Wakeup Call: One computer didn't watch the BCS title game . . .

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Wakeup Call: One computer didn't watch the BCS title game . . .

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 11:

AUTO RACING
Danica Patrick wants to focus her attention on her first full season in NASCAR, so she's skipping the Indy 500 this year. I wish she'd skip those insufferable godaddy.com Super Bowl ads, but that's just me. (AP)

BASEBALL
Justin Upton says thanks, but no thanks, to a trade from Arizona to Seattle. (AP)

Pete Rose may be banned from baseball and forbidden from being elected into the Hall of Fame and all, but that doesn't stop him from getting on the moral high horse about steroids use. (AP)

Kerry Wood believes everyone -- including himself -- who played in the Steroids Era is under suspicion, so he isn't the least bit surprised that former teammate Sammy Sosa didn't get elected into the Hall of Fame. (CSN Chicago)

Craig Biggio "cracked jokes and waxed philosophic" about falling 39 votes short of induction. (CSN Houston)

Most everybody takes to Twitter these days to get their message across. Not Mike Piazza; he's writing a book that will tell everyone he never took steroids. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Phillies insist Cole Hamels' shoulder soreness isn't "an issue at all". (CSN Philly)

Theo gives another chance to old friend Darnell McDonald. (Hardball Talk)

Kosuke Fukudome's heading home to Japan. (AP)

The Pirates' deal with Francisco Liriano is on hold because of an issue with his right -- i.e., non-throwing -- arm. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
You can take Arizona off your list of unbeatens, thanks to Oregon. (AP)

Remember the kid from Grinnell who scored 138 points in a game in November? He's out for the season after breaking his wrist. (AP)

Sign of the armageddon: Miami beating North Carolina in Chapel Hill. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Take heart, Notre Dame: At least one computer still thinks you're the best. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Brian Kelly's sudden interest in the NFL makes sense. (CSN Chicago)

So does the Bears' interest in him. (CSN Chicago)

In today's installmant of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins, Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle and Georgia's Kwame Geathers. (AP)

Johnny Football's learning about life in the spotlight. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky won't give up. (AP)

HOCKEY
At last, the Kings get to focus on defending the Stanley Cup. (AP)

Some unfinished business for Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk: Playing in the KHL All-Star Game on Sunday before returning to the NHL. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
We've been ragging -- and delightfully so -- on the Lakers, but Miami isn't doing so hot, either. (AP)

Take away 'Melo, and the Knicks stop scoring. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Rob who? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And that makes eight: The Jaguars finally fire Mike Mularkey, the eighth NFL coach dismissed since the end of the season. (Pro Football Talk)

Lovie Smith is a perfect fit for the Eagles. At least that's what Tony Dungy thinks. (CSN Philly)

Monte Kiffin may have been a big disappointment on his son Lane's staff at USC, but Jerry Jones still wants him in Dallas. (Pro Football Talk)

On Wednesday, Jay Gruden said he would remain an assistant at Cincinnati. On Thursday, he interviewed for the head job in Arizona. And next week, he may interview in Philadelphia. (AP)

The 49ers are sticking with David Akers. For now. (AP)

The Steelers release running back Chris Rainey after the latest in a series of off-field incidents. (AP)

TENNIS
Looking forward to a Victoria Azarenka-Serena Williams final in the Australian Open? Sorry; they're in the same draw. (AP)

Gronkowski returns to practice; Mason, Branch still missing

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Gronkowski returns to practice; Mason, Branch still missing

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a welcome face back on the practice field on Wednesday, as tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to action after missing the team's previous five practices as he dealt with an injury. 

Gronkowski participated in the warmup period of practice and then remained with the majority of his teammates for drills. 

The last time Gronkowski was spotted on the field was last Monday, which was the first of three joint practices between the Patriots and the Bears. He pulled up after pursuing a Tom Brady pass, walked along the sideline, met with head trainer Jim Whalen, and then left practice early. He did not suit up for Thursday's game against Chicago. 

Gronkowski has not participated in a preseason game since 2012. 

Patriots not spotted at Wednesday's practice were Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Sebastian Vollmer (on the physically unable to perform list) and Dion Lewis (also on PUP). Alan Branch, who has been suspended by the team before last week's preseason game, was also missing. 

Jabaal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin, Tre' Jackson (PUP) and Danny Amendola (PUP) were present for warmups but went to a lower field for conditioning. Amendola and Jackson were not in pads for the short-and-shells session. 

Jon Bon Jovi was taking in the session alongside Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. 

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

Hanley Ramirez is getting a night off as the Red Sox look for their third straight win against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

Travis Shaw will play first base, with Brock Holt at third.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
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Rick Porcello P

RAYS:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SH
Matt Duffy SS
Logan Morrison 1B
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Bobby Wilson C
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Matt Andriese P