Wakeup Call: Cuban wants to legalize HGH use in NBA

Wakeup Call: Cuban wants to legalize HGH use in NBA
February 14, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, February 14:

AUTO RACING

Danica Patrick takes the high road when asked to respond to Richard Petty's sniping at her. (AP)

Jeff Gordon has been stuck on four championships since 2001. If he ever wins a fifth, though, he might just hang up the keys. (AP)

Michael Schumacher's family issues a statement that sheds virtually no light on his condition as he recovers from a serious head injury suffered in a ski accident, and it's hard to avoid the conclusion that, in this case, no news is bad news. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

The Cubs' failure to land Masahiro Tanaka has Theo talking about waiting until next year . . . and this year hasn't even begun yet. (CSN Chicago)

A Poughkeepsie columnist wants the BBWAA and the Hall of Fame to bend the rules so Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera can go to Cooperstown together. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

When Yasiel Puig has to limit his activities due to shoulder inflammation, Dodger Nation panics. (Hardball Talk)

Jose Lobaton's game-winning homer off Koji Uehara in Game 3 of the ALDS was his last hurrah as a Ray: They've traded him to the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

Speaking of the Rays, now it's their turn to be disappointed by Erik Bedard, one of the forgotten goats -- for his reluctance to pitch through a minor injury -- of the Red Sox' September 2011 collapse. (Hardball Talk)

The gastrointestinal problem that bothered Franklin Gutierrez all last season has prompted him to decide to sit out 2014 in an attempt to recover. (AP)

Looks like the Cubs will have to start the season without Jake Arrieta. (Hardball Talk)

Today's Biogenesis suspendee to emerge from the shadows and apologize: Antonio Bastardo. We'll be seeing more and more of this as the guys who missed the last part of 2013 because of the Bosch-related suspensions make their first public appearances in spring training. (CSN Philly)

Suk-min Yoon, a Korean right-hander in whom the Red Sox had some interest, signs with the Orioles. (CSN Baltimore)

It's (finally) official: The Yankees and Marlins will play a pair of exhibition games in Panama, on March 15 and 16, to honor Mariano Rivera. (AP)

R.I.P., Jim Fregosi. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

When you turn on your TV tonight and see two games -- No. 13 Louisville at Temple, and No. 23 SMU at Rutgers -- you weren't expecting, thank the storm that you were cursing yesterday. (AP)

No. 9 Michigan State cruises past Northwestern and remains tied for the Big Ten lead. (AP)

Doug McDermott says he was "really surprised" with the 3-point shot he launched with 47.8 seconds to play went in. Surprised and pleased, since it gave No. 18 Creighton a hard-fought win over Butler. (AP)

You better watch your language if you play for Memphis. (AP)

Joel Embiid's still bothered by knee and back woes, and Kansas coach Bill Self is holding him out of practices and limiting his minutes in games. (AP)

Syracuse alum Joe Biden was so excited by Tyler Ennis' game-winning shot against Pitt the other night that he called to congratulate him. (CSN Baltimore)

Mark your calendars: Starting in 2017, the women's Final Four will go back to a Friday-Sunday schedule, rather than the Sunday-Tuesday it's used since 2003. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Here's how Missouri made Michael Sam's sexual orientation -- known by pretty much everyone on campus -- a non-story during the season. (Yahoo! Sports)

The video of Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen's defense of Sam goes viral. (CSN Chicago)

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama coach Nick Saban -- both of whom run methodical offenses -- support the NCAA's new rule prohibiting teams from snapping the ball until 29 seconds are left on the 40-second play clock. (AP)

GOLF

Your first-round leaders: Dustin Johnson at Riviera . . . (AP)

. . . and Richard Santos at the Africa Open. (AP)

And your second-round leader -- it's already tomorrow Down Under -- is Caroline Hedwall at the Women's Australian Open. (AP)

HOCKEY

Jaromir Jagr's resurgence in New Jersey continues in Sochi, and once again we ask: Where was this guy last spring?? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

When something works, you stick with it: Jonathan Quick will be in goal for the U.S. against Russia. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Bad news for the Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg's herniated disk has flared up again and he'll be lost to Sweden for the rest of the Olympics. No word on if it will cost him NHL time, too. (AP)

OLYMPICS

Okay. We're nearing the halfway point of the Sochi Games. Who are the best U.S. hopes for gold in the final 10 days? (Yahoo! Sports)

Bode Miller isn't on that list, at least not for the super-combined. He finished sixth today. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

One of the Games' great tragedy-to-triumph stories: Noelle Pikus-Pace. If you don't know who she is, it's worth a click. (nbcolympics.com)

Yesterday a hero, today a scoundrel. That about it, Evgeni Plushenko? (Yahoo! Sports)

German skiier Felix Neureuther crashes his car while headed to the airport to catch his flight for Sochi, and he's being a) checked to see if he has whiplash, and b) investigated by police for possibly leaving the scene of an accident. But he c) still expects to get to Russia and compete. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

It's not us! It's these damn suits! (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

In a world of "Just say no" and year-long A-Rod suspensions, Mark Cuban continues to go against traffic: He wants the NBA to approve HGH use. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Phil Jackson isn't even on a bench anymore, and he's still arguing with Dick Bavetta. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kevin Durant thunders into the All-Star break -- see what I did there? -- with a 43-point performance as Oklahoma City hands the Lakers their seventh straight home loss. (AP)

There was no thunder in Chicago for the Nets, though. (AP)

Man, LeBron's getting chesty these days, isn't he? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Warriors' record is one game better this year at the break than it was last season. But Golden State has higher hopes than that, and coach Mark Jackson admits the team has done a poor job dealing with the pressure of those higher expectations. (AP)

Here are 20 things we learned, or had re-affirmed, in the first half of the season. (Yahoo! Sports)

It's been 10 years since they've made the playoffs, and there's no indication this year's Timberwolves are going to break that streak. (AP)

Chris Paul recalls crying on the day he was traded to the Clippers. Not because he was leaving the Hornets (now known as the Pelicans), but because he was leaving a city -- New Orleans -- that he had fallen in love with. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

Remember yesterday, when we said respected NFL Films analysts Greg Cosell wasn't high on Johnny Football? Well, it's worse than that: Based on some of the film he's seen, Cosell wonders whether Manziel should be drafted at all, let alone taken with the top overall pick. (CSN Houston)

That certainly would make Texans safety D.J. Swearington happy, because he'd like his ex-South Carolina teammate, Jadveon Clowney, to be the No, 1 choice. (CSN Houston)

Ed, Ed . . . didn't anyone ever tell you not to leave $50,000 lying around in your car? (CSN Houston)

The Lions release two starters from last year's team: Wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas. (AP)

You know, if you have to tell people you're not a bad guy, you probably are a bad guy. But I'm willing to give Chris Boyd the benefit of the doubt. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Wow: Australian Open women's champ Li Na is upset by a qualifier, Petra Cetkovska, in the second round of the Qatar Open. (AP)