Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

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Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 27.

BASEBALL
It certainly is a seller's market if Shane Victorino has seven suitors, including the Red Sox. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And why are the Sox in on Russell Martin?? (Hardball Talk)

Looks like Evan Longoria is going to be a career Ray. (AP)

It's official: Old friend DeMarlo Hale's heading to Toronto as bench coach. (AP)

You wouldn't think Rob Deer's all-or-nothing-at-all approach is something Theo Epstein wants for the Cubs . . . but you'd be wrong. (CSN Chicago)

Not a bad haul for four nights' work: The Giants' winning World Series share is 377,003. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
It isn't even December yet, and already we have a big game on tap. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Alabama will have to take on Georgia -- and maybe Notre Dame -- without deep threat Kenny Bell, who has a broken leg. (AP)

Bob Stoops says he's happy at Oklahoma and isn't looking to go anywhere else. In coach-speak, that usually means, "Make me an offer." (AP)

HOCKEY
Forget it, says Todd Bertuzzi. It's over. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Alex Ovechkin is angry that Capitals teammates Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth have gone off the NHLPA reservation, saying the only way the players will get a fair deal is if they stick together. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
In Big Baby World, Jacque Vaughn is Gandhi and Doc Rivers is . . . who? Patton, maybe? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Exciting start to the Brooklyn-New York rivalry, don't you think? (AP)

The Bulls hit rock bottom, blowing a 27-point, third-quarter lead -- to Milwaukee's reserves, no less -- in dropping a 93-92 decision to the Bucks. (CSN Chicago)

The Wizards finally played down to their record last night. (CSN Washington)

Yes, you read it right: That was a 64-24 halftime lead Oklahoma City built over Charlotte en route to a 114-69 pasting of the Bobcats. (AP)

The Rockets will be attending Sasha McHale's funeral as a team on Wednesday. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
It isn't often the Giants' Martellus Bennett gets to tap "into my inner superhero, which I do have". But after Sunday's win over the Packers, he "did the righteous thing" and caught a fan who had tumbled out of the MetLife stands, saving him from serious injury. "Im usually a ninja," Bennett explained, "but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life."  To quote my friend Bill Reynolds: They didn't make two of you, Martellus. (NBC's Off The Bench)

That's seven straight losses -- and counting -- for the Eagles. (AP)

Remember when Jeffrey Lurie said an 8-8 record would probably cost Andy Reid his job? Well, 8-8 is the best the Eagles can do this year . . . but Reid says he and the owner haven't discussed his future. (CSN Philly)

Brent Celek says the Eagles' struggles are probably a source of great amusement to other teams in the league. He knows if he played somewhere else, he'd be laughing. (CSN Philly)

Um, those announcements that Ray Lewis would miss the rest of the season? Never mind. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of the Ravens, they're still talking about fourth-and-29. (CSN Baltimore)

The Texans' exasperation with the NFL's discipline procedure -- sparked when first-time offender Tim Dobbins was relieved of 30,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler that even Cutler said was clean -- resurfaced when it was announced that serial clown Ndamukong Suh wouldn't be suspended and only "might" be fined for his kick at Matt Schaub's boy parts on Thanksgiving. (CSN Houston)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner are in complete denial mode over their reported impending suspensions for PED use. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Eric Wright, on the other hand, fesses up and takes his four games like a man. (AP)

The latest concussed quarterback: Brandon Weeden. (AP)

A Dolphins reserve is charged with allegedly choking a cab driver. (AP)

Ex-BU coach, and former Patriots assistant, Chris Palmer is the sacrificial lamb -- for now -- in Tennessee. (AP)

49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams "regrets to inform y'all I will be out for the season with a torn ACL." Ah, Twitter. (AP)

How much do you think Buffalo Wild Wings would have had to pay for all the free publicity it got Sunday? (Pro Football Talk)

Know Thine Enemy: A complete breakdown of the Ravens

Know Thine Enemy: A complete breakdown of the Ravens

After a 3-0 start, the Ravens dropped a 28-27 decision to the Raiders in Baltimore. That started a four-game skid for Baltimore which included back-to-back losses at the Jets and Giants. But they got back on track against the Steelers and have won four out of five with their only being to the Cowboys. It’s hard to get a clean read on who they really are. 

They had narrow, early-season wins over crap teams like Cleveland and Jacksonville. They had a narrow loss to an outstanding Raiders team and were close with the Cowboys but got run over late with Dallas scoring on its last five possessions. They are coming off their most impressive team win, a 38-6 triumph over the Dolphins. 

This game is a big one in the AFC race not just because it’s a divisional leader but also because it will be a common game between the Patriots and Raiders. The Raiders already beat Baltimore. 

The Pats need to keep pace in a tiebreaker they currently trail. Weird schedule quirk? The Ravens have had only one road game that required a long commute since September. That was the game at Dallas. They just played six of their last nine and four of their last five at home.

LAST 5

Ravens 21, Steelers 14
Ravens 28, Browns 7
At Cowboys 27, Ravens 17
Ravens 19, Bengals 14
Ravens 38, Dolphins 6

OFFENSIVE STATS TO CHEW ON

More than half of Joe Flacco’s 323 completions have gone to three players: tight end Dennis Pitta (61 catches), wide receiver Mike Wallace (57) and wide receiver Steve Smith (54). Those players are 31, 30 and 37 respectively so it’s a veteran group.
Flacco is 114 of 159 (72 percent) with nine touchdowns and three picks in Baltimore’s last four games. He has 15 TDs and 11 picks this season.

The Ravens don’t run it much: 502 pass attempts, 287 rushing attempts. Terrence West and Kenneth Dixon are the lead backs. West has carried more than 15 times in a game on three occasions this season.

Rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been playing very well as has the rest of the Ravens offensive line in recent weeks. Still, Baltimore is just at 34.1 on third down conversions.

DEFENSIVE STATS TO CHEW ON

The Ravens have allowed 207 points this season, tied with the Patriots for lowest in the AFC and just behind Seattle (194) overall.
Baltimore’s allowing just 33.3 percent conversions on third down and only 3.4 yards per carry.

Opposing quarterbacks are completing 64.1 percent of their passes and have 21 touchdown passes and 14 picks against the Ravens defense. Ten of the Ravens 14 picks came against the Browns, Jaguars and in last week’s rout of Miami.
 
WHERE ARE THEIR HEADS AT

"I just think they've got a great team. They've got Tom Brady. They've been the best team in the conference, and it's going to be our toughest challenge of the year." – John Harbaugh, Ravens coach, on Monday night’s matchup

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
 
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
 
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
 
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
 
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
 
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
 
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
 
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.