Wakeup Call: Penguins keep on rolling

Wakeup Call: Penguins keep on rolling
March 20, 2013, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, March 20:

BASEBALL

-- Derek Jeter assures one and all that the stiffness in his surgically repaired ankle, which forced him to be scratched from yesterday's exhibition game, is a "normal" part of the recuperation process and he'll be just fine. (AP)

-- And Roy Halladay makes the same assurances that he, too, is okay, despite losing 10 pounds because of that stomach bug that forced him from Sunday's game. (CSN Phllly)

-- Beware, Giants; those of us old enough to remember Butch Hobson, 1978, are getting some deja vu from your comments about Pablo Sandoval. (CSN Bay Area)

-- In some good injury news, Albert Pujols plays in the field for the first time since offseason knee surgery. (AP)

-- The only pain John Danks feels today is in his pride. (AP)

-- MLB is willing to make “significant concessions” to get a worldwide draft, which baffles our friend Craig Calcaterra. (NBC's Hardball Talk) 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- One of the worst-kept secrets of all time finally leaks out: Butler, Creighton and Xavier are headed to the new Big East. (AP)

-- You hear about the Kentucky fan who called a talk radio station and blamed "liberal socialism" for the Wildcats' NCAA snub? Those liberal socialists are looking awfully smart this morning, as Robert Morris sends the Wildcats packing in a first-round N.I.T. game. (AP)

-- Two of your First Four winners: North Carolina A&T . . . (AP)

-- . . . and Saint Mary's. (AP)

-- Neither one of them, however, shows up on President Obama's Final Four list. (nbcsports.com)

-- ACC coaches are unhappy that a) their conference only got four teams into the tournament, and b) none of those four is a No. 1 seed. Ah, just wait 'til next year, when you get reinforced by the Big East schools you poached. (AP)

-- Baylor, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Stanford are the top seeds in the women's tournament . . . (AP)

-- . . . but, because of the way the tournament is set up, it may not mean much. Especially to the Irish. (AP)

-- NCAA, take note: These are student-athletes! (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

-- Marcus Lattimore plans to show off the progress in his injured right knee at South Carolina's pro day next week. (AP)

GOLF

-- Sport's new first couple: Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods. (AP)

-- Brant Snedeker says he's recovered from his latest rib injury, the one that sidelined him after he won Pebble Beach five tournaments ago, and he'll be playing in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. (AP)

HOCKEY

-- It's not Miami-like, but the Penguins have won 10 in a row. (AP)

-- And the news just keeps getting better in Pittsburgh, as Evgeni Malkin may return Friday. (AP)

-- The Capitals may hate Steve Ott, but the Bruins love him -- or, at least, can stomach him -- after his goal lifts the Sabres over the Canadiens in overtime. (AP)

-- Barry Trotz' unspoken message: Don't blame me for not making chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what. And that's sure to inspire his Predators! (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

-- Heat, schmeat; that's 13 in a row for the Nuggets. (AP)

-- And because the Knicks don't have enough injuries . . . (AP)

-- Tom Thibodeau has every right to be mad. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Remember Bill Walton's career? If you don't, just think Andrew Bynum. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- Oh, I bet they're just dancing in the streets of Dallas over this news. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- Even though the Texans are going hard after Ed Reed, Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti has a "gut feeling" Reed will be back in Baltimore. (CSN Houston)

-- John Harbaugh insists the Ravens' release of Bernard Pollard was strictly business, not personal. (CSN Baltimore)

-- Even though Rex Ryan says the Jets aren't actively shopping Darrelle Revis, it sounds he's preparing for Life Without Darrelle. (AP)

-- Matt Hasselbeck started his career as Brett Favre's backup. Now he may end it as Andrew Luck's. (AP)

-- Not often that the NFL steals an idea from the NHL, but anything to save the Pro Bowl, right? (Pro Football Talk)

-- The 49ers bring in Phil Dawson to replace David Akers. (AP)

-- No points of contention here, as Randy Starks signs the Dolphins' franchise tender. (AP)

-- Kenny Britt fights the law . . . and he wins. (AP)

-- Meanwhile, Desmond Bryant's legal woes grow. (AP)

TENNIS

-- Mama, let your babies grow up to be tennis players . . . and point them towards the U.S. Open. (AP)