Wakeup Call: Bin Laden SEAL team inspired the Tide

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Wakeup Call: Bin Laden SEAL team inspired the Tide

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, November 5:

BASEBALL
Two ex-Red Sox executives (Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer) tried and failed to acquire Dan Haren late last week. And that may have opened the door for another ex-Sox exec (Josh Byrnes) to bring Haren to San Diego. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

That positive test for testosterone didn't sour the A's on Bartolo Colon. (AP)

Dominican police arrest three suspects in the murder of former MLB pitcher Pascual Perez. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Giving up 51 points Saturday night didn't prevent Oregon from moving past Notre Dame and into No. 3 in the BCS standings. (AP)

Not that it matters much to the Irish. (CSN Chicago)

LSU was Osama bin Laden to Alabama's SEAL Team Six on Saturday night. At least that's how Nick Saban saw it. (AP)

Joker Phillips has affably played the role of dead man walking for weeks now, and a 40-0 pounding at the hands of Vanderbilt -- at home no less, in what was Kentucky's worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years -- sealed his fate. (AP)

GOLF
A 14-year-old at the Masters? And from China, to boot? First women and now this, eh, Hootie? (AP)

Ian Poulter rallies to win the HSBC Champions a year too early . . . (AP)

. . . because next season, this will be an official PGA Tour event. (AP)

Your seniors champion for 2012: Tom Lehman. (AP)

HOCKEY
So that's why we haven't seen Manny Malhotra and friends at Five Guys! (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Well, I guess it was too much to hope that the Lakers would go 0-for-2012-13. (AP)

But every silver lining has its dark cloud in LaLa Land these days: Steve Nash could be out for four weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in his left leg. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Not for nothing (as they say in my neck of the woods), but the Knicks look pretty good coming out of the gate. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
They're stirring uncomfortably in the old folks' homes of Miami: The Falcons are 8-0 after their 19-13 win over the Cowboys. (AP)

Ben Roethlisberger hopes Sunday's game enabled the storm-ravaged people of New Jersey "to take their minds off their problems just a little." But I don't know that a Steelers' come-from-behind win over the Giants made them feel any better. (AP)

On a weekend of strange coaching decisions -- hello there, Les Miles (AP) -- the Browns' Pat Shurmur made the strangest one of all in Cleveland's loss to the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

Remember when the Cardinals were the talk of the NFL? Yeah, me neither. (AP)

This Andrew Luck guy is pretty good. Better yet, Chuck Pagano was there in person to see it. (AP)

Luck's predecessor, Peyton Manning, is pretty good, too. (AP)

Hope you had Doug Martin in your fantasy league. (AP)

Yes, his new team (the Bills) lost to his old one (the Texans), but Mario Williams walked away from his return to Houston smiling because he was booed every time he made a play. (AP) "I know I'm in your heart," he explained. "That's the most important thing." Funny, I thought winning the game (youtube.com) was the most important thing, but that's just me. And Herm.

Je-Vaughn Watson scores late, Revs beat Fire 1-0

Je-Vaughn Watson scores late, Revs beat Fire 1-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Je-Vaughn Watson scored on a header in the 85th minute and the New England Revolution beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Saturday night.

The Revolution (6-7-8) had a flurry of attempts leading up to the goal and Fire (4-10-5) goalkeeper Sean Johnson made three saves in the 2 minutes prior.

But Johnson came off his line to defend Chris Tierney's corner and failed to clear it with his outstretched hand while Watson connected and sent the header into the empty net.

Bobby Shuttleworth earned his fifth shutout of the season for New England.

Could Chris Sale's altercation open the door to get him at a lower cost?

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Could Chris Sale's altercation open the door to get him at a lower cost?

Chris Sale -- this year’s American league starting pitcher in the All-Star game -- was a late scratch and sent home before his scheduled Saturday start.

This of course comes after the White Sox have begun to listen to offers for their bonafide ace -- including the Red Sox.

Preceding the game, the White Sox released a statement from senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn explaining that Sale’s removal was “due to a clubhouse incident before the game.”

After ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the altercation was with staff from the front office and had nothing to do with his teammates, there was another report that the issue pertained to the throwback uniforms the White Sox planned to wear for Saturday’s game.

Fox’s Ken Rosenthal has additionally been told the issue “was bigger than that.” 

Sale is a huge addition to any starting rotation -- never mind the Red Sox staff.

His stats are without a doubt impressive. An All-Star every season since 2012 thanks to his career 2.95 ERA and 10.1 K/9 -- this year posting a 3.18 ERA and 8.7 K/9.

But numbers can be deceiving -- especially with players playing for a small market club. That’s not the case with Sale though. While the White Sox haven’t contended in the postseason with the lefty, there’s no denying that Chicago isn’t a small market by any means.

The jump from Chicago to Boston is nothing compared to players coming from places like Miami or Atlanta -- or San Diego. So Sale presents a good fit in terms of approach -- in addition to having good stuff.

The incident makes Sale come across as a prima donna, the fact that the issue went past the uniforms shows there could be a deeper issue at hand -- and not so much an indictment of his mental make-up.

Additionally, this altercation could open the door to get Sale at a lower value. If it was that bad that he was sent home, it could take a lot more than a stern talk and hand shakes to resolve the issue, giving interested teams a much better chance to obtain the Cy Young candidate.

However, if the Red Sox do manage to strike a deal with the White Sox, they’d be wise to throw someone else on throwback nights.

Nick Friar can be followed on Twitter: @ngfriar

Mookie Betts' injury likely just a short-term issue

Mookie Betts' injury likely just a short-term issue

BOSTON -- After leaving Friday night’s game with right knee soreness, structural damage has been ruled out regarding Mookie Betts, but he could still be out for a bit.

Testing was done on Betts’ knee, removing any doubt of a deeper issue, revealing it was just build-up of fluid, causing swelling in his knee.

“Day-to-day is the status. It may take a couple for him before he’s back to us.” John Farrell said. “Everything points to this being a short-term situation.”

Betts explained that his condition had improved from Friday night, but -- much like Farrell -- doesn’t know how quickly he can bounce back. He wouldn’t make a definitive statement on whether or not he’d be available Sunday.

“It feels pretty good now,” Betts said. “We’re going to do some treatment on it, make sure everything is good and hopefully get back out there.”

Betts joins the list of pivotal players unavailable in Saturday’s game, including Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara who are both on the DL.

Farrell couldn’t commit to a timetable for when he expects Uehara should be back, but hopes he’ll be available during the regular season.

“We’re hopeful of that,” Farrell said when asked if he thought Uehara would be back before the postseason. “There’s no number of day’s that says Koji’s going to put a ball back in his hand . . . To give you a time frame, it’s too early to tell.”

Kimbrel, on the other hand, has bounced back well, and is expected to throw his first bullpen Sunday or Monday. The hope is that he’ll throw twice off the mound before the trip to the West, which would set him up for a simulated game.

“We need to get some PFP involved -- just some change in direction, fielding the position,” Farrell said on Kimbrel. “But in terms of amount of time missed, and that fact that he’s able to as get aggressive right now in long toss. I would think it would be on the shorter end of appearances if it’s even more than one. He feels very good. If he wasn’t making the ultimate decision medically [he’d] probably say ‘Give me the ball tonight.’ That’s how good he feels -- that’s encouraging.”