Wakeup Call: Giants get a hand in beating Cowboys

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Wakeup Call: Giants get a hand in beating Cowboys

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 29:

BASEBALL
Hail to baseball's new kings. (CSN Bay Area)

And they weren't good and lucky; they were just good. (CSN Bay Area)

The Tigers are left muttering two familiar words: Wha' happened? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And just to add injury to insult, Tigers second baseman Omar Infante suffered a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Just like old times: Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll . . . and that hasn't happened since 1979-80. (AP)

Minnesota assistant Saul Smith, the son of head coach Tubby Smith, will keep his job despite a DUI arrest. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Marcus Lattimore suffered a gruesome leg injury Saturday -- as anybody who saw it knows -- but South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, for one, believes his star running back will eventually play again. (AP)

Notre Dame is now No. 3 in BCS standings. (AP)

But where will the Irish be when the season ends? It could wind up being, in JJ Stankevitz' words, "the most controversial year in BCS history". (CSN Chicago)

Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Maryland quarterbacks. (AP)

GOLF
Nice work if you can get it, eh Tiger? And Rory? (AP)

HOCKEY
Yes, it's true: The NHL season is in serious jeopardy. (CSN Philly)

And why? Well, one of the reasons is that Bettman and crew fatally underestimated who they were up against in the NHLPA's new executive director, Donald Fehr. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Ryan Suter has two words for Wild owner Ted Leipold: Never mind. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
No such luck, Celts: LeBron James' bum ankle won't keep him out of Tuesday's opener. (AP)

But Kobe Bryant's fortune isn't as good. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Rockets are thrilled that James Harden's on their side now. (CSN Houston)

The Thunder say they made an "extraordinary effort" to keep Harden, but ran up against the financial limits of small-market franchises. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Somebody wake up Mercury Morris and Don Shula for the 2012 revival of 'Grumpy Old Men': The Falcons are 7-0 after their whipping of the Eagles. (AP)

Man, people can be so touchy: He trash talked 'em all week and danced all over the field when Atlanta was way ahead late in the game, but Asante Samuel doesn't think that's any reason for Andy Reid to have snubbed him afterwards. (CSN Philly)

Think it might have been the Eagles' lack of pride? (CSN Philly)

Or maybe their (soon to be ex?) quarterback? (CSN Philly)

If this is what Peyton Manning is like at less than 100 percent, the NFL better pray he never gets healthy. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Hey, Steve: Imagine how bad they would have beaten you if they were at your level. (CSN Chicago)

How long can you keep this up, Rex? (Pro Football Talk)

Were Dez Bryant's hands just a smoodge smaller, the Cowboys would have had an incredible come-from-behind victory over the Giants. (AP)

SOCCER
And in a bit of shameless self-promotion: NBCUniversal will soon be your exclusive home for the English Premier League! (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

WATCH: Celtics vs. Sixers

WATCH: Celtics vs. Sixers

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”