Wakeup call: Breating easier in the Bronx

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Wakeup call: Breating easier in the Bronx

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 17.:

AUTO RACING
The Chase for the Cup is on, and Brad Keselowski has the early lead. (AP)

BASEBALL
The Yankees are breathing a little easier these days. (AP)

Win or lose, Joe Girardi's job is safe (NBC's Hardball Talk) . . . which, if they blow this thing, will please some Yankee fans not at all.

Be careful what you wish for because it may come true. The Phillies, who were salivating over the prospect of four games in Houston, sure found that out this weekend. (CSN Philly)

The Tigers were probably feeling the same way about their weekend in Cleveland. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Remember Nathan Thurm? No? Well, listen to Mike Aresco for a while and it might jog your memory. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No surprises at the top of the AP poll this week. (AP)

It sure sounded scary for Bo Pelini on Saturday, but he was back on the job Sunday. (AP)

HOCKEY
Buckle in. This isn't ending any time soon. (AP)

With that in mind, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar are returning to Mother Russia. (AP)

Gary Bettman and the NHL owners ain't real popular these days, not if Twitter is any indication. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) But at least the Florida Panthers' president is drowning his sorrows with some of that yummy frozen yogurt.

PRO BASKETBALL
Dwight Howard says he learned too late that, in the words of 'ol George Santayana, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
What's that old saying . . . humble in victory, gracious in defeat? Don't know if the 49ers' offensive linemen are the former, but they certainly aren't the latter. (CSN Bay Area)

A wild day in the Meadowlands ended with Eli Manning throwing for 510 yards, a Giant victory, and a postgame dustup between Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano over the actions of the Tampa Bay defense. (AP)

Hey, we were just doing what the coaches told us to do, shrugged the Bucs' Gerald McCoy. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

This week's blast at the replacement refs comes to you courtesy of Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis. (CSN Baltimore)

Good thing the Eagles and Ravens only play once every four years. Things might get a little nasty if they met more often. (CSN Philly)

After a blip in Buffalo, it's situation normal with the Jets' offense. (AP) Of course, the Steelers may have had a little to do with that.

And, yes, at about the same time Stephen Gostkowski was shanking his kick in Foxboro, Adam Vinatieri was drilling home the game-winner in Indianapolis. (AP)

How many times do we have to tell you: Watch what you put on Facebook! (AP)

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.