Wakeup Call: Michael Vick's problems extend to Twitter

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Wakeup Call: Michael Vick's problems extend to Twitter

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 6.

BASEBALL
In the Miguel Cabrera-vs.-Mike Trout debate, the players vote for Miggy. (AP)

Pat Corrales? He's still around? (AP)

Whatever it was Melky Cabrera did, no one's blaming his agents. (CSN Bay Area)

Some people don't agree with David Ortiz about Michael Bourn. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Joakim Soria will be "all ears" if the Yankees come calling. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
These early November games are supposed to be easier than this, aren't they, Kansas? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Belichickian-like grunts of Kansas State coach Bill Snyder were enough to spark hope that quarterback Collin Klein may play Saturday against TCU. (AP)

Now Joker Phillips really is a dead man walking. (AP)

HOCKEY
They're headed back to the table. (AP)

But this time, Steve Montador and friends aren't getting their hopes up. (CSN Chicago)

Sounds like Dan Cleary is, though. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Don Cherry thinks Roberto Luongo would just be exchanging one headache for a similar headache if he approves a trade from Vancouver to Toronto, and should go to someplace quiet, like Florida, instead. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Attention, JJ Barea and Donald Sloan: The NBA wasn't kidding about this flopping stuff. (AP)

Really? This is the Spurs' first 4-0 start in their history? (AP)

New city, new arena, new colors, same old Nets. (AP)

Same old Heat, too. (AP)

Speaking of Brooklyn . . . who's idea was this?? (NBC's Off The Bench)

It wasn't that long ago he was talking retirement. Now Kobe Bryant says he wants to play until he's 40. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
They may argue in Jacksonville and Tennessee (see below), but last night's 28-13 loss at New Orleans was enough to convince Reuben Frank that the Eagles are the laughingstock of the NFL. (CSN Philly)

As if Michael Vick didn't have enough problems, he's also got a brother with a Twitter account. (CSN Philly)

Which is something he a) isn't too happy about and b) plans to address. (CSN Philly)

At least he still has a job, though. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And there are folks in Philly who wish Juan Castillo still had one, too. (Pro Football Talk)

Now that Sean Payton's contract extension has been nullified, will Jason Garrett become the Joker Phillips of Dallas? (Pro Football Talk)

Drew Brees doesn't think so. (AP)

Good news in Indianapolis: Andrew Luck is hardly satisfied with what he's accomplished so far in his young career. (AP)

Better news in Indianapolis: Chuck Pagano's leukemia is in complete remission. (AP)

They're 7-1 and they scored 51 points Sunday, but the Bears are still worried about their offense. (CSN Chicago)

Attention, Mike Munchak: It's never a good sign -- and I mean never -- when the owner says his team was "grossly outcoached". (AP)

And attention Gene Smith (he's the GM of the Jaguars, by the way): It's never a good sign -- and I mean never -- when the owner says his team is "embarrassing". (Pro Football Talk)

Romeo Crennel's decided to give up his duties as defensive coordinator and focus on the head coaching job as he attempts to salvage something from the free-falling Chiefs' season. (AP)

No ETA for Maurice Jones-Drew's return. (AP)

Mike Shanahan says he didn't say what you thought you heard. (CSN Washington)

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

BOSTON -- Like most NBA executives, Danny Ainge loves to get as much intel on players before picking them as he can.  
 
And with the No. 1 overall pick, Ainge knows he has to do all he can to absolutely get this one right.
 
That’s why any thoughts he had of drafting Lonzo Ball are likely out the window after the talented UCLA guard refused to work out for the Celtics.
 
“We tried to get him in for a workout and he politely said no,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
 
Lonzo Ball’s desire (or his dad Lavar Ball’s desire; hard to say who in the Ball camp wants him in L.A. the most) to play for the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the worst-kept secrets leading up to next month’s NBA draft.
 
And with the Lakers holding the No. 2 pick in the draft, turning down the Celtics only increases the likelihood of  Boston passing on him and instead drafting University of Washington star Markelle Fultz.
 
“It’s not ideal,” Ainge said of Ball's decision to decline working out for Boston. “Listen, we’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”
 
The Celtics, like most teams, have been mum publicly as to who they would take in the draft. But all indications at this point in the process are pointing towards them selecting Fultz with the top overall selection.
 
And the fact that Ball, the projected number two pick even before the draft lottery order was established, refuses to work out for Boston will only increase the likelihood that Fultz will be a Celtic and Ball and his camp will get their wish which has always been to don a Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

BOSTON – From the outset of this season, the Boston Celtics were swimming upstream when it came to getting respect. 

No matter how many wins they racked up, no matter how many upsets they managed to pull off, they were never going to do enough to satisfy the court of public opinion which wanted one thing and one thing only from the NBA: A third installment of Golden State against Cleveland in the NBA Finals. 

The Warriors did their part by running through the West with 12 wins in as many playoff games. 

Meanwhile, the Celtics will try to not just stave off elimination tonight, but continue to delay what so many believe is an inevitable Golden State-Cleveland Final.

Boston’s Al Horford understands that while the league this season has seen lots of individual success as well as teams that have overachieved, the thirst for Golden State versus Cleveland remains stronger than ever. 

“We understand that’s what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of the season,” Horford said. “For us it’s just to focus … and play the Celtic way. And just come out here and fight and we’ll take it from there.”

The Celtics did that in Game 3 with Avery Bradley delivering one of the more memorable shots in the Brad Stevens era, a game-winning three-pointer that hit the rim four times before falling with 0.1 seconds to play as Boston squeaked out a 111-108 win.

Boston did a lot of good things in Game 4 and seemingly went into the half sensing that maybe just maybe they would even up the series at two games heading back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5 matchup. 

But Kyrie Irving picked up the slack for a foul-plagued LeBron James, lifting the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win which puts them now just a win away from advancing to the NBA Finals. 

Not only have folks both in the media as well as fans who have rooted for this series to be over, even merchandise sellers like Dick Sporting Goods have anticipated this series as already being over.

“It is what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s been like that all year; a lot of guys counting us out. At the same time, we’re trying to put ourselves in position to win each and every game.”

While that has been the goal, it certainly hasn’t worked out that way in this series. 

Despite Games 1 and 2 being at the TD Garden, the Celtics lost both games by a total of 57 points. 

And while they won Game 3 and had the Cavaliers on the ropes in Game 4 before losing, they know their chance to play NBA Finals spoiler is just about up. 

“We know that’s the Finals that everybody wants to talk about, what everybody is looking forward to,” said Boston’s Marcus Smart. “We understand it. But we work just as hard as these guys. We just have to keep going out there and working. We’re not going to give it to them, and stuff like that. We just have to make it tough on them.”