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)

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

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Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.