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Wakeup Call: Big Al could be the big chip on the NBA trade market

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Wakeup Call: Big Al could be the big chip on the NBA trade market

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, January 22:

AUTO RACING
Democracy comes to NASCAR. (AP)

BASEBALL
If you're wondering why Bud Selig's in Cincinnati in late January, it's because he's about to award the 2015 All-Star Game to the Reds. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Marvin Miller's absence from the Hall of Fame is a travesty -- that's me talking -- and I agree with the retired players who urge that he be inducted. (AP)

So if you're left-handed, you can keep getting chances even if you're 35, haven't pitched in the major leagues since 2010, and had an 8.07 ERA in Triple-A last year. Would that all our opportunities be so bountiful. (Hardball Talk)

Was it really just a year-and-a-half ago that the Red Sox considered Erik Bedard to be their big midseason acquisition, the last piece of the puzzle? How far we sometimes fall . . . (CSN Houston)

There'll be a public visitation for the late Stan Musial in St. Louis on Thursday. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Georgetown's 63-47 win over No. 24 Notre Dame in South Bend left Irish coach Mike Brey speechless. (AP)

The Connecticut women slapped a 79-49 pasting on previously unbeaten Duke, meaning there are no longer any undefeated teams -- men's or women's -- in Division I. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Honey Badger's at the Senior Bowl, hoping to show NFL teams that he's changed his ways. (AP)

The nearly-two-year NCAA investigation of the U. is coming to a head. (AP)

GOLF
Phil Mickelson says the increased federal and state taxes he's due to pay "don't work for me right now." So, uh, when will they work for you, Phil? (AP)

HOCKEY
Keith Jones, like most hockey fans, loves fighting in the game. Mike Milbury thinks the staged brawls, the ones where the players drop the gloves to make a point or to try and inspire their team, are stupid. With the increased number of such fights in the season's first few days, they debate the issue -- spiritedly. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

It appears Tomas Holmstrom will call it quits today. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Beware, Sabres opponents: Ryan Miller's back on his game. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Still pining away for Al Jefferson? He might be available. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If the NBA owners say yes, the Seattle SuperSonics will be back in business. (AP)

The Lakers are getting worse, not better, and eventually they're going to have to do something about it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Kobe Bryant agrees. (AP)

And if trading Pau Gasol -- who's now coming off the bench in Mike D'Antoni's grand scheme -- is part of that something, then he's all for it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

How can it be that the Nets and Knicks, who are developing quite the rivalry, are done playing each other for the year? (AP)

Good news, Sixers fans: Andrew Bynum's slow and steady -- emphasis on slow -- return  is right on schedule. (CSN Philly)

As is Derrick Rose's in Chicago. (AP)

A blood clot in his lower right lung will keep the Cavs' Anderson Varejao sidelined for the rest of the year. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Har-Bowl stuff hasn't even really started yet, and already Ray Ratto's sick of it. (CSN Bay Area)

It's come to this for David Akers: Jim Harbaugh's raving about the way he kicked in pregame. He kinda has to, since there's nothing to rave about during the game. (CSN Bay Area)

Looks like Jim Caldwell passed the on-the-job test. (AP)

The Raiders have spent 11 years, and counting, whining about their loss in the Snow Bowl. Now they've started up on something new. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Turns out there were 32 12 million reasons why Chip Kelly left Oregon for Philadelphia. (Pro Football Talk)

Kelly better hope Pat Shurmur makes a better assistant than he did a head coach. (AP)

The sprained shoulder he suffered at the end of the NFC Championship Game will keep Matty Ice out of the Pro Bowl. (AP)

Tom Brady never really gives much an excuse to duck out of the Pro Bowl -- this time around it's an "undisclosed injury" -- but his departure means Andrew Luck's getting a free trip to Hawaii in his place. (AP)

SOCCER
Talk about much Adu over nothing . . . (CSN Philly)

TENNIS
Maria Sharapova needed only 5 hours and 15 minutes to win five matches and make her way into the Australian Open semifinals. (AP)

Roger Federer has made it to the quarterfinals in 35 straight Grand Slam tournaments. (AP)

Those soul-piercing grunts that Victoria Azarenka emits each time she hits a shot are being put to music. (AP)

Elisabeth Shue, one of the co-stars of CBS's 'CSI', is a big tennis fan . . . which is why you'll be seeing Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob in Wednesday's episode. (AP)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

MORE:

Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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