Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013 Women's Final Four: Baylor a strong favorite to reach New Orleans

The 2012-13 women's basketball season has a storybook feel for Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey and her defending national championship team. The Women’s Final Four will be contested at the New Orleans Arena in April, about an hour away from Mulkey’s hometown of Hammond.

Mulkey’s illustrious career has had so many highlights and a trip to New Orleans could produce another.

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Sugar Bowl beats out Arlington’s Cotton Bowl in bid to host new Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl

 New Orleans and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have won the bid for the new Champions Bowl, selected over the A&T Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The Champions Bowl will match the winners of the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12, who made the final decision. By winning the bid, the Sugar Bowl also becomes part of the semifinal rotation for the four-team college football playoff coming after the 2014 season. The Rose and FedEx Orange are also guaranteed spots in what will be a six- or seven-bowl rotation.

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Georgia Dome could set Final Four attendance record in ‘13

When the Final Four is held at the Georgia Dome in 2013, it could set an attendance record for the event.

Georgia Dome general manager Carl Adkins said different configurations are being considered, but seating capacity will be from 70,000-80,000. The record was set in 2009 at Detroit's Ford Field, when 72,922 watched the final.

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