Wakeup Call: Is a gay player about to come out in the NFL?

Wakeup Call: Is a gay player about to come out in the NFL?
March 26, 2013, 7:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, March 26:

AUTO RACING

-- The Denny Hamlin/Joey Logano feud isn't so humorous anymore, now that we know Hamilin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during his last-lap crash with Logano. (AP)

-- Roger Penske, meanwhile, is coming to Logano's defense as criticisms of the driver's tactics and rich-kid upbringing begin to mount. (AP)

BASEBALL

-- Kyle Lohse finally gets a contract, and with a team that really needs a good starting pitcher. (AP)

-- Today's feel-good story: Scott Kazmir's back in the bigs, as the Indians put him in their rotation. (AP)

-- Today's feel-bad story: Orioles DH Wilson Betemit suffers a torn PCL while running the bases against the Red Sox. (CSN Baltimore)

-- Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will also start the season on the DL, though his ailment isn't nearly as serious. (AP) 

-- Could be the end of the trail for Rod Barajas. (AP) 

-- But not Matt Diaz, who's been picked up by the Marlins after the Yankees released him. (AP) 

-- R.I.P., Virgil Trucks. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- Talk about March Madness: This Sweet 16 is madder than just about any that came before. (NBC's College Basketball Talk) 

-- So how do the final 16 rank? Let's take a look. (College Basketball Talk)

-- While we're at it, let's also take a look at some of the key matchups in this weekend's games. (College Basketball Talk)

-- Five 20-win seasons and three NCAA berths in six years weren't enough to save Tubby Smith in Minnesota. (AP)

-- There's an opening at UCLA, too, but ex-Bruins assistant and current Washington coach Lorenzo Romar says he hasn't been contacted about the job. (AP)

-- Raise your hands: Who'd ever heard of Florida Gulf Coast University prior to last weekend? Yeah, me neither. Everybody's heard of them now, though, and they're savoring their moment in the sun. (AP) 

-- Blood is thicker than water, eh, there, Urban Meyer? (NBC's College Football Talk)

-- Keith Appling insists he'll be ready when Michigan State plays Duke. (AP)

-- It's going to cost George Mason $1 million to leave the CAA for the Atlantic 10. (AP)

-- And on a personal note: Way to go, Friars! (AP)

GOLF

-- Why's Tiger Woods back on top? Joe Posnanski thinks it's his putting. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY

-- Looks like the Penguins are going all in on a run for the Cup as, one day after acquiring Brendan Morrow, they pick up defenseman Doug Murray from San Jose. (AP)

-- And these moves were all about "heart and character" for Pens GM Ray Shero . . . who normally is more analytical than that. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- The Lightning stay in the family as they promote Jon Cooper to replace Guy Boucher. (AP)

-- They weren't that crazy about Alexander Semin in Washington, but, boy, do they love him in Carolina. (AP)

-- Thanks for the disgusting mental picture there, Ovi. (CSN Washington)

-- The Flyers have lost Danny Briere for an indefinite period because of a concussion. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL

-- Twenty-seven down, six to go. (AP)

-- The Nuggets' streak, however, ends at 15. (AP)

-- John Wall rebounds from his two-technical embarrassment with a 47-point performance as the Wizards beat the Grizzlies . . . (AP) 

-- . . . which has everyone in D.C. raving about his "progress and maturity". (CSN Washington)  

-- The Jazz just keep hanging around in that battle for the last playoff spot in the West. (AP)

-- And that's because the Lakers can't pull away . . . like last night, as they lose to the Warriors, 109-103. (AP)

-- But, asks Golden State coach Mark Jackson, why should anyone be surprised at that? "We're the better team." (CSN Bay Area)

-- It was a joke, son, a joke! (CSN Bay Area)

-- Hmm. Maybe we'll see Kyrie Irving back this season after all. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) 

-- Royce White is back in the D-League. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- Homophobia is crumbling in many corners of society, but not the sports world in general and football in particular. A seismic change, however, may soon occur, as there are reports a gay NFL player may come out publicly and continue his career next year. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- Two non-homophobic NFLers -- Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and free-agent linebacker Scott Fujita -- continue helping the push for gay marriage. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Center Todd McClure retires after 14 years with the Falcons. (AP)

-- Looks like James Harrison, who botched free agency pretty thoroughly, is attempting to go crawling back to the Steelers. (Pro Football Talk)