Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami

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Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, November 14:

AUTO RACING
If we can't Tweet while we're behind the wheel, why should NASCAR drivers? (AP)

BASEBALL
The Blue Jays just got a whole lot better in their megadeal with the Marlins. Miami, meanwhile, didn't really do all that bad for itself . . . except in the court of public opinion, since the bait-and-switch move of a) collecting public money for a new stadium and b) trading away most of your big names after a year in that stadium isn't an optimal P.R. strategy. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

When Giancarlo Stanton expressed his, ah, displeasure with whole thing on Twitter, Bryce Harper jumped right in with an invitation to play for the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

Jeffrey Loria's now two-for-two -- he's owned teams in two markets, and pretty much destroyed interest in baseball in both of them -- and that begs the question: Why are you letting this guy stay in the club, Bud Selig? (Hardball Talk)

Next to go: Ricky Nolasco? (Hardball Talk)

Here's three reasons why Josh Hamilton probably won't land in Philadelphia. (CSN Phllly)

Your 2012 Managers of the Year: Davey Johnson (CSN Washington) . . .

. . . and Bob Melvin. (CSN Bay Area)

5.5 million for a guy who missed last season because of Tommy John surgery is a stark reminder that pitching ain't cheap. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke sends an early message to Kentucky: It's a new year, boys. (AP)

Kansas found that out, too, thanks to Michigan State. (AP)

Just a bad night all around for Kentucky, as its women's team was routed by No. 1 Baylor. (AP)

New coach, new players, same old results at UConn. (AP) Of course, playing Vermont may have had something to do with it.

Yeah, but as Washington discovered: Sometimes those cupcakes don't go down so easy. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Big East is breaking its new football league into East and West divisions . . . but, as Temple being in the West demonstrates, they're not being slaves to geographic tradition. (AP)

HOCKEY
Don't invite Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Marleau to the same party. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO BASKETBALL
This Royce White-on-the-Rockets thing isn't going well. (CSN Houston)

Well, well. Who had the Knicks at 5-0 in the best-start-to-the-season pool? (AP)

The Raptors managed to beat the Pacers despite scoring only five points in the fourth quarter. (AP)

Bernie Bickerstaff's interim magic ran out in L.A. (AP)

The Grizzles' assistant GM, Kenny Williamson, dies at age 65 of cancer. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Steelers don't know -- or, perhaps more accurately, aren't saying -- how long Ben Roethlisberger will be out because of his bad shoulder. (AP)

Read into this what you will, but, with Jay Cutler having suffered a concussion Sunday night, the Bears have re-signed former backup Josh McCown. (AP)

Adrian Peterson fought the law, and this time the law didn't win. (AP)

If you're wondering why Ryan Fitzpatrick's last pass Sunday -- the one intercepted by Devin McCourty to end the game -- was going to a rookie receiver (T.J. Graham) who ran the wrong route to boot . . . well, Stevie Johnson's wondering the same thing. (AP)

SOCCER
Hope Solo's always been an interesting character, but this -- her fiancee (ex-NFL tight endbad boy Jerramy Stevens, whom she's apparently known for two months) getting arrested for assault after they argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after they get married -- is new territory. (AP)

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins were supposed to hit the ice for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday following their empty 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon, but those plans were scrubbed.

The reeling Black and Gold instead cancelled practice, with only Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zane McIntyre taking the ice at Warrior Ice Arena and the rest of the B’s hitting the giant reset button after an embarrassing loss.

“I think it’s one of those [things] where you’ve got to regroup and recharge the batteries, and feel better,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Maybe a little bit of fatigue was part of it [Monday vs. the Isles] and you use a day like today to look forward, look at videos and be better the next day. It happens today and we have another game tomorrow [against Detroit].”

While it is true that the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have played more games than anybody else in the NHL in this wacky season with a condensed schedule, the B’s leaders weren’t having it as an excuse with both the Maple Leafs and Senators holding an incredible six games in hand on Boston. Blown opportunities against bad opponents are exactly the recipe for missing the playoffs, as they have in each of the past two seasons, and the Bruins are tracking to do that again.

“All of the teams are in the same situation. It’s about managing and finding ways to be at your best every night and in every game. Yes, maybe [the condensed schedule] is part of it, but you can’t just put the blame on that. We’re professionals and we need to show up every game.”

The Bruins didn’t show up against the Islanders on Monday afternoon and basically pulled their second no-show vs. the Isles on home ice this season. There’s no excuse for that given the B’s current situation battling for the postseason. 

Maybe a day off the ice will improve that situation and maybe it’s simply rewarding a team that didn’t earn it on Monday afternoon, but the B’s have to hope it’s much more of the former than the latter. 

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that stunts like Antonio Brown’s Sunday night video are the kind that get good players shipped out of town.

“He's a great player, respected largely in the locker room but incidents such as this don't help him in that regard,” said Tomlin told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and others at a Tuesday press conference in Pittsburgh. “That's often why you see great players move from team to team. Don't want that to happen to Antonio Brown.” 

Tomlin, who referred to the Patriots as “a--holes” after the Steelers beat Kansas City in a Divisional Playoff game, apologized for his profanity and the other off-color comments made in the 17-minute broadcast.

“Like to say the language on the video is regrettable, by me and by others,” Tomlin stated.” That's why we go to great lengths to preserve certain moments and interactions between us. As a parent, as a member of the community I take that very seriously. I issue an apology in that regard.”

Tomlin added that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect on the game, on the Patriots, on the Steelers. Game is too big.”

Returning to Brown – who has yet to address why he thought this was a great idea – Tomlin said, “It was foolish of him to do that, selfish and inconsiderate. It was violation of our policy, league policy. He has to grow from this. He works extremely hard, he's extremely talented and those things get minimized with incidents like this."