Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious

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Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 15:

BASEBALL
Jeffrey Loria -- the Marlins' owner, a.k.a., the most reviled man in American sport at the moment -- tells reporters if "you haven't figured out why Miami gutted its team yet, I'm not going to figure it out for you." Let's see, Jeff: You took taxpayers' money to build a stadium; told everyone you were going to put a contender in that stadium; then dumped all the big-name players you signed so that you dropped your payroll to 34 million, all the while raking in the dough from your public palace. What's to figure? (AP)
Ricky Nalasco's laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing probably stems from the belief that he's next. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Your 2012 Cy Young Award winners: David Price . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)

. . . and R.A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to ever win a Cy Young. (Hardball Talk)

The MVP Awards will be announced tonight, and Nate Silver -- whose skills in analyzing the political winds made him the most accurate predictor of the last three elections -- goes back to his sabermetric roots and explains why Mike Trout should be the A.L. choice. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
I can't imagine Deval Patrick publicly criticizing Bill Belichick's play-calling, but then again this is New England and not Alabama. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Tommy Tubervillle's getting a public reprimand from the Big 12 for his well-publicized confrontation with a graduate assistant on the sideline last weekend. (AP)

You're forgiven if you tuned in last night and thought Ball State and Ohio were playing basketball instead of football. (AP)

GOLF
No one -- not even Tiger Woods --met the PGA's strict guidelines for winning this year's Comback Player of the Year award. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bill Daly -- you know, Bettman's caporegime -- says the NHL is "done making proposals". How come, Bill? What's so tough about coming up with things you know the players will never accept? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Guess he wasn't kidding, though, because the two sides didn't communicate at all on Wednesday. (AP)

Count Mike Knuble as one of those who believes BettmanDalyJeremy Jacobs et al have a date in mind when they're finally going to get serious about the whole thing, and says the players are perfectly willing to wait until then. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
Perk vs. Zack Randolph was the heavyweight undercard to the Grizzlies-vs.-Thunder main event. (AP)

At last, the Pistons are off the schneid. (AP)
Steve Nash never thought he'd get the chance to play for Mike D'Antoni again, and he's thrilled to be wrong. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Tim Tebow says he felt "some frustration and I guess some sadness" at a Jets teammate -- unnamed, of course -- calling him "terrible". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

As for Rex Ryan, he's neither frustrated nor sad. He's furious, and thinks that hiding behind anonymous quotes is "about as cowardly of a thing as there is." (AP)

It's looking like DeMarco Murray is good to go in Dallas. (AP)

Not Michael Vick in Philadelphia, though. (AP)

As for Jay Cutler in Chicago and Alex Smith in San Francisco . . . who knows? (AP)

No questions about Green Bay's Clay Matthews: He's out for Sunday's game in Detroit. (AP)

Remember when Tim Dobbins said he shouldn't be fined for the hit that caused Cutler's concussion because, he felt, the Bears' QB ran into him? The NFL disagreed, to the tune of 30,000. (AP)

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night. 
 
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely. 
 
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
 
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
 
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown. 
 
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game. 

 

STARS
 
James Harden

The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers. 
 
Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half. 
 

STUDS
 
Jaylen Brown

He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.

Trevor Ariza

He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

DUDS
 
Jonas Jerebko

He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts. 

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.