Wakeup Call: Kobe's setting the date

Wakeup Call: Kobe's setting the date
April 1, 2013, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, April 1:

-- And we're off! (CSN Houston) 

-- One of MLB's biggest 2012 storylines disappears, as Stephen Strasburg takes the mound with no limit to the number of innings he can throw this season. (AP)

-- Old friend Jason Bay gets a job. (AP)

-- Elvis Andrus agrees to a $120 million extension with the Rangers. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

-- The good news is, Kevin Ware's surgery was successful. The bad news is . . . well, if you saw it, you know what the bad news is. (AP)

-- The Conference Formerly Known As The Big East is certainly going out with a bang, with a couple of its one-foot-out-the-door members in the Final Four. (AP)

-- Need a 2013 Final Four Primer? We're just the people to see. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

-- Some would call bolting for a new job less than a week after agreeing to a 10-year contract somewhere else as, what . . . unethical? Sleazy? But us? We just call it college coaching. (AP)

-- Continuing with the coaching talk: Looks like Tubby Smith won't be unemployed very long. (AP)

-- Longtime Alabama AD Mal Moore dies less than two weeks after stepping down from the job. (AP)

-- Thanks, Mom! (golfchannel.com)

-- Turns out the Penguins needed Jarome Iginla after all, because who knows how long Sid The Kid will be out? (AP)

-- Looks like reports of the Flyers' death were greatly exaggerated. (CSN Philly)

-- Kobe Bryant's getting return to set the date . . . for retirement, that is. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- In the meantime, though, he's still setting records and leading the Lakers to victory. (AP)

-- Here's the difference between San Antonio and Miami: When the Heat rest their regulars for a nationally televised game, they still win. (AP) 

-- The Spurs may be without Manu Ginobili for the beginning of the playoffs. (Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Imagine what he could have gotten if he'd actually won anything. (AP)

-- And now that Tony Romo's deal is done, imagine what Aaron Rodgers -- who has actually won something -- is going to get. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- The draft's less than a month away, but already there's talk of a draft-day deal between the Bucs and Jets for Darrelle Revis. (Pro Football Talk)

-- You have to admire the Jets for their optimism that somebody's going to come calling for Tim Tebow. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Hey, somebody came calling for Kevin Kolb, right? (AP)

-- Is Carson Palmer really interested in heading across the bay to be Colin Kaepernick's backup? (CSN Bay Area)

-- Quite the ending in the Sony Open . . . (AP)

-- . . . even though you didn't see it on CBS. (AP)