Wakeup Call: A Pyrrhic victory . . . or is it just a sprain for RGIII?

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Wakeup Call: A Pyrrhic victory . . . or is it just a sprain for RGIII?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, December 10.

BASEBALL
Looks like there'll be no TitoYouk reunion, as the Indians -- who reportedly grew tired of waiting for Youkilis to make a decision -- have reached agreement with Mark Reynolds to play first base. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Nor are Francisco Liriano and the Twins getting back together. (Hardball Talk)

The way A-Rod sees it, the last time he had hip surgery he made it back and the Yankees won the World Series. So . . . (AP)

It's a deal between the Phillies and Rangers, and Michael Young's now in Philadelphia. (AP)

Hardball Talk's Matthew Pouliot says the Royals-Rays trade is a case of "a general manager putting his own best interests ahead of those of his team", since Dayton Moore a) knew he'd probably be fired if the Royals didn't show improvement in 2013, and b) the price tag was waayy too high for two players who will only lift K.C. into the 82-85 win range.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Undefeated, and No. 1, Indiana received its first bit of bad news, as sophomore forward Austin Etherington is lost for the season. And because of an injury suffered against Central Connecticut State, no less. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
They say when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Things must be pretty weird at Temple, then, because the Owls -- in attempting to fill the head coaching vacancy created when Steve Addazio bolted for Boston College -- are looking at Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. (CSN Philly)

And Giants assistant Matt Ruhle. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The theme continues: Is anyone weirder than Nick Saban, who's now being linked to the Browns? (College Football Talk)

And more weirdness: Going from a Big 12 school to one in the Big East? But that's what Tommy Tuberville's doing, as he's leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati. (AP)

Manti Te'o's Heisman snub didn't go down too well at Notre Dame. (CSN Chicago)

Jerry Sandusky's "fight is 100 percent back", says his lawyer, and they're pressing ahead with his appeal. (AP)

HOCKEY
Let's start the merry-go-round once again. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
They may not be winning, but at least the Lakers are hustling and working hard. Oh, wait . . . (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

It's 180 degrees different in the Big Apple. (AP)

Pretty sure Steven Jackson himself wrote the first Twitter post, and -- 25,000 later -- his representatives wrote the second. (AP)

Also 25,000 lighter these days: Cavs coach Byron Scott. But it was for a more traditional, postgame bashing of the refs. (AP)

Derrick Rose gives an update -- of sorts -- on his ACL rehab. (CSN Chicago)

When Kevin McHale returned, Jeremy Lin's playing time shrank. But Lin says he understands. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
It may have been a pyrrhic victory, but it was a victory nonetheless -- and a big one -- for the Redskins. (AP)

Hard to believe RGIII has just a sprained knee. Yet that's the story . . . for now. (CSN Washington)

Now that the games are big, the Ravens are coming up small. (CSN Baltimore)

But what, them worry? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It was an emotional win for the grieving Cowboys. (AP)

Desperate times call for desperate measures: The Eagles broke their eight-game losing streak with a play Nick Foles drew up in the dirt. Figuratively, that is. (CSN Philly)

The Bears ran up "perhaps the most meaningless 438 yards of total offense in recent memory" in their 21-14 loss to the Vikings. (CSN Chicago)

And they're now in second place in the NFC North as a result, as the Packers beat the Lions and took over the top spot. (AP)

Now this is the Brandon Jacobs we know. (CSN Bay Area)

David Wilson had a nice coming-out party -- and at the right time, too -- for Jacobs' former team. (Pro Football Talk)

I guess Greg Hardy was right. (AP)

Quite the story unfolding in Indianapolis, isn't it? (AP)

Arizona's humiliating meltdown at Seattle -- eight turnovers, 154 yards total offense, a 58-0 loss -- was one for the ages. (AP)

Interesting fallout from the Jovan Belcher murdersuicide: Peter King reports that at least seven NFL players have turned in their guns to team security personnel, with one player telling his team that he doesn't trust himself. (Pro Football Talk)

Celtics force overtime, come up short in 127-123 loss to Blazers

Celtics force overtime, come up short in 127-123 loss to Blazers

BOSTON – For the second time in as many games, the Boston Celtics ran into a team that played with a greater sense of desperation.

And the result was yet another defeat as the Portland Trail Blazers, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, were able to get off their losing skid with a 127-123 overtime win over the Celtics.

Boston (26-17) has now lost back-to-back games at home, while the Blazers (19-27) snapped a four-game losing streak.

In the extra session, Portland jumped out to a 117-113 lead only for Boston’s Al Horford scoring on a bank-shot in the paint and Thomas draining a go-ahead 3-pointer for Boston.

Portland regained the lead when Al-Farouq Aminu made a pair of free throws with 59.3 seconds to play to make it a 119-118 game.

Boston soon fell behind 122-118, but a pair of Thomas free throws with 44.8 seconds to play made it a two-point game.

Mason Plumlee scored with 24 seconds to play in overtime, and an Al Horford miss – rebounded by Plumlee who was then fouled by Horford – essentially put the game away with 13.5 seconds to play.

Boston found themselves down late in the fourth quarter and seemingly headed towards defeat, only to get an unexpected lift in the final seconds from Terry Rozier.

Trailing by three points late in the fourth, Boston had one last chance to force overtime so who did they turn to?

If you were thinking Thomas which is what the Blazers and most fans were thinking, you would have been dead wrong.

The fourth quarter may be Thomas’ time to shine, but at that point in the game it was Rozier’s moment as he drained a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left that ultimately forced overtime. He finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench.

The Blazers came into the game with the kind of potent scoring punch in the backcourt that strikes the fear into the heart of any defense, let alone one that has been as up and down as the Boston Celtics this season.

For most of the game, Portland’s 1-2 punch of Damian Lillard (28 points) and C.J. McCollum (35 points) lived up to the lofty billing as they combined for 63 points.

McCollum and Lillard both did their share of damage down the stretch, but it was their bench – specifically Meyers Leonard – whose play kept Portland in the game early on.

He finished with 17 points off the bench.

Boston led 65-56 at the half, but soon found itself in a 67-all game after McCollum made the second of two free throws.

But Boston countered with a put-back basket by Kelly Olynyk and a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas to push Boston’s lead to 72-67.

Once again the Blazers fought back and eventually took the lead 74-72 on a powerful put-back dunk by Haverill (Mass.) native Noah Vonleh.

Brad Stevens had seen enough of his team getting pushed around, as he called a time-out with 5:31 to play in the quarter.

It didn’t help as Portland continued to bully their way around the rim for second and third-shot opportunities with their lead peaking at 78-72 following a put-back basket by  Plumlee.

But the Celtics responded with a 7-2 spurt capped off by an end-to-end, driving lay-up by Rozier that cut Portland’s lead to 80-79 with 2:44 to play in the quarter. Boston continued to be within striking distance as the third quarter ended with the Celtics trailing 88-86.