Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

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Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 17:

BASEBALL
Forget about Michael Morse coming to the Red Sox; he's been traded to Seattle. (AP)

And forget about Aaron Cook returning to the Red Sox; he's signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP)

Now we know why the Giants didn't bring back Brian Wilson. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Just because you're building for the future doesn't mean you can't win now. Right, Theo? (CSN Chicago)

Because if you're the manager and general manager of a team that wins while building for the future, you might get a nice long contract extension . . . like Buck and The Duke. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of nice long contracts, how about five years and 55 milliion for Matt Harrison? (AP)

Derek Jeter, recuperating from the broken ankle he suffered in the ALDS, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (AP)

A-Rod came through surgery fine. (AP)

Happy 20th season, Darren Oliver. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
C'mon, Maryland. Storming the court because you beat a 14th-ranked team? Really? (CSN Baltimore)

The outmanned Kansas State women decided to try a unique strategy against No. 1 Baylor: Hoist up the 3s -- 44 of them, to be exact -- and see what happens. Didn't work, but at least their 90-69 loss was interesting. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
How could questions not remain about the bizarre Manti Te'o tale? (NBC's College Football Talk)

USC turns into Spin City after reports surface of an "altercation" in the locker room following the Trojans' loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. (College Football Talk)

Let Katharine Webb's 15 minutes of fame begin: She's been chosen to cover the Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'. Here's hoping she sends a thank-you note to Brent Musburger . . . (NBC's Off The Bench)

The rats continue their leap off the sinking ship. (AP)

No surprise, then, that the sinking ship didn't turn up in the top four on the list of conferences generating the most revenue. (AP)

A scooter?? (AP)

CYCLING
Nice try, Lance, but nobody's buying when you're selling. (CSN Bay Area)

GOLF
Jason Dufner watched how the Europeans picked their Ryder Cup captain and wondered: Why don't we do it like that? (AP)

HOCKEY
What's all the fuss? Ilya Kovalchuk says he was contractually obligated to leave Russia and rejoin the Devils when the lockout ended. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Evgeni Malkin's back, too, and he's happy to be here. (AP)

Contract length was the hill the owners said they'd die on, and then the Devils marched right up that hill yesterday in handing Travis Zajac an eight-year deal. (AP)

Jarome Iginla returns to the ice after missing time because of a groin injury and promises he'll be ready for the Flames' opener on Saturday. (AP)

Not many hockey players would choose Phoenix over Toronto -- in terms of history and fan passion, if not climate -- but Mathew Lombardi is thrilled to be heading back to the Coyotes after a miserable season with the Maple Leafs. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
'Melo goes all "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" with James Dolan. (AP)

If Kevin Durant wins the scoring title, he'll be the only 180 shooter in league history to do so. You'll have to click the link if you want to know more, because my head's kind of spinning trying to figure out a way to explain it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Now here are some scoring statistics that a basketball Luddite like me understands. (AP)

Let's talk winning streaks: It's 13 straight at home for the Spurs . . . (AP)

. . . but the Nets' overall streak ends at seven, and the Nuggets' is snapped at six. (AP)

The Heat are in L.A. tonight, and Pau Gasol says he's playing. (AP)

It's back to the sidelines for the always injured Stephen Curry. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Well, well. Does Marc Trestman's hiring by the Bears open a new door for Tim Tebow? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like it closed one for Rod Marinelli. (Pro Football Talk)

Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia talking about Santa Claus . . . and when it comes to Santa and Philly, you know what that means. (CSN Philly)

Coaches are famous for using any motivational tool they can think of, but Jim Harbaugh -- "Everything doesn't need a purpose" -- says he distributed the 49ers' high school photos and pre-college football rankings just for the fun of it. (CSN Bay Area)

Mike Smith says he expects the injured John Abraham to play Sunday. Of course, he also listed Abraham as having "limited participation" in the Falcons' practice session Wednesday when, in fact, Abraham didn't practice at all. (AP)

Seeing him get fired with a month to go in the season, and then watching the team that fired him advance to the conference finals (at least), apparently soured the Jets on Cam Cameron. (Pro Football Talk)

They're not sugar-coating anything in Pittsburgh, that's for sure. (AP)

Eli Manning's consolation for the Giants' late-season collapse: A trip to Hawaii. (AP)

You can build that massive new stadium if you want, Las Vegas, but the NFL's still not going to hold any events there. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
Caroline Wozniacki -- you know, Rory McIlroy's girlfriend -- won her match in 106-degree heat at the Australian Open. (AP)

Venus Williams wins, but what a reward: A third-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. (AP)

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.

 

Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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