Wakeup Call: A Pyrrhic victory . . . or is it just a sprain for RGIII?

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Wakeup Call: A Pyrrhic victory . . . or is it just a sprain for RGIII?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, December 10.

BASEBALL
Looks like there'll be no TitoYouk reunion, as the Indians -- who reportedly grew tired of waiting for Youkilis to make a decision -- have reached agreement with Mark Reynolds to play first base. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Nor are Francisco Liriano and the Twins getting back together. (Hardball Talk)

The way A-Rod sees it, the last time he had hip surgery he made it back and the Yankees won the World Series. So . . . (AP)

It's a deal between the Phillies and Rangers, and Michael Young's now in Philadelphia. (AP)

Hardball Talk's Matthew Pouliot says the Royals-Rays trade is a case of "a general manager putting his own best interests ahead of those of his team", since Dayton Moore a) knew he'd probably be fired if the Royals didn't show improvement in 2013, and b) the price tag was waayy too high for two players who will only lift K.C. into the 82-85 win range.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Undefeated, and No. 1, Indiana received its first bit of bad news, as sophomore forward Austin Etherington is lost for the season. And because of an injury suffered against Central Connecticut State, no less. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
They say when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Things must be pretty weird at Temple, then, because the Owls -- in attempting to fill the head coaching vacancy created when Steve Addazio bolted for Boston College -- are looking at Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. (CSN Philly)

And Giants assistant Matt Ruhle. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The theme continues: Is anyone weirder than Nick Saban, who's now being linked to the Browns? (College Football Talk)

And more weirdness: Going from a Big 12 school to one in the Big East? But that's what Tommy Tuberville's doing, as he's leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati. (AP)

Manti Te'o's Heisman snub didn't go down too well at Notre Dame. (CSN Chicago)

Jerry Sandusky's "fight is 100 percent back", says his lawyer, and they're pressing ahead with his appeal. (AP)

HOCKEY
Let's start the merry-go-round once again. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
They may not be winning, but at least the Lakers are hustling and working hard. Oh, wait . . . (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

It's 180 degrees different in the Big Apple. (AP)

Pretty sure Steven Jackson himself wrote the first Twitter post, and -- 25,000 later -- his representatives wrote the second. (AP)

Also 25,000 lighter these days: Cavs coach Byron Scott. But it was for a more traditional, postgame bashing of the refs. (AP)

Derrick Rose gives an update -- of sorts -- on his ACL rehab. (CSN Chicago)

When Kevin McHale returned, Jeremy Lin's playing time shrank. But Lin says he understands. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
It may have been a pyrrhic victory, but it was a victory nonetheless -- and a big one -- for the Redskins. (AP)

Hard to believe RGIII has just a sprained knee. Yet that's the story . . . for now. (CSN Washington)

Now that the games are big, the Ravens are coming up small. (CSN Baltimore)

But what, them worry? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It was an emotional win for the grieving Cowboys. (AP)

Desperate times call for desperate measures: The Eagles broke their eight-game losing streak with a play Nick Foles drew up in the dirt. Figuratively, that is. (CSN Philly)

The Bears ran up "perhaps the most meaningless 438 yards of total offense in recent memory" in their 21-14 loss to the Vikings. (CSN Chicago)

And they're now in second place in the NFC North as a result, as the Packers beat the Lions and took over the top spot. (AP)

Now this is the Brandon Jacobs we know. (CSN Bay Area)

David Wilson had a nice coming-out party -- and at the right time, too -- for Jacobs' former team. (Pro Football Talk)

I guess Greg Hardy was right. (AP)

Quite the story unfolding in Indianapolis, isn't it? (AP)

Arizona's humiliating meltdown at Seattle -- eight turnovers, 154 yards total offense, a 58-0 loss -- was one for the ages. (AP)

Interesting fallout from the Jovan Belcher murdersuicide: Peter King reports that at least seven NFL players have turned in their guns to team security personnel, with one player telling his team that he doesn't trust himself. (Pro Football Talk)

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

BOSTON – The return of Avery Bradley was a good thing for the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for them to control the action in the first half of Monday’s game against the Hawks who took a 51-47 lead into the half.

Bradley, who had missed previous 18 games and 22 of 23, had six points in the first half on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Celtics opened the game with a 7-2 spurt and led by as many as eight points (15-7) in the first before the Hawks begin to cut into Boston’s lead and eventually take their first lead of the night following a 3-point play by Paul Millsap with 4:20 to play in the quarter which put them ahead 18-15 as part of an 11-0 run.

Boston would regain the lead before both teams went into the second quarter tied at 24.

The second quarter saw Boston hit one of those scoring lulls that they go through from time to time.

But unlike last night’s win at Detroit when they went nearly four minutes without scoring, Atlanta’s offense did a much better job of taking advantage of Boston’s struggles.

Atlanta went on a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter capped off by a Kent Bazemore lay-up that put the Hawks ahead 35-31.

Boston rallied soon after with Bradley leading the charge.

Bradley drained a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta’s lead to 35-34.

A defensive stop by Boston led the way for an Isaiah Thomas lay-up that put the Celtics back on top, leading to the Hawks calling a time-out with 6:18to play in the half.

Atlanta tightened up defensively, doing just enough to go into the half with a four-point lead.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

 

STARS

Dennis Schroder

He really came out and set the tone for the Hawks, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points in the first quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

Atlanta did a nice job of blitzing Thomas and forcing him to pass the ball. But Thomas is a professional scorer so you knew it was a matter of time before he got going offensively. He led the Celtics with nine points at the half, in addition to dishing out five assists while also grabbing five rebounds.

Dwight Howard

The Celtics simply could not keep him from dominating play around the rim. He led all scorers at the half with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

 

STUDS

Marcus Smart

When the offense seemed to stall, it was Smart who kept the Celtics within striking distance in the second quarter. He had seven points at the half along with three rebounds and an assist.

Paul Millsap

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (he missed six of his seven shots), but his presence was felt. He had five points at the half along with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Celtics rebounding

It really is an adventure when it comes to the Boston Celtics and rebounding the ball. Tonight, they have not been very good, with the Hawks holding a decisive 32-21 rebounding edge which has allowed them to hold a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint, an 8-2 edge on second-chance points in addition to leading the fast break points game, 7-4.

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Just when it appeared Andrew Bogut was heading to Cleveland, a source has told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe that the reports are "innacurate."

According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics are "very much" in the running and Bogut is "hoping to speak to a few Celtics players over the phone on Tuesday to get a gauge on how he might fit with their team."

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline for big man Nerlens Noel.