Wakeup Call: Musburger's ogling creates a Webb sensation

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Wakeup Call: Musburger's ogling creates a Webb sensation

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, January 9:

BASEBALL
Today's the day we get a thumb's up or a thumb's down on the stars of the Steroid Era: The Hall of Fame balloting will be announced this afternoon. (AP)

Whatever names are called out at 2 p.m., no one expects Sammy Sosa's to be among them. (CSN Chicago)

Adam LaRoche's going back to the Nationals for the two years they offered, not the three years he wanted. (CSN Washington)

The latest on A-Rod: Hip surgery on Jan. 16, return after the All-Star break. (AP)

R.A. Dickey sounds pretty happy to have escaped the Mets. (AP)

Hard to believe Scott Kazmir's only 28, isn't it? But he is, and now the washed-up lefty's going to camp with the Indians. (AP)

MLB is rethinking possible. Oh, wait, that's AT&T's line . . . (AP)

Janet Marie Smith, the guiding force behind the renovations at Fenway Park, has brought her talents to Los Angeles. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
One of Georgetown's last memories of the disintegrating Big East won't be very fond. (CSN Washington)

Missouri may have lost Laurence Bowers again. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Brent Musburger's coast-to-coast ogling has made a celebrity out of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb. (AP)

And she has Brent to thank for the number of her Twitter followers ballooning from 2,300 to 146,551. (NBC's Off The Bench)

After cleaning up the drool in the broadcast booth, ESPN apologized for Musburger's leering. (Yahoo! Sports)

Scott Shafer takes the big seat at Syracuse. (AP)

Today's list of college players heading to the NFL draft: Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Colorado's David Bakhitiari and Cal's Steve Williams. (AP)

Not Will Sutton, though; he's going back to Arizona State. (AP)

The first semifinal-round games in the new college football playoff system will be held in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP)

The Pac-12 clears Washington State coach Mike Leach of allegations of physical or mental abuse of his players. (AP)

If the Big East had a nickel for every school that wants out . . . (AP)

GOLF
Annika Sorenstam really ought to hire a chef. (golfchannel.com)

Dustin Johnson is the PGA's first winner of 2013. (AP)

Those Rory McIlroy-to-Nike rumors just got stronger. (AP)

David Duval wants back in, and he's willing to do anything -- even play on the Web.com Tour -- to get there. (AP)

Welcome to the NBC Sports Group family, Notah Begay. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bobby Orr is finally telling his life story. (AP)

Forget the Bruins-at-Montreal opener everyone's been expecting; according to a leaked report, the Canadiens will play their first game against the Maple Leafs. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Don Cherry apparently thinks that if you bring a bomb into a building, hold everyone hostage, and then, at the end, decide not to detonate it, you should be lauded as a hero for saving a bunch of lives. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The players aren't the only ones who have to get ready for the season. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Some NHLers who went to Russia want to stay there for the rest of the season, and the Russians say they'll help in any legal fight the NHL may pick. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But the Devils aren't worried that Ilya Kovalchuk is one of them. (AP)

Alex Ovechkin? He's already back. (AP)

Katie Moore, the wife of free agent forward Dominic Moore, died Monday after a nine-month battle with liver cancer. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
The Lakers turn a 14-point first-half lead into a 13-point loss at Houston, stretching their losing streak to four. (AP)

And now you start to wonder: Are these guys even going to make the playoffs? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

So where's Kobe Bryant as all this is unraveling? Nowhere . . . which is why he'll never be like Mike. (nbcsports.com)

Don't expect Phil Jackson to come riding back in to save the day, in L.A. or anywhere else. (Pro Basketball Talk)

There may be a John Wall sighting this weekend. (CSN Washington)

But -- amazingly, considering they said he'd only miss a couple of games when he first got hurt -- we may have seen the last of Anderson Varejao this year. (AP)

That'll be another 50,000 to the NBA, Mr. Cuban. (AP)

The Pacers hold the Heat to a season-low 77 points. (AP)

Nets forward Andray Blachte is being questioned in a sexual assault investigation in Philadelphia. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The final verdict on RGIII: Torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, recovery time of 6-8 months. (CSN Washington)

The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla goes all Shaughnessy on the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

And Cary Williams was ticked off even before that. (CSN Baltimore)

Rex saved his job, but not Rob. (AP)

Nor did Tony Sparano. (AP)

Now that the Jaguars finally have a new general manager, the fate of coach Mike Mularkey can be decided. (AP)

After interviewing a bunch of assistants, the Eagles are talking to Lovie Smith about their head coaching job. (CSN Philly)

Even though he's been in the CBS studios for the last six years, Bill Cowher says he'll probably coach again sometime. (AP)

Jay Gruden's name has popped up in a bunch of places, but he says he's staying in Cincinnati. (CSN Philly)

Has the troubled tale of Rolando McClain reached its final chapter, at least in Oakland? (CSN Bay Area)

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

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Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

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Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."