Wakeup Call: Did Knicks wave bye-bye to playoffs?

Wakeup Call: Did Knicks wave bye-bye to playoffs?
March 24, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, March 24:

AUTO RACING

Kyle Busch thinks his second straight win at Fontana is out of "Days of Thunder right there." (AP)

A sinus infection causes Denny Hamlin to miss the race. (AP)

BASEBALL

With Scott Boras as his agent and free agency looming at the end of the season, is anybody really surprised by this? (AP)

So now the Tigers turn their attention to Miguel Cabrera. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Max Scherzer isn't the only guy turning down contract extensions. (CSN Bay Area)

I'm sure they're having quite the chuckle in Yankee Universe over the Brewers' announcement that Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay will share first-base duties this season. (Hardball Talk)

A smiling Aroldis Chapman, saying he feels "a lot better than I thought I would," visits the Reds for the first time since being hit in the face by that line drive. (AP)

Manny Machado won't be ready for Opening Day after all. (CSN Baltimore)

Michael Pineda finally gives up some runs this spring. (AP)

Tim Lincecum gives up a lot of runs in his spring finale, but neither he nor the Giants say they're worried. (CSN Bay Area)

If Ryne Sandberg was trying to wake up Jimmy Rollins by benching him a little while ago, maybe it worked. (AP)

This might be the end of the line for Carlos Pena, though not if he has anything to say about it. (Hardball Talk)

Kevin Frandsen gets the axe, too, though he has the option to report to the Phillies' Triple-A team. (CSN Philly)

The Dodgers sweep the Diamondbacks in their two games in Australia (AP)

But that didn't stop the boos . . . even Down Under. (Yahoo! Sports)

Don Mattingly sounds like he's ready to boo Yasiel Puig. (Hardball Talk)

Another potential opening for Stephen Drew, if he's willing to move to second base: The Rangers' Jurickson Profar will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. (Hardball Talk)

The Astros' Triple-A manager is diagnosed with cancer, though he's expected to make a full recovery. (CSN Houston)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Billy Donovan's biggest fan is also his most unlikeliest: Bill Belichick. (Yahoo! Sports) 

Kentucky's victory over previously unbeaten Wichita State might be, in the words of Pro Basketball Talk's Scott Phillips, "one of the best Round of 32 games that we’ll ever witness." (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

It was also a game that heralded the greatness of both teams. (Yahoo! Sports)

So now the question is: Can the incredibly talented Wildcats keep it up? (College Basketball Talk)

Dougie Buckets' remarkable college career ends with hugs and tears, as Baylor sends Creighton packing with a 30-point whipping. (Yahoo! Sports)

In the end, Andrew Wiggins looked -- and played -- like a freshman, which is one of the reasons that Kansas' season is over. (Yahoo! Sports)

Hey, Missouri: At least the Jayhawks were in the tournament. That's more than you can say. (Yahoo! Sports)

And if Kansas had had a healthy Joel Embiid, you'd probably be keeping your snotty comments to yourself. (College Basketball Talk)

Still sniping at Steve Alford, Bruin Nation? (Yahoo! Sports)

The clock strikes midnight for Stephen F. Austin and Mercer. (Yahoo! Sports)

And North Dakota State. (College Basketball Talk)

What's in a name, anyway? (Yahoo! Sports)

A look ahead to the Sweet Sixteen. (College Basketball Talk)

Over in the women's tournament, Penn looked like it was headed to the Ivy League's second-ever victory in an NCAA tourney game. And then Texas woke up. (AP)

Five things to take away from the women's opening round. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The family of Navy's Will McKamey, who collapsed during practice Saturday and underwent brain surgery that night, releases a statement thanking everyone for their support but saying they "still have only small responses from Will." (CSN Baltimore)

GOLF

Matt Every was nine shots back entering the weekend and four shots behind entering the final round. But thanks to a collapse by Masters champ Adam Scott, he prevails at Bay Hill. (AP)

Jeff Maggert becomes the 17th player to win his debut event on the Champions Tour. (AP)

Karrie Webb is thrilled with her victory in the JTBC Founders Cup, and not just because she won a tournament. (AP)

HOCKEY

Even when Ryan Miller isn't in net, the Blues are tough to score against. Just ask the Penguins. (AP)

So after getting shut out by the Predators -- their third loss in four games to Nashville this year -- and falling six points behind St. Louis, should the Blackhawks be worried? (CSN Chicago)

The Ducks snap their four-game home losing streak. (AP)

The Maple Leafs lose their fifth straight since Jonathan Bernier went down with a groin injury. (AP)

Jeff Carter finally returns to Philadelphia tonight, three years after the Flyers traded him, and he thinks it'll be "a lot of fun." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

So does a ghastly home loss to the Cavaliers, which snapped their eight-game winning streak, put an end to the Knicks' playoff dreams? (AP)

The Nets make Jason Kidd's return to Dallas a happy homecoming. (AP)

It was a day for comebacks in the NBA. The Suns rally from 22 down to beat the Timberwolves . . . (AP)

. . . and the Raptors erase a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and wind up beating the Hawks by 10. (AP)

Pau Gasol takes ill after the first half of the Lakers' win over the Magic, and spends the night in the hospital with what sounds like a case of the flu. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andre Miller and Brian Shaw bury the hatchet. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams is stabbed in the leg, reportedly by his brother, during an altercation at home, but the laceration was minor and he's been released from the hospital. (AP)

Lovie Smith was already concerned about Williams before this even happened. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Mark Cuban has a warning to the "hogs" of the NFL, and he's not talking about Redskins offensive linemen: Too much of a good thing is still too much. (Pro Football Talk)

What did Jimmy Carter once say about committing adultery in his heart? That may describe Raiders owner Mark Davis' feelings about Los Angeles, though he claims he's committed to Oakland. (CSN Bay Area)

The first thing the Raiders do after acquiring Matt Schaub is rework his contract. (Pro Football Talk)

If you like the extra point as it is and are alarmed by the proposed changes to it, well, worry no longer. (Pro Football Talk)

Sanchez, Tebow, McElroy . . . in 2012, they were the Jets' three quarterbacks. In 2014, they're all unemployed. (Yahoo! Sports)

But Sanchez might not be unemployed much longer. (Pro Football Talk)

Excuse me, but isn't expressing interest in another team's player called tampering? (AP)

One team that isn't interested in DeSean Jackson is the Seahawks. (Pro Football Talk)

Brian Billick is out at Fox. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is undergoing surgery on his left wrist, which he says has bothered him for several years, and he's expected to miss several months. (AP)