Notre Dame Earns Top Spot, New England Crushes Colts, Knicks Rebound From Loss

Nov 19, 2012

Notre Dame has earned the No. 1 spot for the first time in 19 years.
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The old gun outplayed the new gun and the New England Patriots taught top-draft pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts a lesson in all-around excellence in the Pats' 59-24 victory. The 59 points tied a New England franchise record. The Pats scored five touchdowns on offense, two on defense and one on special teams. It's the fourth 50-plus performance in the NFL this season -- two by New England.

Mark Sanchez directed a turnover-free offense and Bilal Powell ran for the first two touchdowns of his career as the Jets ended a three-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 27-13. The Jets and Patriots meet this Thanksgiving Thursday for the 8:20 game.

Monday Night Football pits Chicago against San Francisco tonight.

In the NBA Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the visiting Indiana Pacers 88-76. JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home outing in a span of seven games.

Reserve forward Andre Blatche scored 22 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to their fifth straight win, 99-90 over the struggling Sacramento Kings.

And we finish up this morning in College Football where coach Brian Kelly wants to make certain Notre Dame isn't a one-week wonder at No. 1.The Fighting Irish (11-0) have the top ranking for the first time in 19 years heading into their game Saturday at Southern California following upset losses by Kansas State and Oregon. A win over the Trojans will put the Irish in the BCS title game.

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