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Wakeup Call: LeBron's quest to be the best (of all time) resumes

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Wakeup Call: LeBron's quest to be the best (of all time) resumes

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 30:

BASEBALL
Buster Posey made sure there'd be no Doug Mientkiewicz-like controversy over the final-out ball from this World Series. (CSN Bay Area)

The Giants' sweep of the Tigers didn't rate with the nation's TV viewers. (AP)

Josh Reddick? A finalist for the Gold Glove? What happened to the guy who used to stumble around in right field for the Red Sox? (CSN Bay Area)

The Angels are sprinting into the offseason, trying to find takers for Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before they have to pick up their contract options on Wednesday. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Meanwhile, the Yankees began their offseason by exercising options on Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. (AP)

There's another Drew available if you're interested. (AP)

Also on the market: Old friend Alex Gonzalez. (AP)

BOXING
Sugar Ray Leonard, an abuse survivor himself, says he hopes Jerry Sandusky's victims can learn from his story and "speak up, speak out" to help prevent it from happening to someone else. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Marcus Lattimore vows: I'll be back. (AP)

It'll be redemption time for the LSU Tigers -- they hope -- on Saturday when Alabama comes to town. (AP)

At least Joker Phillips is maintaining his sense of humor as questions about his job security at Kentucky mount. (AP)

Doesn't sound like Purdue AD Morgan Burke has much of one, though. (AP)

GOLF
Score after their first mano-a-mano match: Rory 1, Tiger 0. (AP)

HOCKEY
Wayne Simmonds is finding there are racists in the stands everywhere. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
At the dawn of a new season, LeBron James' goal remains simple (and humble): "I want to be the best of all time." (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Kurt Helin lists four teams who could stop LeBron and the Heat . . . and, yup, the Celtics are one of them. (Pro Basketball Talk)

There's a new sheriff in town, and the Rockets can feel his energy. (CSN Houston)

And J.J. Watt, for one, can't wait to see him in action. (CSN Houston)

A friend says James Harden was "devastated" at the prospect of leaving Oklahoma City, but Helin can think of 25,000,000 reasons he'll get over it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Don't expect to see Amar'e Stoudemire for six to eight weeks. (Pro Basketball Talk)

But Kobe on Opening Night? It's allegedly a game-time decision, but who really thinks he won't play? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Okay, floppers: Starting tonight, your time is up. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Cardinals dared Alex Smith to beat them. So he did. (CSN Bay Area)

You can get those T-shirts and hats ready for the 49ers, because it's clear no one in the NFC West can stop them. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick is still the Eagles quarterback . . . for now. (CSN Philly)

But whether he continues to start or heads to the bench, it's clear this will be Vick's last season in Philadelphia. (Pro Football Talk)

In for a dime, in for a dollar: Rex Ryan doubles down on Mark Sanchez. (Pro Football Talk)

No quarterback issues in Denver, though, where Peyton Manning is even lucky on the injury front these days. (AP)

Being a QB in KC, meanwhile, apparently raises your concussion risk. (AP)

Going under the knife has made Mario Williams feel so much better. (AP)

The Colts got a surprise visit from Chuck Pagano on Monday. (AP)

Ten wins in their last 16 games, dating back to last year, have the Dolphins talking loud and proud. (AP)

That's four straight games the Panthers have led in the fourth quarter, and four straight games they've blown. But Ron Rivera says he's not worried about his job. (AP)

Remember when Bill Belichick listed Tom Brady on the injury report for, like, six straight years with a bum shoulder? Be prepared for the same kind of snit from John Harbaugh now that the NFL has come down on the Ravens for the way they've been filling out their reports. (CSN Baltimore)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE