Wakeup Call: Make us an offer, someone, anyone!


Wakeup Call: Make us an offer, someone, anyone!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 2:

Danica Patrick discovers that being a hit man -- or woman -- isn't as easy as it seems. (AP)

Maybe if they stick him on the curb, someone will take him away. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Goodbye Nick Swisher and hello Torii Hunter in the Bronx? (Hardball Talk)

If the Yankees make a one-year qualifying offer to Hiroki Kuroda, he just might accept it. (Hardball Talk)

Good thing Bruce Bochy wasn't this unprepared during the postseason. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The statheads are at odds with the managerscoaches who vote for the Gold Gloves over who's the best defensive shortstop in the American League. Yes, yes, I know it's an annual brouhaha, but this time -- believe it or not -- Derek Jeter's not involved. (CSN Baltimore)

Even the folks in Baltimore realize the Orioles' string of good fortune in one-runextra-inning games, the main reason for their stunning rise this season, isn't likely to repeat itself in 2013. (CSN Baltimore)

From celebrity manager to rookie skipper: The Marlins pick Mike Redmond to be Ozzie Guillen's successor. (AP)

Nice start to the Kevin Ollie Era at UConn, if you consider a 15-point victory over AIC nice. (AP)

No. 1 Indiana probably feels better after beating its cupcake by 29. (AP)

And defending national champ Kentucky may feel even better than that, since it won by 32. (AP)

Hey, Wildcats: Syracuse will see your 32 and raise you 36. (AP)

Pat Summitt was in the front row behind the bench as her replacement, Holly Warlick, won her exhibition debut as the Lady Vols' coach, 104-44 over Carson-Newman. (AP)

Miami has a clear path to the ACC Coastal Division championship after last night's 30-12 rout of Virginia Tech. (AP)

No one's happier about the prospect of Notre Dame participating in a BCS bowl game than the BCS itself. (AP)

It looks like Patrick Peterson's family is taking in Honey Badger. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Sandusky scandal reaches two more Penn State officials. (AP)

That's a World Golf Championship record for Louis Oosthuizen. (AP)

What's this? The NHL and NHLPA might resume negotiations? Geez, what's the rush? (CSN Bay Area)

And who needs a federal mediator, anyway? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Meanwhile, word is the players are encouraging their negotiating committee to get back to the bargaining table. (CSN Philly)

But what's the point? If Don Cherry was a betting man, he'd wager they're not playing this year. (Pro Hockey Talk)

What a week for the Thunder. First they lose James Harden, then the Spurs beat them at the buzzer. (AP)

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the Knicks didn't get to open the season in Brooklyn last night. Instead, they start at home tonight against LeBron and the Heat. (AP)

Oh, and that Nets-Knicks game? Mark it down on your calendars for Monday, Nov. 26. (AP)

Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel and Matt Cassel and the rest of Patriots Midwest can't be too happy today. (AP)

Chargers to Norv Turner detractors: Take that! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Andy Reid has no idea, none whatsoever, where anyone got the notion he was thinking of benching Michael Vick. (CSN Philly)

The Eagles' woes prompted one of those dreaded players-only meetings. (CSN Philly)

Another bad sign in Philadelphia: Players ripping the fans. (CSN Philly)

Good news for the Redskins: It looks like DeAngelo Hall will be fined, but not suspended, for his dustup with the referees last week. (CSN Washington)

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith appears to have been involved in . . . well, something outside a Mexican restaurant and bar in Columbia, Missouri. Just what, though, ain't exactly clear. (CSN Bay Area)

Hurricane Sandy has turned the Steelers' road game against the Giants Sunday into a day trip. (AP)

In the old days, the team would release a statement saying the operation was a success. Now the player himself informs us that "surgery went well tweeps!!" (AP)

It isn't often a 69th-ranked qualifier escapes match point and beats Andy Murray, but you'd have seen just that if you were in Paris yesterday. (AP)

Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick


Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick

The Patriots pulled off a rare deal with a rival on Tuesday. 

According to ESPN, they've sent tight end A.J. Derby to the Broncos in exchange for a fifth-round pick. 

Derby played in 33 offensive snaps over four games this season for the Patriots. A sixth-round draft choice in 2015 out of Arkansas, Derby spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. 

One of the stars of the preseason for the Patriots, Derby caught 15 passes for 189 yards in four exhibition games. A former college quarterback for Iowa and Arkansas, Derby was named a practice player of the week by the Patriots when they were hurting for healthy signal-callers early in the season during Tom Brady's suspension.

The deal leaves the Patriots somewhat thin at the tight end position. They now have now true tight ends behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. They do, however, have fullback James Develin, who meets with tight ends on a daily basis. On the practice squad, the Patriots have another fullback in Glenn Gronkowski. 

In Denver, Derby will compete with tight ends Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and John Phillips for time.

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf


Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics will be a bit shorthanded for the first few games of the season with Marcus Smart being out with a left ankle sprain injury.
The Celtics were holding out slim hope that it would heal in time for tomorrow’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Smart confirmed a CSNNE.com report shortly after the injury on October 19 that it would likely be at least a couple weeks before he returned to action.
Following Tuesday’s practice, one in which Smart watched from the sidelines, he gave an update on his ankle injury which occurred in the Celtics’ last preseason game, a 121-96 loss to the New York Knicks.
“A couple weeks, that’s the projection (of a return) they gave me,” Smart said. “They want to make sure we can limit this from happening again.”
Smart said the two-week timetable began from the time of his injury, which means it’s likely that he will miss the Celtics’ first four games of the season.
That’s a much rosier timetable than the left ankle sprain injury Smart suffered as a rookie which kept him sidelined for several weeks afterwards.
“It shouldn’t be too long,” Smart said. “Better safe than sorry.”
His absence will certainly have an impact on a Celtics defense that ranked among the NBA’s best a year ago, and has only gotten stronger with the addition of Al Horford.
But the Celtics have been a "next man up" team for since Stevens has been the head coach. With Smart out, that’s not going to change.
“That’ll be a great opportunity for someone else to step up in his place,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas echoed similar thoughts.
“When somebody’s hurt, the next man has to step up,” Thomas said. “Guys have to take advantage of these opportunities.”
And for Smart, it’ll mean displaying his leadership skills from the sideline.
He’s totally comfortable taking on that role right now.
For his teammates, it might take a little bit of getting used to. Smart has been very loquacious on the Celtics sideline since suffering the injury.
“These last four days, he has been yelling … I told him to shut up a few times,” quipped Isaiah Thomas. “That’s just him, especially when he’s not playing. He’s very vocal.”
Terry Rozier, the likely benefactor in terms of minutes played due to Smart’s injury, agreed.
“He’s been sitting right there in that seat,” said Rozier, adding, “and he hasn’t shut up yet. It’s good; you’re going to need a guy like that who is going to talk to you. It’s like a guy, he says things … it’s like he’s been in the league 10 years. He knows his stuff.”
Smart’s knowledge bank includes understanding that his current injury will probably happen again at some point. The key isn’t dealing with the injury, but how you move forward from it.
“This isn’t my first ankle sprain and I know it won’t be my last,” Smart said. “I just have to let it heal on its own and let your body do what it does.”