Wakeup Call: Lots of talk, but no action, as trade deadline nears

Wakeup Call: Lots of talk, but no action, as trade deadline nears
February 20, 2013, 7:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, February 20:

AUTO RACING

BASEBALL

  • Five new names -- including N.L. stolen-base king Everth Cabrera of the Padres -- emerge in the Biogenesis Clinic PED scandal . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)
  • . . . but this latest ESPN investigation may have cleared Gio Gonzalez. (CSN Washington)
  • Bartolo Colon speaks for the first time since being slapped with a 50-game suspension for PED use last August, though -- except for "I'm sorry" -- he doesn't say much of anything. (CSN Bay Area)
  • If it's the second week of spring training, it must be time for injury updates. First we have the Yankees' Phil Hughes, out for a few days because of upper-back stiffness. (AP)
  • Then comes the definitive word on the Cubs' Matt Garza: Out for a week with what's being described as a mild side strain. (AP)
  • Darwin Barney isn't happy, but also is trying to be quiet, about Brandon Phillips dissing his Gold Glove. (CSN Chicago)
  • That didn't take long: The Braves are retiring Chipper Jones' No. 10. (AP)
  • Brady Anderson's climbing that corporate ladder. (CSN Baltimore)
  • Lance Berkman wasn't a member of the Rangers for more than, like, 10 minutes before he was reminding them that he beat them in the 2011 World Series. I'm sure your new teammates really appreciate that, Big Puma. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  • The NCAA finally sends its notice of allegations to Miami, with the deadly "lack of institutional control" being at the top of the list. (AP)
  • Former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. (CSN Houston)

GOLF

  • The Match Play Championships being threatened by snow? In Arizona? Hah? (AP)
  • Steve Stricker thinks all the hand-wringing about the banning of the belly putter is much ado about nothing, since he's sure the PGA will ignore the USGA if the ban is adopted. (AP)

HOCKEY

OLYMPICS

PRO BASKETBALL

PRO FOOTBALL

TENNIS

  • Victoria Azarenka's not going to get the chance to built on the momentum of her victory over Serena Williams in the finals of the Qatar Open; she withdraws from the Dubai Championships because of a bone bruise in her right foot. (AP)
  • Some days, John Isner looks like an up-and-coming star. And other days, like yesterday . . . (AP)