Wakeup Call: Apparently, Napoli's the Sox' No. 1 priority


Wakeup Call: Apparently, Napoli's the Sox' No. 1 priority

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, November 28.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Mike Napoli is the Red Sox' No. 1 free-agent priority and, flush with money after shedding those mega-contracts in the Dodgers deal, they're prepared to outbid anybody for his services. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Memories of the Steroids Era will return today, when the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot is released with many of the tainted stars from that time -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa -- front and center. (AP)

And as a reminder that drugs in sports are an ongoing problem, one of baseball's best 2012 stories gets tainted a little -- okay, a lot -- as Carlos Ruiz is hit with a 25-game suspension for the use of a banned amphetamine. (CSN Philly)

Looks like the Yankees will have Andy Pettitte back in 2013. (AP)

Scott Feldman calls moving from the perennial contender Rangers to the downtrodden Cubs "a dream scenario for me". (CSN Chicago) So, ah, what are your nightmares like, Scott?

Jonathan Broxton's going back to Cincinnati in a move that apparently means the Reds are going to switch Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. Holy Daniel Bard; you might want to think twice about that one, Reds. (Hardball Talk)

Leaving Cincinnati is Ryan Madson, who's about to join the Angels after never throwing a pitch for the Reds. (Hardball Talk)

Soon to be available: An off-center, heavily bearded relief ace coming off Tommy John surgery. (CSN Bay Area)

Indiana left no doubts in this one, eh? (AP)

Be concerned, Tar Heels fans. Be very concerned. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The reeling Big East regrouped a bit, tabbing Tulane and East Carolina as its newest members. (AP)

But the carnivorous ACC is back pounding on the the door, apparently poised to gobble up Louisville as its replacement for Maryland. (College Basketball Talk)

If that's true, Cincinnati sure will be disappointed. (NBC's College Football Talk)

For a conference that has no problem robbing members from other leagues, the ACC sure gets touchy when someone wants to leave them. (AP)

Memphis' response to its slow start: Blame the messenger. (College Basketball Talk)

Let me get this straight: Jon Gruden gets an ownership stake in the Cleveland Browns if he agrees to take over as coach at the University of Tennessee? Hah? (NBC's College Football Talk)

Les Miles from LSU to Arkansas? Well . . . (College Football Talk)

Jimbo Fisher gives the standard non-denial denial -- albeit a bit more emphatically -- in discussing rumors that Auburn may attempt to lure him away from Florida State. (College Football Talk)

Fisher lost one of his staff members yesterday, as defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired as head coach at Kentucky. (AP)

C'mon, NCAA. How can you fine a school for this? They won the Egg Bowl, for crying out loud! (AP)

Tiger Woods decides not to join the European Tour. (AP)

The Old Course at St. Andrew's will have a new look when the British Open returns in 2015. (AP)

Things are looking so bleak on the labor front that Sidney Crosby's about ready to pack up and head overseas. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Take it from someone who knows, NHLers; decertification of the union is a serious step. (Pro Hockey Talk)

They're thinking positive thoughts in Phoenix, where city officials have approved a 320 million deal to keep the Coyotes in town. (AP)

I'm sure those thoughts aren't so positive in Minnesota, since the Wild's staff is about to be hit with 20 percent pay cuts because of the lockout. (AP)

Hockey returned for a night in Atlantic City, with Henrik Lundqvist making 57 saves to lead Team New York to a 10-6 victory over Team New Jersey in a benefit game to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. Best part of the whole thing: The 10,792 fans chanting for Gary Bettman to be fired. (AP)

The Rockets beat Toronto last night, then boarded a plane to attend the funeral of coach Kevin McHale's daughter today. (AP)

McHale thanked the team via text after the victory. (CSN Houston)

Kobe Bryant's 40 points -- with the flu, no less -- wasn't enough to save the Lakers. (AP)

Now that's a double-double! (AP)

Byron Scott had a terse, to-the-point scouting report of the Cavs' 10th loss in 11 games. (AP)

Aggrey Sam advises everyone in Bulls Nation to take a deep breath and remember that the season isn't even a month old. (CSN Chicago)

DeMarcus Cousins says his latest ejection came after the referee cursed him. Sure it wasn't your coach and teammates, DeMarcus? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The housecleaning has begun in Philadelphia, where the Eagles cut loose the underperforming Jason Babin and his five-year, 28 million contract. (AP)

Babin found his release almost as funny as the Eagles found his play this year. (the700level.com)

Great question from John Gonzalez: Is there anyone in sports whom you'd rather be less than Andy Reid? (CSN Philly)

Maybe DeSean Jackson, but only because multiple rib fractures -- which have ended his season -- are so painful. (AP)

Apparently, there's a method to Colin Kaepernick's tattoo madness. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The Steelers hope they'll have Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu back when they play the Ravens on Sunday. (AP) Considering that they're chasing Baltimore in the AFC playoff standings, so do the Patriots.

The NFL didn't suspend Ndamukong Suh for his latest bit of choochery because, says commissioner Roger Goodell, intent "is something that is very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on." (AP)

Speaking of chooches, Titus Young still hasn't returned to the Lions. (AP)

Sad news: Former All-Pro linebacker and NFL coach Jack Pardee has been given six to nine months to live after being diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. (AP)

Antoine Walker congratulates Paul Pierce on his 'great career'

Antoine Walker congratulates Paul Pierce on his 'great career'

Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday night, marking the end to his 19-year career.

After the game, Pierce's former Celtics teammate, Antoine Walker, congratulated him on a "great career" saying, "HALL OF FAME NEXT"

Pierce and Walker were teammates for six seasons with the Green Team. 

Do the Red Sox have a leadership problem without David Ortiz?

Do the Red Sox have a leadership problem without David Ortiz?

Lou Merloni, Evan Drellich, and Jared Carrabis discuss if the Red Sox now have a leadership problem in their clubhouse without the veteran presence of David Ortiz.