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)

McAdam: Amid the champagne flowing, a focus on Farrell’s fight

McAdam: Amid the champagne flowing, a focus on Farrell’s fight

NEW YORK - Scenes from a celebrating clubhouse, late Wednesday night:

*As champagne flowed and was sprayed to every virtually corner of the visitor's clubhouse, plots were being hatched.

Some mischevious players gathered to plot out their plan of attack and select a new victim.

Once all teammates had been targeted, the focus shifted to others -- preferably the nicer dressed visitors.

Principal owner John Henry, dressed in a suit, was spared - both out of decorum, and, one senses, self-preservation. In past years, someone like Kevin Millar might have entertained such a notion, but this group lacks that same sort of bold figure.

Then, finally, the group spied manager John Farrell being interviewed across the way. The group -- mostly pitchers -- assembled and then circled the manager before finally dumping bottle after bottle of champagne on Farrell's head.

But this display went beyond prank. There was a genuine affection for the manager as the surrounding players whooped and hollared and the the bubbly flowed.

"He's a fighter,'' remarked Mookie Betts. "He instilled that in us. You fight to win.''

Torey Lovullo, who managed the team in Farrell's absence last year and has been a close friend for years, was overcome with emotion.

"I told him I loved him,'' Lovullo said. "For what he's done, to come out on the other side health-wise....he's the leader of this team. It's very satisfying for all of us that have been behind him.''

Players messed his hair, patted him on the back, and Farrell, with a huge smile, stood and -- literally -- soaked it in.

For the past few days, Farrell had gone to great lengths to turn the focus away from his personal story -- one that saw him beat back cancer a year ago -- and turn it back to the players.

Hours before the clinching, Farrell had deflected a few questions about his own story, insisting he wasn't the centerpiece to what had taken place.

But for a few minutes Wednesday night, he was.

 

*While there were prominent veterans celebrating a division title — from 40-something David Ortiz and Koji Uehara to team greybeards such as Dustin Pedroia -- it was hard not to notice the number of young players under 26 who form the Red Sox’ foundation.

Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada are all young and still improving.

With Ortiz headed to retirement, Uehara eligible for free agency and uncertainty surrounding others, it's clear that the young core will form the nucleus of Red Sox teams for years to come.

The organization's hope is that that same group will help ensure against the up-and-down trajectory of recent seasons -- last, first, last, last and now first again.

"I think the way baseball's going these days,'' Henry told the Boston Herald, "if you don't have good young players, you're in trouble.''

"Looking ahead,'' added Pedroia, "we've got a lot of young players who are just going to get better.''