Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

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Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 24:

AUTO RACING
Welcome back, Dale Jr. (AP)

BASEBALL
Got an extra 10 grand lying around? Then buy yourself a ticket behind home plate for Game 1 of the World Series tonight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The Tigers already played in Oakland this postseason, so they figure they know the kind of fan craziness they'll be facing in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

You know the bat Hunter Pence shattered while hitting the strange triple that broke open Game 7 against the Cardinals? Someone sold it to a fan for 400. And Pence -- who names all his bats; this one's dubbed "Fryer" -- wants it back. (CSN Bay Area)

After the Fidel Castro business, it was all downhill for Ozzie Guillen in Miami . . . and the inevitable conclusion was reached yesterday. (AP)

Sounds like Theo learned his lesson in Boston. (CSN Chicago)

Dodgers close Kenley Jansen undergoes heart surgery, but it doesn't appear as ominous as it sounds. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Everett Golson will be back in the starting lineup when No. 5 Notre Dame plays at No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. (AP)

It's just never good when one teammate accuses another of disrespecting his manhood. (AP)

Get your tickets now for those 2020 and 2021 meetings between Oregon and Ohio State. (AP)

Idaho State suspends coach Mike Kramer for Saturday's game after determining he "violated the university's conduct policy" when he shoved wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during practice on Oct. 3. Graves reported the incident to the police, hired a lawyer, and says he's suffering from neck and back spasms. (AP)

GOLF
Padraig Harrison may yet participate in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. (AP)

HOCKEY
"What would we be talking about?" Oh, I don't know, Bill. The weather? The election? Hey, wait! I know! How about suicidal labor strategies down through the years? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The lockout is killing Daniel Alfredsson's desire to return to the Senators in particular, and hockey in general. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Pun of the day: Heat have a little problem heading into the season. Get it? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Or maybe this is better: The NBA's making a big change to the All-Star ballot. (AP)

Twenty assists from LeBron in a single game? Coach K says it's possible. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki's going to make sure he's completely recovered from knee surgery before returning to the Mavericks. (AP)

The Derrick Rose-less Bulls couldn't be happy to see Kirk Hinrich leave the floor because of a groin injury Tuesday night. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
So why are the Patriots still in Foxboro if the Rams have already arrived in London? (AP)

Relax everybody, says Jay Cutler; he thinks Ndamukong Suh's hit was clean. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

John Harbaugh is hiding behind the letter of the law as the NFL investigates why the Ravens never placed Ed Reed -- who says he's been playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder -- on the weekly injury report. (CSN Baltimore)

At the other end of the forthrightness spectrum, we present the Cardinals' Calais Campbell. (CSN Bay Area)

We still don't know how many games Maurice Jones-Drew will miss, except that the number will be "multiple". (Pro Football Talk)

Also on tap to miss multiple games: Sean Lee, who may be out the rest of the year because of a toe injury. (AP)

Come on, Warren. You ought to know that in this talk-show, rush-to-judgment society, six games is more than enough time to cast a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on Cam Newton. Right? (Pro Football Talk)

Things didn't work out in Cleveland for Mike Holmgren. (AP)

And they don't seem to be working out in Carolina for Ron Rivera. (AP)

Didn't the Packers just renovate Lambeau Field? (AP)

The Bills say thanks, but no thanks -- actually, they're not even saying thanks -- to a proposed stadium in downtown Buffalo. (Pro Football Talk)

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.