Wakeup call: Smack talk in Philly about LeBron


Wakeup call: Smack talk in Philly about LeBron

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 2:

It was a lost night all around for the Orioles, who ceded ground in both the division and wild-card races. (CSN Baltimore)

Could be worse, though. They could be the Rays. (AP) Or the Angels. (AP)

The headed-to-the-playoffs A's are full of "Nobody thought we'd be here!" blather. (CSN Bay Area)

The headed-home White Sox are consoling themselves with that very same thought. (CSN Chicago)

And why are the White Sox headed home? Because the Tigers won the A.L. Central. (AP)

The Nationals are kings of the N.L. East -- even though they lost to Philadelphia -- and they celebrated appropriately. (CSN Washington)

The Phillies, dethroned after a five-year reign atop the division, knew the moment was coming for a long time. . . . but it still made them mad. (CSN Philly)

Almost there, Cardinals. (AP)

More homophobia from an MLB player . . . or is it? Derek Holland says his Twitter account -- where the message appeared during the second game of the Rangers' Sunday doubleheader against the Angels -- was hacked. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Well, it's not like they didn't expect to lose 100. (CSN Chicago) Right, Theo?

Not everything's coming up roses in Tuscaloosa. Top-rated Alabama has lost wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart for the season. (AP)

Um, Michigan State? Urban Meyer's tellin'. (AP)

They're already calling it 'The Miracle of Medinah' across the pond. (AP)

Golfchannel.com grades the U.S. team for its performance last weekend. (golfchannel.com)

And does the same for the Europeans . . . though, strangely, their marks seem worse than the Americans'. (golfchannel.com)

Who says Congress doesn't do anything? Two New Jersey Senators are calling for the end to the lockout. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Coming up next: The cancellation of some regular-season games. (CSN Chicago)

No matter when they come back, Ryan Kesler will probably still be on the sidelines. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Kobe Bryant thinks this is the most talented Lakers team he's ever been on. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Maybe so, Kobe, but Ty Lawson says the Nuggets are the best of the West. (AP)

I'm old enough to remember when Billy Idol bragged to David Letterman that dealers in Greenwich Village had named their drugs after his songs, to which Letterman responded: "Your mother must be so proud." Well, LeBron James' mother now can take similar pride, thanks to a certain heroin peddler in Philadelphia. (Pro Basketball Talk)

We'll have to wait three weeks for the Andrew Bynum Era to begin. (CSN Philly)

But the Brooklyn Nets Era has started. (AP)

Utah's Enes Kanter says it's easy to lose 51 pounds. All you have to do is stop eating everything in sight. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Jeremy who? (AP)

The Colts were hit hard by the news that coach Chuck Pagano has leukemia. (AP)

As was Pagano's former team, the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

Tony Romo was the game MVP Monday night . . . for the Bears. (AP)

Their record may be perfect, but Gary Kubiak says the Texans aren't. (CSN Houston)

Matt Cassel got the dreaded vote of confidence from Romeo Crennel. (AP)

The same-sex marriage debate -- of all things -- has made its way into the Ravens' locker room. (CSN Baltimore)

Even the pregame is dangerous in the NFL, eh, Brandon Meriweather? (CSN Washington)

The X-rays were negative, but Santonio Holmes could still be out for a while. (AP)

The Steelers are back from their bye week, and so are James Harrison and Troy Polamaulu. (AP)

Billy Cundiff's still got a job. For another seven days, anyway. (CSN Washington)

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