Wakeup Call: Unhappy New Year for the Clippers

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Wakeup Call: Unhappy New Year for the Clippers

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, January 2:

AUTO RACING
R.I.P., Salt Walther. (AP)

BASEBALL
Winning the Cy Young Award was worth 10 million to David Price. (AP)

Miguel Tejada? Back in the majors? Really? (AP)

From the "Probably Never Going To Happen, But It Was Reported So We'll Pass It Along" file . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Tough times in Storrs. As the Big East collapses around them, UConn loses to Marquette. (AP)

If you're Iowa State, you really can't be happy that you had to rally to beat Yale. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
For the record, here are your winners in the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Capital One Bowl and the Heart of Dallas (huh??) Bowl. (AP)

Northern Illinois shouldn't be too downcast over its 31-14 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. NIU took big strides in 2012, and the best may be yet to come. (CSN Chicago)

The state of Pennsylvania is bringing the NCAA to court over the stiff sanctions it slapped on Penn State over the Sandusky scandal. (AP)

GOLF
Is it already time for the golf season to start? (AP)

HOCKEY
Now they're trading "comprehensive" counterproposals. Better than nothing, which is what they've been doing for the last three weeks. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Come back quick, boys. Jordan Eberle's wasting his talents in the AHL. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Apropos of nothing (probably), many of the boys are coming back. (CSN Washington)

Alex Ovechkin and tennis' Maria Kirilenko are engaged. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
The Clippers, who didn't lose a game in the last five weeks of 2012, were probably sorry to see the old year depart. Because they sure didn't start the new year off very well. (AP)

For those of you scoring at home, this makes the Knicks 31-41 in games when Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are on the court together. Even though 'Melo scored 45 last night. (AP)

The Sixers beat the Lakers in L.A., which must have been sweet revenge for Andrew Bynum. Oh, wait . . . (CSN Philly)

Back in the 1960s, the AFL put the Houston Oilers in the Eastern Division. The present-day Rockets wish the NBA had that same skewed sense of geography. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
Well, that didn't take long. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Eagles, meanwhile, say they're going to take their time to find Andy Reid's replacement. (AP)

And one of the places they're looking is State College. (CSN Philly)

How "stupid" was the Bears' firing of Lovie Smith? Very, says Mike Ditka. (Pro Football Talk)

Yeah, well, if he'd made the playoffs once in a while, he'd probably still be on the job. (AP)

Jon Gruden was able to push a talented team over the top in Tampa Bay years ago. So, asks Jim Miller, why not Chicago? (CSN Chicago)

The Bills' search for a new coach is taking them to Arizona, a fertile ground for present and former Cardinals staff members. (AP)

No, no. Nick Saban says he's not leaving Alabama. Just like he wasn't leaving the Dolphins. Just like . . . (Pro Football Talk)

The Packers will have Charles Woodson back in the lineup when they host the Vikings Saturday night. (AP)

Forget the last four games. And the mixed metaphor. The Texans say they're "flipping the mentality" to get back to how they were playing when they were 11-1. (CSN Houston)

Here's five things they're going to need to change if they want that mentality to flip. (CSN Houston)

Chuck Pagano spent four years with the Ravens as secondary coach and defensive coordinator, and Bruce Arians was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers, who played Baltimore twice a year, from 2007-11. So do the Colts have an advantage in preparation for this weekend's game? Absolutely . . . and even Pagano admits it. (CSN Baltimore)

Um, 49ers? You think this guy's an upgrade? Can I show you a tape of last year's AFC Championship Game? (CSN Bay Area)

TENNIS
Maria Sharapova doesn't want to miss the Australian Open, so she and her injured collarbone withdraw from the Brisbane International. (AP)

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

BOSTON - On Thursday, rosters will expand for major league teams, enabling them to add as many as 15 more players -- if they so choose.

The Sox, of course, won't be adding nearly that many. In fact, they'll probably only promote three or so players by Sept. 1, with additional players added after minor league seasons end on Labor Day.

The Sox call-ups will come in two waves. A look at who might be called up and when.

FOR FRIDAY: (the Red Sox are off Thursday)

* catcher Ryan Hanigan

* reliever Joe Kelly

* outfielder Bryce Brentz.

Hanigan is finishing up a rehab assignment and will provide the Sox with a third catcher, enabling John Farrell to either pinch-hit or pinch-run for one of his two catchers (Bryan Holaday and Sandy Leon) without worrying that he's putting himself in a potential bind.

Kelly would give the Red Sox another swing-and-miss bullpen option, though he's yet to establish himself as big league reliever.

Meanwhile Brentz would give the Sox another outfield option with the injury to Andrew Benintendi and further free up Brock Holt for infield duties.

FOR TUESDAY: (Day after International League season ends):

* reliever Heath Hembree

* infielder Deven Marrero

* reliever Noe Ramirez

Hembree has been effective in spurts and could offer some match-up options against righthanded hitters.

Marrero was a September call-up last year and could be a late-inning defensive replacement for Travis Shaw at third, or spell Xander Bogaerts at short if the Sox want to rest Bogaerts in one-sided games.

In the bullpen, Ramirez would serve as a long man in games in which a starter is knocked out early.

 

Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz

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Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz

STERLING, Mass. -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."

The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."

The maze opens to the public on Saturday.

Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.