Wakeup Call: Spurs are the anti-Sixers

Wakeup Call: Spurs are the anti-Sixers
April 3, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, April 3.

BASEBALL

After a ghastly blown save last night -- he came into the game with a 3-1 lead and allowed four hits and two walks to the seven batters he faced, capping it with a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to Shin-Soo Choo to force in the winning run -- the warning sirens are blaring about old friend Jonathan Papelbon, who can't get his fastball out of the low 90s these days. And it didn't help that, afterwards, he seemed to blame his infielders for the whole thing. (CSN Philly)

These are the days when you miss George Steinbrenner. Back-to-back losses in Houston to start the season would have had The Boss on a five-alarm tantrum. (AP)

The Astros go all Texas in saying goodbye to Derek Jeter. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Players going home for the births of their children -- like the Mets' Daniel Murphy -- has the talk-radio blabosphere in an uproar. (Hardball Talk) 

And now Jimmy Rollins gives them more fuel for their fire. (Hardball Talk)

No baseball game in Pittsburgh had ever gone as long as 5 hours and 55 minutes until last night, but Boston College's own Tony Sanchez sent everyone home happy. (AP)

Newcomer Ian Kinsler sent them home happy in Detroit. (AP)

It was day for walkoffs, and none topped the way the White Sox beat the Twins. (Yahoo! Sports)

Nice way to start your Giants career, Tim Hudson. (CSN Bay Area)

But Jim Johnson's career in Oakland hasn't begun nearly as smoothly. (CSN Bay Area)

It may be a new year, but it's the same old same old for the Angels. (Yahoo! Sports)

Maybe all that optimism surrounding the Blue Jays last season was just a year too early. (AP)

Those 18-inch, $25 corn dogs in Arizona are flying off the shelves. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

One-and-done continues to be a winning strategy for Coach Cal. (AP)

The Maryland women get a shoutout from Kevin Durant for making it to the Final Four. (CSN Baltimore)

Houston thinks this leopard -- Kelvin Sampson, who incurred the wrath of the NCAA during previous stops in Oklahoma and Indiana -- has changed his spots. Time will tell. (CSN Houston)

In other coaching news, Wake Forest is wooing Tulsa's Danny Manning. (AP)

And Mark Fox gets a two-year contract extension at Georgia. (AP)

In today's version of Declaring For The NBA Draft, we have Missouri's Jabari Brown. (AP)

Wait, what? The CBI? It's still going on? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary will miss the rest of spring practice because of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. (AP)

Alabama tailback Altee Tenpenny is charged with possession of marijuana after an arrest in his Arkansas hometown over spring break. Nick is not pleased. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky loses yet again in the courts. (AP)

GOLF

Rory McIlroy asks the question on everyone's mind: Who's going to fill the void at the top of men's golf created by Tiger Woods' injuries and decline? (AP)

Jack Nicklaus sends along his get-well wishes. (golfchannel.com)

Tiger's collapse is, for Joe Posnanski, reaffirmation of his belief that golfers "age at a much, much faster pace than you want to believe." (golfchannel.com)

Phil Mickelson, who had to withdraw from the Texas Open because of a pulled muscle in his side, will play in this week's Houston Open as a prep for The Masters. (AP)

If Karrie Webb has her way, Dinah Shore's name will be restored to what is now called the Kraft Nabisco Chamionship. (AP)

HOCKEY

In The Glass Is Half Empty department, Jonathan Toews will miss the remainder of the regular season because of injuries suffered from that hit by Brooks Orpik. Over on The Glass Is Half Full side, the Blackhawks say he'll be "100 percent" for the playoffs. (AP)

The Sabres and Blues play tonight for the first time since Ryan Miller was traded from Buffalo to St. Louis, but he won't be in net. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Kings clinch a playoff spot with their 14th win in the last 18 games. (AP)

A night for milestones in Anaheim: Corey Perry scores his 40th and the Ducks win their 50th. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

After all the yakking we did about the Sixers' 26-game losing streak, let's give a little love to the Spurs for doing something far more impressive: Winning their 19th in a row. (AP)

Tip of the hat to Doc and crew for clinching the Pacific Division title. (AP)

The Hawks' freefall continues . . . (AP)

. . . and now they've finally been overtaken by the Knicks for the last playoff spot in the East. (AP)

The Pacers stop their slide. (AP)

But they can't gain any ground on the Heat. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Don't know what everyone else thinks, but Jadeveon Clowney certainly impressed himself at his pro day. (AP)

Even the 'Ol Ball Coach has nice things to say -- sort of -- about Clowney. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Rebuilding? Hah! With their signing of DeSean Jackson, the Redskins signal their intentions to compete in the NFC East despite last year's 3-13 record. (CSN Washington)

Except this Jackson-Daniel Snyder marriage has Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries written all over it. (CSN Philly)

Many things have been said about DeSean Jackson, but DeAngelo Hall comes up with a new one: He says Jackson is "humble". (CSN Philly)

Now for the real issue surrounding Jackson's move to D.C.: Will he convince RGIII to give up No. 10? (CSN Washington)

So the Eagles forgive Riley Cooper but cut loose DeSean Jackson. Richard Sherman wonders why . . . but he's pretty sure he actually knows why. (Pro Football Talk)

The suddenly peripatetic Darrius Heyward-Bey lands in Pittsburgh. (AP)

The Dolphins continue reconstructing their offensive line by signing Jason Fox. (AP)

R.I.P. Sandy Grossman, the legendary director at CBS and FOX who worked with Pat Summerall and John Madden and also was at the helm for no fewer than 10 Super Bowls . . . including the Patriots' upset of the Rams in February 2002. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

An official's blown call costs the U.S. a victory over arch-rival Mexico in its final international match before the World Cup. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

Serena may be out, but Venus Williams advances as she wins her second-round match at the Family Circle Cup. (AP)