Wakeup Call: Spurs get a little revenge on Heat

Wakeup Call: Spurs get a little revenge on Heat
March 7, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 7:

AUTO RACING

And playing the role of the Bandit: Tony Stewart! (AP)

BASEBALL

How dare you compare me to somebody else?? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

When 35 pitches feel like "a thousand," it's time to rest your arm. So that's what Cole Hamels -- who just a week ago said he was feeling "really great" -- is doing. (AP)

Should the Phillies -- who've had more than their share of medical woes in recent years -- be taking a look at their procedures for diagnosing and treating ailments? (CSN Philly)

Old friend Bronson Arroyo's been diagnosed with a slightly bulging disk in his back, but the Diamondbacks still hope he'll be ready to start the season. (AP)

In some good pitching injury news, it appears the Mets' Jon Niese is just about recovered from his shoulder ailment. (AP)

And the Orioles' Zach Britton says he's fine after taking a comebacker off the wrist the other day. (CSN Baltimore)

In some good non-pitching injury news, the Padres' Cameron Maybin won't need surgery on his ruptured biceps tendon and could be back in as little as four to six weeks. (Hardball Talk)

This is why the White Sox paid all that money. (AP)

Poor Clark the Cub. Even Pat Sajak doesn't like him. (CSN Chicago)

But Hank The Dog? Everyone loves him. (Hardball Talk)

Hey, Ervin. You should have thought of this months ago. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

I can't tell you what South Carolina coach Frank Martin screamed in the face of freshman point guard Duane Notice the other night -- I mean, I could, but I'd be fired -- but the Gamecocks call it "inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes" and it earns him a one-game suspension from the school. Yeah, well, I guess that describes it as good as anything. (AP)

(Okay, I won't leave you hanging. The Deadspin link -- complete with a .gif that shows beyond the shadow of a doubt what he said -- is here. Beware: It's very NSFW, and I wouldn't click it if you easily get the vapors.)

It's been nice, but Andrew Wiggins has no intention of staying at No. 8 Kansas any longer than he has to. (AP)

Pat Forde thinks No. 2 Wichita State's best move would be to lose a game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Why? Because -- he says -- you just don't want to go into the NCAAs with the added pressure of being undefeated. (Yahoo! Sports)

With traditional Big East big boys Syracuse and Connecticut out of the picture, No. 6 Villanova wins the conference's regular-season championship for the first time since 1981-82. (AP)

Over in the old Big East -- now known as, let me look this up, the American Athletic Conference -- No. 15 Cincinnati remains tied for first place by beating No. 20 Memphis. (AP)

A 10-point victory over No. 24 Iowa has No. 22 Michigan State talking Final Four. (AP)

But that's not as crazy as you think. (Yahoo! Sports)

More fans-on-the-court nonsense last night, this time at UC Santa Barbara. (AP)

Coach K is out of the hospital and back at practice after getting dizzy during No. 4 Duke's loss at Wake Forest on Wednesday. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Gary Pinkel can't say Missouri didn't show its gratitude for last season's seven-win improvement. (AP)

At last: The targeting rule is modified. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

So how many times will you read or hear today that Tiger Woods' opening round at Doral was all wet? (AP)

Hey, Brett Rumford: A sextuple-bogey 11?? That's something I would do. (AP)

HOCKEY

Paging Bob Lobel: Why can't we get players like this?!?

Oh, that Bobby Loo. What a card. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Kevin Bieska thinks the Canucks have hit rock bottom, but I don't know what he's referring to: Their lopsided loss to Tyler Seguin and the Stars, or being tweaked on Twitter by Luongo. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sharks deliver the blueprint for slowing down, and beating, the Penguins. (CSN Bay Area)

Big night in Tampa, as Steven Stamkos returns and Ryan Callahan makes his Lightning debut. The Sabres, though, are the skunk at the garden party. (AP)

The suddenly resurgent Kings have now won six in a row. (AP)

The Blues continue to reap the benefits of the Ryan Miller trade. (AP)

Bet you never thought about similarities between the Red Sox and Blackhawks. But Jed Hoyer worked for one organization and now lives in the city of the other, and he sees a resemblance . . . at least in the way their respective fan bases treat them. (CSN Chicago)

Then all of us here in Red Sox Nation know how they're feeling after the 'Hawks' solid 6-1 win over the Blue Jackets. (CSN Chicago)

The NHL softens the penalty it gave the Devils for circumventing the collective bargaining agreement when they signed Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. (AP)

The Stars are throwing a big party for Mike Modano when they retire his No. 9 this weekend. (AP)

Sort of like what the Red Wings did for Nicklas Lidstrom last night. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Wonder if the Sabres will do the same for Dominik Hasek when they induct him into their Hall of Fame at the end of the month? (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Things get graphic in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Spurs get some revenge -- well, a little -- for their heartbreaking defeat in the NBA Finals by handing the Heat its worst loss of the season. (AP)

LeBron to San Antonio: Don't get excited until you beat us when we're not wearing these stupid sleeved jerseys. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Does it make me a bad person that Doc's Clippers handing the Lakers their most lopsided defeat ever -- 142-94, a 48-pound pounding -- makes me feel warm all over? (AP)

I repeat: Why can't we get players like this? (AP)

Joakim Noah apparently thinks 'Melo is the piece that'll push the Bulls over the top. And he's doing his darndest to convince him to come to Chicago. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Paul George believes you should learn from the best. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Mark your calendars: A former head of the NBAPA thinks there'll be another lockout in 2017. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If the Sixers really think they're heading in the right direction, I think they need a new GPS. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL

It's cool watching Jim Harbaugh sink a half-court shot while visiting a basketball practice at the University of Kansas . . . but what's with that outfit? Does he dress like he's on the 49ers' sidelines everywhere he goes? (Yahoo! Sports)

RGIII has his own goofy look on the basketball court. (CSN Washington)

Colin Kaepernick's mom thinks a San Francisco columnist was over the top in his criticism of her son. And she may have a point. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If the Cowboys cut him for salary cap reasons, DeMarcus Ware is confident he won't be out of work very long. (Pro Football Talk)

Imagine what nice things the Broncos would have said about Champ Bailey if they'd actually kept him. (Pro Football Talk)

If Twitter is any indication, Michael Sam better hope he doesn't wind up with the Titans. Or the Raiders, Packers, Steelers, Chargers, Jaguars or Browns. (Pro Football Talk)

From Cleveland to Indianapolis? That's a job upgrade, D'Qwell Jackson. (AP)

If Matt Cassel wants to return to Minnesota, new coach Mike Zimmer would welcome him back. But Cassel's old QB coach, Bill O'Brien, is in Houston, and the Texans need a QB, and . . . (AP)

Adrian Peterson, though, would prefer Michael Vick lining up behind center. (Yahoo! Sports)

Except that Vick isn't ruling out a return to the Eagles. (AP)

Remember that year Trevor Scott played for the Patriots? Yeah, me neither. Well, anyway, he's a Bear now. (AP)

Billy Cundiff gets another contract. More proof that if you're looking for job security for your kids, teach them to kick. (AP)

Sounds like the Saints are backing up the truck. (Yahoo! Sports)

And they might -- might -- even lose Jimmy Graham . . . though it's not likely. (Pro Football Talk)

The Falcons may ask Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut. (Pro Football Talk)

Really, Jairus? Why? (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

The MLS season's about to begin, so here are previews of all the teams. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Lleyton Hewitt is now one victory away from becoming the third ATP player in history to win 600 matches. (AP)