Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

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Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, December 11:

BASEBALL
Apparently, the Red Sox really like Sandy Rosario. (CSN Bay Area)

No wonder the Tigers shifted Gene Lamont from third base to the dugout. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The new Dodger ownership isn't just spending its money on players. (Hardball Talk)

BOXING
Mitt Romney's classic line -- "Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost." -- is being preserved forever in a Taiwanese animation of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No changes at the top of the AP Top 25 poll, to Indiana's and Duke's delight. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
He's baaaccckk! (AP)

After being rejected by its first choice, Butch Jones, Colorado named San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre as its new coach. (AP)

Even though Marcus Lattimore is still recuperating from a devastating knee injury, sources say he's planning to leave South Carolina and enter the NFL draft. (AP)

Also going pro: Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. (AP)

Oregon State suspends three players arrested in a bar fight over the weekend, and probably won't let any of them play in the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

With Tommy Tuberville headed for Cincinnati, Chris Thomsen will coach Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (AP)

GOLF
More hardware for Rory McIlroy. (AP)

Disney's no longer a magical place for the PGA. (AP)

HOCKEY
The Blackhawks' Jamal Mayers reiterates what a lot of people have been pointing out: The NHL and NHLPA aren't that far from a deal. (CSN Chicago)

But, sniffs professional wet blanket Bill Daly, saying they're close is like saying that "if my grandmother had wheels, she would be a car". Oh. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Manny Malhotra sounds like he'd like to rev up Daly's grandmother and run down Daly, and Gary Bettman, and Jeremy Jacobs, and . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Now that's the Jeremy Lin the Rockets hoped they were getting! (CSN Houston)

Don't worry, Sixers fans; Andrew Bynum's sure he'll play sometime this season. Just can't tell you when, is all. (CSN Philly)

Steve Nash, on the other hand, at least has an idea how long he'll be out: Two more weeks, minimum. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Amir Johnson's going to be sitting for a while, too; the NBA will decide how long. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, I'd say that firing your offensive coordinator with three games to go in the season when you're 9-4 and in the race for a first-round bye is "bucking conventional wisdom". (CSN Baltimore)

It's a risky move, and John Harbaugh owns it. (CSN Baltimore)

Of course, if Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs return this week -- as the Ravens are hoping -- then all this may soon be forgotten. (CSN Baltimore)

The official word on RGIII: A mild strain of the LCL. And, yes, the Redskins are hoping he can play Sunday. (CSN Washington)

The Cowboys are hoping the same thing for Dez Bryant, who has an injury to his left index finger, but they may not be so lucky. (AP)

But Jay Cutler? He's playing. (AP)

Not Fred Jackson; he's done for the year. (AP)

What's the old story of asking the snake why it bit you, and the response being, "Because I'm a snake"? Why is that popping to mind now? (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers and Seahawks have been flexed. (CSN Bay Area)

And on and on and on and on we go . . . (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

An eye-witness to the accident in which the Cowboys' Jerry Brown was killed and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter says Brent had to be talked into helping Brown, who was calling for help, out of the burning car. (Pro Football Talk)

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.