Wakeup Call: Ichiro wants to come back . . . but not Mo?


Wakeup Call: Ichiro wants to come back . . . but not Mo?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 26:

Ray Ratto says the details the separated victory from defeat for the Giants in their Game 2 win over the Tigers last night "were subtle to the point of undetectable". (CSN Bay Area)

It helps that Bruce Bochy is having a near-perfect postseason. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And speaking of perfect, it was a perfect relay . . . helped by the fact that Prince Fielder was the runner. (CSN Bay Area)

Or maybe it was just perfectly bad baserunning. (Hardball Talk)

The line drive Doug Fister took off the head conjured frightening memories of Brandon McCarthy being hit above the right ear in a game across the bay last month. But not only was Fister okay, he stayed in the game . . . and was dominant. (CSN Bay Area)

Sometimes you just have to give credit to the other guy. (CSN Bay Area)

Remember Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011? He and his family attended Game 2 last night as guests of the Giants. (AP)

Mike Matheny still can't help looking at the Giants and thinking, "That could be us." (AP)

Mariano Rivera -- after vowing "I ain't going down like this" when he suffered his knee injury last spring -- is apparently now pondering retirement. Who can blame him, after watching the Yankees in the postseason? (Hardball Talk)

Ichiro, though, wants to come back to the Bronx. (Hardball Talk)

When CC Sabathia returns next year, it'll be without that bone spur in his left elbow. (AP)

Looking for a 16-game winner? It appears Kyle Loshe will be available. (AP)

Our own Sean McAdam reported that the Orioles' director of pitching development, Rick Peterson, is considered a "longshot" to be named John Farrell's pitching coach. And sure enough, Peterson says the Red Sox haven't contacted him. (CSN Baltimore)

Well, here's good news: The NCAA says graduation rates are improving. (AP)

Except at UConn. (AP)

Geno Auriemma's suggestion that they lower the rims in the women's game has folks talking, that's for sure. (AP)

If you think Kentucky is the team to beat this year, John Calipari thinks you need "to be drug-tested". (AP)

If Manti Te'o really wants to win the Heisman Trophy, he'd better play well Saturday at Oklahoma. (CSN Chicago)

It was a record-breaking night for Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. (AP)

Tyrann Mathieu's troubles continue -- actually, they mount -- with an arrest for possession of marijuana. (AP)

At last, the owners are beginning to see the cracks they've been waiting for: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle isn't absolving the NHLPA from blame for the current stalemate, saying, "It's supposed to be a negotiation, and I think right now both sides feel like it's their way or the highway." (CSN Bay Area)

In the meantime, the owners are expected to take their offer off the table today. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Since no games mean no pay for them, too, some NHL linesmen are sending out resumes. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The sad saga of Delonte West continues, and this latest episode is shrouded in secrecy. (AP)

Relax, says Kurt Helin. An 0-8 exhibition record isn't any reason to freak out. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Dwight Howard sure isn't. He still thinks going to the Lakers instead of the Nets was "a blessing in disguise", "an unbelievable experience", "a dream come true". (Pro Basketball Talk)

But if you want something to freak out about, Lakers Nation, here it is. (AP)

Anyone see this coming? (AP)

Be proud, Jets fans: Your two quarterbacks are Nos. 1 and 2 in the NFL players' "most overrated" poll. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Nothing overrated about Jets-Dolphins trash talk, though. (AP)

London Fletcher's 231-consecutive-game streak is in doubt, as he visits a doctor about a possible head injury. (CSN Washington)

Another streak in jeopardy: Bart Scott's 119 straight games, because of a hyperextended big toe. (AP)

Tracy Porter -- who suffered seizure-like symptoms like week - is also seeing a doctor, hoping to get clearance to play in the Broncos' game Sunday night against the Saints. (AP)

Saying he's got "nothing but love for ya'all," Asante Samuel jokingly -- we think -- tells Eagles fans that they "better cheer for me" when the Falcons come to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday "or we're going to have a problem . . . " (CSN Philly)

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."