Wakeup call: Super Bowl predictions; what about Bob?


Wakeup call: Super Bowl predictions; what about Bob?

A little late because of technical woes, but here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, July 26:

Wait a minute. Coco Crisp, with a chance at a three-homer game? (CSN Bay Area video) Isn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?

Ryan Dempster's the center of attention in the baseball world these days, and it looks like he's starting to crack under the pressure. (CSN Chicago)

Cole Hamels has 144 million reasons to be happy today. (CSN Philly)

Hanley Ramirez had a nice Dodger debut (AP), even though they lost.

First to 14 wins: David Price (AP)

A scary story: Cal Ripken's mom is safe after being abducted outsider her home. (AP) The whole thing shook up Buck Showalter, among others. (CSN Baltimore)

The Dwightmare continues. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) Click the link if you're interested . . . though I can't imagine why you would be.

The deal is done between the Hornets, Suns and Timberwolves. (AP)

Now we know why Penn State accepted its NCAA penalties so placidly. The alternative was four years with no football. (AP)

Rick Nash is "excited" to be in New York. (AP) Not as excited as the Rangers are to have him, I'm sure.

It's July, and everyone's a Super Bowl contender. Right, Ryan Kalil? (AP)

Right, Brian Urlacher? (CSN Chicago)

Nice to see someone else was irked by the Giants' championship last year. (CSN Philly)

Randy Moss arrives at 49ers camp a day early. (CSN Bay Area) Why does it bring to mind the old phrase of learning to say hello when it's time to say goodbye?

Beware, AFC: John Fox thinks he's seen "tremendous improvement" in Peyton Manning during Manning's three months as a Bronco. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Training camp's here, so let the holdouts begin. First up: Maurice Jones-Drew. (Pro Football Talk) Next: Mike Wallace. (AP)

Bob Griffin doesn't take the bait from Osi Umenyiora. (CSN Washington)

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com. Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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