Wakeup Call: Not as much fun without Kobe

Wakeup Call: Not as much fun without Kobe
December 26, 2013, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, December 26:

BASEBALL

  • Apparently, that nasty split between the Phillies and Ryan Madson several years ago isn't preventing both sides from looking into a reunion. (CSN Philly)

  • Matt Kemp's out of his walking boot and begins the slow trot -- sorry -- to recovery. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

  • R.I.P., Mike Hegan. You'll always be remembered -- by me, anyway -- for this classic Ball Four quote while filling out a questionnaire asking what's the toughest thing about being a major-league baseball player: "Explaining to your wife why she needs a penicillin shot for your kidney infection." (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  • Don't know what he did, but it was bad enough that Michigan State sent out a news release early this morning announcing that senior linebacker Max Bullough, a two-time team captain, has been suspended for the Spartans' Rose Bowl matchup against Stanford on New Year's Day because of a violation of team rules. (AP)

  • Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan is accused of punching an Ohio State fan, but -- while explaining he "can't really go into any more detail" -- he says he didn't do it. (NBC's College Football Talk)

HOCKEY

  • The on-ice production isn't there, but Teemu Selanne is still having a blast in his final season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

PRO FOOTBALL

TENNIS