Wakeup Call: Sanchez crashes the Jets . . . and perhaps himself

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Wakeup Call: Sanchez crashes the Jets . . . and perhaps himself

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, December 18:

BASEBALL
The Blue Jays' blitzkrieg winter continues, as they officially acquire R.A. Dickey from the Mets. (AP)

There's been a lot of offseason action in the A.L. East, none of it involving the Orioles. And O's fans, the glow from last season's surprising success wearing off, are starting to get antsy. (CSN Baltimore)

It didn't take long for the A's to replace Stephen Drew: Hours after word leaked that he'd agreed to a contract with the Red Sox, Oakland signed Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. (CSN Bay Area)

The Astros' move to the American League means they're going to need a DH, and yesterday they signed one: Carlos Pena. (CSN Houston)

In an effort to reduce head injuries caused by line drives back to the mound, MLB is testing out a new padded hat. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Santiago Casilla is staying put. (CSN Bay Area)

R.I.P., Frank Pastore. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Normally they don't celebrate four-point, non-conference home victories -- over Detroit, no less -- at Syracuse, but they do when they're Jim Boeheim's 900th career win. (AP)

Indiana's weekend loss means Duke is now No. 1 in the weekly poll. (AP)

If the new 'Catholic 7' league comes calling, Butler will listen. (AP)

Payback's a you-know-what: Notre Dame, waiting at the station for the train to take it to the ACC in 2015, is a little nervous about the disarray it helped cause in the Conference Formerly Known As The Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Notre Dame picked up its first two wins of 2013 as offensive lineman Zack Martin and defensive tackle Louis Nix announced they're staying in school. (CSN Chicago)

Nick Saban insists he's staying at Alabama. He also insisted he was staying with the Dolphins. And, though I can't remember him doing so, probably insisted he was staying at LSU. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Western Michigan now has the youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision: 32-year-old P.J. Fleck, who was an assistant at both Rutgers and Tampa Bay to Greg Schiano. (AP)

Latest to declare for the NFL draft: West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey. (AP)

Quarterback Brendan Kay's been given another year of eligibility at Cincinnati. (AP)

The University of North Alabama has kicked a walk-on player off the team for making a racist Tweet about President Obama. (AP, via nbcsports.com)

HOCKEY
Well, at least they're talking about talking . . . though not to each other. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Adrian Aucoin moved his family -- wife and five kids, no less -- to Columbus after signing as a free agent with the Blue Jackets. And now he admits he may never get to play there. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
It was Linsanity all over again at Madison Square Garden, and when it settled down the Knicks had suffered their first home loss of the year. (AP)

And don't think he didn't enjoy it. (CSN Houston)

That's 11 in a row for the Thunder. (AP)

And 10 in a row for the Clippers. (AP)

John Wall's taking baby steps in his recuperation from a left knee injury. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Jets' playoff hopes, and perhaps the Mark Sanchez Era, went up in flames last night, as Sanchez threw four picks in a 14-10 loss to the Titans that eliminated New York from postseason contention. (AP)

Signs of delusion: Sanchez is still talking about learning from his mistakes and playing better in the future to help the team win. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Titans running back Chris Johnson wrote the names of all 26 Sandy Hook victims on his shoes for last night's game. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The 49ers' win in Foxboro didn't come without a price: Justin Smith -- whose departure from the game because of an elbow injury coincided with the Patriots' 28-point explosion -- had an MRI yesterday, and the Niners don't know when he'll be available again. (CSN Bay Area)

Tales of struggling kickers: The 49ers say they're sticking with David Akers. (CSN Bay Area)

Ditto the Packers with Mason Crosby. (AP)

Just what the Ravens need: Another linebacker gone for the season. (CSN Baltimore)

When will RGIII play again? When the doctors say he can. (CSN Washington)

All those folks who bought his jersey -- and there's millions of them -- hope that's soon. (AP)

London Fletcher says the problem his family had in the stands in Cleveland was caused by the Browns' stadium security personnel. (Pro Football Talk)

Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black is suspended four games for PED use . . . (CSN Washington)

. . . and his fellow Hogs -- do they still use that term in D.C.? -- are irate. (realredskins.com, via CSN Washington)

Speaking of PED use, Richard Sherman's appeal will be held Friday. He better hope he wins it; otherwise, the Seahawks will be without him in the playoffs. (Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick returns to practice as a man without a starting job, but he has an it-is-what-it-is serenity about the whole thing. (CSN Philly)

The Eagles are disavowing any knowledge of the steroids that authorities found in Garrett Reid's training camp dorm room after his death. (CSN Philly)

Mike Patterson says the contract nastiness that erupted between him and the Eagles last week -- which has since been settled with a renegotiation -- was business, not personal. (CSN Philly)

Josh Brent -- charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown -- surprised the Cowboys by showing up on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Steelers, but they didn't seem to have a problem with it. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
ATP to the U.S. Open on its schedule change: Not so fast. (AP)

Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

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Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

Tonight at 7:00pm on CSN and CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics play their annual Green vs White scrimmage at TD Garden. 

Our braodcast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you all the action from the scrimmage as we get our first look at the 2016 Boston Celtics.

Also, Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are scheduled to join us during the broadcast.

Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

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Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins had a pretty humbling experience hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night when they were outhustled, outworked and vastly outscored in a lopsided, 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

So, they’re clearly looking for a much crisper, cleaner and competitive result at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night for the first road exhibition game in a rematch with the Wings. Adam McQuaid had a rough night in his first preseason game as the most experienced guy on the D-men group iced that night, so he’s looking for a better performance personally and team-wide against Detroit this time around.

“It goes without saying that our last game was pretty bad from top to bottom,” said McQuaid. “There are a lot of areas to improve on. Guys were working hard at times, but the battle, and getting in on guys and battling, you have to make sure you’re on top of them when you defend quick players like that. Yesterday was a good up-tempo [practice] and guys were battling with each other, and hopefully that carries over into [the game].”

Helping matters will be a much more experienced group as the solid pairing of John-Michael Liles and Brandon Carlo will be added to the mix and Joe Morrow will be making the trip as well. Up front, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey will be playing in their second consecutive games after generating some decent offense against Detroit. They will have 19-year-old speedy Zach Senyshyn added to their mix.

“The last game we had a bit of a hard time with our breakouts, so we worked on that a little bit,” said Spooner. “I don’t think we were very happy with how we played. The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0, I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about, and we expect a better effort for sure.”

Young prospects Danton Heinen and Peter Cehlarik will also be in the mix with Riley Nash and Dominic Moore bringing experience down the middle of the ice. Perhaps that combined with the growing intensity in each succeeding preseason game will pull a better result out of a group facing the first cuts of training camp following the two games this weekend.