Wakeup Call: A good day at the pro day

Wakeup Call: A good day at the pro day
March 21, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, March 21:


You can't say we didn't warn you, Yankee Universe. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

As Ells sits, Robinson Cano continues to rake. (AP)

Yesterday was a tough day to be an ex-Red Sox player, injury-wise. (AP)

After watching video of that line drive hitting him in the face, yes, I'd say Aroldis Chapman is lucky. (AP)

So what can MLB do to protect pitchers? Short of outfitting them with motorcycle helmets, not much. (Yahoo! Sports)

Looks like old friend Justin Masterson's not going to reach contract agreement the Indians after all. (Hardball Talk)

If you're going to MLB.com for your baseball news, let the buyer beware. Personally, I think there are plenty of fine reporters on the site, but that's what the Dodgers' P.R. guy just said . . . in so many words. (Hardball Talk)

Stephen Strasburg vs. Max Scherzer? The anticipation was greater than the realization. (AP)

Ervin Santana's debut as a Brave goes well. (AP)

Old friend Marco Scutaro is "50-50" to be ready to play on Opening Day. (Hardball Talk)


We're all excited about Harvard in these parts, but another No. 12 seed -- North Dakota State -- also busted a few brackets yesterday. (AP)

Student almost knocks off teacher in what would have been the biggest upset of this year's tournament. (AP) 

Here's what to watch and what to skip in Day Two. (Yahoo! Sports)

Remember the excitement Florida Gulf Coast generated in the men's dance last March? The women hope to do the same thing this time around. (AP) 


If you're a starting quarterback, like Georgia's Hutson Mason, there are worse guys to study than Tom Brady. (AP)

UCLA hits the jackpot on the recruiting trail. (Yahoo! Sports)

Good news: Doctors expect Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith to make a full recovery after he nearly drowned at a Florida beach earlier this week. (AP)


The conditions were near-perfect and so was Adam Scott, who ties a Bay Hill course record by shooting a 62 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (AP)

Over in the LPGA, Morgan Pressel nearly did Scott three better. But her magic disappeared after 11 holes and instead of a record 59, she settled for a first-round 65. (AP)

As bad as Tiger Woods' back may be, it doesn't appear he'll need surgery. (Yahoo! Sports)


Come on, Alain. The trade was made almost five years ago. The statute of limitations for gloating has passed. (NHL's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Red Wings do the Bruins -- trying to hold off Pittsburgh for best record in the East -- a favor, knocking off the Pens with one second left in overtime. (AP)

Darryl Sutter's been coaching long enough to get 500 wins? Really? (AP)

The Sharks beat the Ducks and overtake Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead. (AP)

Zack Parise's return to New Jersey doesn't go so well, as the Wild lose to the Devils in overtime. (AP)

None of these streaks are as long as the Bruins' 10-gamer, but nonetheless: The Lightning win their fifth in a row . . . (AP)

. . . the Flyers win their fourth . . . (AP)

. . . and the Coyotes win their third. (AP)

The Canadiens, on the other hand, have their three-game winning streak stopped by the Blue Jackets. (AP)

Careful, Ryan. This is the kind of nickname that sticks. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sabres beat a fellow NHL bottom-feeder to end their seven-game losing streak. (AP)

Paul Ranger's home from the hospital, but the Maple Leafs aren't saying much more about the condition of the defenseman, who was carried off the ice after barreling head-first into the boards Wednesday night. (AP)

Tough guy Jared Boll is back with the Blue Jackets after missing 45 games because of a torn tendon in his ankle. (AP)


Jason Collins says he's been the target of anti-gay slurs from "one player, one knucklehead from another team" since his return to the NBA. But he won't identify the player and says he plans to remain "professional" and not fight back against such taunts. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Jeanie Buss runs the Lakers. Phil Jackson now runs the Knicks. They're engaged. So the NBA has "put parameters in place to make sure . . . [there aren't] any issues." Like a mike at the breakfast table, perhaps? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Speaking of Buss, she says she's still baffled as to why Dwight Howard bailed out after one season. (Pro Basketball Talk)_

Unlike Howard, Steve Nash hung around . . . though he's missed so much time to injury that people may not realize he's still on the Lakers. But fear not: He returns to action tonight. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kevin Durant saves the Thunder from the embarrassment of a loss in Cleveland. (AP)

When the Rockets fell behind the Timberwolves by 10, James Harden told Kevin McHale to chill. Then, after talking the talk, he and his teammates walked the walk. (AP)

The last time the Warriors were 18 games over .500 was, well, a long time ago. (AP)

The rich get richer: Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are back practicing with the Clippers. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Andre Miller says he's not the bad guy that the Nuggets made him out to be during the firestorm that led to his trade to the Wizards, and he's still a little bothered by the way things went down. (Yahoo! Sports)

Out for the season, or what's left of it: Bucks center Larry Sanders . . . (AP)

. . . and Kings power forward Carl Landry. (AP)

Me, I'm praying that Chico's Bail Bonds -- "Let Freedom Ring" -- becomes a sponsor if the NBA insists on going down this road. (Pro Basketball Talk)


Michael Sam is a lot more impressive at his pro day than he was at the Combine. (AP)

Adam Muema, the San Diego State running back who says he left the Combine because God told him to, is a no-show at his pro day, which you'd have to think pretty much ends whatever chance he had of being drafted. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) 

The signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick tells us something we already knew: That Matt Schaub's time with the Texans is almost certainly over. (Pro Football Talk)

$455,000 in fines is enough to convince Dashon Goldson he needs to hire a coach to teach him how to tackle the right way.  (Yahoo! Sports)

Okay, Atlanta radio guys. Start practicing the "Devin Hester, you are ridiculous!" schtick. (AP)

Antonio Cromartie goes from the Jersey swamps to the desert. (AP)

The Panthers finally start replenishing their empty wide-receiver shelf by signing Jerricho Cotchery. (AP)

Jared Allen's going to go home and mull whether or not to accept the Seahawks' offer. (Pro Football Talk)

Or will he wind up somewhere else? (Pro Football Talk)

Jason Campbell is the Bengals' idea of a veteran backup to Andy Dalton. (AP)

Old friend James Ihedigbo is shopping himself around in free agency, but the Ravens are still interested in bringing him back. (Pro Football Talk)

The Jets want in on the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes. (Pro Football Talk)

Knowshon Moreno did pretty well against the Patriots last year. Think that's one of the reasons he's meeting with a team from their division? (AP)

Eric Weens figures if the Bears cut Earl Bennett for refusing to take a pay cut, he's next. (Pro Football Talk)

The Steelers won't lose a draft pick for Mike Tomlin's accidental -- he says -- collision with Jacoby Jones last year. (AP)

One day after saying how much he wanted to return to the Dolphins, Richie Incognito starts making eyes at the Raiders. (Pro Football Talk)

NFL prospect and former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is charged with assault and battery, stemming from a confrontation with two Ohio State fans on Dec. 1 after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. (AP)


If you went to buy popcorn at the beginning of the Bernard Tomic-Jarkko Nieminen match, it was probably over when you got back to your seat. I mean, two sets in 28 minutes?? (AP)

Serena Williams survives a first-set challenge and wins her opening match in her hometown Sony Open. (AP)