Wakeup Call: What's the rush? Take a couple of weeks off!

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Wakeup Call: What's the rush? Take a couple of weeks off!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 16:

AUTO RACING
He's got almost no chance of overtaking him on the track for the Sprint Cup championship, so Jimmie Johnson's trying mind games with Brad Keselowski. (AP)

BASEBALL
It's the Ghost of Bowie Kuhn! Bud Selig says he's taking the Marlins-Blue Jays megatrade -- which still isn't official, by the way -- "under review". (AP)

Not only has Jeffrey Loria got the fans of Miami and the national media mad, it appears even his fellow owners aren't too fond of him these days. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Matt Garza gets a clean bill of health. (CSN Chicago)

As does Brandon McCarthy. (AP)

Long-ago All-Star Dioner Navarro -- a key member of the Rays when they dethroned the Red Sox in '08, if you recall -- catches on with the Cubs. (CSN Chicago)

Scott Boras gives the Dodgers a glimpse into what contract talks for Ryu Hyun-Jin will be like when he describes the South Korean left-hander as "one of the Goliaths, if not the leading Goliath, in baseball." (AP)

Just Manny being Manny. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Representatives of Shabazz Muhammad are ready to charge that the NCAA conducted an unfair investigation of the UCLA freshman, saying that -- based on the boyfriend of one of the group's lawyers bragging loudly on a flight in August -- the NCAA had already decided to declare Muhammad ineligible before it had ever heard the case. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The rich get richer -- recruiting wise, that is -- at Kentucky, (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson, who disappeared from campus Monday, has been found safe in Dallas, though coach Kevin Sumlin says he's concerned for Johnson's health and well-being. (AP)

North Carolina ends Virginia's postseason hopes by pulling away to a 37-13 victory. (AP)

GOLF
She can't really be washed up at 23, can she? But how else to describe Michelle Wie's baffling career descent? (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
They've already bagged the first two months of the season, and now the NHL wants to take a couple of weeks off from negotiations with the union. You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction . . . (AP)

Bill Daly wails that "union leadership . . . has no genuine interest in reaching an agreement." Right, Bill, because their job is to keep the players unemployed with no income. God, your spin is as ham-handed as your negotiating tactics. (CSN Philly)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Magistrate Judge who mediated talks between the NFL and NFLPA last summer -- a Minnesota Wild season-ticket holder, by the way -- is willing to wade into the NHL labor wars for free. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Brad Richards and a group of his Rangers teammates are going to hold a charity skate on Staten Island for the victims of Hurricane -- pardon me, Superstorm -- Sandy. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Break up the Knicks! (AP)

Cross another item off the Heat's to-do list: Winning a game in Denver. (AP)

Mike D'Antoni showed up in L.A. on crutches, but still ready to go. (AP)

Scottie Pippen plans to trod the boards in 'A Christmas Carol'. Get your tickets now. (AP)

Ex-University of Tennessee and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody in Atanta after first using a bat to break the windows of, and then firing a gun into, a car owned by Jennifer Lacy of the Tulsa Shock. Lacy says she and Holdsclaw -- who has talked openly about her fight with clinical depression, which led her to make a suicide attempt in 2006 -- had been romantically involved. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Bills bounced back nicely from Sunday's frustrating loss in Foxboro with a 19-14 win over Miami. (AP)

The Dolphins' offense is, well, offensive. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bart Scott scoffs at LaDainian Tomlimson's speculation that he's the one who gave the anonymous quotes about Tim Tebow being "terrible", saying "I ain't ever hid behind junk that I've ever said." (Pro Football Talk)

John Elway has no reason to regret trading Tebow, and it's clear he doesn't. (Pro Football Talk)

In a strange way, all of this has served as support for Mark Sanchez . . . who otherwise would be sitting on the quite the hot seat. (AP)

Woody Johnson's not a happy camper these days; not only is his team 3-6, but he was one of Mitt Romney's biggest boosters and, well, we all know how that turned out. But somebody usually pays the price for a billionaire's unhappiness, and there are hints that those somebodies are going to be Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum. (AP)

Want to know why All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis thinks his coach, John Harbaugh, is "as tough as a two-dollar steak"? Harbaugh underwent what was described as a "minor procedure . . . for an irregular heartbeat" on Thursday, but expects to be back with the 49ers on Friday and to coach the team this weekend. (CSN Bay Area)

Talk all you want about doing more to protect players, but as long as they're going to lie about having concussions so they can stay in the game -- as Brian Urlacher freely admits he would doprobably has done -- then expect the problems to continue. (CSN Chicago)

Wade Phillips looks at the 30,000 the NFL took from Tim Dobbins and says he's baffled by how the league determines fines. (CSN Houston)

The Ravens' injury depleted secondary takes another hit as Jimmy Smith undergoes surgery for a groin problem. (CSN Baltimore)

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”