Wakeup Call: MLB swings back at A-Rod

Wakeup Call: MLB swings back at A-Rod
January 29, 2014, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, January 29:


MLB's lawyers swing back at A-Rod, saying his legal challenge of his suspension does not come "remotely close" to what is needed to overturn an arbitrator's decision . . . and they're asking for a speedy dismissal of Rodriguez' suit. (AP)

More from the legal front: The Cubs and their neighbors who charge for rooftop seats on their buildings are headed to court over the team's plans to put up a large scoreboard -- which will obstruct or block the view from some of the houses -- as part of the renovations of Wrigley Field. (AP)

David Ortiz isn't the only one singing the "moving on" song. (CSN Bay Area)

That goofy-looking helmet Wes Welker's wearing these days is catching on in other sports. (AP) 

Carlos Pena's still hanging on. (AP)


An "endless string of gaffes" -- coach Gregg Marshall's words -- don't prevent No. 4 Wichita State from improving to 22-0. (AP)

No. 7 Michigan State is probably feeling a little better about itself after coming away with an overtime win at No. 15 Iowa. (AP) 

This Doug McDermott is pretty good. Just ask St. John's. (AP)

Alabama at Auburn snowed out? That's something you don't see every day. (AP)


Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, backed by the U.S. Steelworkers, announces plans to form a labor union for college athletes in response to what he calls the "dictatorship" of the NCAA, a system that he says "turns coaches and commissioners into multimillionaires" on their backs. (AP)

And the move has the backing of the pro football players' union. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

A former Rutgers assistant is cleared of a bullying charge in an independent investigation handled by an outside law firm. (AP)

Back on the field, the Scarlet Knights are about to hire former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen as their new offensive coordinator. (AP)

If you find something that works, you stick with it: New Bowling Green coach Dino Babers brings his entire Eastern Illinois staff, or at least most of it, to his new post. AP)

Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons, whose eligibility ran out at the end of the season, is expelled for violating the school's sexual-conduct policy. The incident allegedly occurred in 2009. (AP)

A freshman kicker at Division III Willamette announces he's bisexual. (AP)


Tiger Woods isn't worried that he missed the cut last week, and he says you shouldn't be, either. (AP)

J.B. Holmes, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour since last March, is fully recovered from elbow surgery and ready to go in this week's Phoenix Open. (AP)


Hard to believe, but the Blackhawks are now 0-6 in overtime. (CSN Chicago)

The Red Wings are just what the doctor ordered for the slumping Flyers. (CSN Philly)

Ditto the Hurricanes for the slumping Canadiens. (AP)

If the Devils are thinking of trading Martin Brodeur, well, he wouldn't mind. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)


Not only is Steven Stamkos about to return to the Lightning, but he's eyeing a spot on Team Canada, too. (AP)


Even without James Harden, the Rockets win their West showdown with the Spurs. (AP)

That Hack-A-Howard strategy blew up on Gregg Popovich last night. (CSN Houston)

Getcha popcorn ready. (AP)

LeBron James has some ideas he'd like to share with the new commissioner. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Think things are bad around here, Celtics Nation? Hey, it could be worse. Just ask the Lakers. (AP) 

Sorry, Scott Brooks . . . (AP)

. . . but you won't have Kobe Bryant available to you in the All-Star Game, disappointing the idiot fans who voted him in as a starter. (AP)

Steve, Steve . . . when are you going to take the hints your body's trying to give you, and retire? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Old friend Leandro Barbosa's found a home in Phoenix. At least for the rest of the year. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Timberwolves will be without Nikola Pekovic for a while. (AP)


Six-and-a-half minutes of mumbled nothingness apparently saves Marshawn Lynch $50,000. Actually, it saves him $100,000, since an earlier fine would also have been reinstated. (AP)

And the pro football writers' association thinks that's just wrong. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But it was an hour of charm from Richard Sherman. (AP)

Percy Harvin assures one and all he's healthy and ready to play on Sunday. (AP)

Peyton Manning's been at this for, what, 15 years? Well, Seattle's Tony McDaniel thinks he's discovered something no one'e ever noticed before. (Pro Football Talk)

The game is in New Jersey. Ninety percent of the activities are in New Jersey. But this is being called the New York Super Bowl. And even though they're used to it, it doesn't mean the Jerseyites have to like it. (Yahoo! Sports)

Mike Ditka doesn't think the game should be in New York or New Jersey. (Pro Football Talk) 

Cat fight! Cat fight! (Pro Football Talk)

And one of the cats has some pretty harsh words for the other. (Pro Football Talk)

You knew someone would get the blame in Dallas. But Monte Kiffin and Bill Callahan? (AP)

Kyle Shanahan is interviewing for the offensive coordinator's job in Cleveland. (AP)

A bunch of former Patriots sing the praises of ex-teammate Mike Vrabel as he begins his pro coaching career with the Texans. (CSN Houston)

Jonathan Martin says the persistence of vulgar language in the Dolphins' locker room made him feel "trapped," prompting him to leave the team and file allegations of bullying. (AP)

Retired running back Jahvid Best is the latest to sue the NFL over concussions. (Pro Football Talk)

Their Chiefs pulled off one of the biggest chokes in playoff history in their loss to the Colts, in large part because Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion in the first quarter and missed most of the game. Now, just to make Kansas City fans even more sick, Charles says he doesn't think he had a concussion and could have played. (Pro Football Talk)

R.I.P., Harry Gamble. (AP)


Petco Park, where the U.S. will play Britain in the Davis Cup, passes muster with Jim Courier. Yes, that's Petco Park, home of the Padres. (AP)