Wakeup Call: Kinsler 'as self-absorbed as A-Rod'

Wakeup Call: Kinsler 'as self-absorbed as A-Rod'
March 5, 2014, 6:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, March 5:

AUTO RACING

Don't know how Vince Lombardi felt about NASCAR, but they've adopted his philosophy: Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. (AP)

BASEBALL

Geez, you can't even call a guy a "sleazeball" anymore -- or say you want your old team to go 0-162 -- without the damn media taking it out of context. (AP)

Especially when the damn media thinks you're as self-absorbed as A-Rod. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

But fear not, Ian Kinsler. Josh Hamilton is happy to have you as company "in the Texas doghouse." (Hardball Talk)

Wonder if the soon-to-be newest Ranger, Joe Saunders, will wind up in that doghouse? (Hardball Talk)

So let's see. Derek Jeter starts off the exhibition season 0-for-9 . . . (AP)

. . . while Phil Hughes is pitching 2 2/3 strong innings for the Twins . . . (AP)

. . . and Curtis Granderson hits two homers for the Mets. Nowhere to go but up, Yankee Universe. (AP)

Um, Mets? The MLBPA has an eye on your payroll. (AP)

Brian Wilson's throwing knuckleballs these days. (Hardball Talk)

Not a bad beginning for King Felix. (AP)

Or Prince Stephen. (AP)

Mike Gonzalez is back with the Nationals. (Hardball Talk)

Old friend Justin Masterson would like a three- or four-year deal from the Indians worth between $40 million and $60 million, and he's optimistic something will get done. (Hardball Talk)

Theo hires the newly retired Ted Lilly as a special assistant. (Hardball Talk)

Andy Dirks needs back surgery and will be lost to the Tigers for three months. (AP)

Seems ridiculous that the Braves are abandoning Turner Field, which is less than 20 years old, for a new home in the suburbs. Well, a long-time ad executive in Atlanta agrees and he's working on a plan to bring an American League team -- the Rays? -- to town to play at Turner. (CSN Washington)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Memo to No. 7 Syracuse: You're supposed to be playing your best basketball as tournament time approaches, not your worst. (Yahoo! Sports)

Is it time to hit the panic button in upstate New York? Hard to argue otherwise. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

No. 1 Florida is now one victory away from an undefeated regular season. (AP)

No. 12 Michigan clinches its first Big Ten regular-season championship since 1986. (AP)

No. 25 Kentucky broke its two-game losing streak, so John Calipari's talking to the media again. (AP)

It was a good night for bubble teams Georgetown . . . (CSN Washington)

. . . and Baylor . . . (AP)

. . . and Oregon and Providence. (College Basketball Talk)

In some corners of the country, March Madness has already begun. (AP)

Purdue freshman forward Jay Simpson is diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- the heart condition that killed Reggie Lewis, Hank Gathers, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier -- and his basketball career is over. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Another relevation in the Jerry Sandusky scandal: Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant who allegedly saw Sandusky molesting a young boy in the shower, told Nittany Lion players at the time of the incident that he, too, had been sexually abused as a child. (CSN Philly)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says two returning starters -- defensive end Corey Crawford and offensive lineman David Beasley -- are among four players who'll be benched in the Tigers' opening game with Georgia on Aug. 30 for violating team rules. (AP)

Leading North Texas to its first bowl victory in 11 years results in a five-year contract extension for coach Dan McCartney. (AP)

The start of spring practice gets attention back on the field and off the police blotter at Ole Miss. (AP)

Nick Saban says his stance on slowing down up-tempo offenses -- which the cynical among us believe has its roots in his offenses being more traditional -- isn't about self-interest; it's guided by simple logic. Ah . . . (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, the top-ranked amateur in the world, is turning pro. (AP)

Tiger Woods' caddy walked the course on Doral on Monday, which might -- might -- mean Tiger's playing this weekend. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY

In the end, the Bobby Loo Saga can be summed up in five words: Oh, what might have been. (Yahoo! Sports)

But now he's excited about the possibility of writing a new narrative back home in Florida. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The new No. 1 goalie in Vancouver is Eddie Lack. But as long as the Canucks can't score, it doesn't matter who's in net. (AP)

By this evening, the Canucks may look a whole lot different than they do now. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Luongo wasn't the only goalie on the move yesterday. Ilya Bryzgalov went from Edmonton to Minnesota. (AP)

And, with the trade deadline only hours away, is Martin Brodeur next? (AP)

Some non-goalies were moved yesterday in the Caps' two trades, one with the Ducks and one with the Coyotes. (CSN Washington)

Here's your guide to the big names in play -- goalies and non-goalies alike -- as 3 p.m. approaches. (Yahoo! Sports)

One goalie who already got traded, Ryan Miller, continues to impress his new team. (AP

What a difference a year, and a new coach, makes: The Avalanche reach the 40-win plateau faster than any team in franchise history. (AP)

The Penguins snap their three-game losing streak. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Let's, ah, hold off on that MVP talk for now. (AP)

Dominique Wilkins already has. (Yahoo! Sports)

Looking for someone on the rise in the West? Look no further than the Warriors, who knock off the Pacers in Indiana for their fifth win in six games. (AP)

There are those who say the Clippers are the best team in the NBA . . . and they may be right. (AP)

Don't overlook the Spurs, though. (AP)

You know, there's a distinct possibility the Sixers won't win another game this year. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Brandon Browner -- who'd been threatening lawsuits up the wazoo over his second drug suspension in two years - is reinstated by the NFL after missing the last two games of the regular season and all three of the Seahawks' postseason games. And now butter won't melt in his mouth as he fawns over "Commissioner Goodell" and talks about what a "privilege" it is to play in the NFL. Sounds like the lawyers spent some time dickering over what 'ol Brandon would say after the announcement, doesn't it? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Golden Tate says negotiations with the Seahawks have been "pretty chill," which means free agency is looming in his future. I guess. (Pro Football Talk)

It's looking less and less like Johnny Football will be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. (CSN Houston)

It was a joke, son. A joke. (Pro Football Talk)

The Cowboys are now just a hair over the salary cap after reworking the contracts of Tony Romo, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick. (AP)

No holdout here: Greg Hardy signs his franchise tag tender with the Panthers and will earn $13.1 million this year if the sides don't work out a long-term agreement. Uh, Stephen Drew? Are you paying attention? (AP)

The Eagles part ways with Jason Avant. (CSN Philly)

As do the Browns with the troubled Davone Bess. (Pro Football Talk)

And Jason Snelling parts way with the Falcons, via retirement. (AP)

The Ravens have already parted ways with Jameel McClain, so now he's talking to the Bills. (Pro Football Talk)

If McClain goes to Buffalo, looks like he won't have to play a home game in Toronto. (Pro Football Talk)

The Browns say they're going to unveil "cutting-edge uniforms" in 2015. To which I say: Uh oh. (Pro Football Talk)

Another uh oh: Rob Ryan at Mardi Gras. (Pro Football Talk)

A Harvard professor believes the NFL should fund a study regarding whether marijuana can treat or prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

Today's friendly between the United States and Ukraine will be played after all, so here are five areas of focus for the U.S. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)