Wakeup call: Are UConn's days as a national power over?

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Wakeup call: Are UConn's days as a national power over?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, September 13:

BASEBALL
Sorry, Yanks. There's no shaking the Orioles. (CSN Baltmore)

Nick Markakis, meanwhile, vows to be the O's biggest fan as he waits for his broken thumb to heal. (CSN Baltimore)

That's 12 straight on the road -- and counting -- for those amazing A's. (CSN Bay Area)

And speaking of amazing, here come the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

Not to mention the Brewers. (AP)

Not even two home runs from Kevin Youkilis (what's that you were saying about Youk's hitting, Bobby?) could prevent the White Sox' lead in the A.L. Central from falling to one game. (CSN Chicago)

The Rangers' 5-2 win over the Indians will prove to be Webster's definition of a Pyrrhic victory if the injuries to Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre are serious. (AP)

Um, Dodgers? Explain again why you were so happy about that trade with the Red Sox. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Jared Hughes says, yes, he did have a kerfuffle with Brandon Phillips, but no, it wasn't racial. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
As Jim Calhoun leaves, will UConn's future as a national power go with him? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Quite the shoes to fill, eh, Kevin Ollie? (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Pravda would be proud, Lane Kiffen. Thankfully, someone at USC understands that this is America. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says Chase Rome's "personal goals and personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals". In other words, Rome got mad about being benched and quit. That about it, Bo? (AP)

HOCKEY
Glad to see you're optimistic, Wayne. But they could resume playing in April and still have this lockout not "be as long as the last one". (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Whenever they do start playing again, Lubomir Visnovsky will be an Islander . . . much to his chagrin. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Not so fast with all this Lakers talk, says Mark Cuban. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The chances of LeBron James opting out of his deal with the Heat in 2014 may have just gone up a bit. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Jason Kidd plans to fight that DWI charge. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
You may see Darrelle Revis jogging around Florham Park today, but that doesn't mean he's ready to play just yet. (AP)

Uh, oh. Looks like there are blackouts coming in San Diego. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But not in Jacksonville. (Pro Football Talk)

The official charge on Chad Johnson: One count of misdemeanor domestic battery. (AP)

TENNIS
Juan Carlos Ferrero -- remember him? -- is calling it quits. (AP)

Farrell launches 'Farrell's Fighters' ticket program for cancer patients

Farrell launches 'Farrell's Fighters' ticket program for cancer patients

Red Sox manager John Farrell, who was diagnosed with and successfully treated for lymphoma in 2015, today announced a new ticket program, “Farrell’s Fighters,” that invites patients being treated for the disease and their family to a game each month throughout the season.
 
“It was a challenging battle going through the treatment a few years ago, and beyond the support of family and friends, one of the things that helped me get through it was the escape I found in the game of baseball,” Farrell said in a team statement. “I hope this program can provide a positive, momentary break for the patients and their families from the daily rigors of treatment, and for baseball to be a tonic for them, as it was for me.”
 
In addition to VIP seats at the game, the program will include a meeting with the Red Sox manager, a tour of the ballpark, the chance to watch batting practice, and lunch or dinner in the EMC Club restaurant.
 
“Farrell’s Fighters” will launch with patients from Massachusetts General Hospital, where Farrell was treated in 2015, but will expand to include other area hospitals. The first patient to take part in the program is Nate Bouley, 42, of Sudbury, Mass., who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015, and is in remission for the third time. Bouley, his wife, and two children will attend the Red Sox-Mariners game Sunday.

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

FOR SALE

Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.

NO RELIEF

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"

SEVEN IN THE SEVENTH

It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.