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)

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.