Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!

Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!
January 10, 2013, 12:43 pm
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 10:

BASEBALL
By now we all know that no one was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday, and by now we all know why. But Ray Ratto thinks this "guardians of the game" business became moot the minute Ty Cobb and the racists of baseball's early days were inducted, so applying high moral standards now to the Steroids Bunch is inconsistent and unfair. (CSN Bay Area)

Inconsistent and unfair though it may be, Craig Calcaterra doesn't believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will ever get in. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Give Jonathan Singleton credit: Rather than blaming it on Adderall or some mysterious ingredient in an over-the-counter cold medicine, or filing appeals because of flaws in the process, he admits he got his 50-game suspension for smoking weed. And accepts it. (CSN Houston)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke will be without senior forward Ryan Kelly for a while. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Five days after assuring everyone he had the best coaching job in America and wasn't going anywhere, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly interviews with the Eagles. (CSN Philly)

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks won't be charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred the night before the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

In today's installmant of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Oklahoma's Tom Wort and no fewer than four Tennessee players saying they're in . . . (AP)

. . . and Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Clemson's Tajh Boyd saying they're staying in school. (AP)

R.I.P. Mirko Jurkovic, a lineman on Notre Dame's 1988 national champions. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong has pulled his boat out of De Nial (ha, ha, get it?) and begun searching for a "pathway to redemption". (AP via nbcsports.com)

HOCKEY
The Flyers' never-ending search for a goalie may be leading them to Bobby Loo. Hope they also trade for a mechanic to pump his tires . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec mans up about the DUI he was charged with while playing in Europe. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Free agent forward Dominic Moore issues a statement thanking people for their sympathy over the death of his wife, Katie. (CSN Bay Area)

OLYMPICS
Leading the U.S. to gold has earned Diana Taurasi her third USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Seattle Mayor Mike McGirin says he doesn't know much about the possibility of the Kings moving to his city -- which lost the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008 -- but adds, "If it's true, ain't it cool?" (AP)

LeBron James uses the phrase "very frustrating" three times in three sentences when talking about the Heat's rebounding woes. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers' losing ways continue, and this one was more frustrating than most. (AP)

The Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love for 8-10 weeks after breaking his right hand for the second time this season. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Got 4 million burning a hole in your pocket? Buy a 30-second ad for this year's Super Bowl. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Younger announcers -- I heard some of them -- were shaking their heads in bafflement when Jim Harbaugh channeled his inner Jethro Bodine and said Justin Smith would play Saturday night "God willing and the creek don't rise". (CSN Bay Area)

The Packers should have Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ready, even though they didn't practice Wednesday. (AP)

Richard Sherman says the Seahawks' secondary will have its hands full Sunday with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

All this RGIII-will-be-ready-for-the-start-of-the-2013-season talk might be a little premature, according to an athletic physician who doesn't work for the Redskins. (CSN Washington)

The Panthers have a new GM, and he's worked for organizations that have been to six Super Bowls. And won three of them. (AP)

The Jets, meanwhile, are still looking. (AP)

TENNIS
John Isner's bruised right knee forces him out of the Australian Open. (AP)