Wakeup Call: Clemens calls Hall of Fame snub 'hurtful'

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Wakeup Call: Clemens calls Hall of Fame snub 'hurtful'

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, January 15:

BASEBALL
Roger Clemens calls his Hall of Fame snub "hurtful", but adds: "It's not gonna change my life, either way." (CSN Houston)

If the Red Sox actually want to sign Javier Vazquez, looks like they're going to have some competition from the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

The market for Rafael Soriano is heating up at last, if you consider the Dodgers saying, "Yeah, well, there's a one-in-five shot we'll sign him" to be heat. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Like baseball? Fluent in foreign languages? Look good in uniform? There could be a job for you as interpreter for managers and pitching coaches during visits to the mound. (AP)

The A's give Bob Melvin a two-year extension. (AP)

Sad news: Ex-MLB shortstop Enzo Hernandez dies of an apparent suicide in Venezuela at age 63. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Looks like Louisville deserves that No. 1 ranking, doesn't it? (AP)

Kansas is putting a happy face on Ben McLemore's ankle injury. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Syracuse will be playing for a while without sixth man James Southerland, though Jim Boeheim's pretty vague about why. (AP)

Why would USC fire its coach two weeks into January? Funny you should ask . . . (College Basketball Talk)

Those bar fights will get you suspended just about every time. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
In today's installment of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Notre Dame's Cierre Wood. (CSN Chicago)

Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher is giving up football for med school. (AP)

Quarterback Casey Pachall has completed substance-abuse rehabilitation and returned to TCU. (AP)

Texas reinstates quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks after police announce they will not pursue sexual-assault allegations against the two. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong's going all in on this confession thing: According to reports, he may testify against cycling officials who knew about, and perhaps facilitated, his doping. (nbcsports.com)

GOLF
Mama, grow up your babies to be golfers: Rory McIlroy just signed a deal with Nike that may pay him 20 million a year. (AP)

On tap this week: A McIlroy-Tiger Woods showdown in Abu Dhabi. (AP)

HOCKEY
Tomas Vokoun is getting ready for life as a backup with the Penguins . . . though, because of the compressed schedule, he may play a lot more than he first thought. (AP)

So much for the dream line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Red Wings are about to stitch the 'C' on Henrik Zetterberg's jersey. (AP)

No fan backlash against the work stoppage in Buffalo, that's for sure. (AP)

The Kings' Anze Kopitar is recovering nicely, thank you, from the knee injury he suffered while playing in Sweden. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Attention, 'Melo: Big brother is watching. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

What's this? Andrew Bynum? On the court? (CSN Philly)

Tom Thibodeau's reputation as a defensive genius probably got him his job with the Bulls. Last night, we got a glimpse of why he earned that rep. (CSN Chicago)

Say goodbye to Manu Ginobili for about 10 to 14 days. (AP)

Looks like Pau Gasol will miss his fifth straight game tonight because of that concussion. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
John Fox stands by his decision to have Peyton Manning take a knee at the end of regulation Saturday -- a call that's drawn plenty of fire in Denver after a) the Broncos wound up losing and b) the Falcons pulled out a victory in almost the same set of circumstances the next day -- and team president John Elway agrees. (AP)

Looking for a quarterback? Have the Seahawks got a deal for you! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Texans might -- might -- be one of those teams, but not if the players have anything to say about it: They've got Matt Schaub's back. (CSN Houston)

Be worried, NFL, be very worried: J.J. Watt says he can get better. (CSN Houston)

Newest name in the Eagles' coaching hunt: Ken Whisenhunt. (AP)

And then there were eight . . . teams without a corporate sponsor tacked onto their stadium name, that is. (Pro Football Talk)

Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt says he's been cooperating with Jersey City police over their investigation into a shooting and a stabbing that occurred at a party Britt attended, but the police respond no, he hasn't . . . and that they're discussing their next steps with the prosecutor. (AP)

An autopsy reveals that Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and killed her, and then committed suicide. (AP)

TENNIS
Brad Dewitt, executive chairman and president of the ATP World Tour, has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease at age 54 and will step down once a successor is found. (AP)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.