Wakeup Call: Jeter admits defeat

Wakeup Call: Jeter admits defeat
March 27, 2013, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, March 27:

AUTO RACING

-- Denny Hamlin doesn't need surgery, but that was about the only good news -- as he sees it, anyway -- to come out of his examination for the fractured vertebra he suffered in Sunday's crash. (AP)

-- Not only is NASCAR chairman Brian France issuing no penalties for Sunday's incident, he says he "expects" to see such car-to-car contact when races are in their final stages because "that's what we're about." (AP)

BASEBALL

-- Derek Jeter admits defeat in his battle to be ready for Opening Day, and now says he has no idea when he'll return to the Yankees' lineup. (AP)

-- At least the Yanks have Vernon Wells to pick up the slack. (AP)

-- The diagnosis on Wilson Betemit: Out 6-8 weeks. At least. (CSN Baltimore)

-- They say we learn everything we need to know about life in kindergarten. Marco Scutaro proves that what you learned in Little League can still be useful, too. (CSN Bay Area)

-- Len Dykstra's parents sure must be proud. (NBC's Hardball Talk) 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-- Miami will be without reserve center Reggie Johnson this weekend because of knee surgery, though sources say he could return if the 'Canes reach the Final Four. (AP)

-- Brittney Griner goes out with a slam -- three of them, in fact -- in her final home game for Baylor. (AP)

-- The Hurley coaching tree grows another branch, as Bobby is hired by Buffalo. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

-- Manti Te'o improves his time in the 40, which may pique the Bears' interest. (CSN Chicago)

-- Football players from Washington State and Idaho, whose campuses are only eight miles apart, are involved in a brawl that leaves WSU wide receiver Mansel Simmons unconscious, though he's said to be awake now in a Spokane hospital. (AP) 

-- UCLA dismisses two-year starting safety Tevin McDonald from its program for violating unspecified team policy or policies. (AP)

-- Ho hum; yet another proclamation of innocence from Jerry Sandusky. (AP)

GOLF

-- Just when Tiger Woods is finally, finally, finally rehabilitating his image, along comes Nike. (golfchannel.com)

-- Maybe it's me, but I have a hard time imaging Arnold Palmer texting congratulations to Jack Nicklaus. (AP) 

HOCKEY

-- According to one report, the Bruins, motivated by Pittsburgh's recent acquisitions, are the leaders in the Jarome Iginla Sweepstakes. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- But the Penguins aren't off Iginla's trail despite their recent trade-a-thon. (Pro Hockey Talk)

-- On the ice, the Pens win their 13th straight . . . and this one, coming as it did over the Canadiens, helps the B's. (AP)

-- The playoff window is beginning to close on the Flyers, especially after last night's dismal loss to the Rangers. (CSN Philly) 

-- But Peter Laviolette insists "the season is not over". (Pro Hockey Talk)

-- R.I.P., Wayne Fleming. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

-- Get the razors ready: The Mavs are now only a game lower than .500 . . . and once they get there, the players say they'll shave their beards. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- Dwight Howard vows he won't forget, or forgive, an elbow from David Lee. (Pro Basketball Talk) 

-- I couldn't care less about Ron Artest's knee injury, but I find it amusing that news stories -- which, I guess by law, are required to identify him by his legally changed name of "Metta World Peace" -- have phrases like "World Peace tweeted he hopes [he'll return in] a week and a half". (Pro Basketball Talk)

-- The Sacramento City Council approves a public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center in a last-ditch effort to retain the Kings. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

-- In a very interesting text message to ESPN's Trey Wingo, RGIII says his injury "showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself" and now vows that he won't return to the Redskins' lineup until he's ready. (CSN Washington)

-- I'm not sure that Jason Campbell's familiarity with the Raiders' system would be a selling point if I were the Browns. (AP)

-- The Seahawks are perfectly content to hang onto Matt Flynn as Russell Wilson's backup, but if someone calls with an offer for Flynn, they'll listen . . . and the Jaguars, Raiders and Bills are calling. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- Jermichael Finley's staying put. (AP)

-- A trial date's been set for the Cowboys' Josh Brent, charged with intoxication manslaughter in the car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr. (AP)

SOCCER

-- Omar Gonzalez was the "man of the match" in the United States' surprising tie with Mexico. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)