Wakeup call: It's a Dwightmare for Shaq

Wakeup call: It's a Dwightmare for Shaq
October 5, 2012, 11:05 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 5:

AUTO RACING
Kyle Busch to Toyota: Sorry about that. (AP)

BASEBALL
All of a sudden, D.C.'s a baseball town. Funny how having the best record in the major leagues will do that for you. (CSN Washington)

Bet the Rangers never thought they'd be playing today. (AP)

Theo says the job of rebuilding the Cubs might take a little longer than he thought. (CSN Chicago)

One person who pleasantly surprised Epstein during his first season in Wrigleyville: Alfonso Soriano. (CSN Chicago)

It may have been a mere formality, what with Tito coming to town today and all, but Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed for the Indians' managerial job. (AP)

Minnesota state legislators are pushing the Mayo Clinic to unseal Lou Gehrig's medical records in an attempt to see if there's any link between concussions and ALS. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Not only did the erring reporter apologize publicly for incorrectly linking Robinson Cano to PED use, but he's made a contribution to the Robinson Cano Foundation, as well. Not that any of that stopped Scott Boras from taking a shot. (Hardball Talk)

Looks like the Dodgers are going to let 283 at-bats from Luis Cruz alter their long-term plans at shortstop and third base. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Good news for Roy Williams: His second kidney tumor was also benign. (AP)

Texas Tech finally has its replacement for Billy Gillispie, at least on an interim basis. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
USC sidestepped an upset in Utah Thursday night. (AP)

Charlie Weis wouldn't be a true member of the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree -- or at least a close relative, since he's probably an actual branch of the Bill Parcells Tree -- without disdain for the media. Even student media. (NBC's College Football Talk)

No. 15 TCU has suspended quarterback Casey Pachall after his second brush with the law in eight months, saying he "obviously needs help". (AP)

GOLF
Geez, Paul Lawrie. You think someone yelling, "Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose!" is bad crowd behavior?? Try playing in the Black Hole or the Dawg Pound sometime. (AP)

HOCKEY
Everybody's wailing about the NHL's cancellation of the first two weeks of the season. But nobody's doing anything -- like, you know, negotiating -- to end the lockout. (CSN Chicago)

Donald Fehr says the owners could fix things tomorrow, since a lockout "should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort". Well, welcome to Bettman World, Don. (CSN Washington)

So are we, Dan. So are we. (CSN Bay Area)

Coming soon to an AHL arena near you: Taylor Hall. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Shaq isn't too impressed with the Lakers' new center. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA is sending the Knicks and Pistons to London in January. (AP)

David Stern guesses the NBA Players Association likes acting. Yeah, nothing breeds goodwill between management and labor like arrogance and condescension. (Pro Basketball Talk)

It was only four months ago that -- with the Heat on the verge of playoff elimination in two separate series -- LeBron James was the pariah of basketball. Now Charles Barkely is saying that he can be better than Michael Jordan. (AP)

That Ashley Manning who may join the Grizzles' group of minority owners? She's Peyton's wife. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
There's one less undefeated team in the NFL, thanks to the Rams. (AP)

The victory didn't come without a price for St. Louis: Danny Amendola broke his collarbone. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

So that's who Carol is! (Pro Football Talk)

There hasn't been much for Tim Tebow to do so far in New York, but he and Rex Ryan both say he's not frustrated. (AP)

The Texans, though, think his role is going to get a lot less limited Monday night, and they're planning accordingly. (CSN Houston)