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Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

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Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 17:

BASEBALL
Forget about Michael Morse coming to the Red Sox; he's been traded to Seattle. (AP)

And forget about Aaron Cook returning to the Red Sox; he's signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP)

Now we know why the Giants didn't bring back Brian Wilson. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Just because you're building for the future doesn't mean you can't win now. Right, Theo? (CSN Chicago)

Because if you're the manager and general manager of a team that wins while building for the future, you might get a nice long contract extension . . . like Buck and The Duke. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of nice long contracts, how about five years and 55 milliion for Matt Harrison? (AP)

Derek Jeter, recuperating from the broken ankle he suffered in the ALDS, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (AP)

A-Rod came through surgery fine. (AP)

Happy 20th season, Darren Oliver. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
C'mon, Maryland. Storming the court because you beat a 14th-ranked team? Really? (CSN Baltimore)

The outmanned Kansas State women decided to try a unique strategy against No. 1 Baylor: Hoist up the 3s -- 44 of them, to be exact -- and see what happens. Didn't work, but at least their 90-69 loss was interesting. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
How could questions not remain about the bizarre Manti Te'o tale? (NBC's College Football Talk)

USC turns into Spin City after reports surface of an "altercation" in the locker room following the Trojans' loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. (College Football Talk)

Let Katharine Webb's 15 minutes of fame begin: She's been chosen to cover the Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'. Here's hoping she sends a thank-you note to Brent Musburger . . . (NBC's Off The Bench)

The rats continue their leap off the sinking ship. (AP)

No surprise, then, that the sinking ship didn't turn up in the top four on the list of conferences generating the most revenue. (AP)

A scooter?? (AP)

CYCLING
Nice try, Lance, but nobody's buying when you're selling. (CSN Bay Area)

GOLF
Jason Dufner watched how the Europeans picked their Ryder Cup captain and wondered: Why don't we do it like that? (AP)

HOCKEY
What's all the fuss? Ilya Kovalchuk says he was contractually obligated to leave Russia and rejoin the Devils when the lockout ended. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Evgeni Malkin's back, too, and he's happy to be here. (AP)

Contract length was the hill the owners said they'd die on, and then the Devils marched right up that hill yesterday in handing Travis Zajac an eight-year deal. (AP)

Jarome Iginla returns to the ice after missing time because of a groin injury and promises he'll be ready for the Flames' opener on Saturday. (AP)

Not many hockey players would choose Phoenix over Toronto -- in terms of history and fan passion, if not climate -- but Mathew Lombardi is thrilled to be heading back to the Coyotes after a miserable season with the Maple Leafs. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
'Melo goes all "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" with James Dolan. (AP)

If Kevin Durant wins the scoring title, he'll be the only 180 shooter in league history to do so. You'll have to click the link if you want to know more, because my head's kind of spinning trying to figure out a way to explain it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Now here are some scoring statistics that a basketball Luddite like me understands. (AP)

Let's talk winning streaks: It's 13 straight at home for the Spurs . . . (AP)

. . . but the Nets' overall streak ends at seven, and the Nuggets' is snapped at six. (AP)

The Heat are in L.A. tonight, and Pau Gasol says he's playing. (AP)

It's back to the sidelines for the always injured Stephen Curry. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Well, well. Does Marc Trestman's hiring by the Bears open a new door for Tim Tebow? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like it closed one for Rod Marinelli. (Pro Football Talk)

Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia talking about Santa Claus . . . and when it comes to Santa and Philly, you know what that means. (CSN Philly)

Coaches are famous for using any motivational tool they can think of, but Jim Harbaugh -- "Everything doesn't need a purpose" -- says he distributed the 49ers' high school photos and pre-college football rankings just for the fun of it. (CSN Bay Area)

Mike Smith says he expects the injured John Abraham to play Sunday. Of course, he also listed Abraham as having "limited participation" in the Falcons' practice session Wednesday when, in fact, Abraham didn't practice at all. (AP)

Seeing him get fired with a month to go in the season, and then watching the team that fired him advance to the conference finals (at least), apparently soured the Jets on Cam Cameron. (Pro Football Talk)

They're not sugar-coating anything in Pittsburgh, that's for sure. (AP)

Eli Manning's consolation for the Giants' late-season collapse: A trip to Hawaii. (AP)

You can build that massive new stadium if you want, Las Vegas, but the NFL's still not going to hold any events there. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
Caroline Wozniacki -- you know, Rory McIlroy's girlfriend -- won her match in 106-degree heat at the Australian Open. (AP)

Venus Williams wins, but what a reward: A third-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. (AP)

Talking Points: DeBrusk provides energy in win

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Talking Points: DeBrusk provides energy in win

GOLD STAR: Jake DeBrusk gave the Bruins all kinds of energy out of the starting gate, and made a couple of plays that allowed his team to hold a lead despite getting outplayed in the opening 20 minutes. DeBrusk went hard to the net splitting a couple of San Jose defenders on the first goal, and fired a shot on net that created a rebound for Peter Cehlarik to cash in on. Then DeBrusk scored a little bit later on a rush where he beat Brent Burns in a foot race to a loose puck, then whistled a wrist shot past Aaron Dell for his fourth goal of the season. DeBrusk finished with a goal and two points along with a plus-2 and a team-high four shots on net while falling just short of 16 minutes of ice time in the victory. It was a strong effort from DeBrusk shortly after being a healthy scratch, and showed what he’s capable of when he gets his skating legs going.

