Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco


Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)