Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors

Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors
October 16, 2012, 11:34 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 16:

AUTO RACING
Plan for at least eight more years of NASCAR on FOX. (AP)

BASEBALL
Those Big Papi-to-Baltimore whispers? Rich Dubroff says to forget 'em. (CSN Baltimore)

The Giants aren't real happy with Matt Holliday's injury-causing takeout slide on old friend Marco Scutaro. (CSN Bay Area)

Holliday says his slide may have been late -- and he's sorry for that -- but it wasn't dirty. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Bull, responds ex-Giants pitcher and current team announcer Mike Krukow. (CSN Bay Area)

Beware, Cards: Former Giant, and all-the-time intensity machine, Will Clark says there are 'ways to get even'. (CSN Bay Area)

Down 0-2 and still reeling from the loss of Derek Jeter, the Yankees need a break, wouldn't you say? But facing Justin Verlander tonight probably ain't it. (AP)

Joe Girardi left the Yanks for a day to attend his father's funeral. (AP)

Dusty Baker's staying in Cincinnati for at least two more years. (AP)

Despite four exciting matchups, all of which went the full five games, ratings for the Division Series were down 11 percent from last year. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Sgt. Krzyzewski, reporting for duty. (AP)

Looking for a college championship ring, or an Olympic gold medal? Has Bobby Knight got a deal for you! (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Texas Tech's 49-14 rout of No. 5 West Virginia was especially sweet for the Red Raiders' Cody Davis, who called the Mountaineers "by FAR the cockiest and most selfish team I have ever seen." (NBC's College Football Talk)

And the good news just keeps on coming in Lubbock: Linebacker Daniel Cobb has been cleared of a felony burglary charge. (AP)

Uh, Mack? A few more like last week, and the choice to retire won't be yours. (AP)

Just like it's not John L. Smith's up in Arkansas. (College Football Talk)

And it won't be Dave Christensen's at Wyoming if he continues the "provocative postgame conduct" that got him reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference. (AP)

GOLF
While you were taking a comfort break and refilling your snack plate at halftime last night, Phil Mickelson was raising 50,000 for charity. (AP)

HOCKEY
Like every other aspect of his labor "strategy", it appears Gary Bettman's attempts to divide the players has backfired. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Meanwhile, another set of certain-to-be-productive negotiations are scheduled for today. (AP)

A tip of the hat to Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk, the newest members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
For the first time in 55 years, there was a major-league sporting event in Brooklyn Monday night. And the Nets made it a happy occasion for all concerned . . . except maybe the Wizards. And the folks they left behind in New Jersey. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzski is hoping to avoid knee surgery, but he may have no choice. (AP)

The selling of arena naming rights reaches a new low in Sacramento. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Olympic gold medal winner Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx, who plans to wed her longtime partner soon, speaks out against Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
A tale of two halves: Peyton Manning soared . . . (AP)

. . . and Philip Rivers stumbled as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit for a 35-24 win over the Chargers. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If Ray Lewis' career -- as well as his season -- really is over, he leaves with the respect of his peers. (CSN Baltimore)

Another Texan bites the dust: Tim Jamison is out for the year. (CSN Houston)

Jonathan Vilma's taking his Bountygate grievances to court. (AP)

And in the meantime, he prepares for a possible return to the field. (AP)

Another of the Bountygate principles, Scott Fujita, has bigger worries: He may have a career-ending neck injury. (AP)

If you're not one of the 'Boys, Dez Bryant doesn't care what you think. (Pro Football Talk)