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Wakeup Call: The path is clear for Notre Dame

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Wakeup Call: The path is clear for Notre Dame

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, November 19:

AUTO RACING
Ladies and gentlemen, your Sprint Cup champion for 2012: Brad Keselowski. (AP)

Dodge sure left NASCAR in style. (AP)

This week, the only fight between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer was for first place. (AP)

BASEBALL
Zack Greinke may be staying in Los Angeles. Only it's the real version, not the ersatz "of Anaheim" kind. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hiroki Kuroda has apparently narrowed his choices to the Yankees or Japan. (Hardball Talk)

And Juan Pierre has narrowed his to the Marlins, of all teams. (AP)

I guess times are tough: No one wanted to bid 258,600 for Pete Rose's copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Whoa. Maybe it is a new era at UConn, after all. And not in a good way. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
After a weekend of upsets, the only thing standing between Notre Dame and a berth in the BCS championship game is Saturday's trip to USC. (AP)

And Brian Kelly likes what he's hearing -- or not hearing -- out of his troops. (CSN Chicago)

When the Trojans take the field Saturday, they'll have the hopes of Oregon, Kansas State and countless other BCS wannabes with them. (Like Georgia.) But they won't have starting quarterback Matt Barkley, who'll miss the game because of a strained right shoulder. (AP)

No surprise here: Tennessee fires coach Derek Dooley. (AP)

GOLF
Rory McIlroy says he wants to lighten the load in 2013. (AP)

HOCKEY
So much for the two weeks off: Labor talks resume today. (AP)

But Sportsnet's John Shannon doesn't expect anything except more "rhetoric and posturing" since, as he puts it, "There is nothing to indicate that either side has had an epiphany." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The AHL owners are probably saying, "What's the rush? Stay out longer!" (Pro Hockey Talk)

Whenever they do return, it'll probably be without Senators defenseman Jared Cowen; he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip Saturday and will be sidelined six to eight months. Of course, if the lockout wipes out the season, he might not miss anything. (AP)

The danger of playing in Europe during the lockout is that you might get hurt there . . . like the Capitals' Brooks Laich. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
Coach 'Sheed?? Just when you think you've heard it all . . . (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Hard to believe Kevin Durant never had a triple-double before last night. (AP)

They're old hat to Kobe Bryant, though. (AP)

It's tough enough staying healthy on the basketball courts of America. But Andrew Bynum couldn't survive its bowling alleys. (CSN Philly)

This is seven knee surgeries, and counting, for Brandon Roy. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
To quote Peter Gammons, Byron Leftwich me no Byron Leftwich: It was a win in Pittsburgh, and the Ravens will take it. (AP)

The Steelers hope -- or pray, if last night's any indication -- Ben Roethlisberger will be back when they have their rematch with Baltimore in two weeks. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And hapless Cleveland Browns me no hapless Cleveland Browns: It was a win, period, and the Cowboys will take it. (AP)

If you can't beat 'em one way, beat 'em another. Right, Texans? (CSN Houston)

It helps if your quarterback throws for 527 yards . . . especially when he's never come close to anything like that in the past. (CSN Houston)

Bart Scott's media mutiny didn't last long, as calmer -- i.e., saner -- heads prevailed. (Pro Football Talk)

Matty Ice's five picks couldn't stop the Falcons from beating Arizona. (AP)

TENNIS
The Czech Republic wins its first Davis Cup -- as an independent nation, that is -- with a 3-2 victory over Spain. (AP)

Sexual abuse charges have cost Bob Hewitt his spot in the Tennis Hall of Fame. (AP)

What do retired tennis stars do with themselves when their playing days are over? If they're Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob, they make guest appearances on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. (AP)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Celtics 'don’t have time for square one' moving on without Hayward

Celtics 'don’t have time for square one' moving on without Hayward

BOSTON – When Kyrie Irving asked Cleveland to trade him this summer, he did so in part to be more of a navigator when it comes to charting out the rest of his basketball career.

But he knows for him to achieve the kind of individual and team success that he wants, he can’t do it alone.

And that maybe more than anything else, is why Irving has struggled in these first two games as far as shooting the ball.

In Boston’s first two games – both losses – Irving has averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds. Those are decent numbers but pale in comparison to what the 25-year-old has been able to do most of his NBA career.

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And while the team is committed to moving on and focus on winning the next game, there’s no getting around the emotional tug they all feel towards Hayward.

“You can throw as many emotions in there as you want, man,” Irving said. “We know how much G (Gordon Hayward) meant to this team and means to this team. Without him on the floor creating those opportunities we were going over in practice, and we saw in preseason and in the first game, that’s a big void to fill. When you think of it in that aspect, of course you want to be frustrated and disappointed. I’m pretty sure that’s not what G wants. So, for us, you just have to continue to exude confidence in the young guys and be ready to step up to the plate. It’s going to be even higher expectations on our guys in this locker room now to try and fill that hole that G (Hayward) left for us. As one of the leaders on this team, it’s my job to pick us up, as well as with Brad and the team with all the guys. We have to look each other in the eyes and know what to expect every single night.”

That’s a lot easier said than done, especially when you consider how quickly things changed for the Celtics at least in the short term with Hayward’s energy.

“I just … as you can see its’ not an ideal situation,” Irving said. “So, as cliché as it is, everybody is probably going to say that’s life. But it is, man. [expletive] happens. Excuse my language. But it does, man. The individual that we have in Gordon, he’s very special. He’s going to fight like hell to get back on the floor. I know he’s already … there’s a fire burning inside of him. You see the amount of support he got. That should tell you the type of person he is. Not only to the Boston Celtics but to the rest of the league. We want him to get back healthy but we all understand that his health comes first. He’s going to do everything possible to get back on the floor and it’s our job to lift him up.”

Irving was asked whether the team would need to go back to Square One due to Hayward’s injury which will keep him out indefinite at this point.

“No. We don’t have time for square one,” Irving said. “I can tell you that right now. We don’t have time to go back to square one. It’s time to just figure it out, moment to moment, and we’ll be alright. I’ve had the unique opportunity to be in some situations that test your character and this is one of those times.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE