Wakeup Call: Clock's ticking on your powder toss, LeBron


Wakeup Call: Clock's ticking on your powder toss, LeBron

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 18.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could be racing again Oct. 28 at Martinsville. (AP)
When it rains, it pours for the Yankees. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

It's surgery, and a four- to five-month recovery period, for Derek Jeter. (AP)

Hunter Pence blames himself for the Giants' Game 3 loss to the Cardinals. (CSN Bay Area)

The Cards, however, may have suffered a bigger loss when Carlos Beltran went down. (AP)

Jack Morris hopes the Nationals are watching how other teams -- teams still alive in the postseason (ahem) -- use their ace pitchers. And then plan Stephen Strasburg's future accordingly. (CSN Washington)

You mean Livan Hernandez is still playing? Apparently so. Not only that, he's available. (AP)
Yeah, it's not even Halloween yet, but it's time to pick a winner! In the Big East, that'll be Louisville. (AP)

In the ACC, North Carolina State. (AP)

And in the Big 12, it's (yawn) Kansas. (AP)

Others may abandon the Big East, but not Madison Square Garden. (AP)
Looks like No. 9 South Carolina will have to go to No. 3 Florida this weekend without Marcus Lattimore. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And maybe Kelcy Quarles, too. (AP)

But Notre Dame might have Everett Golson when it hosts BYU. (AP)

Hey, it was just a little bar fight. No need for Texas Tech to sit its starting center. (AP)

Shades of Bobby Knight! (AP)

Devon Walker, the Tulane safety who suffered a spinal fracture on Sept. 8, issues a statement thanking everyone for this support he's received. (AP)
The turtles on the PGA Tour are forcing the fast players to deliberately slow their pace. . . to the game's detriment. (AP)

Forgotten about that Ryder Cup loss, have you? Not Davis Love III. (golfchannel.com)

Jim Furyk improved his game in 2012 in every aspect but one: He didn't win anything. (AP)
Now that they've had a day to digest it, the players' enthusiasm for the owners' latest offer has dimmed a little. (CSN Chicago)

Or a lot. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Claude Giroux' complaints that Sidney Crosby was intentionally hacking his wrists during faceoffs last spring reminded Crosby of that old saying: "Hello, kettle? This is pot. You're black." (CSN Philly)
A broken hand will keep Kevin Love out of the Timberwolves' lineup for six to eight weeks. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki's ailing knee doesn't hurt Mark Cuban at all. (AP)

Turns out Steve Nash was ready to go play at home -- in Toronto -- before the Lakers came calling. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA has put its preening players on the clock. At least during pregame. (AP)
Scott Pioli admits he's "made mistakes" in Kansas City. Don't think he'd get much pushback on that from Chiefs Nation. (AP)

Ray Lewis might -- just might -- be back, after all. (AP)

Ed Reed says he's hurt. Ed Reed says it's affecting his play. Funny, then, that his name has never popped up on the Ravens' injury report, wouldn't you say? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The NFL to the Bountygate judge: Stay out of this. (AP)

Jonathan Vilma, meanwhile, hopes to return on Sunday. (AP)

The Titans are circling Oct. 28 as the date Jake Locker comes back. (AP)

Sometimes, RGIII amazes even himself. (CSN Washington)

Let's hope Paul Ryan is more familiar with economic issues and world affairs than he is with Browns quarterbacks. (Pro Football Talk)

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.