Wakeup Call: Move over, Michael; here comes Kevin

Wakeup Call: Move over, Michael; here comes Kevin
April 7, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, April 7:

AUTO RACING

Kind of fitting that the "Duck Commander 500" is rained out. (AP)

BASEBALL

Old friend Darnell McDonald not only announces his retirement on social media, but he uses Flipagram to produce his own little career retrospective. Man, these are the 2010s, aren't they? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each hit two homers, Zack Greinke pitches well . . . when it's working right, the Dodgers look unbeatable. (AP)

Gardy goes yardy for the Yanks' first home run of the year in their win over the Blue Jays. (Yahoo! Sports)

Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list, and now sets his sights on Yaz. (AP)

Yu Darvish is his his old self in his first start of the season. (AP)

Mark Trumbo's home-run streak reaches four games. (AP)

Jim Johnson finally saves one for the A's. (AP)

And the last of the unbeatens goes down. (AP)

The Phillies postponed Monday's home opener on Sunday afternoon because of the threat of bad weather. You didn't even want to wait to see if it actually rained, Phils? (CSN Philly)

Give it up, Jose. Just give it up. (Hardball Talk)

Some guys have calf strains. Some guys have hamstring pulls. The Astros' Dexter Fowler has gastroenteritis. (Hardball Talk)

And some guys have bad shoulders. Thankfully for Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats, this one doesn't appear serious. (CSN Washington)

You'll be happy to know that, even if the replay system had been in effect, Jeffrey Maier says he'd still have reached over the wall and interfered with the Derek Jeter flyout that -- thanks to him, and the baffling incompetence of umpire Richie Garcia -- became a home run that may have changed baseball history. To which old Craig Calcaterra concluded: "Well, duh. He’s still a Yankees fan." (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein will miss tonight's national title game against Connecticut because of a lingering ankle injury. (AP)

The WIldcats' "ink prophet" is one game from vindication. (Yahoo! Sports)

John Calipari coming out against one-and-done? What's next? Republicans coming out against tax cuts? (AP)

We heard "Started From The Bottom" blare over the Fenway Park P.A. system during early batting practice -- i.e., before the fans were let into the joint -- all last postseason, but it turns out Drake's true love is Kentucky basketball. Which is kind of weird for a rapper from Toronto, but whatever. (Yahoo! Sports)

Wisconsin, which suffered a heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in the semifinals, is already looking ahead to next year. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

For the first time ever, two undefeated teams will meet for the national championship when the UConn and Notre Dame women square off tomorrow night. (AP)

Saul Phillips turns North Dakota State's surprising NCAA run -- the Bisons upset Oklahoma in the first round -- into a new job at Ohio University, where he replaces new BC coach Jim Christian. (AP)

In today's edition of I'm Transferring . . . Somewhere, we have Georgetown center Moses Ayegba. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wow. The president of the NCAA doesn't think players unionizing is a good idea. Who'da thunk? (AP)

Wow. The coach at Northwestern doesn't think players unionizing is a good idea. Who'da thunk? (AP)

Just two more examples of how the power brokers in college sports can't -- or refuse to -- see the big picture, nor acknowledge that their life is going to change whether they like it or not. (Yahoo! Sports)

GOLF

Matt Jones wasn't about to let a 42-yard chip shot keep him out of the Masters. And he didn't. (AP)

Don't worry, Matt. The kids will be off the course by the time you're ready to tee off at Augusta National. (AP)

In the end it was Lexi Thompson and not Michelle Wie who did the traditional victory leap into Poppie's Pond, as she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage by pulling away to a three-stroke victory over her rival. (AP)

HOCKEY

Hmm. If the Blackhawks can do this without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, what will they do when the duo returns? (AP)

And if the Penguins can do this without their top three scorers, what will they do when the trio returns? (AP)

Really, Ducks. You can't be losing in Edmonton with the Pacific Division title still up for grabs. (AP)

Take a lesson from the Flyers, who snapped their losing streak against the bottom-feeder Sabres. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Yeah, the Thunder lose and their hold on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference is getting shaky. But at least Kevin Durant broke Michael Jordan's record. (AP)

And here's why Durant's streak matters. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Hawks' playoff chances get a big boost as they rout the reeling Pacers . . . (AP)

. . . and LeBron James and the Heat knock off the Knicks. (AP)

Roy Hibbert, by the way, has become a symbol of Indiana's collapse. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Blazers win their 50th and clinch a playoff spot, all in one swoop. (AP)

The battle of L.A. is so one-sided these days that the Clippers say yet another pounding of the Lakers "doesn't mean that much" to them. (AP)

No one said you were a doctor, Gregg. We just figured that since you're, you know, the coach of the team, someone might have told you what's wrong with Tony Parker's back. (AP)

Once the playoffs start, the Wizards are hoping Nene will be back in the lineup. (CSN Washington)

The Sixers insist their youth defines them more than their losing. If you say so . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

Three days after his arrest for domestic felony assault against his girlfriend, the Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham is booked for suspicion of making terroristic threats. You have to admit: When it comes to athletes' arrest logs, that's a first. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

After his day in Foxboro, Johnny Football's next visit makes a whole lot more sense: Oakland. (CSN Bay Area)

For all the QB talk, the Rams may take offensive tackle Jake Matthews, son of Bruce, with the second overall pick. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Don't ready anything into John Harbaugh putting his $2.1 million home up for sale, as he and his family have already moved into a new house in the Baltimore area. (Pro Football Talk)

Hold the pizza delivery jokes: Nate Burleson lands in Cleveland. (AP)

SOCCER

Tom Sermanni says he was "completely blindsided" by his firing as coach of the the U.S. women's team. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Italy beats Britain and reaches the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 16 years. (AP)