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)

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

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At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.

STARS

Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.

STUDS

Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

DUDS

Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: