Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami

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Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, November 14:

AUTO RACING
If we can't Tweet while we're behind the wheel, why should NASCAR drivers? (AP)

BASEBALL
The Blue Jays just got a whole lot better in their megadeal with the Marlins. Miami, meanwhile, didn't really do all that bad for itself . . . except in the court of public opinion, since the bait-and-switch move of a) collecting public money for a new stadium and b) trading away most of your big names after a year in that stadium isn't an optimal P.R. strategy. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

When Giancarlo Stanton expressed his, ah, displeasure with whole thing on Twitter, Bryce Harper jumped right in with an invitation to play for the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

Jeffrey Loria's now two-for-two -- he's owned teams in two markets, and pretty much destroyed interest in baseball in both of them -- and that begs the question: Why are you letting this guy stay in the club, Bud Selig? (Hardball Talk)

Next to go: Ricky Nolasco? (Hardball Talk)

Here's three reasons why Josh Hamilton probably won't land in Philadelphia. (CSN Phllly)

Your 2012 Managers of the Year: Davey Johnson (CSN Washington) . . .

. . . and Bob Melvin. (CSN Bay Area)

5.5 million for a guy who missed last season because of Tommy John surgery is a stark reminder that pitching ain't cheap. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke sends an early message to Kentucky: It's a new year, boys. (AP)

Kansas found that out, too, thanks to Michigan State. (AP)

Just a bad night all around for Kentucky, as its women's team was routed by No. 1 Baylor. (AP)

New coach, new players, same old results at UConn. (AP) Of course, playing Vermont may have had something to do with it.

Yeah, but as Washington discovered: Sometimes those cupcakes don't go down so easy. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Big East is breaking its new football league into East and West divisions . . . but, as Temple being in the West demonstrates, they're not being slaves to geographic tradition. (AP)

HOCKEY
Don't invite Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Marleau to the same party. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO BASKETBALL
This Royce White-on-the-Rockets thing isn't going well. (CSN Houston)

Well, well. Who had the Knicks at 5-0 in the best-start-to-the-season pool? (AP)

The Raptors managed to beat the Pacers despite scoring only five points in the fourth quarter. (AP)

Bernie Bickerstaff's interim magic ran out in L.A. (AP)

The Grizzles' assistant GM, Kenny Williamson, dies at age 65 of cancer. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Steelers don't know -- or, perhaps more accurately, aren't saying -- how long Ben Roethlisberger will be out because of his bad shoulder. (AP)

Read into this what you will, but, with Jay Cutler having suffered a concussion Sunday night, the Bears have re-signed former backup Josh McCown. (AP)

Adrian Peterson fought the law, and this time the law didn't win. (AP)

If you're wondering why Ryan Fitzpatrick's last pass Sunday -- the one intercepted by Devin McCourty to end the game -- was going to a rookie receiver (T.J. Graham) who ran the wrong route to boot . . . well, Stevie Johnson's wondering the same thing. (AP)

SOCCER
Hope Solo's always been an interesting character, but this -- her fiancee (ex-NFL tight endbad boy Jerramy Stevens, whom she's apparently known for two months) getting arrested for assault after they argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after they get married -- is new territory. (AP)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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