Wakeup Call: Kane honors his grandfather

Wakeup Call: Kane honors his grandfather
February 4, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, February 4:


How many 18-year-olds would love to drive 140 mph and get paid for it? Well, the ones that do all wish they were in Dylan Kwasniewski's shoes. (AP) 


Hey, Russell Wilson! You just won the Super Bowl! Where are you going next? Uh, where? To spring training with the Rangers?? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

We now know -- finally -- why Jeremy Hellickson was so bad last year. (AP)

The Diamondbacks are happy with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson, and they show it. And not by clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or shouting "Hurray!" (AP)

Yasiel Puig may become the Dodgers' leadoff hitter. (Hardball Talk)

The Captain's comeback continues. (AP)

Kyle Farnsworth's not done yet . . . all statistical evidence to the contrary. (Hardball Talk)


You knew Syracuse would take over the top spot in the men's poll once Arizona lost, especially after that thrilling overtime win over Duke on Saturday. Still, no one figured the Orange would be a unanimous choice. (AP)

But they needed a school-record nine 3-pointers from Trevor Cooney to squeeze past Notre Dame last night. (AP)

Remember when Ohio State was undefeated and ranked third? Well, after losing five of their last seven, the Buckeyes aren't even in the Top 25 anymore. (AP)

Better news from the lower end of the state: Cincinnati moves to No. 7, the Bearcats' highest ranking in 12 years. (AP)

Two arrests in five weeks is Oklahoma State's limit, so the No. 19 Cowboys kick freshman guard Stevie Clark off the team. (AP)

And without him, they lose to No. 16 Iowa State in triple overtime. (AP)

Arkansas reinstates junior Alandise Harris and sophomore Michael Qualls after one-game suspensions for "conduct detrimental to the team." (AP)

The UConn women continue to lead both the AP poll and the UPS Performance Index, but watch out for those Lady Irish. (AP)

Notre Dame's 21-0 record was one of five things to know about this week's women's poll. (AP)

And Pat Forde tells you all you need to know about the men's landscape. (Yahoo! Sports)


National Signing Day is nearly here, and things are looking up at Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. (AP)

And they continue to look just ducky in the SEC. (AP)

The season doesn't start for nearly seven months, yet the Big 12 is already moving games around to accommodate television. (AP)


Playing with a heavy heart because of the death of his grandfather earlier in the day, Patrick Kane scores two goals and adds an assist in leading the Blackhawks over the Kings. (CSN Chicago)

Torts's suspension is over, but the Canucks' struggles aren't. (AP)

Quite the impressive comeback for the Flyers in San Jose. (CSN Philly)

Cam Ward's back with the Hurricanes. (AP)

The Canucks turn to Montreal to get some help for their depleted defense corps. (AP)

And the Kings are turning to Edmonton for some offensive punch, though there's no word yet as to whether the Oilers will actually help them out. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Maybe L.A. should turn to Long Island, because it looks like Thomas Vanek will soon be available. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Did you know that Vanek nearly became a Bruin last summer? (Pro Hockey Talk)

Steven Stamkos is looking at a Saturday return to the Lightning, which should have him ready for Sochi. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But the Wild won't have Mikko Koivu in its lineup again until after the Olympic break . . . (AP)


. . . which begs the question: Will he be able to play for Finland? (AP)

The president of the International Olympic Committee is ready for the Games to begin. (nbcolympics.com)

Video games, basement tunnels, a dentist . . . the Olympic Village's got it all. (NBC Olympics Talk)

Shaun White's chances for gold just got better: Top tier Norwegian snowboard slopestyle competitor Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone in a crash Monday during a training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on the first-ever Olympic slopestyle course and is out of the Games. (nbcolympics.com)


You may think "Slim Reaper" is a clever nickname, but Kevin Durant doesn't like it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

So I doubt anyone called him that last night as the Thunder got back on the winning track. (AP)

Well, that's embarrassing, eh, Derrick Williams? (CSN Bay Area) 

Let the parties begin: The Wizards are over .500 for the first time since 2009. (AP)

Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to other guy. That's what Doc Rivers did after Randy Foye hit a 3-point prayer with time expiring to lift the Nuggets to a one-point win over the Clippers. (AP)

Tony Parker was too much for the Pelicans. (AP)

Trouble's brewing between Carlos Boozer and Tom Thibodeau. (CSN Chicago)

And GM Gar Forman isn't happy with Boozer. (CSN Chicago)

For his part, Thibodeau says he's not mad at Boozer. He also claims he has no idea what Boozer said. Nice try, Tom. (CSN Chicago)

Speaking of trouble, Joakim Noah got into it with the referees last night and it's liable to cost him money, his postgame apologies notwithstanding. (CSN Chicago)

Sasha Vujacic returns to L.A. Just not to the Lakers. (AP)

The Timberwolves freely admit they have "no idea" when Nikola Pekovic will play again. (AP)

But the Lakers' Steve Nash should be back on the court tonight. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Evan Turner's being shopped around by the Sixers. So far, no takers. (CSN Philly)


Someone leaks a series of text messages between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, all of which support Incognito's assertion that the two were friends. What's more, there's no evidence of bullying in any of the messages. So it's a pretty safe assumption that the leak came Incognito himself, or someone in his camp. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Move over, 1985 Bears and 2000 Ravens. The 2013 Seahawks are in the conversation for the Best Defense In History honor. Not that that's a good thing, necessarily, since those great Chicago and Baltimore 'D's only won one championship each. (Yahoo! Sports)

Come on, Pete. Relax. Enjoy it a little. (Pro Football Talk)

It's a copycat league, so let's see if the rest of the NFL tries to emulate Seattle. (Yahoo! Sports)

Richard Sherman would rather get a crewcut than say anything nice about the 49ers. So you know Denver was pret-ty bad Sunday for Sherman to offer that "the NFC Championship was the [real] Super Bowl" and that San Francisco is "the second-best team in the NFL." (Yahoo! Sports)

Even so, Sherman had nothing but nice things to say about Peyton Manning, who asked about Sherman's injured ankle after the game. (Yahoo! Sports)

Bad as it may have been, more people watched this Super Bowl than any in history. (AP)

And more money was bet on this one at Nevada casinos than any other, too. (AP)

If you want to wager a bob or two on next year's winner, the odds are out. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Broncos didn't think MetLife Stadium would be as raucous as it was . . . and, boy, did it cost them. (AP)

The place was so loud that Fox' cameras only picked up two "Omaha!"'s from Peyton Manning. But that was enough to raise $42,500 for Manning's foundation for at-risk youth. (AP)

New Jersey Transit's executive director begs to differ with those upset by the two-hour postgame wait for trains at MetLife Stadium; he thinks his folks did "an excellent job." (AP)

The NFL, however, isn't on board with that assessment. (Pro Football Talk)

Et tu, Purell? (CSN Baltimore)

Kyle Shanahan's not listening to Purell; he agrees to a three-year deal to become the Browns' offensive coordinator. (Pro Football Talk)

I don't see how losing $7 million on a Super Bowl promotion is good business, but this guy says it is and, hey, who am I to argue? (CSN Houston)

Upon further review, Ray Rice thinks playing through an injury wasn't such a good idea after all. (Pro Football Talk)