Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

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Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 24:

AUTO RACING
Welcome back, Dale Jr. (AP)

BASEBALL
Got an extra 10 grand lying around? Then buy yourself a ticket behind home plate for Game 1 of the World Series tonight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The Tigers already played in Oakland this postseason, so they figure they know the kind of fan craziness they'll be facing in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

You know the bat Hunter Pence shattered while hitting the strange triple that broke open Game 7 against the Cardinals? Someone sold it to a fan for 400. And Pence -- who names all his bats; this one's dubbed "Fryer" -- wants it back. (CSN Bay Area)

After the Fidel Castro business, it was all downhill for Ozzie Guillen in Miami . . . and the inevitable conclusion was reached yesterday. (AP)

Sounds like Theo learned his lesson in Boston. (CSN Chicago)

Dodgers close Kenley Jansen undergoes heart surgery, but it doesn't appear as ominous as it sounds. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Everett Golson will be back in the starting lineup when No. 5 Notre Dame plays at No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. (AP)

It's just never good when one teammate accuses another of disrespecting his manhood. (AP)

Get your tickets now for those 2020 and 2021 meetings between Oregon and Ohio State. (AP)

Idaho State suspends coach Mike Kramer for Saturday's game after determining he "violated the university's conduct policy" when he shoved wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during practice on Oct. 3. Graves reported the incident to the police, hired a lawyer, and says he's suffering from neck and back spasms. (AP)

GOLF
Padraig Harrison may yet participate in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. (AP)

HOCKEY
"What would we be talking about?" Oh, I don't know, Bill. The weather? The election? Hey, wait! I know! How about suicidal labor strategies down through the years? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The lockout is killing Daniel Alfredsson's desire to return to the Senators in particular, and hockey in general. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Pun of the day: Heat have a little problem heading into the season. Get it? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Or maybe this is better: The NBA's making a big change to the All-Star ballot. (AP)

Twenty assists from LeBron in a single game? Coach K says it's possible. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki's going to make sure he's completely recovered from knee surgery before returning to the Mavericks. (AP)

The Derrick Rose-less Bulls couldn't be happy to see Kirk Hinrich leave the floor because of a groin injury Tuesday night. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
So why are the Patriots still in Foxboro if the Rams have already arrived in London? (AP)

Relax everybody, says Jay Cutler; he thinks Ndamukong Suh's hit was clean. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

John Harbaugh is hiding behind the letter of the law as the NFL investigates why the Ravens never placed Ed Reed -- who says he's been playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder -- on the weekly injury report. (CSN Baltimore)

At the other end of the forthrightness spectrum, we present the Cardinals' Calais Campbell. (CSN Bay Area)

We still don't know how many games Maurice Jones-Drew will miss, except that the number will be "multiple". (Pro Football Talk)

Also on tap to miss multiple games: Sean Lee, who may be out the rest of the year because of a toe injury. (AP)

Come on, Warren. You ought to know that in this talk-show, rush-to-judgment society, six games is more than enough time to cast a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on Cam Newton. Right? (Pro Football Talk)

Things didn't work out in Cleveland for Mike Holmgren. (AP)

And they don't seem to be working out in Carolina for Ron Rivera. (AP)

Didn't the Packers just renovate Lambeau Field? (AP)

The Bills say thanks, but no thanks -- actually, they're not even saying thanks -- to a proposed stadium in downtown Buffalo. (Pro Football Talk)

Red Sox 'not going to rush' moving pitching depth after acquiring Sale

Red Sox 'not going to rush' moving pitching depth after acquiring Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The addition of Chris Sale to the Red Sox' rotation has created a rare glut of starting pitchers, including seven with major league experience.

That means that at least one will have to be moved in a trade. But Red Sox' president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski isn't in any hurry.

"We're not aggressively looking to do something,'' he said. "We're really just digesting what's taken place. I think if we wanted to aggressively make a deal, we could definitely do that. But I don't really have a big hole on our major league club to address at this time.

"I think it's really important to gather all the info. Some teams have (starters) available; there are free agents out there. Our philosophy is kind of say, 'Let's just see what happens.' We're not going to rush out and do anything.''

That makes sense, especially since there's a very thin free agent market for starters, and many teams that need upgrades to their rotation.

Eventually, some are going to get desperate and may have to overpay. In that scenario, the Sox could really capitalize.

The starter the Sox would like to move the most is Clay Buchholz, if only because his salary ($13.5 million) is easily the highest among the three the Sox would be willing to part with. Steven Wright has yet to qualify for salary arbitration and Drew Pomeranz will get a bump from last year, but will still be under $5 million after arbitration.

Eduardo Rodriguez, meanwhile, almost certainly won't be dealt because of his youth and potential, though Dombrowski hinted that teams have checked on the availability of every starter except The Big Three of Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello "as well as guys who aren't (in the current major league picture like Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, and Roenis Elias).''

Depth in the rotation is always welcome, but the numbers are such that the Sox can't make the current group of seven starters work.

"You start counting,'' said Dombrowski, "and there's not enough spots for everybody on the team.''

It's possible that the Sox could go into spring training with all seven and wait to see if injuries elsewhere give them additional leverage.

But that, too, is unlikely.

"It seems like there's not a lot of moves made in spring training,'' he said.

As for what the Sox might be seeking in return, the Sox don't have any obvious need they have to fill. It's possible they could want to obtain some prospects to help restock the system after six were traded in two trades this week.

"I can't really answer that question.'' he said. "We've traded a lot (of prospects). We wouldn't mind replenishing some of what we've traded.''

Stevens on Thomas' groin injury: 'It’s important that he’s 100 percent'

Stevens on Thomas' groin injury: 'It’s important that he’s 100 percent'

There’s no such thing as a good time to have an injury. 

But in terms of Isaiah Thomas being sidelined with a right groin injury and the schedule awaiting the Boston Celtics … this is about as bad a time as you can imagine to be without their scoring leader.

Thomas returned to Boston ahead of tonight’s game at Orlando, marking his first game missed since the 2014-2015 season. 

He suffered a right groin injury in the second quarter of Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday. 

At the time, Thomas was optimistic that he would be able to play tonight. But with a day off from practice, the soreness proved to be too much for Thomas to suit up and play tonight. 

While it’s unclear just how severe his groin injury is, the Celtics are likely to be overly cautious (like they are with most injuries) about his return which may result in him missing more games than Wednesday night’s matchup against Orlando. 

“Those things (groin injuries) are a little unpredictable,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier today. “Especially in this sport, you have to be able to stop and change direction on a dime, especially him. It’s important that he’s 100 percent.”

Stevens is spot-on when he talks about how uncertain a return for Thomas is currently. 

New York’s Kristaps Porzingis suffered a groin injury against the Celtics in a preseason game back in October that didn’t result in anything more than him missing a day of practice. 

It was a different story when Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic suffered a right groin injury last spring (March 7-29) that sidelined him for 13 games. 

The timetable for Thomas’ return to the floor is likely to fall somewhere within those two timetables which would make an already daunting stretch of games even more difficult. 

Following tonight’s game, Boston has 12 games remaining in the month of December with nine being against teams with a winning record. And of the three games against teams below-.500 (Miami twice, Indiana), two of them are on the road.