Wakeup Call: The dictator and the wacko are 'friends for life'

Wakeup Call: The dictator and the wacko are 'friends for life'
March 1, 2013, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 1:


-- Here's an injury you wouldn't have seen in Joe DiMaggio's day. (AP)

-- Mariano Rivera passes a milestone in his comeback, throwing an inning in a simulated game against Yankee minor-leaguers. (AP)

-- The Yanks say they've made a "significant offer" to Robinson Cano. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

-- Carlos Beltran's availability for the World Baseball Classic may have taken a hit . . . in the toe. (AP)

-- Brett Anderson says Bob Melvin seemed to want to hug it out after he named Anderson as the A's Opening Day starter, but the left-hander wasn't interested. (AP)

-- The Royals happily discover why they call him Big Game James, even though the game itself was pretty small. (AP)

-- Really, Tim. What do you gain by having this go to court? Settle already! (Hardball Talk)


-- Looks like the Big East breakup is coming a year earlier than expected, with the Catholic 7 getting to keep the name. (AP)

-- But the A.D. at Temple, which is staying in the as-yet-unnamed portion of the league, says that's all just a rumor. (CSN Philly)

-- Virginia knocks off No. 3 Duke . . . (AP)

-- . . . which really doesn't mean all that much to the Blue Devils . . . (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

-- . . . but may have punched the Cavs' ticket to the dance. (CSN Washington)

-- So who else helped their tournament chances last night? Take a look. (College Basketball Talk)

-- If 20 wins with an ACC schedule gets you in, North Carolina's already made it. (AP)

-- Conference mate Maryland, though, has some work to do. (CSN Baltimore)

-- No. 2 Gonzaga sidesteps an upset bid from BYU and wins its 10th regular-season West Coast Conference title. (AP)

-- Looking for a team that's hot heading into March? How about Louisiana Tech? (AP)

-- And looking for one that's finally healthy? How about Florida? (AP)

-- Iowa State students didn't exactly cover themselves in glory during their overtime loss to Kansas earlier this week, but give them credit: The school's student government sends a letter of apology to Jayhawks coach Bill Self. (AP)


-- Alabama will make what's becoming an annual trip to the White House next week, to be congratulated by President Obama on its latest national championship. (NBC's College Football Talk)


-- An eagle on the 18th hole gives Camilo Villegas the first-round lead at the Honda Classic. (AP)

-- Thanks to a little G-rated striptease, Tiger Woods was able to shoot par. (golfchannel.com)

-- Stacy Lewis, the reigning LPGA Player of the Year, led last week's tournament after 36 holes before fading with a ghastly third-round 76. This week she's trying to perfect the jump-out-in-front strategy, as a 66 gives her a two-stroke lead after one round of the HSBC Women's Champions. (AP)


-- The Islanders say they're aware of goalie Rick DiPietro's comments about depression and suicide, and plan to handle the matter internally. (AP)

-- DiPietro, however, says he was being "100 percent" facetious with his suicide comments . . . though he also said that being placed on waivers and sent to the minors by the Isles felt like the team “ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- This is a recording: The Blackhawks win again. This is a recording. (CSN Chicago)

-- Last night's victory, however, may have come at a price. (CSN Chicago)

-- Ryan O'Reilly's finally back with the Avalanche, but it was the Flames' signing him to an offer sheet that was the catalyst in ending the month-long standoff. (AP)

-- Rick Nash returns, and so do the Rangers' winning ways. (AP)


-- Yeah, I can buy murderous dictator Kim Jong Un and professional wacko Dennis Rodman as friends for life. (AP)

-- It could have been worse, Klay Thompson. You could have been grounded with no television, too. (CSN Bay Area)

-- Steve Nash has no regrets about jumping on board the sinking ship that is the Lakers, mainly because staying out West allows him to see his kids more. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Joakim Noan's unique triple-double of 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks carries the Bulls over the Sixers. (AP)

-- It was a gem of a night, and it should be treasured. (CSN Chicago)

-- It's two days later, folks are still talking about Doug Collins' epic postgame rant, and he can't figure out why. (CSN Philly)

-- The Clippers make believers out of themselves by beating the Pacers in Indiana. (AP)

-- Sacramento Mayor (and ex-NBA star) Kevin Johnson is confident the Kings aren't going to Seattle. (AP)


-- The question they're not allowed to ask is all every NFL team wants to know about Manti T'eo. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- Between that, his slow time in the 40, his weak performance against Alabama in the BCS Championship Game, and the whole phony dead girlfriend thing, T'eo's stock may be plummeting. At least as far as the Jets are concerned. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have submitted, via a lawyer, a brief to the Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage. (Pro Football Talk)

-- The Cowboys re-do five contracts to save cap space . .  (AP)

-- . . . and it appears there'll be more cap money to spend. (AP)

-- The Giants may spend some of it on ex-Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. (CSN Philly)

-- But the Ravens still may not have enough to retain Cary Williams. (CSN Baltimore)

-- When last we saw Rahim Moore, he was being burned by the last-minute, miracle touchdown pass that propelled Baltimore past Denver and, eventually, to a Super Bowl triumph. Still, the Broncos say they want him back. (AP)

-- Operating on the belief that you can never have too many quarterbacks, the Eagles are bringing in G.J. Kinne from the Arena League. (CSN Philly)

-- Look out, Eric Dickerson: Where Adrian Peterson failed, Chris Johnson vows he'll succeed. (Pro Football Talk)