Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

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Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 25:

BASEBALL
One down, three to go for the Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

But when the details of San Francisco's 8-3 victory have long been forgotten, Pablo Sandoval's three homers will live on. (CSN Bay Area)

Of the eight players who've hit three homers in a postseason game, Sandoval's the most unlikely. And his achievement is probably the most impressive. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Don't blame the long layoff for the Tigers' flat performance; blame Justin Verlander. (Hardball Talk)

There was a Jose Valverde sighting Wednesday night and, in Jim Leyland's words, he "wasn't terrible. He just wasn't good." In Valverde World, that's progress. (AP)

It's called AT&T Park, and the magic it sparks for the Giants makes you rethink possible. (CSN Bay Area)

All's right with the world: Hunter Pence has his bat back. And it's a pretty good deal for the fan who returned it. (CSN Bay Area)

Yeah, he benched him for the most important games of the year. Still, Joe Girardi says he expects Alex Rodriguez to be his everyday third baseman in 2013. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
What's this? They're playing games already? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
You can get rid of Derek Dooley, Tennessee fans. But it'll cost you. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And you Ohio State fans, don't worry. Braxton Miller says he's fine. (AP)

HOCKEY
Gary Bettman sheds some more crocodile tears as he admits a full 82-game season probably isn't going to happen. (AP)

Don't worry what the rest of us think about you, Gary. They love you in Rochester. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

That being the case, Jeremy Roenick proves he's not from Rochester. (CSN Washington)

The Capitals' Jason Chimera can't figure out exactly what it is Bettman and the owners are doing. Join the crowd, Jason. (CSN Washington)

Brooklyn's becoming quite the pro sports mecca these days. (AP)

To no one's surprise, John Davidson's the new boss in Columbus. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Looks like the Sixers are going to start the season without Andrew Bynum. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL
Um, Reggie Bush? Rex Ryan wants you to say you're sorry. (AP)

Good thing Ndamukong Suh doesn't care what people think about him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Asante Samuel is finally going to get the chance to back up everything he's been saying about the Eagles this week when the Falcons visit Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, is running his mouth again, this time at 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (CSN Bay Area)

It's the time of year when NFL casualties begin to mount. This week, it's Sean Lee, Scott Fujita and Jon Beason. (AP)

But there's still hope that surgery will enable Mario Williams to salvage something from what's been a lost season. (AP)

And in good -- nee, great -- news on the medical front, it looks like Browns guard Jason Pinkston has recovered from life-threatening blood clots in his lungs. (AP)

Unlike his mentor, Warren Moon, Cam Newton doesn't believe there are racist overtones to the considerable amount of criticism he's been taking recently. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bountygate has become a lawyers' employment service. (AP)

Me, I vote for Photoshop. (Pro Football Talk)

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

The Sacramento Kings are "fully engaged" in DeMarcus Cousins trade discussions, but it appears the Boston Celtics are not in the running for the All-Star center.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are not one of the teams talking to the Kings about Cousins.

More to come. . . 

 

Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

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Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS – The stars were everywhere, on and off the court during the 66th annual NBA All-Star game.

There were lots of hugs, handshakes and goody-good vibes shared by all.

And then … the fourth quarter arrived.

It’s the only time of the game when the All-Star game actually looks like a game and not an open gym full of the best players on the planet.

And as we’ve seen this season, no one is better in the fourth quarter than Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.

True to form, Thomas saw a playing time in the fourth quarter.

But his scoring prowess wasn’t enough with the Western Conference emerging with a 192-182 win.  It is the sixth time in the last seven All-Star games that the West has come away with the victory.

Thomas had 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3-point range.

That’s not a bad performance, but there were others who were a lot more prolific shooting the ball.

Kevin Durant, playing in his first All-Star game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, had a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, MVP each of the previous two All-Star games, finished with 41 points – one shy of tying the most points scored in an All-Star game.

Despite Westbrook’s monster game, the record wound up being shattered by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis who had 52 points which broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record of 42 points set in 1962.

Shooting 26 for 39 from the field, Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.

One of the more interesting stretches came in the first half between Thomas and Westbrook.

Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound, saw that he was being guarded by Thomas and snarled at him moments before banking in a 3-pointer.

Thomas wasn’t about to be showed up by his fellow All-Star.

On the ensuing possession, he came right back and hit a long range 3-pointer in Russell’s mug. Westbrook came back with a 3-pointer that was off the mark followed by a Thomas miss.

That sequence was about as close as we came to seeming some semblance of defense played by either team, with lay-ups, and wide open dunks reigning supreme all night.

The much-talked about “reunion” between Durant and Westbrook was very civil, one that included the two connecting on a give-and-go in the first half that ended with a Westbrook basket.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the crowd better dunks in the All-Star game than the actual slam dunk contest, finishing with 30 points on 14-of-17 with 12 dunks.