Wakeup Call: This is why celebrities sit in luxury boxes


Wakeup Call: This is why celebrities sit in luxury boxes

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, December 5.

Now this is friendship: Robin Yount shot Dale Sveum -- with pellets, in the right ear and back -- on a recent quail hunt in Arizona, and the Cubs manager laughed it off. (AP)

It didn't take long for the Cliff Lee-for-Justin Upton trade rumor to get blown up. By both sides. (CSN Philly)

That's quite the rotation in D.C. now that Dan Haren is aboard. (CSN Washington)

The marriage of A.J. Pierzynski and the White Sox might be saved, after all. (CSN Chicago)

And why not? Marco Scutaro and the Giants saved theirs. (CSN Bay Area)

The Orioles are looking to find someone to play first base, and Michael Morse might fit the bill. (CSN Washington)

Or maybe it'll be Mark Reynolds, just like last year. (CSN Baltimore)

There'll be no Yunel EscobarJohn Farrell reunion -- which was the rumor for a while Tuesday -- as the ex-Blue Jays shortstop is headed to Tampa Bay. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

John Thompson III may not be very happy with Georgetown's offense, but when you allow only 41 points, well, you don't need much offense. (AP)

Bret Bielema is taking his talents to Arkansas. (AP)

And they're none-too-happy about it in Wisconsin . . . to the point that they may not let Bielema coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Elsewhere on the coaching carousel, it's Gus Malzahn taking over at Auburn. (AP)

And Darrell Hazell heading to Purdue, reportedly. (AP)

Meanwhile at Cincinnati, Butch Jones is said to be "weighing his options", though one of those options -- Purdue -- apparently has disappeared. (AP)

No surprises here: Rory McIlroy is voted PGA Tour Player of the Year. (AP)

So can Tiger Woods challenge him for that title in 2013? After a year of progress, the jury is still out. (AP)

Nice job earning your Tour card, Si Woo Kim. Too bad you're not old enough to use it. (AP)

"Cautious optimism" is the catchword of the day in the NHL labor talks. (CSN Philly)

In fact, NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr thinks Tuesday's marathon negotiating session might have been "the best day we've had," though he was quick to add that's not saying much. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Wizards went all Rodney Harrison -- "NOBODY thought we could do it!" -- before the game, and whaddya know? It worked! (CSN Washington)

It happens, shrug the Heat. (AP)

The Rockets' Hack-a-Dwight strategy worked to perfection as they rallied from 13 points down with 10 minutes left to beat the Lakers. (CSN Houston)

And afterwards, both Howard and Mike D'Antoni were a little defensive. (AP)

That's six straight, and counting, for the Thunder. (AP)

The New Orleans Pelicans makes a lot more sense when you realize that was the name of the city's minor-league baseball team . . . though you have to be at least 60 to have ever seen the baseball Pelicans play. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

See, this is why celebrities sit in luxury boxes. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Jon Gruden-back-to-the-Raiders would be a nice story if it made any sense . . . which it doesn't. (CSN Bay Area)

Thanks for everything, Charlie, but Ben Roethlisberger might be back this Sunday. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Just as Ben returns, Ike Taylor goes down. (AP)

Chuck Pagano's chemotherapy is over and he may return to the Colts in Week 17. (Pro Football Talk)

The Redskins' other Griffin -- cornerback Cedric -- is hit with a four-game PED suspension. (AP)

That Braylon Edwards thing didn't work out too well, did it, Seahawks? (AP)

Losing Brian Urlacher is not what the Bears need as they head down the stretch, but . . . (AP)

More details are emerging about the Jovan Belcher murdersuicide. Among them: While at the University of Maine, Belcher had several incidents involving domestic violence; he and Kassandra Perkins, whom he shot and killed, had a "strained" relationship and were separated for a time before reconciling around Thanksgiving; and Belcher may have been involved with another woman, whom he told police he was attempting to contact early Saturday morning. (AP)

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."

Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

In Episode 22 of "The Great American Hockey Show" podcast hosted by Joe Haggerty and Jimmy Murphy, we try to figure out if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for the Bruins with their goalie situation in a very bad place.

Former Bruin Aaron Ward joins Haggerty to talk about his appreciation for Claude Julien as a coach, entertains us with a great story on captain (and defensive partner) Zdeno Chara, and makes a bold statement on how good Brad Marchand has developed into as a player.

Plus, Ward has some insight to the injury goalie Tuukka Rask is dealing with, which he believes is a hamstring AND groin problem.

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.

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