgia found itself in a fight with Youngstown State losing 68-56 followed by another battle against Southern Miss, a game that ended with a 62-60 overtime loss for the Bulldogs. UCLA took on UC Irvine in a game that headed to overtime and resulted in an 80-79 win for the Bruins. In the second game of the week James Madison proved to be no match for Norman Powell and No. 13 UCLA, losing 70-100.
On Tuesday, November 13, an anonymous source involved with the two MLB teams announced a huge trade between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays that will include 12 players. The announcement comes less than a year after the Marlins moved to a new, publicly funded ballpark, an occasion that the team complemented with a $191 million splurge on high-profile talent.
For their spending binge in early 2012, the Marlins acquired All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle, and closer Heath Bell. Since the move and rebranding, the Marlins’ onfield results have not lived up to expectations. Despite high hopes, they finished last in the National League’s East division. The Marlins had a projected attendance of almost 3 million for this past season, but only drew in just over 2.2 million fans. Team officials have partly blamed the poor attendance on ex-manager Ozzie Gullen’s inflammatory comments regarding Fidel Castro. Revenue also fell short of projections, and to compensate, owners began paring down the salary in July. At that time the Marlins parted with several players, including Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez; high-profile closer Heath Bell was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in October.
The Chase will come to an end on Sunday, November 18 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Brad Keselowski enters the finale in the driver's seat with a 20-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. In order to clinch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, Keselowski must finish 15th or better. He can finish 16th so long as he leads one lap, or finish 17th and lead the most laps and still secure the title, regardless of Johnson's performance.
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The inaugural season for the Brooklyn Nets has gotten off to a fair start in regards to action on the court. Including the preseason games, the Nets have won seven out of their twelve games, with four of those wins taking place in their brand new home stadium at the Barclays Center. Regardless of the recent victories, fans throughout the tri-state area may not yet be convinced of the hype surrounding the team's much anticipated move from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Brooklyn Nets have still not managed a sell-out for any of their home games, leaving open seats scattered throughout the $1 billion arena.
The recently-constructed Barclays Center boasts 18,200 seats for sporting events. The Nets' first preseason home game was against the Washington Wizards on Monday, October 15, and the team was able to draw a crowd of 14,219 for their debut in Brooklyn. According to the New York Times, Coach Avery Johnson said, the fans "were terrific," and when the Nets are able to draw in bigger crowds, "it's going to be crazy." Basketball fans and New York residents may still be on the fence. The Nets are ranked last in attendance, according to ESPN's statistics, averaging 13,061 spectators at home games so far in 2012.