Wakeup Call: Teo fesses up . . . kind of

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Wakeup Call: Teo fesses up . . . kind of

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 24:

BASEBALL
Sammy Sosa thinks he and Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame. He also thinks the Cubs should retire his number. He also thinks he may someday run for president of the Dominican Republic. Your choice as to which of those is most delusional. (AP)

Will Pete Rose be part of the hoopla when the 2015 All-Star Game is held in Cincinnati? Bud Selig won't say. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Braves are attempting to become the Upton capital of the world. (CSN Washington)

The Cubs are close to a two-year agreement with Scott Hairston. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke reached all kinds of milestones in its 90-63 loss at Miami: Third-worst loss ever for a No. 1 team, biggest loss by a Duke team since 1984 . . . (AP)

Don't worry, Blue Devils, it could be worse. You could be NIT-bound, which may be Kentucky's fate. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

This is quite the run for Philadelphia teams: One night after Villanova upset Louisville, La Salle toppled No. 9 Butler. (CSN Phllly)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Now Manti Te'o says, well, yes, he lied about the phony dead girlfriend. But only after he found out she was phony. (CSN Chicago)

The NCAA found problems during its investigation of Miami. Trouble is, the problems were with its own investigators. (AP)

HOCKEY
The hits just keep on coming for the struggling Flyers: Scott Hartnell is out indefinitely because of a foot injury. (CSN Philly)

Also out indefintely: The Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul, who has a broken arm. (AP)

And out for the season: The Avs' Steve Downie, who torn his ACL -- the Associated Press didn't say in which knee -- against the Kings on Tuesday night. (AP)

The Leafs spoil the Penguins' home opener. (AP)

After being discarded by the Canadiens -- and vilified by the Montreal fan base -- Scott Gomez lands on his feet in San Jose. (AP)

The Oilers are building a new home in Edmonton, with some help from the city. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
What was it Sparky Lyle said about the 1978 Red Sox? "I don't feel sorry for them, but I pity them"? That's how I'm starting to feel about the Lakers. (AP)

The Heat hadn't played for nearly a week, and it showed for a while. But they were able to come back from a 15-point deficit and beat the Raptors in overtime. (AP)

The Spurs didn't let the absences of Tim Duncan (sore left knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (illness) prevent them from rolling to their 15th straight home win. (AP)

This may end better than we all feared: Royce White says he's close to returning to the Rockets. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
Just when you think the Jets have reached the limits of organizational weirdness, word comes that Woody Johnson is working to trade Darrelle Revis . . . at a time when Revis' value couldn't possibly be lower, and before the team's new GM has started work. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Tony Sparano is no doubt happy to be away from that circus. Trouble is, he may have landed in a bigger one. (AP)

Speaking of weirdness: Colin Kaepernick has applied to trademark the term "Kaepernicking". First of all, what in the world is "Kaepernicking"; second of all, doesn't he have more important things to focus on these days? (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers win the first battle of the Super Bowl: They'll arrive in New Orleans before the Ravens. (AP)

Frank Gore could have saved 500 by pulling up his socks and kicking somebody. (AP)

Tim Brown now says he didn't say what everybody heard him say about Bill Callahan sabotaging Super Bowl XXXVII. (Pro Football Talk)

Brandon Weeden's reign as the Browns' starting quarterback may not last very long now that Cleveland has a new coach and new offensive coordinator. (AP)

Sensing -- correctly -- that their free trips to Hawaii are in jeopardy, the players vow to take the Pro Bowl seriously this time. (AP)

TENNIS
So, at the Australian Open, we have Roger Federer in the men's semis . . . (AP)

. . . defending champ Novak Djokovic in the men's finals . . . (AP via nbcsports.com)

. . .and defending champ Victoria Azarenka and Li Na in the women's final. (AP)

Sloane Stephens may be eliminated, but her victory over Serena Williams gave tennis its first "buzz" moment of the year. (tennis.com via nbcsports.com)

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.