Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco

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Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 20:

BASEBALL
So the Blue Jays conduct a six-week managerial search and, at its conclusion, decide to resurrect John Gibbons? Really? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Ichiro joins a growing list of Japanese players who are saying thanks but no thanks to next year's World Baseball Classic. (AP)

The Padres like Bud Black! They really like him! (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The ACC has spent the better part of a decade gobbling up schools from other conferences, but yesterday it lost one of its charter members: Maryland, which is bolting for the Big Ten. (CSN Baltimore)

Here are five things the Terrapins will miss when they leave. (CSN Baltimore)

Georgetown spoils Shabazz Muhammad's UCLA debut. (AP)

Thirty years later, Chaminade pulls off another upset . . . this one against Texas. (AP)

There's only one tournament Connecticut's Huskies could have won this year: The Paradise Jam. But they didn't. (AP)

Stanford snapped Baylor's 42-game winning streak and was rewarded with the top spot in the AP women's basketball poll. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is happy the BCS championship will be decided where it should be: On the field. Unless the Irish lose to Southern Cal, that is, at which point . . . well, let's not go there. (CSN Chicago)

Miami, attempting to stay one step ahead of the sheriff, bans itself from postseason play for a second straight year. (AP)

The NFL's Cowboys already play every Thanksgiving at home, and the University of Texas wants to make it a Lone Star State tradition. (NBC's College Football Talk)

High praise indeed for West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin from Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. (College Football Talk)

HOCKEY
The fact that Bill Daly says he was "frustrated" by yesterday's two-hour negotiating session indicates it's situation normal at the NHL labor "talks". (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The owners are insisting on a new offer from the players, and Donald Fehr says, well, we'll think about it. (Pro Hockey Talk)

When this whole thing is over, Kris Versteeg thinks the reigns of Bettman and Daly should be over, as well. (Pro Hockey Talk)

If the NHL ever returns, Jaroslav Spacek won't. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Looks like the NBA is blaming Zack Randolph for the Randolph-Kendrick Perkins confrontation last week. (AP)

The winless Wizards are halfway to a dubious record. (CSN Washington)

The Grizzlies' winning streak is over . . . (AP)

. . . but not the Clippers'. (AP)

The Cavaliers will be without Kryrie Irving for a month. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The 49ers make a statement against fellow division leader Chicago. (AP)

And now we have a full-blown quarterback controversy in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

A controversy that Jim Harbaugh did nothing to quell after the game. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Talk about a wakeup call, eh, Bears? (CSN Chicago)

Looks like the Steelers have lost another quarterback. (AP)

Which may wind up being Brian Hoyer's ticket back into the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

Ed Reed certainly doesn't have a reputation as a dirty player, but reputations mean nothing to the NFL: The Ravens star was suspended for a game after being penalized Sunday night for his third hit to the head-and-neck area since 2010. (CSN Baltimore)

Titus Young's sitting out the next game, too, but this penalty is being imposed by his team and it's basically for being a jackass. (AP)

Old friend Brandon Meriweather is out for the year. (CSN Washington)

And old foe Willis McGahee is out for six to eight weeks. (AP)

As you might expect, the Eagles' 3-7 season isn't going down too well in the City of Brotherly Love. (CSN Philly)

Still, Andy Reid won't walk away. Doesn't mean he won't be departing; just means he won't quit. (CSN Philly)

Oh, that conversation between Jerry Jones and Mike Holmgren on Sunday? Just two old friends chatting, insists Jones. (Pro Football Talk)

Remember when the Giants and Dolphins each contributed 500,000 to the Superstorm Sandy relief effort? Drew Brees is going them one better with a 1 million donation. (AP)

SOCCER
The MLS Cup title game on Dec. 1 between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo will be David Beckham's swan song. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL

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Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL

As good as things have gone for the Red Sox so far in 2016, their 2017 prospects took a bit of a blow over the weekend.

Sam Travis -- one of the organization's top prospects, and someone who opened a lot of eyes with an impressive spring-training showing this year -- suffered a torn ACL on Sunday while playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox and will be lost for the rest of the season. He was hurt while playing first base, collapsing as he chased down an opposition baserunner during a rundown play. He had to be helped off the field, and the extent of the injury was announced on Monday.

With David Ortiz retiring at the end of this season and Hanley Ramirez expected to replace him as the full-time designated hitter, the door was open for Travis to become the Red Sox' first baseman next year. Playing at Triple-A for the first time, the 22-year-old Travis -- honored by the Red Sox as their Minor League Offensive Player of the the Year in 2015 -- was hitting .272/.332/.434 with 10 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games.

Now, however, it's almost a complete certainty Travis won't be able to start next season in Boston. And depending on what the Red Sox do in the offseason to replace Ortiz, such as a signing a free agent to a multiyear contract, Travis' path upward in the Sox organization may become less wide open . . . if not blocked.

Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

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Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

OAKLAND, Calif. - As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals, while Durant's future in Oklahoma City is much less certain.

Two nights after blowing an opportunity to close out the defending champion Warriors at home, the Thunder got sent home for the summer when they lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals 96-88 on Monday night.

Instead of becoming known as the team that knocked off the Warriors after their record-setting 73-win regular season, the Thunder will be remembered for a playoff collapse. They became just the 10th NBA team to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead and now head into an uncertain offseason with Durant eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

If he does leave the only franchise he has played for in his nine-year career, he will do it having failed to deliver the championship to Oklahoma City. The closest the Thunder have gotten in Durant's tenure was when they lost the NBA Finals in five games to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.

They then lost in the second round the next season, in the conference finals in 2014 to San Antonio before missing the playoffs entirely because of an injury to Durant last year.

But under first-year coach Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City earned the third seed in the top-heavy Western Conference this season and then upset 67-win San Antonio in the second round. The Thunder followed that by winning three of the first four games against the Warriors, with a pair of lopsided wins at home.

But after losing Game 5 on the road, the Thunder blew an opportunity to eliminate the Warriors at home on Saturday night. Oklahoma City led by seven points with less than five minutes remaining but made only one basket and committed six turnovers down the stretch of a 108-101 loss that could haunt the franchise for years.

The Thunder responded on the road in Game 7 by taking a 13-point lead in the second quarter. But once Curry and Klay Thompson started hitting Oklahoma City with a flurry of 3-pointers, the Thunder had no answer. The Splash Brothers combined for 13 3-pointers as Golden State outscored Oklahoma City by 30 points from behind the line.

Oklahoma City's stars were no match. Russell Westbrook missed 14 of 21 from the field and shot just 36.8 percent in the three potential clinchers. Durant finished with 27 points but took only 10 shots in the first three quarters.

Durant did score seven straight points to cut an 11-point deficit to four with 1:40 remaining. But Serge Ibaka then fouled Curry on a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down, allowing Golden State to build the lead back to seven.

Durant then missed two shots and could only stare blankly when Curry ended Oklahoma City's season with a 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left. Now the Thunder can only hope it doesn't end Durant's tenure in Oklahoma City as well.