CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a great deal of Notre Dame fans spread out across the country, and it looks like a number of them have been willing to put some money on Saturday’s College Football Playoff tilt against Clemson. ESPN’s David Purdum says fans are “flocking” to put money on the Fighting Irish ahead of the game.Clemson is a 12.5-point favorite heading into the Cotton Bowl. Purdum says that fans aren’t just betting on the Fighting Irish to cover the spread – they’re picking them straight up to win. Some have even placed massive wagers on the money line.Vivid Seats also reported earlier that Notre Dame fans are going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl.Purdum says one man even put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win it all at 7-1 odds.The Fighting Irish — 12.5-point underdogs to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN) — have attracted the vast majority of the money wagered at sportsbooks across the nation. Bettors are backing the Fighting Irish not only to cover the spread but also to pull the outright upset over the heavily favored Tigers.At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, 84 percent of the money wagered on the Cotton Bowl money line — the odds on the straight-up winner — has been on the Fighting Irish, including a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame placed Dec. 23 in New Jersey at +360 odds. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also reported taking a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame on Dec. 17 at +400. And in November, a bettor at Oceans Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win the national championship at 7-1 odds.Notre Dame will certainly have enough motivation heading into the contest. The last time the Fighting Irish had a shot at a national title, they were waxed by Alabama.One thing is clear – if Clemson wins, sportsbooks are going to make a lot of money.The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 4:00 PM ET.
A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of Sri Lanka, leaving four crew members missing, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (Vietnam MRCC) announced Tuesday.The Saigon Queen, owned by the Saigon Shipping Joint Stock Company (SSC), was carrying timber from Myanmar to India with 22 crew members onboard when it sank in Sri Lankan waters due to bad weather caused by a storm. After Vietnam MRCC received a mayday call from the ship at around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, it transmitted an emergency announcement to other ships in the vicinity of the Saigon Queen for help. At 9:20 p.m. the same day, the Cyprus-flagged ship Pacific Skipper rescued three sailors from the Saigon Queen and kept in touch with 16 others who boarded life-rafts after the accident. Three sailors were still missing. Bad weather and darkness hindered rescue efforts.At 10:40 p.m. the Pacific Skipper successfully approached the 16 crew members on the life-rafts. The sailors were reported to be in good health, except for one who was slightly injured. When the Pacific Skipper was bringing the sailors aboard, Saigon Queen’s captain Nguyen Minh Luan, 51, accidently fell into the water. He has been missing ever since.The Vietnam MRCC told newswire VnExpress it was still working with relevant agencies to search for Luan and three other missing sailors named Hoang Van Ban, 58, Tran Van De, 54, and Pham Phu Huu, 27.The Pacific Skipper was heading for Bangladesh with 18 rescued sailors. It is expected that the ship will arrive at the port of Mongla on November 3. (Thanh Nien)