BLACK EYE: Brent Burns was a complete mess for the Sharks. He was burnt by Jake DeBrusk in each of the first two Bruins goals in the first period with the B’s rookie going right at him with the attack. He also didn’t make it to the net with 12 of the 16 shots that he attempted and Burns finished with seven giveaways as well. It’s been a rough follow-up season for Burns after last year’s Norris Trophy season where he’s tried to do too much for the Sharks, and his game has suffered as a result. That seemed to be the case for Burns against the Bruins as well where his mistakes played a big role in the Sharks dropping the game.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins won the game when they managed to survive an opening 20 minutes where they were outshot 17-5, and even better they had a 2-1 lead based on some offensive fireworks from Jake DeBrusk. They were also aided by a couple of video reviews where the Bruins took a San Jose goal off the board when it was ruled that a crashing Joonas Donskoi punched a puck into the net with his glove. The Peter Cehlarik goal was also upheld at the other end after a challenge from the San Jose bench. It looked like DeBrusk was tripped before he partially crashed into Aaron Dell that set up the Cehlarik goal, and that’s clearly how the referees saw it after reviewing the play.

HONORABLE MENTION: It’s got to be Anton Khudobin, who stopped 36-of-37 shots and improved to 5-0-2 on the season with another strong win aided by a stalwart defensive effort in front of him. Khudobin now has 12 of the 20 points that the Bruins have amassed on the season, and he absolutely rewarded the B’s for opting to go with the Bruins backup for a second game in a row as they ride the hot goaltender. Khudobin was helped by a number of Bruins blocked shots in the third period when the game was still very tight, but it was also about Khudobin coming up with 16 saves in the first period when the Bruins were getting outplayed by the Sharks.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – the number of Bruins rookies that have scored their first NHL goals this season, including Peter Cehlarik finally getting his first NHL score Saturday night in his 14th career game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We need them. They’re in the lineup and they’re playing significant minutes. We need them to produce for us. Tonight we needed some offense early, and they provided it for us.” – Bruce Cassidy, on the role of the rookies in the win where it was all first-year players Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen doing the scoring vs. San Jose. 

Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

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Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

BOSTON - AJ Dillon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, breaking free on a 48-yard run and a 53-yard score on Saturday night to lead Boston College to a 39-16 victory over UConn on the wet and worn-out turf at Fenway Park.

Playing most of the game in a heavy rain, with groundskeepers patching the field most every timeout, the Eagles (6-5) qualified for a bowl game for the fourth time in five seasons. UConn (3-8) showed little offense until two late touchdowns cut into a 36-point deficit.

One week after BC quarterback Anthony Brown sustained a season-ending knee injury, Darius Wade completed 7 of 15 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was helped by Dillon's running, another 107 yards rushing from Jon Hilliman and two long interception returns, including a 65-yard pick-six by Taj-Amir Torres.

Hilliman scored on 38- and 3-yard runs for BC, and Lukas Denis picked off David Pindell at the goal line and ran it back 56 yards to set up Dillon's second score.

BC led 39-3 in the fourth before Kevin Mensah ran 70 yards for a touchdown. Pindell followed by hitting Hergy Mayala for 43 yards with 4:15 left to make it 39-16.

Pindell finished with a career-high 241 yards on 14-for-33 passing, with three interceptions.

Although the century-old ballpark is less than four miles from BC's Chestnut Hill campus, UConn was officially the home team. But the opportunity to use the Red Sox clubhouse didn't help the Huskies avoid falling to 0-12-2 all-time against BC.

A 21-point favorite, BC trailed 3-0 after one quarter before Wade rolled to his left toward the Red Sox dugout and evaded tacklers long enough to find Chris Garrison in the end zone, right in front of where home plate would usually be.

Dillon dragged four defenders into the end zone - with another standing by and watching - on his 53-yard score in the second quarter, then added a 20-yard TD run in the third to make it 33-3. It was his second career 200-yard game and the first 200-yard rusher against UConn since Ray Rice did it for Rutgers in 2005.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles are bowl-eligible for the fourth time in coach Steve Addazio's five seasons in Chestnut Hill. He's the first BC coach to go to five bowl games in his first five seasons.

UConn: The Huskies picked up a nice check - $1.25 million - and some players got the thrill of playing in Fenway Park.

OUT FOR THE SEASON

Boston College announced before the game that defensive back Kamrin Moore will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury he sustained last week against North Carolina State. Moore, a captain, had started 23 consecutive games before missing Saturday night's game against UConn.

Moore finished with 140 tackles, six for a loss, and two interceptions.

KICKING WOES

Boston College missed three extra points and had a field goal blocked.

UP NEXT

Boston College: Wraps up the regular season against Syracuse on Saturday.

UConn: Finishes its season against Cincinnati next Saturday.