Wakeup call: Labor lecture to Chicago teachers from . . . a hockey player?

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Wakeup call: Labor lecture to Chicago teachers from . . . a hockey player?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, September 11:

BASEBALL
That's 19 (wins) for Gio Gonzalez, and 15 (magic number) for the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

When no one was looking, the White Sox opened a three-game lead in the A.L. Central. (CSN Chicago)

Wonder if the Phillies are rethinking that trade-deadline fire sale? (CSN Philly)

The Yankees are probably going to have to play the rest of the regular season without Mark Teixeira. (AP)

The Astros are turning their lonely eyes to Roger Clemens. (AP)

Nice to see Jose Canseco's so contrite about his illegal steroids use. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

A disturbing charge from the Reds' Brandon Phillips. (Hardball Talk)

But in better news: Brandon McCarthy stood and walked for the first time since sustaining a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
And because things weren't going bad enough at UConn . . . (AP)

You can understand why Billy Gillispie's sick, can't you? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
"Enough is enough" for Utah QB Jordan Wynn, who's giving up football after his latest injury. (AP)

Boy, Wisconsin's a tough town. (AP)

HOCKEY
Oh, goody: The NHL labor war is about to get dragged into court. (AP)

The players have been preparing for this rainy day, says Donald Fehr. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

What's this? Optimism? Tell me more, Steve Ott! (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Monday Night Football intro -- a Hank Williams Jr.-free zone after 'ol Hank compared President Obama to Hitler last year -- is now completely without music. (NBC's Off The Bench)

So it was pretty quiet -- on ESPN, at least -- before the Ravens routed the Bengals. (CSN Baltimore)

And before the Chargers beat the Raiders. (CSN Bay Area)

The Jets can't be looking forward to playing the Steelers without Darrelle Revis, but they may have to. (AP)

The Browns, meanwhile will be without their best cornerback, Joe Haden, for four games . . . and it has nothing to do with injury. (AP)

But Atlanta's loss of one of its best corners, Brent Grimes, has everything to do with injury. (AP)

Don't let that 5.1 rating against the Eagles fool you. Brandon Weeden says he "wasn't overwhelmed" in his debut as Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The replacement refs did just fine on Sunday. (Pro Football Talk)

More or less, that is. (Pro Football Talk)

Good thing, too, because the NFL is ready to play at least five weeks with the replacements. (AP)

AND FINALLY . . .
Regarding the Chicago teachers' strike: The Bulls' Derrick Rose hopes for a resolution for the sake of the students (CSN Chicago) . . .

. . . but former Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel says the teachers bring in nothing of monetary value to the city (unlike hockey players, who he says generate "jobs and revenue" to justify the debt-ridden, taxpayer-funded arenas they play in) and should be happy they have jobs. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) And, no, no need to mention the irony of a hockey player -- in a sport about to endure its own work stoppage -- lecturing someone else about labor woes.

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.