Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

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Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 10:

AUTO RACING
Drivers are going public with their anger about the current NASCAR rule package used at restrictor-plate tracks, which results in pack racing . . . and plenty of accidents. (AP)

BASEBALL
The A's amazing season remains alive, thanks to Brett Anderson. (AP)

Not for nothing, but that's eight runs in three games for the supposedly powerful Tigers. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hunter Pence speaks -- or yells -- and the Giants listen. (CSN Bay Area)

Winning a playoff game against the Yankees is nice, but repelling the horde of Yankee fans who traditionally commandeer Camden Yards when the Yanks are in town? Priceless. (CSN Baltimore)

A-Rod says he feels fine at the plate. The Yankees and their fans don't feel fine when he's up there. (AP)

The last time there was a postseason baseball game in the nation's capital, you might have spotted President Roosevelt in the stands. It'll be a different crowd today. (CSN Washington)

The Cardinals will have to go the rest of the way without Jaime Garcia. (AP)

Seven guys who played in at least 147 games. Five who played in at least 156. And now the lightbulb has gone on over Ron Washington's head that, hmm, that might have had something to do with the Rangers' late-season collapse. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The good times appear to be over at Harvard, but Tommy Amaker understands that life isn't all sunshine and blue skies. (AP)

You won't have to worry about Texas Southern busting your bracket next March. (AP)

There'll soon be another Billy Donovan at Florida. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester to enter rehab. (AP)

A freshman wide receiver at Auburn calls out the upperclassmen for lack of leadership, which just thrills the coach and said upperclassmen. (AP)

Iowa's Micah Hyde apologizes for getting arrested. (AP)

As does UConn's Lyle McCombs. (AP)

Derek Dooley isn't going to let a little thing like a fractured hip keep him from coaching Tennessee this week against Mississippi State. (AP)

GOLF
Hope you didn't fly all the way to Turkey for a Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods matchup. (AP)

Tiger may not be No. 1 anymore, but -- after 16 years of competing against two generations of golfers -- he's happy to still be in the conversation about who's best. (AP)

HOCKEY
Man, they sure don't sound like guys looking to make a deal. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

R.J. Umberger's come up with a plan to keep busy during the lockout. (AP)

Guess the market for 47-year-old retired goalies isn't as robust as Dominik Hasek thought. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Royce White has arrived at Rockets' camp after spending a week developing a long-term plan for dealing with his anxiety issues. (AP)

Derrick Rose says if he needs to take off the whole year to get healthy, then he'll take off the whole year. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Is the injury rush that derailed the Texans' season last year starting anew? That fear is unavoidable with the news that Brian Cushing is out until 2013 because a torn ACL. (AP)

From the Someone Probably Wrote This For Him file: Will Smith says he "remains frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

He passed his tests and, as a reward, RGIII will return to practice. (CSN Washington)

When he gets there, he won't find Billy Cundiff. (AP)

The Bills have given up 97 points in their last two games, leaving their GM "puzzled". (AP)

Mark Sanchez is still Rex Ryan's guy. (AP)

Jets to T.O.: Thanks, but no thanks. (Pro Football Talk)

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.