Wakeup Call: A life lesson, albeit a little late

Wakeup Call: A life lesson, albeit a little late
March 14, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 14:

BASEBALL

Manny Ramirez says his two drug suspensions were "the best thing that happened to me" because now he actually thinks before he acts. And that's all it took for him to learn at age 40 what most of us learn at age 10. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

One of his old Red Sox teammates, Josh Beckett, is dealing with a sprained thumb suffered when he caught his hand in the clubhouse door. (Hardball Talk)

Talk about a rookie mistake: Ryne Sandberg sure made hash out of this. (CSN Philly)

If he needs to get his mind off Rollinsgate, Ryno can take heart in The Pitcher Formerly Known As Fausto Carmona's five perfect innings against the Yankees. (AP)

But the Yanks had something to smile about yesterday: Elsewhere in Florida, Michael Pineda -- who's been worthless because of arm problems since his acquisition from Seattle two years ago -- strikes out five in 2 2/3 innings against the Orioles. (AP)

Still, Pineda was a piker compared to Lance Lynn, who strikes out 10 -- including the last eight in a row -- in four innings for the Cardinals against the Braves. (AP)

Being a Mariner sure seems to agree with Robinson Cano. (AP)

Jason Giambi probably won't be ready for Opening Day after suffering a broken rib when he was hit by a pitch. (AP)

Mat Latos won't be ready for Opening Day, either, but he might pitch not long afterwards if today's BP session goes well. (Hardball Talk)

Ever want to live in a ballpark? Head to Lansing, Michigan. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

It's why they call it March Madness: No. 3 Villanova is stunned by Seton Hall in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, probably killing its hopes for a top seed in the NCAAs. (CSN Philly)

No. 5 Louisville beat Rutgers by how many points?? (AP)  

Andrew Wiggins carries No. 10 Kansas to an overtime win over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. (AP)

Doug McDermott takes his act to Broadway. Little different than the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, eh, Doug? (AP)

Maryland's 61-year run in the ACC ends in heartbreaking fashion. (CSN Washington)

So which bubble teams helped and hurt themselves yesterday? Click here to find out. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

For only the second time in the last 40 years, no team from the state of Indiana will be in the NCAA Tournament. Somewhere, Norman Dale is rolling over in his grave. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Exit Brent Musburger, enter Chris Fowler. (AP)

The former head honcho of the Fiesta Bowl is headed to the slammer. (AP)

Rodney Coe, expected to be a mainstay of Iowa State's defense next year, is kicked off the team for a rules violation. (AP)

GOLF

The polar vortex drives up the scores in the first round of the Valspar Championships. (AP)

Conditions -- and scores -- are a lot better in Agadir, Morocco. (AP)

It took three years, but Tiger Woods' ex-caddy says he's sorry. (AP)

HOCKEY

Rich Peverely's out of the hospital and back with the Stars -- though he's not skating, of course -- as he prepares for the heart procedure he'll soon undergo at the Cleveland Clinic. (AP)

The Kings blow a two-goal lead for the first time in nearly a calendar year as they lose to the Maple Leafs, snapping their eight-game winning streak. (AP)

Been a long time since we could say this, but Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning to victory. (AP)

Devils coach Pete DeBoer finally stops this "We have two No. 1 goalies" nonsense; there's one No. 1 now, and, as usual, it's Martin Brodeur. (AP)

Petr Nedved hasn't played in the NHL in 2007, so we all assumed he'd already retired. But no; he continued his career in the Czech Republic and competed in Sochi last winter, and now he's finally calling it quits. (AP) 

PRO BASKETBALL

Someone has to say it, so I will: The Bulls were bloodied but unbowed in this one. (CSN Chicago)

Chicago wins one off the court, too: Rockets coach, and old friend, Kevin McHale believes Joakim Noah, and not his own Dwight Howard, should be NBA Defensive Player of the Year. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Lakers pay the price for Sunday's upset of the Thunder. Big time. (AP)

The Hawks, trying to hold off the surging Knicks for the last playoff spot in the East, beat the Bucks for their first two-game winning streak in nearly six weeks. (AP)

But the news isn't all good in Atlanta: Al Horford is officially out for the season. (AP)

John Wall's critique of the officiating in the Wizards' Wednesday night loss to the Bobcats costs him $15,000. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

So LaGarrette Blount goes on Twitter and -- in a Tweet directed at Richard Sherman -- says friend and former teammate Aqib Talib is the best cornerback in the NFL. Well, you know Sherman's not going to let that pitch go by. Blount stands his ground. Eventually DeAngelo Hall gets involved, throwing his own hat into the I'm-the-best! ring. Really, whatever did we do without Twitter? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Sherman's last Tweet on the subject: "To my followers sorry you all had to see that.... But if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything!" U mad, bro? (Twitter)

Back on Planet Earth, the Eagles buy low on Darren Sproles. (AP)

Steve Smith's job hunt begins in Baltimore. (AP)

Wherever Smith lands, I sure hope Carolina's on that team's schedule. I want the goggles concession, to protect against the "blood and guts [that are going to be] everywhere." (Pro Football Talk)

Undaunted by the collapse of their deal with Rodger Saffold, the Raiders gobble up Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley. (AP)

Ex-Cowboy Jason Hatcher signs with the Redskins. (CSN Washington)

Jonathan Martin thinks going to the 49ers, where he's united with his former coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, is his best-case scenario. (CSN Bay Area)

James Harrison's time in Cincinnati didn't last long. (AP)

The fight over the Redskins nickname, which Daniel Snyder has vowed never to change. may be escalating to a new level: Nancy Pelosi says that, since the name is offensive to Native Americans, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has the right to remove protection of the team's trademark. That means anyone can sell merchandise with the Redskins' name and logo, and would likely cost the team -- and the NFL -- millions of dollars. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Roger Federer has yet to lose so much as a set at Indian Wells. (AP)

Sloane Stephens is already out at Indian Wells, but she has her mind on other things: Her 21st birthday is coming up, and she's asking for 31 gifts through the online wedding registry (?) at Target for a party she's having March 20 in Los Angeles. Her mother wrote to all the guests, saying: "She's very strange. Known her since she was little. Just buy her a gift." Ah, a mother's love . . . (AP)

John McEnroe beating Ivan Lendl? Was there a rip in the space-time continuum somewhere? (AP)