Wakeup Call: Double duty for $240 million

Wakeup Call: Double duty for $240 million
March 3, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, March 3:

AUTO RACING

When it comes to crashing her car, Danica Patrick is 2-for-2 so far this season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tony Stewart doesn't know what pains him more: His broken leg, from which he's still recovering, or all the questions about it. (AP)

BASEBALL

Robinson Cano's doing double duty for his $240 million. Now he wants to play GM for the Mariners, too. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hey, Robbie: If you're looking for reinforcements, how about your old pal Ichiro? He doesn't seem to have a spot on the Yankees but he has no intention of retiring. (Hardball Talk)

Bet you'd forgotten -- or never knew -- that Guillermo Mota, who retired yesterday after 14 seasons, was once a member of the Red Sox . . . for two months in the dead of winter. He was part of the big trade with the Marlins in November 2005, coming to Boston with Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, then was sent to the Indians in the Coco Crisp deal in January 2006. (AP)

As debuts go, Matt Garza's with the Brewers isn't so good. (AP)

A.J. Burnett's with the Phillies is a little better. (CSN Philly)

But Tim Hudson's with the Giants is best of all. (AP)

Here's the advantage of having your ace pitcher date a supermodel: She prompts you to throw wild Oscar parties. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 17 Kentucky hit rock bottom over the weekend . . . (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

. . . which not only calls into question John Calipari's reliance on the one-and-done model . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

. . . but Calipari himself, who hit a personal rock bottom by only letting the media speak to one of his assistants and two freshman players after the Wildcats' embarrassing loss at South Carolina. (Yahoo! Sports)

Yes, that was University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides storming the court with all those undergrads after the Gamecocks completed the upset. (College Basketball Talk)

No. 3 Arizona completes an unbeaten home season and clinches the Pac-12 title, all in one shot. (AP)

Its victim was Stanford, which is now facing a much tougher road to the dance. (Yahoo! Sports)

Hard to believe that in the 95 years the school has fielded a men's basketball team, No. 8 Villanova never won 26 games in the regular season before. Well, now it has. (CSN Philly)

No. 14 Wisconsin's getting hot at the right time. (AP)

I wouldn't call it getting hot, exactly, but at least No. 20 Iowa broke its three-game losing streak. (AP)

But No. 22 Ohio State losing its second straight to a Big Ten bottom-feeder . . . that's not hot. (AP)

The bottom-feeder that beat the Buckeyes yesterday -- Indiana -- still has a shot at the tournament, slim though it may be. (College Basketball Talk)

Bubble team? George Washington coach Mike Lonergan scoffs at the notion the Colonials are a bubble team. He says they're "a lock" to make the tourney. (CSN Washington)

No. 9 Creighton will be without reserve guard Isaiah Zierden, who has ligament damage in his right knee, for a while. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer says he's "excited and humbled" to transfer to Virginia Tech. Excited I can see. But humbled? (AP)

GOLF

Lost in the excitement of the four-man, Honda Classic playoff was another collapse by Rory McIlroy, extending his nearly-two-year winless streak. (Yahoo! Sports)

McIlroy's postmortem: "I didn't deserve to win." (golfchannel.com)

The Honda Classic wasn't the only tournament that went to overtime yesterday. Paula Creamer's 75-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole gives her the HSBC Women's Championship title. (AP)

If you see former U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, ask him for a cigar . . . or whatever proud fathers pass out these days. He and his wife are having a baby girl. (AP)

HOCKEY

Ryan Miller makes a nice first impression with the Blues. (AP)

The Canucks lose to the Senators . . . (AP)

. . . and lose a Sedin in the Heritage Classic. (AP)

Torts and Bobby Loo are quite the pair in Vancouver, aren't they? (Yahoo! Sports)

The Ducks look like world-beaters in jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Hurricanes, but it takes a 49-save performance from Frederik Andersen to secure their eventual 5-3 victory. (AP)

Pekka Rinne is ready to return to the Predators. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Don't worry. As long as Gary Bettman's around, fighting will be part of the NHL. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is underway in South Africa. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

Attention Celtics and all you other pretenders: This is how you tank a season. (CSN Philly)

And the Sixers' strategy has the backing of none other than the new commissioner himself. (CSN Philly)

Just when you thought you've heard it all . . . (AP)

Tony Parker's back, and so are the Spurs. (AP)

Kendrick Perkins is already on the sidelines, and now the Thunder lose another starter: Thabo Sefolosha has a calf strain and will be out four to six weeks. (AP)

Still, as long as they have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they'll be okay. (AP)

That defense-is-a-dirty-word, four-points-a-minute style is what some of us grew up with watching the NBA. So the Suns and Hawks sure took us back last night. (AP)

The Bulls are flexing their offensive muscles: For the first time since Tom Thibodeau became coach, they've scored 100 or more points in four consecutive games. (CSN Chicago)

Newcomer Jimmer Fredette hasn't had much to do with any of it, but the fans love him anyway. (CSN Chicago)

The next step in Jason Collins' return to pro basketball: His first home game. And that happens tonight in Brooklyn. (AP)

Judging by the way they didn't use him, hard to tell if the Bobcats will even know that Ben Gordon's gone. (AP)

Because Isiah Thomas did such a good job running the Knicks, the Pistons are thinking of hiring him as GM. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Today's the day for Peyton Manning's offseason neck exam, and the expectation is that he'll pass. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The guy's won 36 games in the last three seasons, and been to the NFC Championship Game -- and, once, beyond -- in all three years. So does it really matter that Jim Harbaugh's act is wearing thin in the San Francisco locker room? (Yahoo! Sports)

The Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald is happy Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a law that would have allowed anti-gay discrimination if it was motivated by religious beliefs, saying such legislation "just doesn't have any place in our society." (Pro Football Talk)

Plaxico Burress won't give up the ghost. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Roger Federer wins a record sixth Dubai Championships title. (AP)