Wakeup Call: What's the rush? Take a couple of weeks off!

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Wakeup Call: What's the rush? Take a couple of weeks off!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 16:

AUTO RACING
He's got almost no chance of overtaking him on the track for the Sprint Cup championship, so Jimmie Johnson's trying mind games with Brad Keselowski. (AP)

BASEBALL
It's the Ghost of Bowie Kuhn! Bud Selig says he's taking the Marlins-Blue Jays megatrade -- which still isn't official, by the way -- "under review". (AP)

Not only has Jeffrey Loria got the fans of Miami and the national media mad, it appears even his fellow owners aren't too fond of him these days. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Matt Garza gets a clean bill of health. (CSN Chicago)

As does Brandon McCarthy. (AP)

Long-ago All-Star Dioner Navarro -- a key member of the Rays when they dethroned the Red Sox in '08, if you recall -- catches on with the Cubs. (CSN Chicago)

Scott Boras gives the Dodgers a glimpse into what contract talks for Ryu Hyun-Jin will be like when he describes the South Korean left-hander as "one of the Goliaths, if not the leading Goliath, in baseball." (AP)

Just Manny being Manny. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Representatives of Shabazz Muhammad are ready to charge that the NCAA conducted an unfair investigation of the UCLA freshman, saying that -- based on the boyfriend of one of the group's lawyers bragging loudly on a flight in August -- the NCAA had already decided to declare Muhammad ineligible before it had ever heard the case. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The rich get richer -- recruiting wise, that is -- at Kentucky, (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson, who disappeared from campus Monday, has been found safe in Dallas, though coach Kevin Sumlin says he's concerned for Johnson's health and well-being. (AP)

North Carolina ends Virginia's postseason hopes by pulling away to a 37-13 victory. (AP)

GOLF
She can't really be washed up at 23, can she? But how else to describe Michelle Wie's baffling career descent? (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
They've already bagged the first two months of the season, and now the NHL wants to take a couple of weeks off from negotiations with the union. You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction . . . (AP)

Bill Daly wails that "union leadership . . . has no genuine interest in reaching an agreement." Right, Bill, because their job is to keep the players unemployed with no income. God, your spin is as ham-handed as your negotiating tactics. (CSN Philly)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Magistrate Judge who mediated talks between the NFL and NFLPA last summer -- a Minnesota Wild season-ticket holder, by the way -- is willing to wade into the NHL labor wars for free. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Brad Richards and a group of his Rangers teammates are going to hold a charity skate on Staten Island for the victims of Hurricane -- pardon me, Superstorm -- Sandy. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Break up the Knicks! (AP)

Cross another item off the Heat's to-do list: Winning a game in Denver. (AP)

Mike D'Antoni showed up in L.A. on crutches, but still ready to go. (AP)

Scottie Pippen plans to trod the boards in 'A Christmas Carol'. Get your tickets now. (AP)

Ex-University of Tennessee and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody in Atanta after first using a bat to break the windows of, and then firing a gun into, a car owned by Jennifer Lacy of the Tulsa Shock. Lacy says she and Holdsclaw -- who has talked openly about her fight with clinical depression, which led her to make a suicide attempt in 2006 -- had been romantically involved. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Bills bounced back nicely from Sunday's frustrating loss in Foxboro with a 19-14 win over Miami. (AP)

The Dolphins' offense is, well, offensive. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bart Scott scoffs at LaDainian Tomlimson's speculation that he's the one who gave the anonymous quotes about Tim Tebow being "terrible", saying "I ain't ever hid behind junk that I've ever said." (Pro Football Talk)

John Elway has no reason to regret trading Tebow, and it's clear he doesn't. (Pro Football Talk)

In a strange way, all of this has served as support for Mark Sanchez . . . who otherwise would be sitting on the quite the hot seat. (AP)

Woody Johnson's not a happy camper these days; not only is his team 3-6, but he was one of Mitt Romney's biggest boosters and, well, we all know how that turned out. But somebody usually pays the price for a billionaire's unhappiness, and there are hints that those somebodies are going to be Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum. (AP)

Want to know why All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis thinks his coach, John Harbaugh, is "as tough as a two-dollar steak"? Harbaugh underwent what was described as a "minor procedure . . . for an irregular heartbeat" on Thursday, but expects to be back with the 49ers on Friday and to coach the team this weekend. (CSN Bay Area)

Talk all you want about doing more to protect players, but as long as they're going to lie about having concussions so they can stay in the game -- as Brian Urlacher freely admits he would doprobably has done -- then expect the problems to continue. (CSN Chicago)

Wade Phillips looks at the 30,000 the NFL took from Tim Dobbins and says he's baffled by how the league determines fines. (CSN Houston)

The Ravens' injury depleted secondary takes another hit as Jimmy Smith undergoes surgery for a groin problem. (CSN Baltimore)

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis. 

 

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.