Wakeup Call: Time for homework, Orioles

Wakeup Call: Time for homework, Orioles
February 25, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, February 25:

BASEBALL

Frank Robinson spoke to the Orioles yesterday, but -- seeing as how he hasn't played in about 40 years -- some of the organizational prospects didn't know who he was. So Professor Showalter assigned one of them to write a one-page paper on Robinson, due today. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Baseball's new home-place collision rule really isn't much of a change at all. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ron Washington's no longer a lame duck. (AP)

And, new contract in his pocket, he turns his sights on them damn stat geeks who never played the game who think he bunts too much. (Hardball Talk)

The Yankees have faced a lot of notable pitchers over the years. But a Heisman Trophy-winning, national championship quarterback? (AP)

MLBPA chief Tony Clark says the union doesn't hold any grudges against A-Rod, even though he tried to sue them. (AP)

Yes, Mike Trout's in talks with the Angels about a megacontract, No, vows Mike Scioscia, it won't be a distraction. (AP)

He's no Alibi Ike: Ike Davis admits he hid an injury from the Mets last year, but insists it nothing to do with his .205/.326/.334 season. (AP)

Jason Giambi's back for another go at age 43, trying to hold onto his roster spot with the Indians. Sounds like he'll make it if Tito has anything to say about it. (AP)

Optimism always flows freely in the spring, and so it does with Carlos Marmol and the Marlins. (AP)

BOXING

Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally announces his next opponent. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Florida takes over the top spot in the Top 25 poll. (AP)

The team the Gators took it from, now-No. 4 Syracuse, breaks its two-game losing streak . . . barely. (AP)

Jim Boeheim's not going to be disciplined by the ACC for his nutty at the end of the Orangemen's loss to Duke on Saturday. (AP)

But, says Pat Forde, he should have been. Because Boeheim's tantrum "promotes the mindset that the scapegoating of officials is acceptable" . . . and it's not. (Yahoo! Sports)

Boeheim turned his ire away from the refs and towards Maryland coach Mark Turgeon last night, after Turgeon -- gasp! -- had the audacity to complain about the officiating after the Terrapins' two-point loss to the Orangemen. (Yahoo! Sports)

No. 5 Kansas beats Oklahoma and clinches at least a tie for its 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season crown. (AP)

Marcus Smart scores 17 points and behaves himself in his first road game since his suspension as Oklahoma State wins at TCU. (AP)

Anti-social media: Fran McCaffrey, coach of 20th-ranked Iowa, orders his players to shut down their Twitter accounts until the season's over. (AP)

The five things you need to know about the women's poll, which, as always, is headed by UConn. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Zadock Dinkelmann, a 14-year-old, eighth-grade quarterback from Somerset, Texas -- and the nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Ty and Koy Detmer -- has committed to LSU. Yup, you heard that right. (AP)

The ACC is keeping its conference championship game in Charlotte through at least 2019. Let's see, that will be Dinkelmann's sophomore year with the Tigers . . . (AP)

Seems like the season just ended, and already spring practice has begun. (AP)

Jerry Kill's agent gasps in horror as his client tells the media he's "getting paid way too much" -- a little more than $2 million a year -- to coach Minnesota. (AP)

Today's arrest log: Texas A&M defensive lineman Isaiah Golden for marijuana possession and linebacker Darian Claiborne for a noise violation. (CSN Houston)

Sort of takes a little of the luster off the Aggies' announcement that, starting in 2014, they'll have the largest in-stadium video screen in college football. (AP)

GOLF

Jason Day, who grew up in poverty, admits that money, and nothing else, was his motivation when he first joined on the PGA Tour. But now that he's made some, he's all about winning. (AP)

HOCKEY

Need a goalie, anyone? Ryan Miller's about to become a free agent and the Sabres are hell-bent on moving him before next week's trade deadline. (AP)

Steven Stamkos' goal was to return from his broken leg in time for the Olympics. Well, that didn't happen . . . and now it turns out he'll miss the Lightning's four-game road trip coming off the Olympic break, too. (AP)

Milan Hejduk, who hasn't played this season, announces his retirement at age 38. (AP)

Alex Ovechkin's father is recovering nicely from the heart attack he suffered in Sochi, so Ovi will return to the Capitals today. (AP)

OLYMPICS

Stand proud, Massachusetts: We had more medal-winners than any other U.S. state this time around! (Yahoo! Sports)

The Sochi Games weren't a total loss for the U.S. men's hockey team. (Yahoo! Sports)

When you do things like leave NHL players off your roster in order to make room for your son-in-law, you'd better win. The Czech Republic didn't -- in fact, the Czechs were a huge disappointment in Sochi -- and so coach Alois Hadamczik has resigned. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Big Baby chose Doc Rivers' Clippers as his free-agent destination because he wants to recreate "the experience of champagne hitting your face." Never thought of you a wordsmith there, Glen, but that's not bad! (AP) 

He didn't play last night, but the Clips didn't need him in their 123-110 win at New Orleans. (AP)

The Knicks' misery continues, thanks this time to the Mavs. (AP)

It's gotten so bad that 'Melo finds no solace in his string of stellar performances. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And the Sixers' misery? Well, it's never-ending. (CSN Philly)

If Mark Cuban is praising your work with the referees, you must be doing something right, Adam Silver. (AP)

A sprained MCL will sideline Nene for six weeks. (CSN Washington)

Kevin Durant decides not to sue his old accountant, after all. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Is it possible that Jadeveon Clowney ran the 40 faster . . . (AP)

. . . than Johnny Football? And Manziel was actually pretty fast. (AP)

Manziel's 2014 numbers compare favorably with Russell Wilson 2012. (CSN Houston)

Michael Sam's day at the Combine, however, was pretty unimpressive. (Yahoo! Sports)

Once Sam came out, you knew the grandstanding yahoos wouldn't be far behind. (Yahoo! Sports)

The trade with Cleveland fell through -- and we're not going to get into who called who, or how close the deal came to being made, etc. -- but one thing is clear: If Jim Harbaugh wants out, the 49ers won't stand in his way. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Because it's never good when the coach and GM aren't speaking. (CSN Bay Area)

The Dolphins' union rep trots out the Richard Nixon defense for the Incognito/Martin scandal: Yeah, we did it, but so does everyone else. (AP)

The Jets aren't exactly popular up here, I know, but even the biggest hater has to admire two of their trainers for helping save the life of an elderly woman who was stricken on the plane that was talking them to the Combine. (Pro Football Talk)

Once again, the Vikings go into the draft looking for a quarterback. And once again, they're drafting just low enough that they'll probably have to trade up to get a stud . . . or risk repeating the Christian Ponder fiasco. (AP)

Bart Scott could always talk. Now CBS is going to pay him to do so. (AP)

DeMarcus Ware, cap casualty? (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Roger Federer's quest for a record sixth Dubai championship gets off on the right foot. (AP)