Wakeup Call: Are Flyers playing for Laviolette's job?

Wakeup Call: Are Flyers playing for Laviolette's job?
March 15, 2013, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 15:

AUTO RACING

-- NASCAR has quietly settled its differences with Denny Hamlin. (AP)

-- And Jeremy Clements. (AP)

BASEBALL

-- Oh, well. But fear not, Yanks; maybe Eddie Murray is available. Or Kent Hrbek. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

-- The Phillies may not want him after this year, but Charlie Manuel has no plans to hang 'em up. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- So how do you go from a three-point lead with 5.9 seconds left to a five-point loss? In regulation? Well, you need official help . . . and Charlotte sure got a lot of it. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

-- Notre Dame's trying to make its last Big East tournament a memorable one. (AP)

-- So's Syracuse. (AP)

-- And the best part of this? Gus Johnson had the call! (AP)

-- Ex-Laker star Michael Cooper is out as USC's women's coach. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

-- All you America 12 haters, relax: That won't be the name. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

-- Malaria, Natalie? Really? (AP)

HOCKEY

-- If a certain Philadelphia columnist is to be believed, the Flyers will be playing for Peter Laviolette's job tonight. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- Although Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says that's news to him. (CSN Philly)

-- As if things weren't tough enough for the Lightning, Vincent Lecavalier comes down with that always pesky "lower-body injury". (AP) Sudden thought: Would malaria be considered an "upper-body injury"?

-- The Penguins are rolling. (AP)

-- So are the Ducks. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

-- The Heat's winning streak reaches 20 . . . (AP)

-- . . . and members of the 1972 Lakers think Miami could break their NBA-record mark of 33 in a row. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- As good as the Heat have been, they don't have 50 wins yet. But the Spurs do. (AP)

-- I'm sure it's of little consolation to the contemporary Lakers, but the league admits that the refs should have called a foul on the play in which Kobe Bryant suffered a "lower-body inj . . ." er, sprained ankle. (AP)

-- 'Melo has his knee drained of fluid, and he might be able to play Sunday. Then again, he might not. (AP)

-- Give the Clippers credit: They're not kidding themselves about their chances if they keep playing the way they have. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- Ed Reed and the Texans are getting serious. (CSN Houston)

-- Cary Williams is the newest ex-Raven, though his departure was expected. (CSN Baltimore)

-- Doesn't look like the Falcons are going to miss Michael Turner much. (AP)

-- Old friend Matt Cassel wasn't unemployed for very long. (AP)

-- Twelve years too late, eh, Patriots haters? (AP)

TENNIS

-- Maria Kirilenko and Alex Ovechkin are getting ready to tie the knot. (AP)

-- Caroline Wozniacki says her boyfriend, top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, has improved his fitness level so much that he likes working out even more than she does. (AP)

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