Wakeup Call: Backstrom's not in trouble with NHL

Wakeup Call: Backstrom's not in trouble with NHL
February 24, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, February 24:

AUTO RACING

If you turned on your TV last night and thought Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 for the second straight year, you weren't alone. Fox Sports didn't make clear it was showing a replay of the 2013 race during the long rain delay, leading thousands of viewers to believe they were watching the 2014 race, and then Fox News compounded the problem by reporting on its Facebook page that Johnson won. (AP)

Tony Stewart had almost as bad a day as Fox. (AP)

Wonder if Richard Petty was rejoicing at Danica Patrick's crash? (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

The pariah is back! (AP)

Say what you will about another pariah, Roger Clemens, but there's no doubting his devotion to the U.S. military and the soldiers' families. (CSN Houston)

That desultory Orioles offseason got a whole lot more interesting in the last few days. First they signed Ubaldo Jiminez, and now Nelson Cruz. (AP)

Teams have been in camp for a week, so it must be time for an injury report. We start in Colorado, where Jhoulys Chacin will undergo an MRI today because of inflammation in his right shoulder. (AP)

On to San Diego, where Chase Headley will be out two weeks because of a calf injury. (AP)

Now Texas, where Matt Harrison, whose back woes have flared again, admits he won't be ready for Opening Day. (AP)

In Philadelphia, though, Cole Hamels says he's feeling a lot better. (CSN Philly)

As is Derek Jeter in New York; he plans to play in his first game of the spring on Thursday. (AP)

Brett Gardner "loves putting on the pinstripes every day," so he eschews free agency and signs a four-year, $52 million extension with the Yankees. (AP)

Today's the day for the new home-plate collision rules. Finally. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Florida? Wichita State? Arizona? Which of these teams will take over the No. 1 spot in the polls from the plummeting Syracuse Orangemen? (Yahoo! Sports)

In a game that may have March implications, No. 20 Michigan beats No. 13 Michigan State and takes over first place in the Big Ten. (AP)

No. 11 Creighton looks at its one-point home win over Seton Hall and sees the glass as half-full. (AP)

Remember when Pitt was rolling along in its first ACC season? Boy, have things gone sour. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Duck Dynasty folks plan to sponsor the Independence Bowl. (NBC's College Football Talk)

HOCKEY

The NHL says it doesn't consider the allergy medication taken by Nicklas Backstrom -- which caused him to be banned from Sweden's Olympic gold-medal game against Canada -- to be illegal, and, barring unforeseen developments, won't penalize him when he returns to the Capitals. (CSN Washington)

John Tavares wasn't the only casualty in Sochi. Blue Jackets defenseman Fydor Tyutin will be out two to three weeks because of an ankle injury he suffered while playing for Russia . . . (AP)

. . . and the Rangers will be without leading scorer Mats Zuccarello for three to four weeks because of a broken wrist he suffered while playing for Norway. (AP)

His work here is done: After winning back-to-back golds, Steve Yzerman steps down as executive director of the Canadian team. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Yzerman is turning his attention back to his day job as GM of the Lightning. His first order of business is turning down the Rangers' offer of a Ryan Callahan-for-Martin St. Louis trade. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

In the end, the Sochi Games were costly, political . . . and successful. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

And here are the 14 athletes who were most successful. (nbcolympics.com)

Things went so well that, in the end, even the Russians could laugh at the occasional mishap. (Yahoo! Sports)

Maybe it was because they won the medal count. (nbcolympics.com)

Sarah Burke's ashes were brought to Sochi and spread over the halfpipe for which she fought so fiercely. (nbcolympics.com)

PRO BASKETBALL

Jason Collins makes history by becoming the first openly gay player to participate in an NBA game, but thinks the attention lavished on him was "weird". (Yahoo! Sports) 

Kobe Bryant was part of the crowd lavishing that attention, heaping praise on Collins for teaching youth that "it's OK to be yourself" and saying the impact of Collins' announcement will have a "domino effect that [goes] way beyond sports." (Yahoo! Sports)

LeBron James sits this one out because of a broken nose, but the Heat still manage to handily beat the Bulls. (AP)

And the Blazers take down the Timberwolves without LaMarcus Aldridge. (AP)

Let's see what the Wizards can do without Nene, who injures his knee in a victory over the Cavs. (CSN Washington)

Even Kevin Durant is impressed with Jamal Crawford's performance in the Clippers' win over the Thunder. (AP)

Metta World Artest is being jettisoned by the Knicks. Beno Udrih, too. (AP) 

Danny Granger wasn't thrilled -- in the least -- by the trade that sent him from the conference-leading Pacers to the desultory Sixers, and he's trying to get a buyout from Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL

So much for all those righteous 49er denials: Brown owner Jimmy Haslam confirms that Cleveland and San Francisco did indeed talk about a Jim Harbaugh trade. (CSN Bay Area)

The Colts -- subscribing to the "in for a dime, in for a dollar" theory -- continue to insist the Trent Richardson trade was a good one. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Steelers have so much respect for chairman Dan Rooney that the black players agreed to stop using the n-word in the locker room when he asked. But, according to Ryan Clark, "after a while it came back because it's the culture" . . . which shows the problem the NFL faces as it attempts to stop the use of the word league-wide. (Pro Football Talk)

Teddy Bridgewater's stock is rising with NFL scouts, but fellow QB Tajh Boyd is trying to repair his suddenly shattered image with those same folks. (AP)

Boyd has no chance to be taken by the Texans with the No. 1 pick. Bridgewater, however, certainly does. (Yahoo! Sports)

As for scouting, here's a report on Jadveon Clowney: Plays "like a blind dog in a meat market." That's from Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who says he's better than Clowney. (Pro Football Talk)

Johnny Football continues his Russell Wilson impersonation. (Pro Football Talk)

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, a projected first-round pick, will miss the Combine because of a fractured bone in his left foot. (Pro Football Talk)

San Diego State running back Adam Muema leaves the Combine because, he says, God told him to. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Back problem? What back problem? (AP)

Venus Williams upholds the family name, avenging her sister Serena's semifinal loss to Alize Cornet with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Cornet in the finals of the Dubai Championships. (AP)