Wakeup Call: At last, a win for the Panthers

Wakeup Call: At last, a win for the Panthers
April 16, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, April 16:


Start 'em young, right, Jeff? (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)


Sorry, John Farrell: Bud Selig begs to differ with you. (AP)

And so does Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan. (Yahoo! Sports)

The racists come back out against Hank Aaron after he points out there's still racism in this country. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Cubs decide not to play the we'll-move-out-of-here card in negotiations to get Wrigley Field renovated. (AP)

He didn't announce the news on Instagram, the way he did his retirement, but Darnell McDonald gets a front-office job with the Cubs. (Hardball Talk)

Hitting .348 with a .484 on-base percentage isn't enough to convince the Indians to keep Nyjer Morgan around now that Michael Bourne is back. (Hardball Talk)

Playing more or less regularly on last year's National League champions isn't enough to convince the Cardinals to keep Pete Kozma around now that Mark Ellis is back. (Hardball Talk)

Prince Fielder finally hits his first home run as a Ranger. (AP)

With Stephen Strasburg on the mound against them, you didn't figure this would be the night the Marlins broke their eight-game losing streak. But that's why the play the games. (AP)

The Orioles are marching on D.C. (CSN Washington)

The Padres' Josh Johnson may be next on the list for Tommy John surgery. (Yahoo! Sports)

Oh, those Wikipedia scamps. (Hardball Talk)


Considering that it's become a virtual fringe sport, it always amazes me when a boxer -- in this case, Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- is the world's highest-paid athlete. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)


On April 1, when he publicly turned down Marquette's offer to become its coach, Cuonzo Martin declared "Tennessee is where I want to be." Must have been an April Fool's joke, because yesterday Martin bolted the Vols to replace the retiring Mike Montgomery at Cal. Tennessee's AD is appropriately shocked. (AP)

But if Tennessee really is "a school leaking prestige and reeking of unrealistic entitlement . . . [with a] delusional fan base" -- Pat Forde's words, not mine -- can you blame Martin? (Yahoo! Sports)

Hey, who says the NCAA never listens? Thanks to Shabazz Napier's complaint, athletes at all Division I schools, walk-ons included, will now be allowed unlimited meals and snacks. So just drop this union talk, will ya? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

In today's installment of Declaring for the NBA Draft, we have Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III of Michigan . . . (AP)

. . . and Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson of Arizona. (AP)

But not Michigan State's Branden Dawson. (AP)

Boston College hires Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli, a BU grad and New England native, to serve on new coach Jim Christian's staff. (CSN Baltimore)

Spinelli's alma mater is losing point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to Creighton. (AP)

Turns out Jerry Tarkanian had a heart attack, something doctors discovered after administering tests when he was admitted to the hospital for weakness, lethargy and labored breathing. But the 83-year-old former coach is feeling better, and may go home this weekend. (AP)


Okay, follow along closely: Mankato State fires coach Todd Hoffner in August 2012 because of what it said were images of child pornography on a school-issued cell phone. Hoffner, who said the video in question was of his children playing after a bath, files a wrongful-termination lawsuit. In the meantime,  he's hired as head coach at Minot State. A judge agrees with Hoffman that the videos were not child porn and orders Mankato State to reinstate him. So Hoffman leaves Minot State -- without ever coaching a game there -- and takes back his old job because "[my] family lives there, we have roots there, I helped grow the program to a national power." But his attorneys say Hoffner is still "exploring all his legal options" because "[what] has been done to this family . . . is wrong." Just what you thought you'd heard it all . . .  (AP)

Back on the gridiron, it appears Cody Kessler is still USC's quarterback. (AP)

After dismissing the nephew of an ex-NFL quarterback from the team, Clemson is tentatively naming the son of another as its starting QB. (AP)


Without Tiger Woods, TV ratings for the Masters were down 24 percent to their lowest total since 2004. (AP)

Guess, then, we can expect ratings for the U.S. Open to be down, as well. (AP)


