Wakeup Call: Rodgers' brother unloads on Flacco

Wakeup Call: Rodgers' brother unloads on Flacco
March 4, 2013, 6:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, March 4:

AUTO RACING

-- It's been a long time between checkered flags for Carl Edwards. (AP)

-- Danica Patrick walked away unharmed after her car blew a right front tire and slammed into the wall with just over 100 laps remaining in Phoenix. (AP)

BASEBALL

-- Like Danica, Ichiro walked away from a car wreck. (AP)

-- Theo Epstein, Terry Francona, Dale Sveum . . . they'll all be reunited today when the Cubs host the Indians in Mesa. (CSN Chicago)

-- Speaking of the Cubs, Matt Garza's beginning to get that Andrew Bynum look about him. (AP) You'll be hearing more about Andrew later in our show, incidentally.

-- And speaking of the Indians, Tito's fallen in love with Jason Giambi. (NBCs Hardball Talk)

-- The Angels reward Mike Trout for his historic rookie season with a $20,000 raise, and his agent pretty much blows a gasket. (AP)

-- This is why Marvin Miller fought so hard against any direct compensation for the loss of a free agent. (Hardball Talk)

-- The Rangers, however, may be taking another look at Kyle Lohse, the poster child for the compensation fiasco, now that Martin Perez has broken his arm. (AP)

-- Why can't we get players like this?!? (AP)

-- Brian Wilson's still job-hunting, and a return to the Giants isn't totally out of the question. (Hardball Talk)

-- The family of Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal is unharmed in a Venezuelan kidnapping attempt. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- Looks like all BC has to do to turn around its floundering basketball fortunes is to play teams immediately after they've beaten Duke. (AP)

-- Quite the battle between No. 4 Michigan and No. 9 Michigan State, and quite the victory for the Wolverines. (AP)

-- Purdue upsets No. 17 Wisconsin in Madison, all but ending the Badgers' hopes for the regular-season Big Ten championship. (AP)

-- Shabazz Muhammad says goodbye to the Pauley Pavilion faithful with a performance that has UCLA fans pleading for him to return. (AP)

GOLF

-- Doesn't sound like Jack Nicklaus is buying that wisdom-tooth business, either, but he still thinks Rory McIlroy will be fine by the time the Masters roll around. (AP)

-- Michael Thompson takes advantage of McIlroy's absence to win his first PGA Tour event. (AP)

-- Stacy Lewis picks up where she left off in 2012, winning her sixth LPGA title. (AP)

HOCKEY

-- The Blackhawks' streak reaches 22, and none of the first 21 were as exciting as this one. (CSN Chicago)

-- The scary thing is, the 'Hawks think there's room for improvement. (CSN Chicago)

-- The Flyers' Harry Zolnierczyk is slapped with a four-game suspension for his hit on the Senators' Mike Lundin. (AP)

-- And if John Tortorella has anything to say about it, Patrick Kaleta will get at least that much for his check from behind on Brad Richards, which the Rangers' coach alternately described as "dangerous," "ridiculous," "disgusting" and one that showed "a lack of respect." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- Richards himself called it "stupidity". (Pro Hockey Talk) But if you're wondering what Kaleta thought about it, keep on wondering; he refused to speak to the media.

-- Some good news on the injury front: Evgeni Malkin is skating with the Penguins again. (AP)

-- And some bad news: Cam Ward is hurt in the Hurricanes' victory over the Panthers. (AP)

-- Danny Taylor says he's a "big visualizer," so his first victory as an NHL goalie, which he recorded yesterday in the Flames' win over the Canucks, is something "I've seen . . . a few times in my head." (AP)

-- It's never good when your organization is compared to a Johnny Cash song. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
-- Can anybody stop the Heat? (AP)

-- Best in the West? The Thunder make their case by beating the Clippers in L.A. (AP)

-- Hitting an opponent in the groin at a crucial point in the game is apparently okay in the NBA, judging by how the refs failed to penalize Serge Ibaka's shot at Blake Griffin. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- The Lakers are back at .500. (AP)

-- Joakim Noah has a lesson for Tom Thibodeau: Rest -- freedom from activity or labor; a state of motionlessness or inactivity. (Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Derrick Rose? He's done resting; he sits on the Bulls' bench during a game for the first time since his injury. (CSN Chicago)

-- Back to Andrew Bynum: It looks like he might not play this year. Wow! Who'da thunk?? (CSN Philly)

-- Just when you think the state of international affairs isn't utterly hopeless, Dennis Rodman steps forward as a message-carrying diplomat. God save us all. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- Joe Flacco's new contract underscores just how underpaid Aaron Rodgers is. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- But why Rodgers' brother took it out on Flacco and not the Packers is beyond me. (CSN Baltimore)

-- There may be places in the world, like New Orleans, where Roger Goodell isn't too popular, but he needn't worry: Robert Kraft's got his back. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

-- Your weekend winners: Rafael Nadal in the Mexican Open . . . (AP)

-- . . . and Monica Niculescu in the finals of the Brazil Tennis Cup. (AP)

-- The recuperating Serena Williams returns to the courts tonight for an exhibition against Victoria Azarenka at Madison Square Garden. (AP)

-- There are NIMBYs in France, too. (AP)