Wakeup Call: Mets manager tees off on talk-show hosts

Wakeup Call: Mets manager tees off on talk-show hosts
April 4, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, April 4:

AUTO RACING

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, in a medically induced coma since suffering a severe head injury in a skiing accident several months ago, is showing signs of improvement. (NBC's MotorSports Talk)

BASEBALL

Sometimes you have to fight the madness: Mets manager Terry Collins tees off on the talk-show blabmasters -- he's lookin' at you, Boomer and Francesa -- who didn't approve of Daniel Murphy taking time off to be with his wife during the birth of their child. (AP)

The career of Tim McClelland -- a fine umpire whose talents have been overshadowed by his infuriating habit of taking five seconds to announce whether or not a pitch is a strike -- may be over because of a back injury. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Here's your chance to own a piece of history: The Cubs are exploring the idea of selling minority ownership shares as a way to help finance the Wrigley Field renovation. (CSN Chicago)

The news draws a wide variety of reaction in the Windy City. (CSN Chicago)

Swallowing that chaw wasn't fun, eh, Carlos? (Yahoo! Sports)

Yeah, I never heard of Yangervis Solarte, either. But he's the reason the Yankees won their first game of the season last night. (AP)

Old friend Coco Crisp hits a walkoff homer for the A's. (CSN Bay Area)

Chris Archer celebrates his new six-year contract by helping the Rays beat the Blue Jays. (AP)

When Matt Adams gives a light, but decidedly unfriendly, shove to a Reds fan who had the affrontery to catch a foul ball hit right to him in the stands, the fan responds with an appropriate gesture. (Hardball Talk)

With all the different jerseys teams wear these days, it was just a matter of time before this happened. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Big Ten hasn't won a national basketball championship since 2002, and if Wisconsin is going to break that streak it will need to beat two teams from the conference's biggest rival -- the SEC -- to do so. (Yahoo! Sports)

Comparing Shabazz Napier to Kemba Walker is unfair but inevitable. Especially if Napier matches Walker's feat of leading UConn to the title. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

At least one Pitino won a championship this year. (AP)

Kelvin Sampson vows that, this time, he's going to keep it clean. (Yahoo! Sports)

Dougie Buckets is named the AP Player of the Year. (AP)

In today's installment of Declaring For The NBA Draft, we have North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo. (AP)

And in today's installment of I'm Transferring . . . Somewhere, we have Oklahoma State's Brian Williams. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Department of Education is investigating whether Florida State violated Title IX laws in its investigation of the Jameis Winston rape allegations. (Yahoo! Sports)

GOLF

Lefty looks healthy in the first round of the Houston Open. (AP)

Tom Watson says if Tiger Woods is healthy enough to compete in the Ryder Cup, he'll pick him for the American team. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY

The Blues aren't going overboard about breaking the franchise record for victories in a season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If this is the way you want to play, Mike, then why in the world did you hire John Tortorella?? (Pro Hockey Talk)

Adam Oates isn't backing off his criticisms of Alex Ovechkin. Just be careful, Adam. On most teams' pecking order, the coach is far behind the high-paid superstar. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Spurs' winning streak is over, but it was Russell Westbrook, and not Kevin Durant, who provided the Thunder behind Oklahoma City's victory. (Yahoo! Sports)

Yeah, LeBron James has a bad back. But with the Heat battling for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, he's not going to sit out. (Yahoo! Sports)

Some teams have been known to, ah, put forth a less-than-complete effort when they're trying to drop in the standings to get a more favorable playoff match. But Joakim Noah says the Bulls would never do that because "[that's] soft [and we're] not soft." (Yahoo! Sports)

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham is arrested on allegations of domestic assault. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

DeSean Jackson's desire to take No. 10 away from RGIII cooled quite a bit when he learned he'd have to buy up all the unsold Griffin jerseys to make the switch. So he'll now wear No. 11. (Yahoo! Sports)

That wasn't the only bit of Redskin numbers shuffling. (CSN Washington)

Many NFL players from the inner city have the same sort of "gang ties" that allegedly led the Eagles to cut Jackson, and some are wondering if the decision will lead other teams to make similar moves. (Yahoo! Sports)

Have to believe Pete's not pumped and jacked about this. (AP)

But he should be, because he earned the contract extension. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

"The House That Johnny Built"?!? Who in the Manziel camp could have remotely considered that to be a good idea? (Pro Football Talk)

The people who make goal posts say extending them by five feet -- as new NFL rules mandate -- isn't as easy as it sounds. (Pro Football Talk)