Wakeup Call: Samson sees need for speed

Wakeup Call: Samson sees need for speed
March 25, 2014, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, March 25:


At last, someone in a position to do something about it -- or at least someone in a position to put pressure on the someones who can do something about it -- wants to address baseball's biggest problem, and one that I truly believe may kill the sport in future generations: The soul-deadening length of games. If you can solve this, David Samson, you're forgiven for everything you ever did to the Marlins. (AP)

Alex Colome of the Rays, impressive in three midseason starts as a rookie last year before hurting his elbow, is suspended for 50 games after a steroids test came up positive. (AP)

With a week to go before the start of the season, some old, familiar names -- stress on "old" -- are getting the pink slip. Yesterday it was Freddy Garcia of the Braves . . . (AP)

. . . who was replaced by Aaron Harang. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Scott Baker's not that old, but he's out in Seattle. (Hardball Talk)

What is it with the Rangers and 10-week injuries? Over the weekend they lost second baseman Jurickson Profar because of a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and yesterday it was catcher Geovany Soto because of a torn cartilage in his knee. (AP) 

Michael Bourn's going to start the season on the disabled list. (AP)

Jose Reyes may also begin the year on the DL. (Hardball Talk)

Anibal Sanchez is getting better. (Hardball Talk)

But not Yu Darvish. (Hardball Talk)

Jose Quintana turns a promising rookie season into quite the payday. (AP)

The Tigers are, indeed, turning to another ex-Red Sox shortstop to replace Jose Iglesias, but it's not Stephen Drew. It's Alex Gonzalez. (AP)

The Mets finally name their Opening Day starter: Dillon Gee. (AP)

At the other end of the New York rotation is our old friend Dice-K. (Hardball Talk) 

ESPN tabs two ex-managers, Ozzie Guillen and Eric Wedge, and a former perfect-game pitcher, Dallas Braden, to join its Baseball Tonight crew. (AP)


The Sweet Sixteen proves what we've known all along: March Madness is make-good time for teams that struggled during the regular season. (Yahoo! Sports)

The first two rounds of the tournament drew the highest TV ratings in 21 years. (AP)

Archie Miller will have a new contract in his pocket as he leads Dayton into the Sweet Sixteen. (AP)

So now what, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid? If you do head off to the NBA, neither one of you will exactly be leaving Kansas in a blaze of glory. (AP)

If you do enter the draft, Andrew, you might want to learn to keep your giggles to yourself. (Yahoo! Sports)

No such ambivalence from St. John's JaKarr Sampson: He's going pro. (AP)

As is North Carolina State's T.J. Warren. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

But not North Carolina's Marcus Paige. (College Basketball Talk)

West Virginia's second-leading scorer, guard Eron Harris, is transferring because, he says, he wants to be closer to his family in Indianapolis. (AP)

Houston's James Dickey also cites his family -- specifically "a family matter that requires my time and energy" -- as the reason he's resigning as coach of the Cougars. (AP)

Kelvin Sampson is the favorite to replace him. (Yahoo! Sports)

Buzz Williams, meanwhile, gets a rousing welcome at Virginia Tech. (AP)

The school Williams left in the lurch, Marquette, is moving quickly to hire a new coach. (AP)

Upsets were the order of the day in the women's tournament yesterday . . . except for Notre Dame. (College Basketball Talk)


Gary Andersen did such a good job in his first year as Wisconsin's coach that he's rewarded with a new contract and a nice raise. (AP)

BYU's top running back, Jamaal Williams, is arrested and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell's 2013 season ended when he hurt his right knee. Now spring practice is over because he hurt his left leg. (AP)

Justin Thomas is the early leader in the race to become Georgia Tech's starting quarterback. (AP)

The family of Navy running back Will McKamey says their son faces a "long road" as he recuperates from a brain injury that may stem from a 2012 incident, since a study of practice film shows no unusual contact or hard hit prior to McKamey's collapsing during practice on Saturday. (AP)


Don't ask TIger Woods if his back will be healed in time for him to participate in the Masters, because he doesn't know. (AP)


The Sharks are the latest team to clinch a playoff spot, even though they lost to the Flames in a shootout. (AP)

The surging Kings end the Flyers' five-game winning streak. (AP)

It took a late rally, but the Rangers make a winner of Henrik Lundqvist on the night he's honored for breaking the franchise record for most goalie victories and shutouts. (AP)

The struggling Senators break their six-game losing streak. (AP)

Is this a slump or a collapse in Toronto? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Hurricanes sign promising young defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year, $29 million extension. (AP)

A scary moment for old friend Blake Wheeler. (Pro Hockey Talk)


Hey, LeBron. If you convince Adam Silver to dump the sleeved jerseys, you're my MVP no matter what you do on the court. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Heat beat the Blazers . . . (CSN Northwest)

. . . less than 24 hours after being called out by Chris Bosh. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Sixers' losing streak, now at 25 after last night's pounding at the hands of the Spurs, is approaching record territory. (AP)

The Rockets had won three straight without Dwight Howard -- they'd lost the last three games he played -- and somehow manage to keep rolling even though he returned to the lineup. (AP)

Sorry, Pacers. The Bulls weren't going to let you get your hats and T-shirts on their watch. (AP)

Tough loss for the Nets. (AP)

Doc gets the Clippers to 50 wins -- and counting -- for the second straight season. (AP)

The Suns continue muscling their way into the Western Conference playoff picture. (AP)

Directly ahead of Phoenix: The Grizzlies, who win their 10th straight home game. (AP)

Shaq is under police investigation for an incident at the TNT studios in Atlanta, where a co-worker claims he suffered injuries that required surgery when he was tackled by O'Neal. Shaq's attorney says it was nothing more than friendly horseplay. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Reports of Quinton Ross' death were greatly exaggerated. (Pro Basketball Talk)


Sad news: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer is "back, aggressive and starting to spread," according to his wife, and he's facing more surgery. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Mark Sanchez says goodbye, and thank you, to Jets Nation. (AP)

Will he soon be saying hello to Philadelphia? (Yahoo! Sports)

DeSean Jackson was widely assumed to be saying goodbye to Eagles Nation, but now he says everything's cool with him and Chip Kelly. (CSN Philly)

It's looking like the Saints and Jimmy Graham will soon be settling their contract differences. (Pro Football Talk)

Speaking of contracts, John Harbaugh gets a one-year extension from the Ravens. (Pro Football Talk)

And speaking of the Ravens, they and the Jets hit the compensatory-draft-pick jackpot. (AP)

Continuing on our Ravens theme: Old friend James Ihedigbo is leaving Baltimore for Detroit. (Pro Football Talk)

And in another penthouse-to-outhouse move, Paul McQuistan is leaving Seattle for Cleveland. (AP)

On the same day Richie Incognito throws out olive branches to Jonathan Martin on Twitter, Roger Goodell announces the NFL and the players' union will soon meet to discuss improving the workplace environment. (AP)

Daniel Snyder has long claimed the Redskins' nickname honors, and not demeans, Native Americans. Now he's going to throw some money behind that sentiment. (AP)

The brother of Mike Williams, accused of stabbing the Bucs' wide receiver,  turns himself in. (Pro Football Talk)

Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington pleads guilty to a charge he assaulted his ex-girlfriend last year. (AP)

I'm a little confused, Marvin. Weren't you the guy who made the decision not to play James Harrison more often? And now you feel bad about it? (Pro Football Talk)