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Wakeup Call: Sanchez crashes the Jets . . . and perhaps himself

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Wakeup Call: Sanchez crashes the Jets . . . and perhaps himself

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, December 18:

BASEBALL
The Blue Jays' blitzkrieg winter continues, as they officially acquire R.A. Dickey from the Mets. (AP)

There's been a lot of offseason action in the A.L. East, none of it involving the Orioles. And O's fans, the glow from last season's surprising success wearing off, are starting to get antsy. (CSN Baltimore)

It didn't take long for the A's to replace Stephen Drew: Hours after word leaked that he'd agreed to a contract with the Red Sox, Oakland signed Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. (CSN Bay Area)

The Astros' move to the American League means they're going to need a DH, and yesterday they signed one: Carlos Pena. (CSN Houston)

In an effort to reduce head injuries caused by line drives back to the mound, MLB is testing out a new padded hat. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Santiago Casilla is staying put. (CSN Bay Area)

R.I.P., Frank Pastore. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Normally they don't celebrate four-point, non-conference home victories -- over Detroit, no less -- at Syracuse, but they do when they're Jim Boeheim's 900th career win. (AP)

Indiana's weekend loss means Duke is now No. 1 in the weekly poll. (AP)

If the new 'Catholic 7' league comes calling, Butler will listen. (AP)

Payback's a you-know-what: Notre Dame, waiting at the station for the train to take it to the ACC in 2015, is a little nervous about the disarray it helped cause in the Conference Formerly Known As The Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Notre Dame picked up its first two wins of 2013 as offensive lineman Zack Martin and defensive tackle Louis Nix announced they're staying in school. (CSN Chicago)

Nick Saban insists he's staying at Alabama. He also insisted he was staying with the Dolphins. And, though I can't remember him doing so, probably insisted he was staying at LSU. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Western Michigan now has the youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision: 32-year-old P.J. Fleck, who was an assistant at both Rutgers and Tampa Bay to Greg Schiano. (AP)

Latest to declare for the NFL draft: West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey. (AP)

Quarterback Brendan Kay's been given another year of eligibility at Cincinnati. (AP)

The University of North Alabama has kicked a walk-on player off the team for making a racist Tweet about President Obama. (AP, via nbcsports.com)

HOCKEY
Well, at least they're talking about talking . . . though not to each other. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Adrian Aucoin moved his family -- wife and five kids, no less -- to Columbus after signing as a free agent with the Blue Jackets. And now he admits he may never get to play there. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
It was Linsanity all over again at Madison Square Garden, and when it settled down the Knicks had suffered their first home loss of the year. (AP)

And don't think he didn't enjoy it. (CSN Houston)

That's 11 in a row for the Thunder. (AP)

And 10 in a row for the Clippers. (AP)

John Wall's taking baby steps in his recuperation from a left knee injury. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Jets' playoff hopes, and perhaps the Mark Sanchez Era, went up in flames last night, as Sanchez threw four picks in a 14-10 loss to the Titans that eliminated New York from postseason contention. (AP)

Signs of delusion: Sanchez is still talking about learning from his mistakes and playing better in the future to help the team win. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Titans running back Chris Johnson wrote the names of all 26 Sandy Hook victims on his shoes for last night's game. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The 49ers' win in Foxboro didn't come without a price: Justin Smith -- whose departure from the game because of an elbow injury coincided with the Patriots' 28-point explosion -- had an MRI yesterday, and the Niners don't know when he'll be available again. (CSN Bay Area)

Tales of struggling kickers: The 49ers say they're sticking with David Akers. (CSN Bay Area)

Ditto the Packers with Mason Crosby. (AP)

Just what the Ravens need: Another linebacker gone for the season. (CSN Baltimore)

When will RGIII play again? When the doctors say he can. (CSN Washington)

All those folks who bought his jersey -- and there's millions of them -- hope that's soon. (AP)

London Fletcher says the problem his family had in the stands in Cleveland was caused by the Browns' stadium security personnel. (Pro Football Talk)

Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black is suspended four games for PED use . . . (CSN Washington)

. . . and his fellow Hogs -- do they still use that term in D.C.? -- are irate. (realredskins.com, via CSN Washington)

Speaking of PED use, Richard Sherman's appeal will be held Friday. He better hope he wins it; otherwise, the Seahawks will be without him in the playoffs. (Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick returns to practice as a man without a starting job, but he has an it-is-what-it-is serenity about the whole thing. (CSN Philly)

The Eagles are disavowing any knowledge of the steroids that authorities found in Garrett Reid's training camp dorm room after his death. (CSN Philly)

Mike Patterson says the contract nastiness that erupted between him and the Eagles last week -- which has since been settled with a renegotiation -- was business, not personal. (CSN Philly)

Josh Brent -- charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown -- surprised the Cowboys by showing up on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Steelers, but they didn't seem to have a problem with it. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
ATP to the U.S. Open on its schedule change: Not so fast. (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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