Wakeup Call: Not yet a finished product

Wakeup Call: Not yet a finished product
February 13, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, February 13:

AUTO RACING

Richard Petty may not think much of her driving skills, but Danica Patrick's going to get multiple opportunities to put them on display at Daytona: She's racing in both in both the Nationwide Series season opener on Feb. 22 and the Daytona 500 itself on Feb. 23. (AP)

Lt. Dan's going to wave the green flag for the Daytona 500. (AP)

BASEBALL

Derek Jeter's greatest feat in a career that he plans to end after the 2014 season? Joe Posnanski thinks it's "staying irrepressibly likeable" despite living under the harsh glare of being both a baseball icon and a Yankee superstar. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

As the captain prepares to ride off into the sunset, here are 10 great moments we'll never forget. (Yahoo! Sports)

Everyone's figured out Jeter's last regular-season game will be at Fenway Park. Bet you didn't know his last regular-season home game will be against the Orioles. (CSN Baltimore)

Will Kendrys Morales be with the O's for that special occasion? (Hardball Talk)

CC Sabathia will be there, though you may not recognize him. (Hardball Talk)

The signing of A.J. Burnett will probably give the Phillies their highest payroll ever. So why don't I think this'll be the best Phillies team ever? (CSN Philly)

Another thing Burnett's signing does is show there was method to Ruben Amaro's madness this winter. (CSN Philly)

Spring training hasn't even started, and already the Mariners have lost Hisashi Iwakuma for four to six weeks. (Hardball Talk)

And the Phillies won't have Cole Hamels available for Opening Day. (CSN Washington)

There is some good health news: The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez feels great. (AP)

Ronny Paulino -- now a Tigers minor-leaguer, but who's played in the bigs for the Pirates, Marlins, Mets and Orioles -- gets a 100-game suspension for his second PED violation. (Hardball Talk)

A tearful Jesus Montero, making his first public appearance since being hit with a 50-game suspension in the Biogenesis scandal last year, publicly apologizes to his Mariner teammates and the team's fans. (AP)

Former big league shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi, 71, suffers a stroke while on a baseball alumni cruise. The severity isn't yet known. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 1 Syracuse is still unbeaten, though it took a 35-footer at the buzzer by Tyler Ennis to get the Orange past Pitt. (AP)

The rest of the Top 25 teams who played last night didn't need nearly as much drama. Like No. 6 Villanova . . . (AP)

. . . and No. 14 Kentucky . . . (AP)

. . . and No. 20 Memphis. (AP)

No. 8 Duke doesn't get the chance to win, dramatically or mundanely, as its game against North Carolina is snowed out. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

How far has Indiana fallen? As far as it takes the Hoosiers to lose at home to Penn State. (AP)

The price of moving from American Athletic Conference to the Big Ten: $11.5 million. At least that's what it's costing Rutgers. (AP) 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Mack Brown is getting $2.75 million not to coach Texas next season. Nice work it you can get it. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Just what we need, something to slow down these four-hour games. (AP)

A federal agency in Chicago kicks off the first in a series of hearings on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question is whether college athletes can be considered employees. (AP)

Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux has received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of last season because of a gruesome knee injury. (AP)

East Carolina defensive end Terrell Stanley is in critical condition after he and a teammate are involved in a single-car accident in Greenville, N.C. (AP)

HOCKEY

They play their first game in a few hours, yet Team Canada -- in the words of its coach, Mike Babcock -- remains a "work in progress." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Tuukka Rask might not have been at the top of his game in Finland's Olympic opener, but his counterpart, Austria's Bernhard Starkbaum, was worse . . . and the Islanders' Thomas Vanek doesn't have many nice things to say about his Austrian teammate. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Even though the Coyotes are currently on the outside of the Western Conference playoff race, GM Don Maloney says they plan to be buyers, not sellers, at the trade deadline. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Kaitlyn Farrington is America's new sweetheart. (Yahoo! Sports)

For the first time in history, two gold medals are awarded in an Alpine event: Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin finish with identical times in the women’s downhill. (nbcolympics.talk)

Can't say I ever heard of ski slopestyle before last week, but anything the U.S. dominates, hey, I'm all for. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

You know, maybe LeBron wasn't bragging about that Mount Rushmore business . . . (AP)

When James goes to the All-Star Game this weekend, he may be without teammate Dwyane Wade. (AP)

Dwight Howard uses a routine shootaround interview as an opportunity to break into his Kevin McHale imitation. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

McHale smiled through it, especially after the Rockets beat the Wizards for their seventh straight victory . . . (AP)

. . . though the Wizards would probably say they didn't win it as much as the refs handed it to them. (CSN Washington)

Doc's Clippers go into the break on a particularly satisfying note. (AP)

As do Paul Pierce and the Nets. (AP)

Suddenly, the Pacers aren't so dominant at home. (AP)

You want Kyle Lowry? Sorry. The Raptors think they have a chance to make the playoffs -- for only the third time in 12 years -- so they're going to keep him. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Don't even think about signing Eric Bledsoe as a free agent this summer. The Suns say they'll match any offer. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Hawks' Jeff Teague is happy his brother Marquis is no longer a Bull. (CSN Chicago)

Steve Nash won't be back until after the All-Star break. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Sounds like Andrew Bynum's a bigger d-bag that we ever suspected . . . and we already suspected he was a pretty big one. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL

Richie Incognito lost his mind on Twitter yesterday, but now he says he was just trying to tell his side of the story. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like Bill Parcells turned down Jimmy Haslam, too. (Pro Football Talk)

Noted NFL talent evaluator Greg Cosell doesn't sound all that impressed with Johnny Football. (Pro Football Talk)

But Broadway Joe is. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jadveon Clowney plans to run how fast in the 40 at the Combine? (Pro Football Talk)

Will Smith? Jabari Greer? Roman Harper? Jonathan Vilma? They're all now ex-Saints. (Pro Football Talk)

Sounds like Branden Albert will soon be an ex-Chief. (Pro Football Talk)

If the automatic nature of extra points bothers you. Nick Folk has an idea: Put a pair of narrower goal posts inside the real ones. (Pro Football Talk)

Tony Gonzalez back to the Falcons? Thomas Dimitroff doesn't think so. (Pro Football Talk)

The Rams hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator once before, but his one-year suspension because of Bountygate kept that from happening. Now? The two sides are going to try it again. (Pro Football Talk)

John Elway's got some new responsibilities in Denver. (Pro Football Talk)

R.I.P., Abe Woodson. (Pro Football Talk)