Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

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Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, December 11:

BASEBALL
Apparently, the Red Sox really like Sandy Rosario. (CSN Bay Area)

No wonder the Tigers shifted Gene Lamont from third base to the dugout. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The new Dodger ownership isn't just spending its money on players. (Hardball Talk)

BOXING
Mitt Romney's classic line -- "Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost." -- is being preserved forever in a Taiwanese animation of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No changes at the top of the AP Top 25 poll, to Indiana's and Duke's delight. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
He's baaaccckk! (AP)

After being rejected by its first choice, Butch Jones, Colorado named San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre as its new coach. (AP)

Even though Marcus Lattimore is still recuperating from a devastating knee injury, sources say he's planning to leave South Carolina and enter the NFL draft. (AP)

Also going pro: Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. (AP)

Oregon State suspends three players arrested in a bar fight over the weekend, and probably won't let any of them play in the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

With Tommy Tuberville headed for Cincinnati, Chris Thomsen will coach Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (AP)

GOLF
More hardware for Rory McIlroy. (AP)

Disney's no longer a magical place for the PGA. (AP)

HOCKEY
The Blackhawks' Jamal Mayers reiterates what a lot of people have been pointing out: The NHL and NHLPA aren't that far from a deal. (CSN Chicago)

But, sniffs professional wet blanket Bill Daly, saying they're close is like saying that "if my grandmother had wheels, she would be a car". Oh. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Manny Malhotra sounds like he'd like to rev up Daly's grandmother and run down Daly, and Gary Bettman, and Jeremy Jacobs, and . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Now that's the Jeremy Lin the Rockets hoped they were getting! (CSN Houston)

Don't worry, Sixers fans; Andrew Bynum's sure he'll play sometime this season. Just can't tell you when, is all. (CSN Philly)

Steve Nash, on the other hand, at least has an idea how long he'll be out: Two more weeks, minimum. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Amir Johnson's going to be sitting for a while, too; the NBA will decide how long. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, I'd say that firing your offensive coordinator with three games to go in the season when you're 9-4 and in the race for a first-round bye is "bucking conventional wisdom". (CSN Baltimore)

It's a risky move, and John Harbaugh owns it. (CSN Baltimore)

Of course, if Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs return this week -- as the Ravens are hoping -- then all this may soon be forgotten. (CSN Baltimore)

The official word on RGIII: A mild strain of the LCL. And, yes, the Redskins are hoping he can play Sunday. (CSN Washington)

The Cowboys are hoping the same thing for Dez Bryant, who has an injury to his left index finger, but they may not be so lucky. (AP)

But Jay Cutler? He's playing. (AP)

Not Fred Jackson; he's done for the year. (AP)

What's the old story of asking the snake why it bit you, and the response being, "Because I'm a snake"? Why is that popping to mind now? (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers and Seahawks have been flexed. (CSN Bay Area)

And on and on and on and on we go . . . (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

An eye-witness to the accident in which the Cowboys' Jerry Brown was killed and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter says Brent had to be talked into helping Brown, who was calling for help, out of the burning car. (Pro Football Talk)

Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment

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Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment

Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran discuss the New England Patriots losing their first-round pick, and how they can finally put a face to the punishment and see which player they could've drafted.

Stevens: Thomas, C's must make right play, not force shots

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Stevens: Thomas, C's must make right play, not force shots

BOSTON - Isaiah Thomas is good to go for Game 6, though it's yet to be determined how much the ankle will affect him.

Either way, he can expect much of the focus to be on him throughout the game, as it has been for the entire series.

In Game 5 specifically, though, the Hawks stopped Thomas in a way they haven't been able to all series. The result? Just seven points for the C's leading scorer. They brought the double-team, and sometimes even the triple-team, making him unable to score.

But though Thomas' main objective is to score, as the starting point guard he's needed to do much more than that.

"You just have to make the right basketball play," Stevens said when asked if Thomas needs to be more aggressive when he's trapped. "He’s going to have the ball a ton for us, he’s going to be off the ball on actions for us, he’s going to have to read when he should screen, he’s going to have to read when he gets the ball how he’s being played, and just make the right basketball play.

"There’s certainly things you can do to alleviate some of that. But I felt we attacked it really well at the start of the game. Certainly part of their scoring runs was some bad offense on our part in the latter parts of the game. I left thinking Isaiah made a lot of the right basketball plays. That’s his charge – he has to do that, and we’ll follow suit."

Following suit with making the right decision - and hitting the shot - is something the C's couldn't do much of in Game 5. If Boston wants its playoff run to continue, it's going to have to be a team effort.

"We just have to make the right read, whether it’s catch and shoot or whether it’s catch and rip and drive," Stevens said. "Somebody else gets in the paint and makes the right read, and that’s part of it. We have good players who can do that, I believe they can and Isaiah does too. But Isaiah can’t force. If they’re going to put two to the ball, that’s when you have to make the right basketball play."