Wakeup Call: It's one for the books from Scrivens

Wakeup Call: It's one for the books from Scrivens
January 30, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 30:

AUTO RACING

NASCAR's about to make its fourth format change since 2004, and Carl Edwards thinks they're focusing on the wrong things. (AP) 

We may as well just call it the Hall of Pettys. (AP)

This may be Nationwide driver Eric McClure's last year behind the wheel, and he wants one more shot at entering the Daytona 500. (AP)

BASEBALL

Chipper Jones wasn't a relief pitcher in his day, but he sure made a big save on ex-teammate Freddie Freeman. (AP)

Mark Teixeira's still feeling stiffness in his surgically repaired wrist, and doctors say that's not going away for a while. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Yankees' game of Keeping Up With The Red Sox -- leading them to such acquisitions as Jacoby Ellbsury and Matt Thornton (not to mention Kevin Youkilis last year) -- reaches new heights as they sign their own Sizemore. (AP)

And the Twins' game of Recreating The Past -- leading them to re-sign Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett -- continues as they bring back Matt Guerrier. (AP)

The Orioles have apparently changed their stance on nipple rings. (Hardball Talk)

Nipple rings don't bother the Phillies, either. (CSN Philly)

Lance Berkman calls it a career. (CSN Houston)

If you want to see Yuniesky Betancourt play next year, you'll have to go to Japan. (AP)

But if you want to see Ramon Santiago play, it'll be a much shorter trip: Cincinnati. (AP)

The Blue Jays are showing some interest in Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Attention, Celtics Nation: With the No. 1 overall pick becoming more and more of a possibility, you might want to keep an eye on Andrew Wiggins, who, according to Iowa State coach Fred Holberg, is "oozing with confidence" these days. He certainly was last night, scoring a career-high 29 points in leading No. 6 Kansas past Holberg's 16th-ranked Cyclones. (AP)

If not Wiggins, then how about teammate Joel Embiid? (Yahoo! Sports)

Still unbeaten: No. 1 Arizona, barely . . . (AP)

. . . and No. 2 Syracuse, more handily. (AP)

We're going to have to rethink this Wisconsin-in-the-top-25 business, as the 14th-ranked Badgers lose at home -- by nine points -- to a .500 Northwestern team. Wow. (AP)

Another team plummeting downward is The Ohio State University, currently sitting at No. 24 but probably not for much longer. Not after losing to Penn State -- at home -- for the first time in 18 games. (AP)

We may soon be hearing those three dreaded letters -- N.I.T. -- in Columbus. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kentucky's loss at LSU last night demonstrates clearly why the WIldcats won't win the national championship this year. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

No. 3 Florida gets a nice boost, as the NCAA clears heralded freshman Chris Walker for duty. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The side that faces Touchdown Jesus is the only thing that won't be affected as Notre Dame announces a $400 million project that will result in 4,000 extra seats and three new buildings around the football stadium. (AP)

The University of Texas, looking to expand its brand southward, wants to play a game in Mexico City. But the Longhorns also don't want to give up a home gate, so they'll have to find an opponent willing to shift one of its home games south of the border. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Ex-Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson is transferring to Rutgers. (AP)

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields reports he was beaten and robbed by three armed suspects in Fort Worth, but also says he won't press charges. (AP)

GOLF

Phil Mickelson says he expects to "play, and play well" at the Phoenix Open after getting his back checked. (AP)

HOCKEY

Shades of Georges Vezina: Ben Scrivens sets an NHL record for saves in a shutout with 59 in leading the Oilers past the Sharks, 3-0. (AP)

The outdoors seem to agree with the Rangers, as they complete a Yankee Stadium sweep with a 2-1 win over the Islanders on a frigid night in the Bronx. (AP)

So they may push to participate in one of the four games that are believed to be on tap for 2014-15. In Foxboro against the Bruins, perhaps? (Yahoo! Sports)

The Blackhawks beat the Canucks and snap a four-game winless streak. (AP)

Like the NFL Cardinals before them, the Phoenix Coyotes are changing their name to the Arizona Coyotes. Those poor folks in Phoenix are going to get a complex. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Not often the Heat are "outclassed" -- Eric Spoelstra's word -- by anyone at home, but that's what the Thunder did to them last night. (AP) 

And with the Spurs continuing to struggle, are we looking at another Miami-Oklahoma City final? (AP)

Those struggles aren't going to get any easier for San Antonio, not with Manu Ginobli out for about a month. (AP)

Which should make Gregg Popovich even more of a sweetheart than he already is. (Yahoo! Sports)

No matter who the Heat play, or even whether or not they get there, LeBron James says he'll try to watch his language. (AP)

Who needs James Harden? (AP)

It's home sweet home for Doc and his Clippers. (AP)

Don't look now, but here come the Timberwolves. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

According to Brendon Ayanbadejo, who played in the Super Bowl with the Bears in 2006 and the Ravens in 2012, some players take a less traditional route to get high for the game. (CSN Baltimore)

Did you know the Seahawks were actually in pursuit of Peyton Manning when he was a free agent two years ago? Not for very long, but they were. (Yahoo! Sports)

Looks like those of you hoping for a blizzard, or even some precipitation, for the Super Bowl are out of luck. (AP)

And if it goes as well as now appears, Philadelphia may be the next Northern city to make a bid to host a Super Bowl. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Old friend Brandon Meriweather is headed to free agency. (CSN Washington)

Has living in Soprano-ville rubbed off on Eli Manning and the Giants? (Pro Football Talk)

Can't understand why it took them so long, but, a month after the regular season ended, the Rams fire defensive coordinator Tim Walton. (AP)

Steve Spagnuolo, the architect of the Giants' defensive game plan in their 2007 Super Bowl upset of the Patriots, is promoted to secondary coach and assistant head coach by the Ravens, for whom he was something called a "senior defensive assistant" last season. (CSN Baltimore)

This talk of eliminating extra points, not to mention the ongoing discussions of getting rid of kickoffs, has kickers worried about their jobs. (Yahoo! Sports)

Just a matter of time before Don King, or somebody, makes the phone calls to Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal says the back injury that contributed to his loss in the Australian Open finals won't cause him to miss any tournaments. (AP)

The U.S. Fed Cup team will have to face Italy without Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens, both of whom are injured. (AP)