Wakeup Call: To be Frank, he's got no sympathy for them

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Wakeup Call: To be Frank, he's got no sympathy for them

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, January 28:

AUTO RACING
Chip Ganassi Racing got its revenge at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (AP)

Danica Patrick says she normally doesn't like to talk about her personal life, but she admits she has a new beau: Fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (AP)

BASEBALL
Frank Thomas says he did it clean, and therefore he has zero sympathy for steroids-tainted stars like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- whose numbers, he thinks are "incredible" but "fake" -- over their collective failure to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. Oh, and his own chances? "I think I've done enough to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer." (AP)

And speaking of performance-enhancing drugs and White Sox first basemen, the current holder of the position, Paul Konerko, supports MLB's new HGH testing policy. (CSN Chicago)

The term "winning ugly" was coined in honor of the 1983 White Sox, and those players still have fond memories of that season. (CSN Chicago)

Last year's division championship means the A's can fly under the radar no longer. But they say they're ready for life with a bull's eye on their back. (CSN Bay Area)

The Dodgers admit, yes, they're interested in Scott Rolen. Trouble is, they don't know if he's interested in them. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hell hath no fury like a sports memorabilia dealer scorned. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Don't look now, but unbeaten Northeastern has a three-game lead in the CAA after a 20-point win over George Mason. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Michigan will probably move to the top of the polls today, and the Wolverines played like a No. 1 team in their 74-60 romp over Illinois Sunday. (College Basketball Talk)

Look for No. 25 Miami to move up, too, but more for beating Duke last Wednesday than for its 71-47 takedown of Florida State yesterday. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Katie Couric scooped him by getting the hoaxee, Manti Te'o, for her show, so Dr. Phil is lining up an interview with the hoaxer: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. (AP)

Virginia Tech says cornerback Antone Exum has a torn ligament in his right knee -- though it didn't say how, or when, he tore it -- and could miss the start of the 2013 season. (AP)

Ole Miss has finally reached agreement on a buyout of the contract of former coach Houston Nutt, who was fired by the Rebels after the 2011 season. (AP)

GOLF
Tiger Woods carries a six-stroke lead into the final 11 holes of the weather-delayed Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. (AP)

The U.S. Open will return to Winged Foot, for the sixth time, in 2020. (AP)

HOCKEY
Even though the Blackhawks have been around for a long time, never have they started a season 6-0-0. (CSN Chicago)

Not only are the Sharks 5-0-0, but they've won every game by at least two goals. (CSN Bay Area)

The Blues, by contrast, are "only" 5-1-0. Still, it's their best start since 1997-98. (AP)

Adam Oates finally records a victory as an NHL head coach. (CSN Washington)

The Flyers decide to send 18-year-old prospect Scott Laughton back to juniors. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
Have the Lakers gotten their act together? They looked pretty impressive yesterday in their 105-96 win over the Thunder. (AP)

Quite the game for 'Melo: 42 points, nine 3-pointers, and the game-winning three-point play with 12.5 seconds to go as the Knicks beat the Hawks by two. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
President Obama loves football, but worries about the physical toll it takes on the players. (AP)

After the mess that was Bountygate, no one in New Orleans is laying down the red carpet for Roger Goodell this week. (AP)

The rank-and-file aren't too happy with him, either. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

One of Goodell's suspendees, Gregg Williams, may soon be back in the NFL, with the Titans . . . if he's reinstated, that is. (AP)

This is a business trip for the 49ers, New Orleans or no New Orleans. (CSN Bay Area)

Rather than wait for San Francisco to trade him, which it will almost certainly do, Alex Smith plans to ask the 49ers for his release once the season is over. He'd forfeit the 8.5 million he's got coming on his 2013 contract, but, as a free agent, he'd be able to pick his new employer. (Pro Football Talk)

Win or lose, the Super Bowl probably won't be the end of the line for Randy Moss. At least not if he has anything to say about it. (Pro Football Talk)

Criminal charges won't be filed against Michael Crabtree over an alleged sexual assualt in a hotel after the 49ers' playoff victory over the Packers. (AP)

So let's see: The NFC wins the thing, 62-35; Jeff Saturday snaps the ball for both teams so he can say he snapped it to the two Mannings; and J.J. Watt lines up a couple of times at wide receiver. And people still say the Pro Bowl is a joke? Come on . . . (AP)

Not competing hard in the Pro Bowl?!? The bloodied Watt begs to differ. (CSN Houston)

Derek Dooley, the former head coach at the University of Tennessee, has been hired by Jason Garrett -- with whom he was an assistant coach for the Dolphins in 2005-06 -- as wide receivers coach in Dallas. (AP)

A Twitter account in the wrong hands -- like the Eagles' LeSean McCoy -- sure can get nasty. And embarrassing. (CSN Philly)

TENNIS
And the winner, for the third straight year at the Australian Open: Novak Djokovic. (AP)

Djokovic celebrated by passing out chocolates to reporters at his post-match press conference. (AP)

More and more, Andy Murray is looking like a one-hit wonder. (AP)

Yes, Li Chin lost in the women's final to Victoria Azarenka. But her successes in Melbourne in the last few years have opened a new market for the Australian Open in China . . . and the increased interest, and revenue, may help Australia keep its Grand Slam tournament. (AP)

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

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Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.

McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?

 

Tomase: Farrell saved by a good team, not horrible schedule

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Tomase: Farrell saved by a good team, not horrible schedule

John Tomase joins Sports Tonight to give his opinion on whether John Farrell has earned more job security after the Sox lead the A.L. East after 25 games.