Wakeup Call: A-Rod earning more than entire Astros' team

Wakeup Call: A-Rod earning more than entire Astros' team
March 29, 2013, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 29:

AUTO RACING
-- We finally have a replacement for Denny Hamlin. (AP)

-- Looks like the Hamlin/Joey Logano feud is spilling over into text messages. (AP) 

-- Is this what they call expanding the brand? (AP)

BASEBALL
-- In the Money Well Spent Dept.: A-Rod's going to make more than the entire Astros roster this year. (AP) 

-- Johan Santana's season, and maybe his career, is in the breakdown lane. (AP)

-- The Giants extend the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy . . . (AP)

-- . . . and it's about time. (CSN Bay Area)

-- Forget about that 10.57 spring-training ERA. Tim Lincecum says he's coming right along. (CSN Bay Area)

-- So's Roy Halladay. (CSN Philly)

-- The Tigers, burned by Jose Valverde's before-our-eyes disintegration, spent last October plowing through the postseason without a closer. So being without one now, after the spring-training disintegration of Valverde's replacement, Bruce Rondon, shouldn't be that big a deal. (AP)

-- It was a nice Brewer debut for Kyle Lohse. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
-- With last night's NCAA results chronicled elsewhere on this site, we look here at the nuances that may have been lost in the bombast of the games. Like the fact that the legacies of Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls will live on at Indiana despite the Hoosiers' ouster. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

-- Or that its loss to Wichita State shouldn’t overshadow La Salle’s tournament success. (College Basketball Talk)

-- You knew this was coming: Ex-Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine is preparing to file a defamation suit against ESPN. (College Basketball Talk)

-- In its ongoing quest to morph into Conference USA, the League Formally Known As The Big East -- not to be confused with the new Big East; you know, the Catholic 7 plus 3 -- accepts East Carolina as an all-sports member. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
-- Man, that's gotta hurt! (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF
-- Yes, they're playing on Easter Weekend. And D.A. Points has the first-round lead. (AP)

-- Rory McIlroy's 1-over 73 sparks quite the debate between Optimistic Ollie and Pessimistic Pete. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
-- We know, the Heat fell six victories short of tying the NBA record for consecutive wins. But those dastardly, Iginla-stealing Penguins, who've now won 14 in a row, are just three away from the NHL mark. (AP)

-- Much farther down the list, but still impressive: The Canucks beat the Avs for their sixth straight win. (AP) 

-- The Islanders are now tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference . . . (AP)

-- . . . because the Rangers get shut out yet again. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
-- Kobe Bryant saying he has a bone spur in his foot is much bigger news to the Lakers than their loss to the Bucks, which dropped their lead over Utah for the last playoff berth to half-a-game. (AP)

-- Looks like the Pacers will have to keep calm and carry on without Danny Granger. (AP)

-- Dwyane Wade says he's "glad" the Heat's winning streak is over. Sounds like the kid who was sent to bed without his supper claiming he wasn't hungry, anyway. (AP)

-- Fastest player in the NBA? John Wall nominates himself. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- The WNBA gets a contract extension from ESPN through 2022. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
-- So much for those Super Bowl champions he played on in the Meadowlands: Osi Umenyiora says his new team, the Falcons, is the most talented he’s ever seen. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- Dwight Freeney's not much into comparing rosters; he likes to compare contracts. And he wants his next one to be bigger than Umenyiora’s. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Now it's Michael Crabtree questioning the 49ers' play-calling in the waning seconds of the Super Bowl. (CSN Bay Area)

-- Michael Wallace’s father claims his son left money on the table when he chose the Dolphins over the Vikings in free agency . . . but Mike Florio's not buying it. (Pro Football Talk)

-- Reunited in Kansas City: Brad Childress and Andy Reid. (AP)

SOCCER
-- Jermaine Jones to MLS? Really? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)