Wakeup Call: Even Tebow's bailing on the Jets

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Wakeup Call: Even Tebow's bailing on the Jets

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, December 19:

BASEBALL
The team formerly known as the Devil Rays sign the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. (AP)

The Indians tug at Nick Swisher's Ohio State past in an attempt to lure him to Cleveland. (AP)

The Rangers -- reeling from the losses of Josh Hamilton and (we presume) Mike Napoli, and the snub by Zack Greinke -- turn their attention to A.J. Pierzynski. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And Edwin Jackson, though they're getting some competition from the Cubs. (Hardball Talk)

The Orioles, awakening from their offseason slumber, may be pursuing Adam LaRoche. (CSN Washington)

The Phillies drift off to sleep this holiday season with visions of a healthy Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay dancing in their heads . . . and they just might get their wish. (CSN Philly)

Um . . . okay. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Arizona's off to its best start in 25 years. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Life's good for Gary Andersen. His Utah State team won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, and he's about to be named coach at Wisconsin. (AP)

Johnny Manziel has another trophy -- the Associated Press Player of the Year -- for his mantel. (AP)

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pleads guilty to driving with a suspended license, but remains eligible to play for the Wolverines in the Outback Bowl. (AP)

HOCKEY
You know things are bad when a head of state says the NHL is in a "dangerous situation". Are you listening, Jacobs? Bettman? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

How dangerous? Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks his sport "could end up like bowling". So we repeat: Are you listening, Jacobs? Bettman? (Pro Hockey Talk)

In the meantime, let's all sit back and enjoy a nice game of "You call me." "No, you call me." "No, YOU call ME." "No . . . " (Pro Hockey Talk)

And because we haven't had enough good news today: The earliest "negotiations" could resume is Christmas Eve. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
No one's jumping up and down after three straight wins over the NBA's bottom-feeders, but it beats the alternative. Right, Lakers? (AP)

Now here's a reason to jump up and down: Steve Nash may be back on Saturday. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Who says no rebounds, no rings? (AP)

The Knicks may be 18-6, but they're 30-33 when Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are on the court together . . . and Stoudemire, who's missed all of the season so far, is getting ready to return. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
As expected, Mark Sanchez' days as the Jets' starting quarterback are over . . . at least for now. (AP)

But rather than open the Tim Tebow can of worms, Rex Ryan is going with Greg McElroy. And now Tebow wants out. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Think he's Montreal-bound? Could be. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Harbaugh says he expects to see Justin Smith "out there ropin' and ridin' ". Just when he'll see that is a matter he neatly sidestepped. (CSN Bay Area)

Ike Taylor won't be out there ropin' and ridin' this weekend. (AP)

Nor will Michael Bush. For the rest of the season, in fact. (AP)

Add Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd and Reggie Wells to that non-ropin' and ridin' list. (AP)

Just what the Bears need as they head down the stretch in their playoff run: Their players declaring war on their fans. (CSN Chicago)

The Giants' Victor Cruz visits the home of the 6-year-old Connecticut shooting victim who was buried in a replica Cruz jersey. (AP)

Both the Cowboys and the NFL agree that Josh Brent shouldn't be on the Dallas sidelines, so it looks like it won't happen again. (Pro Football Talk)

According to newly released police reports, Jovan Belcher -- a month before he murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then committed suicide -- sent a text message to a woman he was dating saying he "would shoot" Perkins if she didn't stop threatening "to take all his money and his child if they split up". (AP)

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.