Wakeup Call: Florida, yes; Boston, no

Wakeup Call: Florida, yes; Boston, no
February 5, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, February 5:

AUTO RACING

"Deterrence" is the big word in NASCAR's new penalty system. (AP)

BASEBALL

David Robertson's got some pretty big shoes to fill, but he says getting three outs in the eighth or three outs in the ninth -- which Mariano Rivera did so well in the Bronx for nearly 20 years -- is "the same deal." (AP)

Looks like Nelson Cruz is circling for a landing in Seattle. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Freddie Freeman is baseball's newest $125 million man. (AP)

While the Braves had the checkbook out, they also signed Jason Heyward. (Hardball Talk)

The pride of Durham, N.H. -- Sam Fuld -- is going from Tampa Bay to Oakland. (CSN Bay Area)

Now it's the MLBPA asking a judge to throw out A-Rod's lawsuit. (Hardball Talk)

His basketball career is over, so Tracy McGrady is trying to make it as a pitcher. Really. (Hardball Talk)

Does that mean Matt Diaz will try to make it as a power forward, or a point guard? (Hardball Talk)

Charlie Manuel's a Wall of Famer. (CSN Philly)

BOXING

Representatives from boxing and MMA meet with two former boxers -- Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) -- to announce support for a study to understand the effects of repeated blows to the head. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 3 Florida extends its winning streak to 14. (AP)

Ohio State starts its bid to get back in the Top 25 with an upset win at No. 17 Iowa. (AP)

When you hear someone say Marcus Smart is flopping better than anyone this season, it's not what you probably think. (Yahoo! Sports)

Forward Wayne Blackshear suffered a concussion after being elbowed by teammate Akoy Agau during Monday's practice, so he won't play tonight when No. 14 Louisville visits Houston. (AP)

But it looks like Adreian Payne, who's missed the last six games because of a sprained foot, will be back in action -- at least for a little while -- for No. 9 Michigan State's game against Penn State on Thursday. (AP)

SMU women's coach Rhonda Rompola said her team was like "deer caught in the headlights" in its 102-41 loss to UConn, which was the Lady Huskies' 30th consecutive victory. (AP)

GOLF

Peyton Manning will attempt to ease the pain of the Broncos' Super Bowl drubbing by playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week. (AP)

If you want to be in the Match Play Championship, this is your last chance to qualify. (AP)

Tiger Woods loses a skins game in India. (AP)

HOCKEY

Tim Thomas apparently likes Florida a whole lot better than he likes Boston. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Free agent-to-be Ryan Callahan may not be in New York much longer, as the Rangers might attempt to move him at the trade deadline if they don't think they can sign him. If so, he's going out with a bang. (AP)

The Blues finally lose to an Eastern Conference team at home. Is that a good sign for the Bruins, who are there Thursday? (AP)

Not for nothing, but the Jets are now 9-2-0 since Paul Maurice took over as coach. (AP)

The Canadiens snap the Flames' five-game winning streak. (AP)

Don't expect to see Mike Green again until after the Olympic break. (CSN Washington)

R.I.P., Keith Allen. (CSN Philly)

OLYMPICS

Shawn White, who suffered a jammed wrist, is the latest victim of Sochi's treacherous slopestyle course . . .  (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

. . . and so he's pulling out of the event and sticking to halfpipe. (Yahoo! Sports)

Has anyone in Sochi been told the Olympics start in a few days? (Yahoo! Sports)

It does look nice at night, though. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

That rant against the referees Monday night cost Joakim Noah $15,000. (CSN Chicago)

DeMarcus Cousins doesn't consider Mike Dunleavy to be his BFF, unless you go around describing your BFF as "a clown." (CSN Bay Area)

And Dunleavy's response? Right back atcha, DeMarcus. (CSN Chicago)

Amar’e Stoudemire says if you want to see him on the court more often, talk to Mike Woodson. Because, according to him, he's healthy enough to play more. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If you thought the return of Steve Nash would turn around the Lakers' fortunes, think again. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

"Hey! We're the best damn offense to ever play this game. We’ve got to start showing it.” So said Wes Welker to his Bronco teammates during Sunday's Super Bowl. But, as we know, they never did. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And maybe they didn't because Richard Sherman says he and his Seahawk teammates deciphered Peyton Manning's signals and tendencies. (Pro Football Talk)

How long will it take the Broncos to get over their 43-8 loss? Well, John Elway suffered three blowout Super Bowl defeats in the 1980s and admits he's not over them yet. So . . . (AP)

Give Demaryius Thomas credit; he set the record for most receptions in a Super Bowl despite a separated shoulder. (Pro Football Talk)

And give Malcolm Smith credit: He won the Super Bowl MVP Award despite a rare disorder of the esophagus known as achalasia, which nearly prevented him from playing in the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

The QB-starved Texans, whose owner was making google eyes at Jadveon Clowney earlier this offseason, apparently come to their senses and are looking at taking a quarterback -- Johnny Football or Blake Bortles -- with the No. 1 overall pick. (Yahoo! Sports)

The 49ers get a warning, but no fine, from the NFL for an incident in the NFC Championship Game when Seattle's Jeremy Lane collided with a member of the San Francisco staff after being forced out of bounds while covering a punt. (CSN Bay Area)

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal is still on the mend from the back injury he suffered at the Australian Open, and there's no word as to when he'll play again. (AP)

Ever hear of Ivo Karlovic? Well, you probably will now that he's hit a record-equaling 44 aces in the opening round of the Zagreb Indoors tournament. (AP)