Wakeup call: NFL gender barrier comes down; Lakers now the best?

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Wakeup call: NFL gender barrier comes down; Lakers now the best?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 10:

BASEBALL
Not that it'll have any direct impact around here, but MLB announced the postseason schedule yesterday. (CSN Washington)

Don't worry, Padres fans. Phil Mickelson says he'll stick to golf. (AP)

You may wonder why Matt Garza, employed by a team that's buried so deep in the postseason standings they'd need a divining rod to find them, would want to risk his health by coming back before the end of the season. It's because, in his words, pitching is like breathing. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jim Mora, the new coach at UCLA, never, ever, ever meant to suggest that things were unsafe over at USC. How could you even think that? Oh, no. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Bobby Petrino's doing the public contrition thing. (AP)

HOCKEY
In more sun-rises-in-Eastdog-bites-man news, the NHL says it'll lock out the players if no CBA settlement is reached by Sept. 15. (AP) We never doubted that for a second, Mr. Bettman, after two decades of your scorched-Earth labor policy.

OLYMPICS
In the days of the Cold War, the Olympic medal count was seen as nothing less than a validation of a way of life. Well, we're far beyond that kind of simplistic, jingoistic thinking . . . . but it still feels good! (nbcolympics.com)

PRO BASKETBALL
The real Dwightmare: Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin thinks the Lakers just became the best team in the NBA. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

They're excited in Philadelphia, too, where they're comparing this to the times they got Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone. (CSN Philly) No pressure there, eh, Andrew Bynum?

PRO FOOTBALL
Shannon Eastin got good reviews as she broke the NFL's gender barrier. (AP)

Peyton Manning's debut with the Broncos was less than Earth-shattering. (AP)

Usain Bolt? Pshaw. Chris Johnson says he can outrun him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) Forget the race; who'd win that battle of egos?

First game, first injury: The Chargers' Ryan Matthews broke his collarbone against the Packers. (AP)

T.O.'s already got the Seahawks in dutch with the NFL. (AP)

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.