At last, the Panthers win something: The NHL draft lottery. (AP)

The good news for the Blues: T. J. Oshie and Brenden Morrow are back on the ice. The bad news: David Backes, Patrik Berglund and old friend Vladimir Sobotka aren't. (AP)

Ryan Miller lost his last five starts for the Blues with a goals-against average near 4.00, but says "I feel like I'm in a pretty good place, honestly." And then he added: "I know people probably will take that and just chop it up and laugh about it . . . " Yeah, Ryan, you got that right. (AP)

Jonas Hiller isn't happy about being benched by the Ducks. You can ask his wife. (AP)

Wonder how Hiller's wife feels about reports that Frederik Andersen will be starting in goal for Anaheim in Game 1 against the Stars. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers take time off from their playoff preparation to sign Andrew MacDonald to a six-year contract. (CSN Philly)

Part of that playoff preparation is determining whether Steve Mason will be healthy to play in Game 1. The jury's still out. (CSN Philly)

The Penguins need to make the same determination with Evgeni Malkin, and he thinks he may be able to give it a go against the Blue Jackets. (AP)

The Sabres are prepared to buy out Ville Leino, one of the biggest busts they ever signed. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But the Oilers have no plans to cut ties with coach Dallas Eakins, despite their last-place finish this year. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Looks like another AHL franchise is moving east. (Pro Hockey Talk)


The news of note from the 23rd day of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial: Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told Pistorius for the first time that she loved him hours before he killed her. (Yahoo! Sports)


Guess you can say Doc Rivers' first season in L.A. was a success: The Clippers post their 57th win, breaking the franchise record for victories in a season. (AP)

Give a toast to the Wizards' Randy Wittman, who's in the playoffs for the first time in eight years as a head coach. (AP)

Now that the Knicks have been eliminated from postseason contention, 'Melo may sit out the rest of the schedule to rest his ailing shoulder. And that means his New York career may be over. (AP)

If so, the Post-Anthony Era starts off well. (AP)

Josh Powell didn't play much during his first go-round in the NBA, but he does have two rings after sitting on the bench for the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Apparently the Rockets are hoping some of that aura will rub off. (CSN Houston)

The Bulls were hoping for the same thing from Kurt Thomas, but he turned them down. (CSN Chicago)

As the Timberwolves' season comes to a close, the coaching career of Rick Adelman may also be ending. (AP)


The Donald's trying to distance himself from his USFL follies -- like attempting to convince the league to move its schedule to the fall to go head-to-head against the NFL, and the antitrust lawsuit which he now claims he had nothing to do with (yeah, right) -- as he works to convince Roger Goodell and company to let him buy the Bills. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Willie, Willie, Willie . . . No. No matter how fast you once were, and how fast you may still be compared to other guys your age, you're 53 years old. You're not faster than most current NFL players. Especially DeSean Jackson. (CSN Chicago)

Someone else trying to live in the past: Chad Ochojohnson, who's attempting a comeback in the CFL. (AP)

Looks like we now have a date for the release of the NFL schedule: Tuesday, April 22. (Pro Football Talk)

Lions president Tom Lewand echoes Mark Cuban's warning about the danger of overexposure in the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

The Texans bolster their defensive line with ex-Colt Ricardo Mathews. (CSN Houston)

After sitting out a year, Rolando McClain is asking back into the NFL. So he shows up late for a workout with the Ravens, then fails to complete the conditioning test. Yeah, probably not how you put your best foot forward, Rolando. (CSN Baltimore)

With reason, Ronnie. With reason. (Pro Football Talk)

In any case, it doesn't appear Aldon Smith will be the 49ers' problem much longer. (Yahoo! Sports)

Now high schools are dropping the nickname "Redskins". How much longer can you hold out, Daniel? (Pro Football Talk)


MLS commissioner Don Garber is diagnosed with prostate cancer, but says he expects to make a full recovery. (soccerly.net)


Winning the French Open will make you richer than ever. (AP)