Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!

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Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 9.

BASEBALL
Mark McGwire's advice to youngsters: Do as I say and not as I did. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

You'd think the Phillies would be worried that B.J. Upton's cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow act, which he got away with in the vast wasteland known as Tampa Bay's "fan" base, wouldn't go over with their rabid audience. But, apparently, they're not. (CSN Philly)

Anibal Sanchez' asking price: Six years, 90 million. (Hardball Talk)

If you're interested in Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo or Gavin Floyd, the White Sox are interested in hearing what you have to say. (CSN Chicago)

Maicer Izturis is moving from the Sunshine State to the Great White North. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
He won't say why or what for -- except that it's not for anything criminal, or anything that would incur the wrath of the NCAA -- but Florida coach Billy Donovan has indefinitely suspended starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Florida State pulls off a great escape at Virginia Tech. (AP)

You get the impression that members of the nation's power conferences aren't too impressed with Notre Dame. But at least one former coach thinks the Irish could compete in the SEC. (CSN Chicago)

Auburn certainly can't -- at least not this year -- and it may cost Gene Chizik his job. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Lane Kifflin knows some people won't believe USC's story that it was a rogue student manager, acting on his own, who deflated the footballs last week against Oregon, an act for which the Pac-12 fined the school and for which the manager was fired. But Kifflin also points out that if it was a deliberate strategy, the Trojans wouldn't be "directing a student manager on the Oregon sideline, right in front of them, to be deflating balls, and then playing with some deflated and some non-deflated balls." (AP)

Check that: Marcus Lattimore won't be attending South Carolina's game on Saturday. (AP)

A freshman walk-on collapses and dies during practice at Tennessee State. (AP)

Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden is in "stable, yet critical" condition after tearing the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart in a collision with a teammate at Tuesday's practice. (AP)

HOCKEY
Gary Bettman doesn't have much to say about the latest round of negotiations. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

And Donald Fehr explains why. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But all this silence hasn't stopped some from speculating about what a shortened season would look like. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
McKayla Maroney can't believe that her "not-impressed" face -- which she says she does "all the time" -- went viral. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
Hockey may be gone (temporarily, anyway), but it's not forgotten with the Miami Heat. (AP)

Maybe things are as bad as they seem in L.A.: Jim Buss just gave Mike Brown a vote of confidence. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andrew Bogut's bum ankle will keep him out of the Warriors' lineup for the next 7-10 days. (AP)

Kings rookie Thomas Robinson gets a two-game suspension for elbowing the Pistons' Jonas Jerebko in the neck. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
What a difference a year makes in Indianapolis, eh? And if you want to say it's all Luck, well, who's arguing? (AP)

The Andy Reid Death Watch is underway, and Jon Gruden's name is circulating as his replacement. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Now that it looks like his baby will be born Monday, Charles Tillman says he'll play Sunday when the Bears meet the Texans. (AP)

Not so sure about Richard Seymour, though, and it has nothing to do with his wife giving birth. (AP)

The hits over the years have taken their toll, but on game day Calvin Johnson is still Megatron. (AP)

Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu apologizes for his arrest in a drunken-driving rampage last month. (AP)

The 49ers "can't stress enough how professional, how team-oriented Randy Moss is." (CSN Bay Area) What you just heard was the sound of Michael Felger's head exploding.

SOCCER
Rod Stewart -- yes, that Rod Stewart -- goes all John Boehner over Celtic's 2-1 upset of Barcelona. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

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Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

Major League Baseball is reportedly set to release more PED testing results, but Mike Felger is growing increasingly more confident in the fact that David Ortiz is clean. He's passing all the tests, isn't he?

Secretary of Navy: Cardona 'may have to leave the Patriots' to serve

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Secretary of Navy: Cardona 'may have to leave the Patriots' to serve

United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss new Ravens draftee Keenan Reynolds, a record-setting quarterback during his career at the Naval Academy. In so doing, Mabus hit on the uncertain status of Patriots long-snapper Joe Cardona. 

"Right now we do have a process," Mabus said. "It hasn't got up to me yet to [decide on whether or not Reynolds will be eligible to play], but there are a lot of paths to both play and to serve. 

"We've got Joe Cardona, long snapper for the Patriots. He played . . . last year for the Patriots while he was on active duty because he was able to work them both out. Now he's been assigned to a ship, and he's going to report to that ship. He may have to leave the Patriots for a year or so to go fulfill that roll."

The playing status for individuals like Reynolds and Cardona is always somewhat uncertain given their commitment. Last season, Cardona was able to serve by working at the Naval Preparatory Academy during his time away from the Patriots facilities. Once his rookie season ended, he headed back to the Newport, Rhode Island-based school to work full-time and help mentor students there. 

Cardona was scheduled to make his way to Norfolk, Virginia later in the offseason and live there for about two months to participate in the Navy's Basic Division Officer Course, or "BDOC," which was required before he could report to his ship as a Surface Warfare Officer. From there, he was scheduled to travel to Bath, Maine, to work on the USS Zumwalt. 

"I'll get to work there and figure out a schedule that doesn't interfere with either of my jobs," Cardona said back in January following New England's loss to Denver in the AFC title game, "and hopefully be back on the field next year."

Cardona has long maintained that his job as an active member of the Navy is his top priority. Should his duties on the USS Zumwalt interfere with his long-snapping work with the Patriots, he could realistically sit out for the season. 

The Patriots signed veteran long-snapper Christian Yount earlier this offseason in a move that reminded those following the team that Cardona is not guaranteed to be available for 2016. Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich has long-snapped in the past and typically serves as the team's emergency snapper. 

Cardona was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft and played in all 16 regular-season games and two postseason games for the Patriots last season.