Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?


Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 17:

Forget about Michael Morse coming to the Red Sox; he's been traded to Seattle. (AP)

And forget about Aaron Cook returning to the Red Sox; he's signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP)

Now we know why the Giants didn't bring back Brian Wilson. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Just because you're building for the future doesn't mean you can't win now. Right, Theo? (CSN Chicago)

Because if you're the manager and general manager of a team that wins while building for the future, you might get a nice long contract extension . . . like Buck and The Duke. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of nice long contracts, how about five years and 55 milliion for Matt Harrison? (AP)

Derek Jeter, recuperating from the broken ankle he suffered in the ALDS, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (AP)

A-Rod came through surgery fine. (AP)

Happy 20th season, Darren Oliver. (AP)

C'mon, Maryland. Storming the court because you beat a 14th-ranked team? Really? (CSN Baltimore)

The outmanned Kansas State women decided to try a unique strategy against No. 1 Baylor: Hoist up the 3s -- 44 of them, to be exact -- and see what happens. Didn't work, but at least their 90-69 loss was interesting. (AP)

How could questions not remain about the bizarre Manti Te'o tale? (NBC's College Football Talk)

USC turns into Spin City after reports surface of an "altercation" in the locker room following the Trojans' loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. (College Football Talk)

Let Katharine Webb's 15 minutes of fame begin: She's been chosen to cover the Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'. Here's hoping she sends a thank-you note to Brent Musburger . . . (NBC's Off The Bench)

The rats continue their leap off the sinking ship. (AP)

No surprise, then, that the sinking ship didn't turn up in the top four on the list of conferences generating the most revenue. (AP)

A scooter?? (AP)

Nice try, Lance, but nobody's buying when you're selling. (CSN Bay Area)

Jason Dufner watched how the Europeans picked their Ryder Cup captain and wondered: Why don't we do it like that? (AP)

What's all the fuss? Ilya Kovalchuk says he was contractually obligated to leave Russia and rejoin the Devils when the lockout ended. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Evgeni Malkin's back, too, and he's happy to be here. (AP)

Contract length was the hill the owners said they'd die on, and then the Devils marched right up that hill yesterday in handing Travis Zajac an eight-year deal. (AP)

Jarome Iginla returns to the ice after missing time because of a groin injury and promises he'll be ready for the Flames' opener on Saturday. (AP)

Not many hockey players would choose Phoenix over Toronto -- in terms of history and fan passion, if not climate -- but Mathew Lombardi is thrilled to be heading back to the Coyotes after a miserable season with the Maple Leafs. (AP)

'Melo goes all "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" with James Dolan. (AP)

If Kevin Durant wins the scoring title, he'll be the only 180 shooter in league history to do so. You'll have to click the link if you want to know more, because my head's kind of spinning trying to figure out a way to explain it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Now here are some scoring statistics that a basketball Luddite like me understands. (AP)

Let's talk winning streaks: It's 13 straight at home for the Spurs . . . (AP)

. . . but the Nets' overall streak ends at seven, and the Nuggets' is snapped at six. (AP)

The Heat are in L.A. tonight, and Pau Gasol says he's playing. (AP)

It's back to the sidelines for the always injured Stephen Curry. (AP)

Well, well. Does Marc Trestman's hiring by the Bears open a new door for Tim Tebow? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like it closed one for Rod Marinelli. (Pro Football Talk)

Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia talking about Santa Claus . . . and when it comes to Santa and Philly, you know what that means. (CSN Philly)

Coaches are famous for using any motivational tool they can think of, but Jim Harbaugh -- "Everything doesn't need a purpose" -- says he distributed the 49ers' high school photos and pre-college football rankings just for the fun of it. (CSN Bay Area)

Mike Smith says he expects the injured John Abraham to play Sunday. Of course, he also listed Abraham as having "limited participation" in the Falcons' practice session Wednesday when, in fact, Abraham didn't practice at all. (AP)

Seeing him get fired with a month to go in the season, and then watching the team that fired him advance to the conference finals (at least), apparently soured the Jets on Cam Cameron. (Pro Football Talk)

They're not sugar-coating anything in Pittsburgh, that's for sure. (AP)

Eli Manning's consolation for the Giants' late-season collapse: A trip to Hawaii. (AP)

You can build that massive new stadium if you want, Las Vegas, but the NFL's still not going to hold any events there. (Pro Football Talk)

Caroline Wozniacki -- you know, Rory McIlroy's girlfriend -- won her match in 106-degree heat at the Australian Open. (AP)

Venus Williams wins, but what a reward: A third-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. (AP)

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.