Wakeup call: It's what we dreamed of; Stuart Cink = Tim Thomas

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Wakeup call: It's what we dreamed of; Stuart Cink = Tim Thomas

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 3:

BASEBALL
I know it's stupid, but it made me laugh. (NBCs Hardball Talk) So, how long before we start seeing MANTLEZ 2 shirts? And what do you think John Sterling's home-run call would be? ("Minnie mashed it!")

Welcome back, Jayson Werth. (CSN Washington)

A very interesting four-game series between the two best teams in the A.L. West ended in a split, thanks to Josh Hamilton. (AP)

If Bruce Bochy's serious, then Pablo Sandoval should have been in right field. (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Tom Penders gives us a glimpse at the seamy underside of big-time college sports. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
LSU is beginning the season at No. 1. (AP)

Another starter -- albeit a kickerpunter -- has left Penn State. (AP)

GOLF
Stuart Cink = Tim Thomas. (NBC's Off The Bench)

OLYMPICS
Back in the days when you couldn't use professionals and we used to send our collegians to play the quasi-pro Communist-bloc teams, we all wondered what would happen if the U.S. could use its NBA stars in the Olympics. I think we felt it would be something like this. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And could you imagine what it would have been like if they hadn't eased up? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Isn't this what got the badminton players banned? (NBC)

David Beckham's skipping out on the L.A. Galaxy to attend the closing ceremonies. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk) As would most of us, I'd wager.

An Australian newspaper prints what we all think. (NBC's Off The Bench)

PRO FOOTBALL
Apparently, Luck Fever has yet to sweep Indianapolis. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Browns have a new owner: A guy from Tennessee who owns a piece of the Steelers and promises to keep the team in Cleveland. (AP)

First, Jeff Otah learned he wasn't going to be a New York Jet. Now he finds out he won't be a Carolina Panther, either. (AP)

At last, the Jets are practicing the one thing Tim Tebow does well. (AP)

Looks like Rex Ryan did, indeed, learn his lesson: This time, he's trying to get in front of a budding controversy. (AP)

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

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.