Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!

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Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!

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

BASEBALL
By now we all know that no one was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday, and by now we all know why. But Ray Ratto thinks this "guardians of the game" business became moot the minute Ty Cobb and the racists of baseball's early days were inducted, so applying high moral standards now to the Steroids Bunch is inconsistent and unfair. (CSN Bay Area)

Inconsistent and unfair though it may be, Craig Calcaterra doesn't believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will ever get in. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Give Jonathan Singleton credit: Rather than blaming it on Adderall or some mysterious ingredient in an over-the-counter cold medicine, or filing appeals because of flaws in the process, he admits he got his 50-game suspension for smoking weed. And accepts it. (CSN Houston)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke will be without senior forward Ryan Kelly for a while. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Five days after assuring everyone he had the best coaching job in America and wasn't going anywhere, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly interviews with the Eagles. (CSN Philly)

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks won't be charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred the night before the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

In today's installmant of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Oklahoma's Tom Wort and no fewer than four Tennessee players saying they're in . . . (AP)

. . . and Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Clemson's Tajh Boyd saying they're staying in school. (AP)

R.I.P. Mirko Jurkovic, a lineman on Notre Dame's 1988 national champions. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong has pulled his boat out of De Nial (ha, ha, get it?) and begun searching for a "pathway to redemption". (AP via nbcsports.com)

HOCKEY
The Flyers' never-ending search for a goalie may be leading them to Bobby Loo. Hope they also trade for a mechanic to pump his tires . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec mans up about the DUI he was charged with while playing in Europe. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Free agent forward Dominic Moore issues a statement thanking people for their sympathy over the death of his wife, Katie. (CSN Bay Area)

OLYMPICS
Leading the U.S. to gold has earned Diana Taurasi her third USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Seattle Mayor Mike McGirin says he doesn't know much about the possibility of the Kings moving to his city -- which lost the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008 -- but adds, "If it's true, ain't it cool?" (AP)

LeBron James uses the phrase "very frustrating" three times in three sentences when talking about the Heat's rebounding woes. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers' losing ways continue, and this one was more frustrating than most. (AP)

The Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love for 8-10 weeks after breaking his right hand for the second time this season. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Got 4 million burning a hole in your pocket? Buy a 30-second ad for this year's Super Bowl. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Younger announcers -- I heard some of them -- were shaking their heads in bafflement when Jim Harbaugh channeled his inner Jethro Bodine and said Justin Smith would play Saturday night "God willing and the creek don't rise". (CSN Bay Area)

The Packers should have Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ready, even though they didn't practice Wednesday. (AP)

Richard Sherman says the Seahawks' secondary will have its hands full Sunday with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

All this RGIII-will-be-ready-for-the-start-of-the-2013-season talk might be a little premature, according to an athletic physician who doesn't work for the Redskins. (CSN Washington)

The Panthers have a new GM, and he's worked for organizations that have been to six Super Bowls. And won three of them. (AP)

The Jets, meanwhile, are still looking. (AP)

TENNIS
John Isner's bruised right knee forces him out of the Australian Open. (AP)

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

BOSTON – This continues to be a historic season for Isaiah Thomas as more records fell in Wednesday’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee, and the company he’s keeping becomes even more exclusive. 

Thomas had a game-high 32 points on Wednesday which included five made 3’s on nine attempts. That gave him 223 for the season which is a new franchise single-season record for made 3-pointers. The previous record was 222 set by Antoine Walker during the 2001-2002 season.

And his 32 points scored gives him 2,012 this season. 

Only six players in franchise history (Paul Pierce was the last to do it during the 2005-2006 season) have scored 2,000 or more points in a single season. 

Oh, there’s more. 

With Wednesday being the 66th time this season he has had 20 or more points, Thomas has now tied Pierce (2005-2006) and Larry Bird (1985-1986; 1987-1988) for sixth on the Celtics’ single-season franchise list. 

“I didn’t even know that,” a visibly disappointed Thomas said following Wednesday’s loss. “It doesn’t feel that good right now. But when I look back on it, probably in the offseason, I’ll appreciate it a little more. But I’m just staying in the moment and try and play as best I can to lead this team to as many wins as possible.”

Other season milestones Thomas is in the mix for include the following:

  • The 5-foot-9 guard is one of three players this season to have 50 or more games of 25-plus points, joined by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (57) and Houston’s James Harden (54).
  • Thomas has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 50 straight games (Dec. 3 – March 29). That’s also the longest current streak in the NBA. 
  • With 66 games of 20 or more points this season, Thomas is second in the NBA to Westbrook (67).

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

BOSTON – One of the more bizarre plays in Boston’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee came in the second quarter, requiring some explanation from the officials afterwards. 

With 3:55 to play in the second quarter, the officials had originally called a foul on Marcus Smart which he verbally protested that eventually led to him being whistled for a technical foul. 

After the officials reviewed the play, they changed the call to a personal foul against Khris Middleton but no change to the called technical foul against Smart who objected to a call that, upon review, they agreed was the wrong call to make. 

Official Sean Corbin, through pool reporter Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, acknowledged that the original call was a loose ball foul against Smart. 

“The (officiating) crew got together, we met prior to video and we decided that we needed to look at video because both players were on the floor bleeding so we went to the video for a hostile act,” Corbin told Powtak. “In the review we noticed that Khris Middleton initially made contact to Marcus Smart’s face. That’s how the original contact to the play occurred.”

Fortunately for the Celtics, Middleton missed his technical free throw while Smart split a pair of free throws which cut Milwaukee’s lead to 49-40.

Still, that’s no consolation for Smart who was whistled for a technical foul on a play that the official acknowledged was the wrong call to make. 

In the fourth quarter, Smart was at the center of yet another controversial call that was also reviewed by the officials. The verdict wasn't nearly as good for Smart who was whistled for a flagrant foul after getting his feet tangled up with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo who was called for a non-shooting foul in the play with 4:46 to play. 

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws and on the Bucks' ensuing possession, he was called for traveling.

Smart was unavailable to talk after the game in part because the aforementioned incident left an abrasion to his mouth and, because of the technical foul, a little lighter in the wallet as well.