Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

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Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 25:

BASEBALL
One down, three to go for the Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

But when the details of San Francisco's 8-3 victory have long been forgotten, Pablo Sandoval's three homers will live on. (CSN Bay Area)

Of the eight players who've hit three homers in a postseason game, Sandoval's the most unlikely. And his achievement is probably the most impressive. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Don't blame the long layoff for the Tigers' flat performance; blame Justin Verlander. (Hardball Talk)

There was a Jose Valverde sighting Wednesday night and, in Jim Leyland's words, he "wasn't terrible. He just wasn't good." In Valverde World, that's progress. (AP)

It's called AT&T Park, and the magic it sparks for the Giants makes you rethink possible. (CSN Bay Area)

All's right with the world: Hunter Pence has his bat back. And it's a pretty good deal for the fan who returned it. (CSN Bay Area)

Yeah, he benched him for the most important games of the year. Still, Joe Girardi says he expects Alex Rodriguez to be his everyday third baseman in 2013. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
What's this? They're playing games already? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
You can get rid of Derek Dooley, Tennessee fans. But it'll cost you. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And you Ohio State fans, don't worry. Braxton Miller says he's fine. (AP)

HOCKEY
Gary Bettman sheds some more crocodile tears as he admits a full 82-game season probably isn't going to happen. (AP)

Don't worry what the rest of us think about you, Gary. They love you in Rochester. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

That being the case, Jeremy Roenick proves he's not from Rochester. (CSN Washington)

The Capitals' Jason Chimera can't figure out exactly what it is Bettman and the owners are doing. Join the crowd, Jason. (CSN Washington)

Brooklyn's becoming quite the pro sports mecca these days. (AP)

To no one's surprise, John Davidson's the new boss in Columbus. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Looks like the Sixers are going to start the season without Andrew Bynum. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL
Um, Reggie Bush? Rex Ryan wants you to say you're sorry. (AP)

Good thing Ndamukong Suh doesn't care what people think about him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Asante Samuel is finally going to get the chance to back up everything he's been saying about the Eagles this week when the Falcons visit Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, is running his mouth again, this time at 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (CSN Bay Area)

It's the time of year when NFL casualties begin to mount. This week, it's Sean Lee, Scott Fujita and Jon Beason. (AP)

But there's still hope that surgery will enable Mario Williams to salvage something from what's been a lost season. (AP)

And in good -- nee, great -- news on the medical front, it looks like Browns guard Jason Pinkston has recovered from life-threatening blood clots in his lungs. (AP)

Unlike his mentor, Warren Moon, Cam Newton doesn't believe there are racist overtones to the considerable amount of criticism he's been taking recently. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bountygate has become a lawyers' employment service. (AP)

Me, I vote for Photoshop. (Pro Football Talk)

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.

Curran's Sunday 4-pack: So, what HAS Tom Brady been up to?

Curran's Sunday 4-pack: So, what HAS Tom Brady been up to?

Six days – four quarters of football – remain in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
 
The fact is the Patriots are 3-0 and have gotten a long – and enjoyable – look at their quarterback depth behind Brady. Brady, meanwhile, has gotten a chance to shave one-quarter off the season-long wear-and-tear he takes.
 
But highlighting silver linings and pointing out there’s not much sand left in the suspension hourglass is no real consolation. Said one team source Thursday night, “It’s never going to go away.”
 
What’s Brady been up to? Mixing family time and working out. He’s routinely spent four hours a day training, I’m told, presumably with his body coach Alex Guerrero at TB12 Sports Performance at Patriot Place. Also, aside from his Sunday session with Wes Welker, Brady’s been throwing to young college players at undisclosed locations, eschewing the opportunity to bring in some of the “name” former players who’ve reached out and offered their services.
 
Spotted in Italy with wife Gisele Bundchen last week, Brady’s also been back home in San Mateo visiting with his family.
 
Speaking to two people close to him, I was told he succeeded in making peace with the time off and avoiding the creep of too much bitterness. I was also told he’s unbelievably motivated to return at a high level and wants his transition back to be seamless in terms of performance and conditioning. That last part is, of course, to be expected. But it will be interesting to see how Brady does perform out of the gates after a month’s forced exile.
 
NINKOVICH RETURNS, TOO

The lesser of the two suspended prodigal sons set to return next week – Rob Ninkovich – is no doubt going to benefit physically from the quarter-season vacation as well. And the defensive ends who’ve performed well in his absence – Jabaal Sheard and especially Chris Long – will do well to have Ninkovich back in the mix. Mention should also be made of Trey Flowers who has shown up in opponent’s backfields on a weekly basis. It depends on what your personal cup of tea might be, but through three games, Long seems to me a much better defensive fit for this team than Chandler Jones. Jones was the more explosive pass-rusher but Long’s ability in the running game, and his play-in, play-out impact in applying pressure on the tackle in front of him makes it seem so far as if he’s an upgrade.
 
NEW DEALS AHEAD?
 
Still no word on which Patriot may be in line for a new deal since the team restructured Devin McCourty and freed up some cap space.

Donta Hightower, Malcolm Butler and Jamie Collins have been seen as the most likely targets for extensions and a redo of Hightower at this point would whittle down his $7M cap number and possibly allow another extension to be executed for either Collins or Butler, as our Phil Perry pointed out.  Jabaal Sheard, meanwhile, is the Patriot who flies under the radar when extension talk starts. He may be every bit as important to the success of the Patriots defense as the other three.
 
REX WRECKS
 
The Bills are 0-2, the natives are beyond restless in Buffalo and the Cardinals are in Western New York on Sunday. The Bills are expected to play without wide receiver Sammy Watkins and are a team staring into the esophagus of 0-3 with a visit to the Patriots coming next week. Have a gander at the Bills Mailbag in the Buffalo News.  Seems like years since Rex was all giddy about the paint job on his new truck. It was less than 19 months ago.