Wakeup Call: Did Peyton break the law?

Wakeup Call: Did Peyton break the law?
April 21, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, April 21:

BASEBALL

Carlos Gomez is at it again . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

. . . but he says he's not apologizing for anything that happened in the Brewers-Pirates brawl, blaming Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Travis Snider for, respectively, starting and escalating the incident. And he'll appeal any suspension he receives. (AP)

Chipper Jones is becoming Schilling-like in his inability to refrain from commenting on anything. And yesterday, he blasted away at Gomez. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Milwaukee, incidentally, gets the last laugh on the scoreboard, thanks to Ryan Braun. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Yankees' Ivan Nova says he's "sad right now" after learning he has a torn UCL in his right elbow, which usually leads to Tommy John surgery. So are the Yanks, who are going to have to find a replacement for him in the rotation. (AP)

Laugh at Billy Beane and the ragtag A's all you want, but who has the best record in the American League? (AP)

Clayton Kershaw's on the slow road to recovery. (AP)

The Orioles don't seem to be in any hurry to sign shortstop J.J. Hardy before he hits free agency, and Hardy admits the O's lack of urgency "makes me curious." (CSN Baltimore)

Bobby Abreu in the outfield and Kyle Farnsworth as closer . . . what did Mets fans ever do to deserve this? (Both stories Hardball Talk)

Old friend Alex Gonzalez is out of a job. (Hardball Talk)

BOXING

R.I.P., Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Mark your calendars for this year's Texas-Baylor game. Thanks to Steve Edmond, it could be very interesting. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

Matt Kuchar rallies from four strokes back to take the RBC Heritage. (AP)

Michelle Wie wins her first LPGA event in the United States -- her other victories were in Canada and Mexico -- and she does it in her home state of Hawaii, to boot. (AP)

Miguel Angel Jiminez records his first Champions Tour victory. (AP)

HOCKEY

Those of you hoping the Lightning would knock off the Canadiens, or at least make them sweat a little, are being sorely disappointed. (AP)

One of the keys to Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss last night was a disallowed Lightning goal in the second period when the score was tied 1-1, and coach Jon Cooper tries -- and fails -- to hide his fury at the phantom goalie-interference call that took it off the board. For what it's worth, Jon: You've got every reason to be irate. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Madison Square Garden jinx? What Madison Square Garden jinx? (CSN Philly)

The goat of the Flyers' Game 1 loss is one of the catalysts of their Game 2 victory. (CSN Philly)

San Jose is making mincement of the Kings through the first two games of their opening-round series. (AP)

What a difference 12 months makes: In two games the Sharks have scored more goals against Los Angeles than they did in their entire second-round loss to the Kings last year. (CSN Bay Area)

A tough task just got tougher: The Blackhawks are going to have to rally from their 0-2 deficit against the Blues without Brent Seabrook, who's been slapped with a three-game suspension for his Game 2 hit on David Backes. (CSN Chicago)

Barry Trotz says a nice goodbye to Nashville. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

In case you missed it, Paul Pierce's late-game heroics carried the Nets to a Game 1 victory over the Raptors on Saturday night. And afterwards, he couldn't hold back from a little chest-pounding. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Rockets must have been relieved when LaMarcus Aldridge -- who had scored a career-high, and a Portland playoff record, 46 points -- fouled out with about a minute left in overtime. But Damian Lillard follows Aldridge's command to "Take over" and carries the Blazers to a 122-120, Game 1 victory. (AP)

The stars are supposed to come out in the playoffs. And Portland's did. (CSNNW.com)

It was a double loss for the Rockets, as Pat Beverley reinjures his right knee and prepares for an MRI today. (CSN Houston)

This is why the Wizards are happy to have Nene back. (CSN Washington)

The Bobcats were probably prepared for the Heat's Big Three. But James Jones? (AP)

To make matters worse for Charlotte, old friend Al Jefferson injures his foot in the loss and leaves the locker room in a walking boot. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If it's spring, it must be Tim Duncan carrying the Spurs to a playoff victory. (AP)

Gregg Popovich turns off his prickly persona and sends a public get-well-and-come-back-quick message to TNT's Craig Sagar, saying: "We miss you. You've been an important part of all of us for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court, and I promise I'll be nice." (AP)

Doc's Clippers are looking to bounce back tonight after a disheartening Game 1 loss to the Warriors. (AP)

As are the Pacers, with Roy Hibbert admitting he was "the weak link" on defense in the Hawks' Game 1 upset of Indiana. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Just what the NBA wants: Having to admit the refs blew yet another call, and this time in a playoff game. (AP)

But the Warriors say, hey, they'll take it. (CSN Bay Area)

Jim Buss gives himself a deadline to get the Lakers back into contention. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Turns out that Peyton Manning-Nick Saban get-together may have been against the law because Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was also in attendance, and NFL rules prohibit players meeting with coaches from their team before the official start of offseason workouts. (AP)

It may be the truth or it may be pre-draft posturing, but reports are circulating that the Texans prefer Buffalo -- as in, University of Buffalo -- linebacker Khalil Mack to Jadeveon Clowney. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Donald's USFL foolishness 30 years ago may keep him out of the NFL today. (Pro Football Talk)