Wakeup Call: Meet him in St. Louis

Wakeup Call: Meet him in St. Louis
March 18, 2013, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, March 18:

AUTO RACING

-- Kasey Kahne's first victory at Bristol is overshadowed by the ongoing, and highly entertaining, Denny Hamlin/Joey Logano feud. (AP)

BASEBALL

-- Even though the Yankees were/are calling it a strained wrist, Mark Teixeira says he has a partially torn tendon sheath . . . the injury that turned David Ortiz into a shadow of himself for about 2 1/2 years. (AP)

-- No WBC crown for Japan this time around, thanks to old friend Mike Aviles and Team Puerto Rico. (nbcsports.com)

-- Ho hum, you say? Adam Jones says you're wrong, that the WBC is a "legit tournament". (CSN Baltimore)

-- And David Wright doesn't regret participating, because he thinks the rib injury he suffered, which may force him to miss the beginning of the season, could've happened anytime, anywhere. (AP)

-- Like the way Chase Headley damaged his thumb sliding in the Padres' game with the Angels yesterday. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

-- And the way Pablo Sandoval came up with a bum elbow in the Giants' camp. (CSN Bay Area)

-- And the way Christian Garcia hurt his forearm in the early days of training with the Nationals, an injury that's expected to sideline him until at least May. (Hardball Talk)

-- The Phillies insist Roy Halladay was sick, and not injured, on Sunday. So why is everyone having such a hard time believing it? (CSN Philly)

-- Carl Crawford goes 0-for-3 in his Dodger debut. (AP)

-- Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso Gonzalez, who pitched for his country in the WBC in Tokyo last week, was killed this weekend in a traffic accident in Cuba. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- Okay, so now we know who's in. But here are the 10 teams with a chance to win the NCAA title. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

-- You'd like an analysis of the brackets, you say? Okay. Let's start with the Midwest . . . (College Basketball Talk)

-- . . . and then the South . . . (College Basketball Talk)

-- . . . and then the East . . . (College Basketball Talk)

-- . . . and finally the West. (College Basketball Talk)

-- Now for the really important stuff: The game times and TV announcers. (College Basketball Talk)

-- A lot of us figured Miami was a paper tiger, but give the Hurricanes credit: They're the ACC champions. (AP)

-- And who would have thought Ole Miss would win the SEC crown? (AP)

-- No one's really surprised, however, at Ohio State taking the Big Ten . . . again. (AP)

-- Saint Louis remembers former coach Rick Majerus, who died in December, after its victory over VCU in the Atlantic 10 championship game. (AP)

-- Arizona coach Sean Miller is $25,000 lighter in the wallet after his postgame critique of the officiating in the Wildcats' semifinal loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament. (AP)

-- The Quinnipiac women earn their first-ever NCAA berth, and they do it in style with a 72-33 romp over Saint Francis, Pa., in the NEC title game. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

-- Spring practice is important and all, but Penn State coach Bill O'Brien says he won't be naming a starting quarterback based on what happens now; he'll wait until preseason workouts in August. (AP)

-- Nick Saban hasn't been thrilled with the way his Alabama players have behaved since winning their second consecutive national championship -- especially the four who were arrested and kicked out of school -- so he's happy to have him back where he wants them: On the practice field. (AP)

GOLF

-- Your weekend winners: Kevin Streelman in the PGA . . . (AP)

-- . . . Stacy Lewis in the LPGA . . . (AP)

-- . . . David Frost, with a record score, on the Champions Tour . . . (AP)

-- and Thomas Aiken on the European Tour. (AP)

HOCKEY

-- Professional chooch Steve Ott isn't exactly a beloved character in these parts, and now he's making enemies with the Capitals, too. (CSN Washington)

-- The once-struggling Oilers believe they're back in the playoff hunt . . . and they are. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- Word is that Doug Wilson, GM of the free-falling Sharks, is in "panic mode". (Pro Hockey Talk)

-- Coach Todd McLellan isn't panicking; he's simply furious. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO BASKETBALL

-- The Heat arrive in town riding 22 straight wins, the second-longest streak in NBA history. (AP)

-- Kobe Bryant finally misses a game, more because of the flu than his sprained ankle, but the Lakers just keep on rolling. (AP)

-- Kevin Durant comes alive in the fourth quarter and carries the Thunder to victory over the Mavs. (AP)

-- Remember when Derek Fisher asked for his release from the Mavericks because, he said, he missed his family in Los Angeles . . . and then signed with Oklahoma City? He was back in Dallas last night with the Thunder, and Mark Cuban hasn't forgotten. Nor have the Mavs' fans. (AP)

-- Keep your eyes skyward; that team plummeting back to Earth is the injury-depleted Knicks. (AP)

-- But the Hawks kept the Nets from pulling into a first-place tie with New York in the Atlantic Division. (AP)

-- Delonte West shows signs of life in the D-League. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Exercising his constitutional right to free speech cost Larry Sanders $50,000. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- Jake Long leaves Miami for St. Louis. (AP)

-- Which means that for all the talk about the Dolphins "winning" free agency, they lost all of their three big-name free agents. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- But the newest Lion, Reggie Bush, doesn't think they mind, since he says Miami obviously had no intention of bringing him back. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Jets owner Woody Johnson insists the team isn't shopping Darrelle Revis, but if someone wants to talk, hey, they'll listen. (AP)

-- And Tim Tebow? Johnson says they're exploring "all possibilities". Since "all possibilities" includes releasing him, why do I think that's the way they'll go? (Pro Football Talk)

-- If only those guys had bought a fax machine . . . (AP)

-- Nnamdi Asomugha's job search takes him to New Orleans. (CSN Bay Area)

TENNIS

-- Amazing. It's like Rafael Nadal was never injured, isn't it? (AP)

-- But he was, and he's skipping Key Biscayne to rest his knee. (AP)

-- Maria Sharapova wins her first tournament of the year, as she beats Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at Indian Wells. (AP)