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Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!

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Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 9.

BASEBALL
Mark McGwire's advice to youngsters: Do as I say and not as I did. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

You'd think the Phillies would be worried that B.J. Upton's cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow act, which he got away with in the vast wasteland known as Tampa Bay's "fan" base, wouldn't go over with their rabid audience. But, apparently, they're not. (CSN Philly)

Anibal Sanchez' asking price: Six years, 90 million. (Hardball Talk)

If you're interested in Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo or Gavin Floyd, the White Sox are interested in hearing what you have to say. (CSN Chicago)

Maicer Izturis is moving from the Sunshine State to the Great White North. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
He won't say why or what for -- except that it's not for anything criminal, or anything that would incur the wrath of the NCAA -- but Florida coach Billy Donovan has indefinitely suspended starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Florida State pulls off a great escape at Virginia Tech. (AP)

You get the impression that members of the nation's power conferences aren't too impressed with Notre Dame. But at least one former coach thinks the Irish could compete in the SEC. (CSN Chicago)

Auburn certainly can't -- at least not this year -- and it may cost Gene Chizik his job. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Lane Kifflin knows some people won't believe USC's story that it was a rogue student manager, acting on his own, who deflated the footballs last week against Oregon, an act for which the Pac-12 fined the school and for which the manager was fired. But Kifflin also points out that if it was a deliberate strategy, the Trojans wouldn't be "directing a student manager on the Oregon sideline, right in front of them, to be deflating balls, and then playing with some deflated and some non-deflated balls." (AP)

Check that: Marcus Lattimore won't be attending South Carolina's game on Saturday. (AP)

A freshman walk-on collapses and dies during practice at Tennessee State. (AP)

Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden is in "stable, yet critical" condition after tearing the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart in a collision with a teammate at Tuesday's practice. (AP)

HOCKEY
Gary Bettman doesn't have much to say about the latest round of negotiations. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

And Donald Fehr explains why. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But all this silence hasn't stopped some from speculating about what a shortened season would look like. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
McKayla Maroney can't believe that her "not-impressed" face -- which she says she does "all the time" -- went viral. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
Hockey may be gone (temporarily, anyway), but it's not forgotten with the Miami Heat. (AP)

Maybe things are as bad as they seem in L.A.: Jim Buss just gave Mike Brown a vote of confidence. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andrew Bogut's bum ankle will keep him out of the Warriors' lineup for the next 7-10 days. (AP)

Kings rookie Thomas Robinson gets a two-game suspension for elbowing the Pistons' Jonas Jerebko in the neck. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
What a difference a year makes in Indianapolis, eh? And if you want to say it's all Luck, well, who's arguing? (AP)

The Andy Reid Death Watch is underway, and Jon Gruden's name is circulating as his replacement. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Now that it looks like his baby will be born Monday, Charles Tillman says he'll play Sunday when the Bears meet the Texans. (AP)

Not so sure about Richard Seymour, though, and it has nothing to do with his wife giving birth. (AP)

The hits over the years have taken their toll, but on game day Calvin Johnson is still Megatron. (AP)

Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu apologizes for his arrest in a drunken-driving rampage last month. (AP)

The 49ers "can't stress enough how professional, how team-oriented Randy Moss is." (CSN Bay Area) What you just heard was the sound of Michael Felger's head exploding.

SOCCER
Rod Stewart -- yes, that Rod Stewart -- goes all John Boehner over Celtic's 2-1 upset of Barcelona. (NBC's Off The Bench)

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