Wakeup Call: Youth will be served as Youk heads to Yankees

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Wakeup Call: Youth will be served as Youk heads to Yankees

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, December 12:

BASEBALL
It's nice that Kevin Youkilis is getting 12 million and all, but a) he's got a lifetime .233 average at the new Yankee Stadium, b) he's been Webster's definition of a hitter on the decline for the last few years, and c) he looks pretty awful without his goatee. Plus he's probably just joined the DamonClemens pantheon of villains hereabouts. On the other hand, he is getting 12 million. And, as someone pointed out on Twitter yesterday, at age 34 he represents a infusion of youth for the Yankees. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Now that Youk walked away from the White Sox, is A.J. Pierzynski next? If he doesn't agree to their terms, he will be. (CSN Chicago)

One 2012 Yankee who won't be around when Youk puts on pinstripes: Andruw Jones, who's taking his .197 average and 14 homers to Japan. (AP)

It isn't the Justin Upton blockbuster we were hearing about last week, but it's still a pretty big trade . . . one which gets Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, old friend Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks, and Matt Albers reunited with Terry Francona. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And the D'backs landed Brandon McCarthy yesterday, too. (AP)

The Phillies aren't talking about their interest in Josh Hamilton, which usually means interest is there. (CSN Philly)

Hamilton-to-the-Phils might change some minds in Vegas, where the Nationals are the early favorites to make the World Series. (CSN Washington)

Jim Thome says he's not retired, but it might not be his choice. (CSN Philly)

R.A. Dickey says if he and the Mets don't reach a contract agreement before he hits free agency at the end of the 2013 season, he probably won't return to Queens . . . and that, he feels, "would be disappointing". (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The latest assistant to take the reins for a bowl game after the head coach departs for greener pastures: Kent Baer, who'll lead San Jose State in the Military Bowl. (AP)

What's this? Loyalty from a college football coach? Stop the presses! (AP)

GOLF
Everything's a made-for-TV extravaganza these days, even the announcement of the next Ryder Cup captain. But on the 'Today Show'? (AP)

R.I.P. Colleen Walker, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour. (AP)

HOCKEY
When negotiations resume today, the federal mediators will be back. (AP)

Dan Cleary thinks it's Jan. 15 or bust if there's to be an NHL season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Will the lockout -- or, more specifically, non-support of the union -- pit teammate against teammate when this whole mess is over? The Flyers' Scott Hartnell thinks that might be the case with the Capitals and Roman Hamrlik. (CSN Philly)

The Sharks' Justin Braun suffered a broken hand while playing in Finland, and -- if he doesn't want to be suspended without pay -- he better hope it heals before the lockout ends. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Good thing Arthur Griffiths doesn't own the Canucks anymore, because his fellow owners would be pretty sore about his anti-Bettmananti-Jacobs view of things. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
The hits just keep on coming for the Lakers. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

He may be busy, as Dodger owner, throwing money at every baseball player on the planet, but that hasn't stopped Magic Johnson from offering advice to his reeling former team. (AP)

On the other side of town, things are going swimmingly for the Clippers. (AP)

That KnicksNets rivalry? It's on. (AP)

Even though Andrew Bynum has yet to step on the court -- and God knows when he will -- the Sixers still have the best record of all the teams involved in last summer's megatrade. (CSN Philly)

It's never good when your star player and your owner are feuding. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Only a one-game suspension for throwing your mouthpiece at a referee? You got off easy, Amir Johnson. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
As one team licks its wounds after failing to meet the challenge of playing the Patriots at Gillette . . . (CSN Houston)

. . . another is licking its chops at the chance of knocking off BradyBelichicket al at The Razor. (CSN Bay Area)

Monday's faceplant in Foxboro wasn't the first time Matt Schaub failed to rise to an occasion. (CSN Houston)

Idiots don't look so bad when you're unemployed, eh, Braylon? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Whoa. Olindo Mare is back in the league? (AP)

No matter what happens from here on in, it's unlikely the Bears will part ways with Lovie Smith at season's end. (CSN Chicago)

Rashard Mendenhall's downward spiral continues: He's been suspended by the Steelers for conduct detrimental to the team after a season in which his play's been detrimental to the team. (AP)

The players have been dragging their feet on the implementation of HGH testing, so Congress is stepping in. (AP)

TENNIS
At last, Rafael Nadal is getting back on the court. (AP)

Celtics-Hawks preview: Thomas 'not worried about' Schroeder

Celtics-Hawks preview: Thomas 'not worried about' Schroeder

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. –  Isaiah Thomas has respect for the Atlanta Hawks team.

So when I asked him about the Hawks, Thomas spoke glowingly about Paul Millsap as being a “special player” and Dwight Howard having a huge impact on shot attempts whether he’s blocking them or not.

But he knows all eyes will be on him and Hawks point guard Dennis Schroeder who had some not-so-nice things to say about Thomas following Boston’s 103-101 win at Atlanta on Jan. 13.

The two waged a feisty, highly combative game most of the Jan. 13 game with Thomas getting the better of Schroeder in just about every statistical category such as scoring (28 points for Thomas compared to 4 for Schroeder), assists (nine to three), and minutes played (36:16 to 22:36).

And then there was the one statistic that mattered most … the win.

But after the game, Schroeder told reporters that Thomas had spoken badly about his mother.

“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder told reporters after the game in January. “If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

The news got back to Thomas who emphatically denied he said anything along those lines.

“I don’t talk about nobody’s mom,” Thomas said when he became aware of Schroeder’s comments. “I don’t cuss at anybody’s mom and I don’t talk about people’s family. So whatever he said, that’s a 100 percent lie and he knows that.”

When I asked Thomas about Schroeder following Boston’s 104-98 win at Detroit Sunday night, he had little to say about the Hawks point guard.

“Man I’m past that. I’m not worried about that guy,” Thomas said. “Once he did that the last game, where he tried to damage my character, (saying I was) talking about his parents … I’m past that. Hopefully we can beat the Atlanta Hawks. I’m not even worried about him.”

Schroeder may not be on Thomas’ radar as a major concern, but the players he spoke of earlier – Millsap and Howard – are two players who can have a significant impact on whether the Celtics can continue to build off of the good things they did against the Pistons.

And Atlanta (32-26) will come in extremely thirsty for success having lost their last three games – all by 15 or more points - and four of the last five.

Despite the Hawks recent struggles, the Celtics understand that despite their success this season they are in no position to take any team lightly.

“They’re a good team. They play the game the right way,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “They have some really good players, some really good shooters, really good bigs down low. We have to come out and play harder than them, match their intensity, execute, move the ball, share the ball and have fun.”

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