Wakeup call: Randy Moss speaks!

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Wakeup call: Randy Moss speaks!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, September 6:

BASEBALL
The world settled back on its axis last night as the Yankees won and the Orioles lost (AP), giving the A.L. East standings a more traditional look.

And now it's put-up-or-shut-up time for the O's. (CSN Baltimore)

The A's are relieved that Brandon McCarthy -- who took a line drive off the head yesterday -- seems none the worse for wear. (CSN Bay Area)

Not very enlightening to describe the first-place Nationals playing the last-place Cubs as "men against boys". Interesting that it was Chicago manager Dale Sveum who used the phrase, though. (CSN Chicago)

The Dodgers have seen the last of Chad Billingsley for the year. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Nick Saban, football coach? No, it's Nick Saban, media critic. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The Big Ten isn't going let a little thing like NCAA sanctions prevent them from awarding championship trophies to Ohio State or Penn State should either happen to win their division. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky's attorney says his client now regrets not testifying in his own defense. (AP)

HOCKEY
Chris Pronger channels his inner Rex Ryan and "guarantees" the NHL season won't start on time. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Maybe Ilya Bryzgalov won't play in Russia during the lockout, after all. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
Old friend Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls are talking contract, finally. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
The replacement refs did better than the Giants last night. (AP)

Jabar Gaffney's job hunt takes him to Oakland, though the Raiders didn't offer him a contract . . . yet. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Brandon Meriweather gets hurt, and now he's in a place where they actually talk about it. (CSN Washington)

Did this judge really expect the NFL and the NFLPA to reach a settlement in the players' Bountygate lawsuit? (AP)

Randy Moss speaks! (CSN Bay Area)

TENNIS
It's over for Andy Roddick. (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.