Wakeup Call: Duchene has fallen; can Avs keep up?

Wakeup Call: Duchene has fallen; can Avs keep up?
April 1, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, April 1:


Jimmie Johnson's 27-year-old brother-in-law dies in a skydiving accident in San Diego. (AP)


They sure are forgiving sorts out there in Milwaukee, aren't they? (AP)

And they sure are disrespectful sorts down there in Arlington, aren't they? (Yahoo! Sports)

Barry Bonds was welcomed back warmly in Pittsburgh . . . or not. Depends on who you ask. (Yahoo! Sports)

MLB's new replay era begins with two calls overturned on Opening Day. Of the five total reviews, none took longer than 2 1/2 minutes. (AP)

David Price and the Rays get off on the right foot, at the expense of R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays. (AP)

And adding injury to insult, the Jays place shortstop Jose Reyes on the disabled list after he injures his hamstring during his first at-bat. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

A nice Opening Night comeback for the Giants. (AP)

A not-so-nice Opening Night collapse for their cross-Bay rivals against Tito and the Indians. (CSN Bay Area)

That was, by the way, Oakland's 10th straight Opening Day loss, an MLB record. The Mariners, meanwhile, win their eighth straight opener. Given how the two franchises have performed over the last decade, that -- points out old friend Craig Calcaterra -- should give you an indication of the predictive value of Opening Day. (AP)

Bobby Abreu finds a sucker, er, a team willing to give him another shot. (Hardball Talk)

Don Baylor breaks his leg . . . how?? (AP)


Just in case you weren't impressed enough by Kentucky's run to the Final Four: The Wildcats are the first team in history to beat three of the previous season's Final Four participants in one tournament. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

But the 'Cats are going to have to complete the quest without Willie Cauley-Stein. (College Basketball Talk)

After withdrawing an offer to Manhattan's Steve Masiello after learning Masiello didn't have the college degree that he said he'd earned, South Florida hires Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua as its new coach. No word on whether Antigua will remain with the Wildcats the rest of the way. (AP)

Kevin Ollie has two great coaching resources -- Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma -- to draw upon at UConn, and he says he's taken advantage of both during his team's surprise run to the Final Four. (AP)

Auriemma, meanwhile, tries to blow a little smoke up our skirts about how tough things have been for the unbeaten Lady Huskies during this season of dominance. (AP) 

The only team that can possibly make the UConn women break a sweat -- Notre Dame -- makes it back to the Final Four. (AP) 

As expected, Mike Montgomery calls it a career. (AP)

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin withdraws his name from Marquette's search. (AP)


To the surprise of no one, coaches are coming out against the idea of players unionizing. Like Stanford's David Shaw. (AP)

And Alabama's Nick Saban, though he believes they should have a say in "what happens" . . . whatever that means. (AP)


Tiger Woods' manager says a decision is coming "very, very shortly" on whether or not Tiger will participate in the Masters. (golfchannel.com)

Eckerd College has to withdraw from the Buccaneer Invitational in Miami Beach after thieves steal "everything" from the team van while the players dined in a South Beach restaurant. (golfchannel.com)


The Avalanche will begin their first playoff run in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene, who'll be out for about four weeks because of a left knee injury. (AP)

The Sabres haven't done a whole lot better under Ted Nolan (16-30-8) than they did under Ron Rolston (4-15-1), but he impressed Buffalo management enough that it extended his contract for three years. (AP)

Now that's a comeback! (AP)

The Wild's comeback against the Kings wasn't quite as dramatic, but it did snap Los Angeles' six-game winning streak. (AP)

The Devils begin their desperate playoff push with a victory over the Panthers. (AP)

Gordie Howe adds another feather to his cap: Author. (AP)


Old friend Tom Thibodeau still has a soft spot in his heart for the Celtics. (CSN Chicago)

The Spurs ought to save a little of this for the playoffs. (AP)

The Heat, taking advantage of the Pacers' stumble, take over the top spot in the East for the first time all season. (AP)

They may stay there, too, as it looks like things are starting to unravel in Indiana. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Clippers had excuses at the ready, what with Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin sidelined. But Chris Paul made sure they didn't need them. (AP)

The Knicks conclude an impressive road trip . . . (AP)

. . . but can't crack the top eight in the East because the Hawks snap their six-game losing streak. (AP)

Atlanta and New York better look out behind them: Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return to practice with the Cavs, who are only 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot. (AP)

There's also good news on the injury front in Rockets Nation, where they learn Pat Beverley doesn't need surgery on his injured knee and may be able to return this season. (CSN Houston)


Good news, Patriots Nation: Darrelle Revis' trainer says there are no longer any issues with the All-World cornerback's repaired ACL. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Kenny Britt finds a landing spot in St. Louis. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ryan Clark proves you can go home again. (CSN Washington)

And it looks like he'll soon be joined in D.C. by DeSean Jackson. (Pro Football Talk)

Jackson's curious departure from the Eagles was thought to be hastened by an nj.com story detailing the underside of Jackson's life, but it sounds like the team had made the decision to part ways with the talented but troubled receiver long before that. (CSN Philly)

Carlos Rogers goes across the Bay. (CSN Bay Area)

Danieal Manning, cut loose by the Texans, is meeting with the Bengals. (Pro Football Talk)

Johnny Football has another detractor: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. (Pro Football Talk)

Several members of the Seahawks, joined by some of the MLS Seattle Sounders, visit a town near the site of the fatal Washington mudslide. (AP)