Wakeup Call: Tanaka feels the love . . . and the green

Wakeup Call: Tanaka feels the love . . . and the green
January 23, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 23:

AUTO RACING

  • Danica Patrick used to dress sexy for her Super Bowl ads. This year, she's ripped. (AP)

BASEBALL

  • Masahiro Tanaka says he signed with the Yankees because they made him feel loved. That, and $22 million a year for the next seven years. Hey, there's love and then there's love (AP)

  • The last time the Yankees missed the playoffs, in 2008, they went out and spent half-a-billion dollars on free agents and won the World Series the next year. This year, they've done exactly the same thing. So the question is: Does the signing of Tanaka -- coupled with the earlier signings of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran -- make the Yankees a contender? Craig Calcaterra doesn't think so. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

  • Bo Jackson's rejoining the White Sox, for whom he played from 1991-93, as a "team ambassador." (AP)

  • Should we be worried that Mike Schmidt's skipping his annual gig as a Phillies' spring-training instructor because of an undisclosed illness and that he wants to "remain near [my] doctors"? (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  • Jacob Coker -- seeing the handwriting on the wall with Jameis Winston at QB -- is leaving Florida State. Is his next stop Alabama? (AP)

CYCLING

GOLF

HOCKEY

OLYMPICS

PRO BASKETBALL

  • The Thunder knocks off the Spurs -- in San Antonio, no less -- in their latest Western Conference showdown. (AP)

  • The Pacers were due for one of these. (AP)

  • After watching him shoot 2-for-11 from the floor and score only 11 points in their first game against him since the trade with Cleveland, I'm sure the Bulls aren't missing Luol Deng very much. (CSN Chicago)

  • Not as a player, perhaps. But as a friend they all seem to like him. (CSN Chicago)

  • After losing at home to the Sixers -- a team that's trying to tank the year -- the Knicks fall to 15-27. Just a reminder: They lost 28 games all of last season. (AP)

  • But they're laughing all the way to the bank. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

  • Besides, they still have a ways to go to catch the Bucks for worst record . . . although Milwaukee did win last night. (AP)

  • Old friend Al Jefferson's Bobcats beat old friend Doc Rivers' Clippers. (AP)

  • Vince Carter doesn't have many old friends in Toronto, it seems, so he answered their boos the best way he knew how. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

  • So there's this furniture guy in Houston. He had what he thought was a great idea: If you bought more than $5,000 worth of furniture prior to 2p CST last Sunday and correctly guessed the two winners of the conference championship games, the furniture would be free. Well, maybe it's just me, but how tough is it to predict the two home teams would win? Eighty percent of the buyers did, and now the guy -- who, as an added bonus, didn't take out any insurance to prevent a catastrophic loss -- is out $600,000. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Wondering where new Patriots offensive-line coach Dave DeGuglielmo had been immediately prior to being hired by New England? He was offensive-line coach at Maryland. For a week. (CSN Baltimore)

  • Looks like the Redskins are bringing back Doug Williams in some capacity. Team ambassador, perhaps? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

  • Richard Sherman understands the vitriol that's being thrown his way but he doesn't like being called a "thug," which to him is "the accepted way of calling somebody the n-word nowadays." (Yahoo! Sports)

  • NFL cheerleaders unite: A Raiderette is suing the Raiders for not paying her minimum wage. Could this be the start of something big? (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Looks like ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak will be joining the Steelers' staff. (AP)

  • Adrian Peterson's having that pesky groin operated on. (Pro Football Talk)

  • Josh Brent is convicted of intoxicated manslaughter in the death of friend and teammate Jerry Brown, but Brown's mother says she forgives him and may argue on his behalf for leniency. (AP)

TENNIS