Wakeup Call: Giants' coach raises $96,000 for injured fan

Wakeup Call: Giants' coach raises $96,000 for injured fan
January 28, 2014, 7:30 am

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, January 28:

AUTO RACING

Just 70 percent, Kurt? (AP) 

BASEBALL

Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery raises $96,000 to help defray the medical expenses of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco fan who was severely injured in a savage beating at Dodger Stadium nearly three years ago. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Carlos Zambrano says he's sorry for the big brawl he started in Venezuela. (AP)

Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett are Twins again, and they hope to help the team recreate the success it had when they were in Minnesota the first time. (AP)

Old friend Justin Masterson and the Indians have given up on trying to reach agreement on a multiyear deal, and instead are focusing on a one-year contract. (Hardball Talk)

A Yankee pitching prospect is charged with DUI. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Providence College is making waves in the Big East, and Bryce Cotton is a big reason why. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Last night's matchup between No. 9 Villanova and Georgetown was "old school Big East," according to Wildcats coach Jay Wright, except I thought the Hoyas used to win the majority of those battles in the old days. Not last night. (AP)

The first game of this new ACC rivarly between No. 17 Duke and No. 18 Pittsburgh didn't go well for the Panthers. (AP)

Actually, not much has gone right for Pitt this season when it faces a quality opponent . . . which puts that Top 25 ranking in question. (Yahoo! Sports)

No. 23 Oklahoma knocks off No. 8 Oklahoma State. (AP) 

SMU may soon lose prized freshman Keith Frazier, who reportedly had a failing grade in high school changed to a passing one in order to allow him to graduate. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ex-Louisville star Chane Behanan, banished from the kingdom by Rick Pitino last month, has resurfaced at Colorado State. (AP)

There's no movement at the very top of this week's men's poll, but now it's Florida and Wichita State right on Arizona's and Syracuse's heels. (AP)

You know how coaches don't want to think beyond the next game, or the next half, or the next quarter? Well, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall is going to just love that the Associated Press' Dave Skretta -- based on "the weakened state of the Missouri Valley Conference, and the schedule they have left" -- speculates the Shockers will become the first team since UNLV in 1991 to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated. (AP)

Here are this week's five things to know about the women's poll. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Here are the big winners from last weekend's Senior Bowl. (rotoworld.com)

Nebraska bars defensive lineman Avery Moss from campus for the rest of the year and says he won't be able to play next season after he pleads no contest to public indecency for a 2012 incident at a residence hall. (AP)

GOLF

Lefty goes to the doctor. (AP)

HOCKEY

High praise, and well deserved, for Patrice Bergeron. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

For all the talk of oversaturation, TV viewers don't seem to be sick of the outdoor games. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Kings hadn't been scoring many goals during their five-game losing streak. Fortunately for them, one was enough to beat the Sharks last night. (AP)

The Rangers are talking contract with Mats Zuccarello. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The San Francisco Bulls are no more. And I bet you didn't even know they ever were. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Whoa: Now the NHL says that if something "significant" happens in Sochi before Feb. 9, it will re-assess its decision to let its players participate in the Winter Games. (AP)

And it may not let its players participate, period, after this year. (AP)

At the other end of the participation spectrum, the U.S. is sending 230 athletes -- most ever for a Winter Games -- to Russia. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Welcome to the mother ship, Lindsey. (nbcolympics.com) 

PRO BASKETBALL

The Legend of Durant grows: He scores 41 points, including the game-winner with 1.5 seconds left, as the Thunder beats the Hawks. (AP) 

The Clippers' two-week road trip -- forced upon them when the Grammies took over the Staples Center -- ends on a high note. (AP)

Guess the Nets were suffering from a post-Pierce-and-KG-return-to-Boston letdown. Or maybe back-to-backs just aren't a good idea for a team this old. (AP)

The Knicks may not be very good, but -- if having Kobe Bryant, Meryl Streep and 50 Cent in the stands is any indication -- they're still a hot ticket. (Yahoo! Sports)

Which could be why 'Melo's wife says she thinks her husband will stay with the Knicks. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If Bill de Blasio has his way, 'Melo's once and perhaps future home won't be keeping that annual $16 million tax break. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Eric Gordon says he's tuning out the trade rumors and focusing on what he can do to help the Pelicans win. (AP)

Hey, at least Rockets GM Daryl Morey can laugh about once having made Royce White a first-round draft choice. (Pro Basketball Talk)

This Andre Drummond/Maurice Cheeks thing bears watching. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA says if the players don't want to wear those God-awful sleeved jerseys the league foists upon them as alternate wear, they'll stop using them. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Rather than get driven to distraction by it, the Legion of Boom is embracing "Omaha!" (Yahoo! Sports)

John Fox isn't crazy that the world knows about "Omaha!", but the league mandates microphones on the field, so . . . (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Hard to believe that Sunday will be the three-month anniversary of Fox' heart scare. He had surgery, recuperated, came back to work . . . and now has the Broncos in the Super Bowl. (Yahoo! Sports)

Today's Media Day at the Super Bowl, but Marshawn Lynch thinks he might just skip the whole thing. That means the NFL would reinstate the $50,000 fine it slapped on him for refusing to talk to the media this season -- a fine it suspended when Lynch promised to make nice with reporters -- and tack on $50,000 more. (Pro Football Talk)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says if Denver wins, he plans to retire and "just chill." (Yahoo! Sports)

Doug Baldwin knew Richard Sherman when. (Pro Football Talk)

Sherman says his getting in Michael Crabtree's grill near the end of the NFC Championship Game was just him being "good-natured." (nbcsports.com)

What with his California roots and surfer-boy looks, any surprise Pete Carroll has no problem with medicinal marijuana in the NFL? (AP)

The co-owner of the Giants thinks New York should be in the rotation of Super Bowl host cities. Let's see how this one goes first, shall we? (AP)

But if the meteorologists are to be believed, it should go off without a hitch, weather-wise. (AP) 

Before then, though, Old Man Winter will make his presence felt. (Pro Football Talk)

Yoo hoo. NFL? Minnesota would like to have the game back, too. (AP)

Someone wants the Texans to pick Johnny Football with the No. 1 choice in the draft real bad. (CSN Houston)

The new and "improved" Pro Bowl gets a thumbs-up from Roger Goodell. (AP)

Gary Kubiak is employed again. (AP) 

And that may mean that Ravens upper management is taking some control away from John Harbaugh. (Pro Football Talk)

Not only didn't the Falcons' miserable season cost old friend Thomas Dimitroff his job, but he got an extension out of it. (AP)

The Bills are starting from the beginning in contract talks with Jairus Byrd. (AP)

Preventing head injuries is all well and good, but NFL players are more worried about their legs. (Pro Football Talk)

Junior Seau's family objects to the $765 million package being proposed to settle concussion claims from former players, saying Seau's children "are not suing for their father's pain and suffering, they are suing for their own." (AP)