Wakeup Call: LeBron's quest to be the best (of all time) resumes

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Wakeup Call: LeBron's quest to be the best (of all time) resumes

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 30:

BASEBALL
Buster Posey made sure there'd be no Doug Mientkiewicz-like controversy over the final-out ball from this World Series. (CSN Bay Area)

The Giants' sweep of the Tigers didn't rate with the nation's TV viewers. (AP)

Josh Reddick? A finalist for the Gold Glove? What happened to the guy who used to stumble around in right field for the Red Sox? (CSN Bay Area)

The Angels are sprinting into the offseason, trying to find takers for Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before they have to pick up their contract options on Wednesday. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Meanwhile, the Yankees began their offseason by exercising options on Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. (AP)

There's another Drew available if you're interested. (AP)

Also on the market: Old friend Alex Gonzalez. (AP)

BOXING
Sugar Ray Leonard, an abuse survivor himself, says he hopes Jerry Sandusky's victims can learn from his story and "speak up, speak out" to help prevent it from happening to someone else. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Marcus Lattimore vows: I'll be back. (AP)

It'll be redemption time for the LSU Tigers -- they hope -- on Saturday when Alabama comes to town. (AP)

At least Joker Phillips is maintaining his sense of humor as questions about his job security at Kentucky mount. (AP)

Doesn't sound like Purdue AD Morgan Burke has much of one, though. (AP)

GOLF
Score after their first mano-a-mano match: Rory 1, Tiger 0. (AP)

HOCKEY
Wayne Simmonds is finding there are racists in the stands everywhere. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
At the dawn of a new season, LeBron James' goal remains simple (and humble): "I want to be the best of all time." (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Kurt Helin lists four teams who could stop LeBron and the Heat . . . and, yup, the Celtics are one of them. (Pro Basketball Talk)

There's a new sheriff in town, and the Rockets can feel his energy. (CSN Houston)

And J.J. Watt, for one, can't wait to see him in action. (CSN Houston)

A friend says James Harden was "devastated" at the prospect of leaving Oklahoma City, but Helin can think of 25,000,000 reasons he'll get over it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Don't expect to see Amar'e Stoudemire for six to eight weeks. (Pro Basketball Talk)

But Kobe on Opening Night? It's allegedly a game-time decision, but who really thinks he won't play? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Okay, floppers: Starting tonight, your time is up. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Cardinals dared Alex Smith to beat them. So he did. (CSN Bay Area)

You can get those T-shirts and hats ready for the 49ers, because it's clear no one in the NFC West can stop them. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick is still the Eagles quarterback . . . for now. (CSN Philly)

But whether he continues to start or heads to the bench, it's clear this will be Vick's last season in Philadelphia. (Pro Football Talk)

In for a dime, in for a dollar: Rex Ryan doubles down on Mark Sanchez. (Pro Football Talk)

No quarterback issues in Denver, though, where Peyton Manning is even lucky on the injury front these days. (AP)

Being a QB in KC, meanwhile, apparently raises your concussion risk. (AP)

Going under the knife has made Mario Williams feel so much better. (AP)

The Colts got a surprise visit from Chuck Pagano on Monday. (AP)

Ten wins in their last 16 games, dating back to last year, have the Dolphins talking loud and proud. (AP)

That's four straight games the Panthers have led in the fourth quarter, and four straight games they've blown. But Ron Rivera says he's not worried about his job. (AP)

Remember when Bill Belichick listed Tom Brady on the injury report for, like, six straight years with a bum shoulder? Be prepared for the same kind of snit from John Harbaugh now that the NFL has come down on the Ravens for the way they've been filling out their reports. (CSN Baltimore)

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.