Wakeup Call: Nice try, Lance, but the contrition's not taking

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Wakeup Call: Nice try, Lance, but the contrition's not taking

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 18.

BASEBALL
Five days after Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told him he was "never going to trade" him, Jose Reyes was dealt to the Blue Jays. Not that he minds . . . (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Michigan bounced back from its first loss by beating No. 9 Minnesota on the road. (AP)

Hope No. 23 Illinois enjoys its next three days in the Top 25 because, after losing their third straight last night, the Illini don't figure to rank when the next poll is released. (AP)

Maybe Kansas was right. Maybe Ben McLemore's ankle injury is nothing serious. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Now begins the Manti Te'o spin, with the first surrogate being his great uncle. (CSN Chicago)

It's going to get tougher since the Associated Press discovered that Te'o -- who claimed he learned on Dec. 6 that his supposedly dead girlfriend didn't exist -- mentioned her in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and a newspaper interview on Dec. 10. (AP)

Can't tell the players without a scorecard. (CSN Chicago)

Johnny Football says his "mind was blown" when he heard of the hoax . . . but he was probably a little relieved, too, since it knocked his little controversy, about his Tweeting out a picture of him holding cash in a casino, right out of the public consciousness. (CSN Houston)

From Michael Corleone and Tony Montana to JoePa . . . now that's acting range! (AP)

Paterno's successor, Bill O'Brien, wins the Bear Bryant Award as college coach of the year. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong said all the right things in his confession to Oprah . . . (nbcsports.com)

. . . but the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency isn't impressed. At all. (AP via nbcsports.com)

Nor is tennis star Novak Djokovic. (AP)

Oprah was hardly her usual warm-and-fuzzy self in grilling Armstong. (Reuters via nbcsports.com)

GOLF
Those Abu Dhabians must be surprised that, in a field with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson are the first-round leaders. (AP)

As surprised as those La Quintans are that Phil Mickelson is nine strokes behind Jason Kokrak, Roberto Castro and James Hahn. (AP)

Lanny Wadkins is back in the broadcast booth, this time for the Champions Tour. (AP)

HOCKEY
I guess it never hurts to say you're sorry. (AP)

Old friend Mike Knuble is in Detroit as a tryout player with the Red Wings, attempting to extend his career at 40, but he has a lot of supporters back in D.C. (CSN Washington)

New York pressure? What New York pressure? Right, Rick Nash? (AP)

The Rangers part ways with Wade Redden. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
The Heat finish off their nine-game road trip, and the Lakers, in style. (AP)

Kobe Bryant, though, can take consolation in his NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star start. (AP)

On the other side of the world, 'Melo was having some Olympic flashbacks as the Knicks beat the Pistons in London. (AP)

Whoa. Big brother really is watching. (AP)

An eight-month review of NBAPA president Billy Hunter uncovered no criminal wrongdoing but plenty of irregularities, and the players were urged to consider whether or not they want to keep him as the union chief. Hunter, naturally, views the report as vindication. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo admits his anti-Patriots Tweets Sunday night "bit me in the butt" -- being called in on the carpet immediately by coach John Harbaugh may have been his first clue -- and that he learned "I can't Tweet like a fan". (CSN Baltimore)

Now it's Bed Bath & Beyond dissing the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

Chip Kelly's yes-I-willno-I-won'tyes-I-will-after-all dance with the Eagles was prompted, he says, by his love of Oregon and his reluctance to leave. (CSN Philly)

During the "no-I-won't" phase, his fan base was screaming for him to interview Jon Gruden. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie explains why he didn't. (CSN Philly)

The coaching dominoes have all fallen at last. It's Bruce Arians to Arizona . . . (AP)

. . . and Gus Bradley to Jacksonville. (AP)

At the ex-head coach level, it's Ken Whisenhunt to San Diego as offensive coordinator and Norv Turner to Cleveland in the same job. (AP)

The Jets may soon have a new GM, as well. (AP)

Is this the end of Bountygate? If there's a God in heaven . . . (AP)

Hard to believe that John Abraham will play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. (AP)

Turns out Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can talk to the alligators. Make of that what you will. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
That Maria SharapovaVenus Williams match didn't turn out to be much. (AP)

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.