Wakeup Call: Teo fesses up . . . kind of


Wakeup Call: Teo fesses up . . . kind of

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 24:

Sammy Sosa thinks he and Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame. He also thinks the Cubs should retire his number. He also thinks he may someday run for president of the Dominican Republic. Your choice as to which of those is most delusional. (AP)

Will Pete Rose be part of the hoopla when the 2015 All-Star Game is held in Cincinnati? Bud Selig won't say. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Braves are attempting to become the Upton capital of the world. (CSN Washington)

The Cubs are close to a two-year agreement with Scott Hairston. (CSN Chicago)

Duke reached all kinds of milestones in its 90-63 loss at Miami: Third-worst loss ever for a No. 1 team, biggest loss by a Duke team since 1984 . . . (AP)

Don't worry, Blue Devils, it could be worse. You could be NIT-bound, which may be Kentucky's fate. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

This is quite the run for Philadelphia teams: One night after Villanova upset Louisville, La Salle toppled No. 9 Butler. (CSN Phllly)

Now Manti Te'o says, well, yes, he lied about the phony dead girlfriend. But only after he found out she was phony. (CSN Chicago)

The NCAA found problems during its investigation of Miami. Trouble is, the problems were with its own investigators. (AP)

The hits just keep on coming for the struggling Flyers: Scott Hartnell is out indefinitely because of a foot injury. (CSN Philly)

Also out indefintely: The Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul, who has a broken arm. (AP)

And out for the season: The Avs' Steve Downie, who torn his ACL -- the Associated Press didn't say in which knee -- against the Kings on Tuesday night. (AP)

The Leafs spoil the Penguins' home opener. (AP)

After being discarded by the Canadiens -- and vilified by the Montreal fan base -- Scott Gomez lands on his feet in San Jose. (AP)

The Oilers are building a new home in Edmonton, with some help from the city. (AP)

What was it Sparky Lyle said about the 1978 Red Sox? "I don't feel sorry for them, but I pity them"? That's how I'm starting to feel about the Lakers. (AP)

The Heat hadn't played for nearly a week, and it showed for a while. But they were able to come back from a 15-point deficit and beat the Raptors in overtime. (AP)

The Spurs didn't let the absences of Tim Duncan (sore left knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (illness) prevent them from rolling to their 15th straight home win. (AP)

This may end better than we all feared: Royce White says he's close to returning to the Rockets. (CSN Houston)

Just when you think the Jets have reached the limits of organizational weirdness, word comes that Woody Johnson is working to trade Darrelle Revis . . . at a time when Revis' value couldn't possibly be lower, and before the team's new GM has started work. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Tony Sparano is no doubt happy to be away from that circus. Trouble is, he may have landed in a bigger one. (AP)

Speaking of weirdness: Colin Kaepernick has applied to trademark the term "Kaepernicking". First of all, what in the world is "Kaepernicking"; second of all, doesn't he have more important things to focus on these days? (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers win the first battle of the Super Bowl: They'll arrive in New Orleans before the Ravens. (AP)

Frank Gore could have saved 500 by pulling up his socks and kicking somebody. (AP)

Tim Brown now says he didn't say what everybody heard him say about Bill Callahan sabotaging Super Bowl XXXVII. (Pro Football Talk)

Brandon Weeden's reign as the Browns' starting quarterback may not last very long now that Cleveland has a new coach and new offensive coordinator. (AP)

Sensing -- correctly -- that their free trips to Hawaii are in jeopardy, the players vow to take the Pro Bowl seriously this time. (AP)

So, at the Australian Open, we have Roger Federer in the men's semis . . . (AP)

. . . defending champ Novak Djokovic in the men's finals . . . (AP via nbcsports.com)

. . .and defending champ Victoria Azarenka and Li Na in the women's final. (AP)

Sloane Stephens may be eliminated, but her victory over Serena Williams gave tennis its first "buzz" moment of the year. (tennis.com via nbcsports.com)

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


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. 


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


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.