Wakeup Call: The market for Youk is heating up

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Wakeup Call: The market for Youk is heating up

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, December 3:

BASEBALL
The Kevin Youkilis market appears to be heating up. (CSN Chicago)

Sounds like Ichiro -- or at least his agent -- is irritated with the Yankees. (CSN Baltimore)

Brian Wilson may have wanted to stick it to the Giants by joining their archrivals in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers apparently don't want any part of it. (CSN Bay Area)

From the "Succumbing To The Obvious" file, Brad Lidge has decided to retire. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

What? Edgardo Alfonzo was still playing?? (AP)

Forget the 519,203 someone spent for Ozzie Smith's Gold Gloves. I want to know who'd lay out 75,205 for a 70-plus-year-old bat that belonged to Lou Gehrig. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Saint Louis dedicated Sunday's win over Valparaiso to former coach Rick Majerus, who died of heart failure on Saturday. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Here are some storylines to help you while away the time before Notre Dame and Alabama collide 35 days from now. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Just like we anticipated a few weeks ago, Oregon and Kansas State are going to play each other. Just not for the national title is all. (AP)

C'mon, Louisiana Tech. Haven't you ever heard that old saying about a bird in the hand? (AP)

The Skip Holtz Era at South Florida is over. (AP)

HOCKEY
Donald Fehr's enthusiasm for the players-owners-only meeting on Tuesday may be tempered once he finds out Jeremy Jacobs is one of the owners who'll be attending. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
The Magic stunned the Lakers in the teams' first meeting since Dwight Howard jumped from Orlando to Los Angeles, and Howard responded with the type of class and dignity we've come to expect. (AP)

A kinder, gentler 'Sheed? Yeah, right. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

But ball don't lie; the Knicks won anyway and remain undefeated at home. (AP)

It's a rip -- in the foot -- for Rip. (CSN Chicago)

PRO FOOTBALL
It was an emotional day in Kansas City, as the Chiefs beat the Panthers slightly more than 24 hours after the murdersuicide involving linebacker Jovan Belcher. (AP)

Romeo Crennel -- understandably -- won't talk about witnessing Belcher commit suicide Saturday morning, but he told SI.com's Peter King that "I wasn't able to reach the young man" as he attempted to prevent Belcher from shooting himself. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Um . . . this Andrew Luck guy is pretty good. (AP)

The AFC North race, and the battle for AFC playoff seeding, got jumbled as Charlie Batch and the Steelers beat Baltimore. (AP)

The real problem for the Ravens is that Flacco was a very ordinary Joe yesterday. (CSN Baltimore)

Uh, oh; Terrell Suggs may be hurt again. (Pro Football Talk)

On the other side of the field, so's Ike Taylor. (Pro Football Talk)

The Colin Kaepernick-to-Canton bus went off the road in St. Louis, though Jim Harbaugh did his best to put the blame on himself. (CSN Bay Area)

So did David Akers . . . and he may have had a point. (CSN Bay Area)

Tony Romo's in the record books, and Dallas is in the win column. (AP)

Whaddya know? The recording -- "Mark Sanchez is our quarterback. This is a recording." -- finally stopped yesterday, and, as a result, the Jets got a win. (Pro Football Talk)

Blakely: Blown call didn't cost Celtics the game Saturday vs. Blazers

Blakely: Blown call didn't cost Celtics the game Saturday vs. Blazers

WALTHAM -- You won’t find the Boston Celtics blaming anyone but themselves for Saturday’s 127-123 overtime loss to Portland. 
 
But they certainly didn’t get any breaks down the stretch from the referees, who made a huge officiating mistake in the final seconds of regulation. 

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Following a Celtics miss in the game’s closing seconds, Blazers guard Damian Lillard wound up with the ball but was stripped almost immediately by Marcus Smart, who put the steal back in for a lay-up that would have given Boston a one-point lead with 10.8 seconds to play. 
 
The ruling on the floor at the time was a foul against Smart. But officials later determined as part of their report on the final two minutes of the game, that the foul against Smart was an incorrect call.
 
“It just pisses you off, doesn’t it?” Crowder said. “It just pisses you off. I don’t like it.”
 
Crowder, like a number of players I have spoken to about this particular subject, is not a fan of the league releasing the information. 
 
And his reasoning, like his NBA brethren, is simple. 
 
There’s no recourse relative to that particular game if the officials in fact got a call wrong. 
 
So for their purposes, the transparency that the league is seeking, while just, doesn’t do them a damn bit of good when it comes to what matters most to them. Which is wins and losses. 
 
“It’s over now. It’s too late to confirm it now,” said Smart who told media following the loss that the steal was clean. “The game is over with. It is what it is; on to the next game now.”
 
Smart added that having the league confirm the call was wrong is frustrating. 
 
“They come back and tell you they miss the call, but it’s over now,” Smart said. “We’re on to the next game. It’s like they shouldn’t even said it. But I understand it; they’re trying to take responsibility and show they made a bad call. We appreciate it but at that time as a player it’s frustrating. That possibly could have won us the game.”
 
But as Smart, coach Brad Stevens and other players asked about it mentioned, Boston made so many mistakes against the Blazers and played so uncharacteristically for long stretches that it would be unfair and just not right to pin the game’s outcome on one bad call late in the game. 
 
“It happens,” said Stevens who added that he’s never read a two-minute report other than what he has seen published by the media. “There were plenty of things we could have done better.”
 
He’s right.
 
That blown call didn’t cost the Boston Celtics the game. 
 
Their play did. 
 
The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times that led to 34 points, both season highs. 
 
They couldn’t contain C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, two of the league’s most explosive guards who combined for 63 points on 20-for-42 shooting.
 
Boston allowed Myers Leonard to score a season-high 17 points. 
 
Certainly the bad call against Smart was a factor. 
 
But it would not have been an issue if the Celtics had done a better job of controlling the things they could have controlled, like defending shooters better, making smarter decisions when it came to passing the ball and maybe most significant, play with a higher, more consistent level of aggression around the rim. 

Bradley, Green and Jackson to miss Celtics' game Tuesday against Wizards

Bradley, Green and Jackson to miss Celtics' game Tuesday against Wizards

WALTHAM -- The team flight to Washington for tomorrow night's game against the Wizards will be a little lighter than the Celtics would like. 
 
Boston continues to be cautious with Avery Bradley and his right Achilles strain injury. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that the 6-foot-2 guard won't travel and will sit out for the seventh time in the last eight games. 

Stevens added he didn't anticipate Bradley returning to the court anytime this week, which means he's likely not to return until next week's game against Detroit on Jan. 30. 
 
Bradley won’t be the only Celtic not making the trip for health-related reasons. Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson are both not traveling due to sickness. 
 
However, the Celtics did get a bit of good news on the health front. Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller, both having missed games with sickness, will take the trip to D.C. with the rest of their teammates.