Wakeup Call: Olympian's husband 'not supportive' of her Vegas escort job

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Wakeup Call: Olympian's husband 'not supportive' of her Vegas escort job

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, December 21:

BASEBALL
The Mets have reached out to Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano, "among many others," as potential replacements for R.A. Dickey. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Continuing the theme of pursuing once-good players whose careers were derailed by injuries, the Amazins' are also said to be "very interested" in Grady Sizemore. (Hardball Talk)

A.J. Pierzynski's departure to Texas means the White Sox now have only one player -- Paul Konerko -- left from their 2005 World Series champions. (CSN Chicago)

Dan Duquette's alive, Orioles Nation! And he's apparently attempting to trade for Rick Porcello. (Hardball Talk)

Another ex-Red Sox GM was busy yesterday, too: Theo reached agreement on a four-year, 52 million contract with Edwin Jackson and sent a message at the same time. (CSN Chicago)

Hey, the Marlins actually signed someone! (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The rich get richer: Duke lands prized high school prospect Jabari Parker. (CSN Chicago)

No. 2 Michigan is off to its best start since 1985-86. (AP)

Little did St. John's know on Feb. 26, 2000 that it would be the last team -- to date -- to beat Duke in a non-conference game at Cameron. The Blue Devils' winning streak in such games reached 100 last night with a 76-54 beating of Elon. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
According to an Associated Press special report, college football's weak testing system for steroids opens the door for potential abuse. (AP)

BYU wins the Poinsettia Bowl. Extra credit if you knew that a) they beat San Diego State, b) the game was in San Diego, and c) turnovers were the key. (AP)

C.J. Mosley is returning to Alabama next year. (AP)

According to Chip Kelly, Oregon "cooperated fully" with NCAA investigators during its probe of the Ducks' football program. (AP)

Matt Wells has been promoted to head coach at Utah State, replacing Gary Andersen, who went to Wisconsin to replace Bret Bielema, who went to Arkansas to replace John L. Smith. Got all that? (AP)

LSU punter Brad Wing broke some team rules, so he's going to have to sit out the Chick-fil-A Bowl. (AP)

Penn State is turning to the JUCO ranks to replenish its thin quarterbacking corps. (AP)

Minnesota State coach Todd Hoffner was cleared of child-porn charges in court, and now he's fighting a 20-day unpaid suspension that begins Jan. 7. (AP)

HOCKEY
Ex-Bruin Hal Gill makes the inevitable comparison of the Mayans' end-of-the-world prediction to the NHL lockout. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If you're having trouble mustering sympathy for the billionaire owners and millionaire players in this lockout, here are some folks who deserve your compassion. (AP)

OLYMPICS
Just when you think you've heard everything: Three-time Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton admits she's been working as a 600-an-hour Vegas escort for the last year. Surprisingly, her husband "wasn't supportive of this at all". (NBC's Olympics Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
See, in the old days something like Mark Cuban passing a kidney stone would have happened in private. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Meanwhile, one of his players -- Derek Fisher -- is suffering from a mundane knee strain that's going to sideline him for at least three games. (AP)

Every so often, the Heat demonstrate why they're going to be difficult to dethrone. Like last night. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

One of their prime challengers had a 12-game winning streak snapped last night. (AP)

Now it's Mike D'Antoni's system getting blamed for the Lakers' woes. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Sixers are in for a dime, in for a dollar with Andrew Bynum. Like it or not. (CSN Philly)

Not the Timberwolves with Josh Howard, though. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Looks like there'll be an RGIII sighting Sunday in Philadelphia. (CSN Washington)

But we apparently won't be seeing Justin Smith in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

David Akers re-Tweets a death threat he received, then deletes his Twitter account. The threatener, @RIP_FreeLaddin, subsequently a) said he loves Akers, b) laughed that he was just "playing", c) found amusing the notion that Akers would delete the account because of him, and d) claimed he was hacked and insisted he didn't do it. And you thought Mark Cuban's kidney stone was bad . . . (CSN Bay Area)

Good luck, Jets, trying to trade Tim Tebow. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bernard Pollard says the Ravens have "been exposed" during their recent slump. (Pro Football Talk)

Got a snow shovel? If so, the Packers need you. (AP)

And this is it from us until after the holiday! Merry Christmas, everyone, and we'll see you back here next Wednesday.

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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