Wakeup Call: Will Jets cut their losses with Tebow?

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Wakeup Call: Will Jets cut their losses with Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 1:

AUTO RACING
The Chase for the Cup looks like a two-man battle between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. (AP)

BASEBALL
It was a parade of love in San Francisco for the World Series champs. (AP)

The confetti was still lining the streets when free agents-to-be Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt began pondering their futures. (CSN Bay Area)

Speaking of Pagan, he helped pass out some of the tacos he won for everyone in the country with his Game 2 stolen base. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Angels checked one item off their offseason to-do list, trading Ervin Santana to the Royals. (AP)

Let the A-Rod rumors begin. Today's entry: The Phillies. (CSN Philly)

Rafael Soriano figures it's time to cash in on his 42-save season as Mariano Rivera's replacement. (AP)

Dan Duquette says he likes Mark Reynolds, but doesn't like his 11 million price tag for 2013. So he'll see if he can't bring Reynolds back for a little -- or a lot -- less than that. (CSN Baltimore)

The Rays are keeping James Shields, Fernando Rodney and Jose Molina -- or at least they're picking up their 2013 options -- and letting Luke Scott go. (AP)

The Marlins' managerial search continues. The latest interviewee: Tigers coach Lloyd McClendon. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Michigan has suspended leading scorer Trey Burke for its exhibition opener because of what coach John Beilein is calling "out-of-character" decisions. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Pete Carroll on Steve Spurrier's claim that Alabama could beat some of the worst teams in the NFL: Get real, will ya? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But not to worry there, Saban: Alabama's playing LSU this weekend, not the Jaguars or the Panthers. And it looks like Amari Cooper will be good to go. (NBC's College Football Talk)

To keep him away from the general prison population, Jerry Sandusky's going to serve his sentence on death row. (AP)

GOLF
Phil Mickelson can't shake that horrific Ryder Cup defeat. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
I know it's early, but what a Dwightmare it's been for Lakers so far. (AP)

They're certainly making Mark Cuban's wish come true. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Nice takeoff for James Harden with the Rockets. (CSN Houston)

Stephen Curry has a four-year, 44 million contract extension to take his mind off his bum ankle. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Even when the Jets have a bye week, Tim Tebow's in the news. (AP)

The Giants say they aren't going to let the damage and destruction of Hurricane Sandy take their minds off preparation for this week's game against the Steelers. (AP)

The Redskins figure no news is good news regarding a possible suspension for DeAngelo Hall after his blowup with the referees last week. But they haven't taken into account the hurricane, which closed the NFL offices in New York this week. (CSN Washington)

The NFL office also wants to talk to Emmanuel Sanders about that convenient leg cramp -- remember when he dropped like he was shot while the Steelers were trying to avoid using a time out in the fourth quarter against the Bengals, then returned one play later? -- he suffered a few weeks ago. (AP)

Told you this was coming! (CSN Baltimore)

The '85 Bears are remembered as one of the greatest teams of all time, but some -- like Richard Dent -- think they're actually a symbol of unrealized potential . . . and that it's Mike Ditka's fault they didn't win more than one Super Bowl. (CSN Chicago)

You may have to pass a faith test if you want to play for the Colts. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

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Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson was named the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations after longtime Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball ops Jim Buss were fired, the team announced.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights [late owner] Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss' daughter, Jim Buss' brother and Lakers president and co-owner, said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

Johnson, the Hall of Famer guard who led L.A. to five NBA titles, said in the same statement: “It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family. Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

Johnson, part of a group that owns MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, returned to the organization as an adviser earlier this month. Johnson coached the Lakers briefly in the 1993-94 season, going 5-11. 

Johnson's new job with the Lakers won't change his role with the Dodgers, according to the L.A. Times.

The current Lakers have the third-worst record in the NBA at 19-39 after finishing with the second-worst mark in the league (17-65) last season. Kupchak was named an assistant GM under Jerry West in 1986 and in 2000 took over for West as GM.