Wakeup Call: Shades of BledsoeBrady in San Francisco

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Wakeup Call: Shades of BledsoeBrady in San Francisco

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 29:

BASEBALL
The Braves snagged B.J. Upton for five years and 75.25 million. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

So what now, Phillies? (CSN Philly)

Michael Bourn, perhaps? (Hardball Talk)

You know times have changed when the players' union sounds amenable to even more drug testing. (AP)

If, as expected, the Giants let him go today, don't be surprised if Brian Wilson shows up in L.A. (CSN Bay Area)

Angels to the world: Make us an offer on Jordan Walden. (Hardball Talk)

If you had hopes of the Red Sox bringing back Nick Hagadone -- sent to the Indians way back when in the Victor Martinez deal -- well, forget it. (AP)

The Reds say they're going to put Aroldis Chapman on an innings limit as he switches to the starting rotation, but they don't sound fanatical about it. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UConn sure isn't hiding its lust to escape the sinking Big East, is it? (AP)

Take a page from Navy, will ya, Huskies? (AP)

A nice comeback win for Duke over The Ohio State University. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

And a nicer upset of No. 11 Creighton by Boise State. (AP)

Whoa, Miami fans: Beating the 13th-ranked team is no reason to storm the court. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jon Gruden says there's "no truth" to the rumors that he's been offered a minority stake in the Cleveland Browns if he becomes coach at the University of Tennessee. (AP)

Charlie Strong wasn't too happy with reports that he interviewed for the job at Auburn. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Les Miles is staying put. (AP)

GOLF
That wail of anguish you heard yesterday was from the nation's duffers, bemoaning the new rule -- which, at least, won't go into affect until 2016 -- that will prohibit them from anchoring a club against their bodies while making a stroke. (AP)

HOCKEY
Some truly sad news in the midst of lockout idiocy: Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. (nhl.com)

Now back to lockout idiocy: The two sides met separately with the federal mediators yesterday, and will do so again today. (AP)

Ted Lindsay -- one of the founders of the NHLPA, back in the 1950s -- wants today's players to stop their bad-mouthing of Gary Bettman. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) How about me, Ted? Can I keep on doing it?

Imagine how much they'd be worth if they'd actually won anything in the last 45 years. (AP)

That arena deal we discussed yesterday has cleared the way for Greg Jamison to buy the Coyotes. (AP)

Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested Oct. 29 while dressed as Tinky Winky -- you know, one of the Teletubbies -- and charged with being "super drunk". (AP) Wouldn't you pretty much have to be, to go out in public as Tinky Winky?

PRO BASKETBALL
The 13th time was a charm for the Wizards. (CSN Washington)

And the best part was shutting up Charles Barkley. (CSN Washington)

The Rockets beat the Raptors in Houston Tuesday night, flew to Minnesota for Sasha McHale's funeral Wednesday morning, then went to Oklahoma City for a game Wednesday night. The result after all that traveling, and emotion, was predictable -- a Thunder romp. (CSN Houston)

And it spoiled James Harden's homecoming, to boot. (CSN Houston)

Sign of the times: The Rockets taking to Twitter to ask for prayers for Kevin McHale and his family. (CSN Houston)

From blowing a 27-point lead against Milwaukee to blowing out Dallas: What a difference two days makes for the Bulls. (CSN Chicago)

So now it's Derek Fisher to the rescue for the Mavericks. (AP)

Like many people, Mike D'Antoni regrets going to New York. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Ricky Rubio says "Life is good!" -- via Twitter, of course -- after being cleared to resume practicing with the Timberwolves. (AP)

The Kings are turning Horace Greeley's advice on its ear: They may be moving to Virginia Beach. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO FOOTBALL
Shades of BledsoeBrady: Colin Kaepernick's the man in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

Though Jim Harbaugh says to "assume nothing" when specifically asked if Kaepernick "is the starting quarterback moving forward". (CSN Bay Area)

The Ndamukong Suh version of his kick at Matt Schaub's private parts: "I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man." (AP) And for that, the poor guy gets fined 30 grand. Life just ain't fair, is it?

Schaub's reaction: Suh who? (CSN Houston)

Jared Allen's 21,000 poorer after the hit on Lance Louis that knocked the Bears' guard out for the season. (AP)

Jason Babin wasn't unemployed for long. (AP)

If a cold-weather city like New York can host a Super Bowl, why not Denver? (AP)

Brandon Weeden's recovered from his concussion and will start for the Browns Sunday in Oakland. (AP)

And Greg Jennings is set to return to the Packers after his abdominal tear. (AP)

Rolando McClain's no longer a Raider . . . or is he? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER
Boy, Hope Solo sure snared herself a winner, didn't she? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

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Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins. 

Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016. 

Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1. 

Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010). 

 

Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

In the hours leading up to the draft, the Knicks continue to talk to teams -- including the Celtics -- about a trade for Kristaps Porzingis but are seeking a "massive" return, according to multiple reports. 

RELATED: Would this monster haul land Porzingis?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical reports that the Celtics are among several teams so far unwilling to meet the Knicks' price.

Knicks president Phil Jackson is said to covet Kansas forward Josh Jackson in the draft, who many have speculated the Celtics could take with the No. 3 pick. CSN Celtics Insider Sherrod Blakely, on the Toucher and Rich this morning, proposed a potential C's package of tonight's No. 3 pick, next year's Brooklyn pick, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown as a potential haul for Porzingis. 

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe termed what New York is seeking as "massive" and Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Celtics "remain in pursuit."

Frank Isola of The New York Daily News says it's "the moon and two Brooklyn picks," i.e. the haul Blakely proposed - this year's No. 3 and the 2018 first-round pick from the Nets that the Celtics own from the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett deal, Brown and Crowder. Also, the Celtics taking on the remaining two years (at more than $18 million per) of Joakim Noah's contract from the Knicks could factor into the deal.