Wakeup call: Two-and-done for LeBron?; Moss impresses 49ers

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Wakeup call: Two-and-done for LeBron?; Moss impresses 49ers

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, August 13:

BASEBALL
CC Sabathia vows he's pitching on Aug. 24 -- the day he's eligible to come off the disabled list -- "for sure", even though his elbow hurts and right now he doesn't know when he'll be allowed to throw again. (AP)

Yes, that's former Patriot Jarrad Page playing with the San Jose Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
When, oh when, will they learn not to lie on their resumes? (AP)

GOLF
Another major disaster for Tiger. (AP)

But at least he kept his spot on the Ryder Cup team . . . as did everyone else. (AP)

HOCKEY
What's this? Optimism in the labor negotiations? Really? (AP)

OLYMPICS
It might two-and-done for LeBron James. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Best Olympics ever? Alan Abrahamson thinks so. (nbcolympics.com)

PRO FOOTBALL
Mike Florio wonders if Chad Johnson decided ("consciously or otherwise") to self-immolate his career rather than have it end "in the indignity of the Labor Day weekend roster purge". Good question, especially since -- as Mike points out -- his performance in the Dolphins' exhibition opener wasn't "much different than how he played with the Patriots last year . . . dropping the only pass thrown his way." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

On the other hand, it's all good -- so far -- with Randy Moss. (Pro Football Talk)

Lee Evans, who, Bo Smolka points out "will always be remembered in Baltimore for the catch he didn't make," has been released by the Jaguars. (CSN Baltimore) We'll remember that, too, Bo.

Welcome back, Adrian Peterson. (AP)

Quick. Get your patent in for those "Peyton Who?" shirts in Indianapolis. (AP)

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”

Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

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Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Quick, if you could have one artist perform at Fenway Park, who would it be?

Florida Georgia Line or Carrie Underwood?

Kanye West?

Maybe a little throwback with Eminem?

Let’s stick to artists who go by one name actually. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy seems to think that’s a good idea.

“We’ve been approaching Drake, this year, we would love to have Drake come,” Kennedy said at Red Sox Winter Weekend. “We understand he’s not doing a big summer tour, but that’s an example of someone we’ve proactively gone out after.

“We’d love to have him come to Fenway Park, given his popularity.

Fenway will already play host to New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boysz II Men, James Taylor and Billy Joel, with the possibility of adding more.

“I’m not a huge music person,” Kennedy said. “We’ve tried to bring in as many different types of acts as we can to appeal to different demographics. The reality is with the baseball schedule, with the way it lays out, we’re sort of at the mercy of the touring and who’s out.

“We love having these events in Boston. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for Fenway . . . The city has been a very supportive partner in bringing events into town.”

From what Kennedy and his staff have gathered, it appears Drake is looking to do one-off shows instead of a tour. That’s just enough for the ever-persistent Red Sox President to keep working on bringing in the superstar.

“We’re not gonna give up,” Kennedy said.