Wakeup Call: Harbaugh, a hugger and kisser? Of writers?

Wakeup Call: Harbaugh, a hugger and kisser? Of writers?
January 8, 2014, 7:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, January 8:


  • Donnie Baseball gets his contract extension from the Dodgers. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Well, we know Greg Maddux won't be a unanimous selection when this year's Hall of Fame voting is announced today. Why? Because one voter - Ken Gurnick of MLB.com -- said he won't vote for anyone who played in the Steroids Era and thus checked off only one name, Jack Morris, on his ballot. (AP)

  • Morris better hope Gurnick's vote makes a difference, because this is his last shot. On the writers' ballot, anyway. (AP)

  • Astro players hope Craig Biggio gets the call this afternoon. (CSN Houston)

  • Ramon Hernandez keeps on keepin' on, signing a minor-league deal with the Royals. (AP)

  • Guess the Indians were as repulsed as the rest of us at the -- apparently erroneous -- reports they were interested in Bobby Abreu. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

  • Andruw Jones decides to stay in Japan. (Hardball Talk)

  • The police dash-cam footage of Yasiel Puig's arrest for speeding is available, if you're into that sort of thing. (Hardball Talk)








  • Charles D. Smith, one of the happy wanderers who followed The Worm to North Korea, is having second thoughts now that he's there. (AP)

  • Ten straight -- and counting -- for the Warriors. (AP)

  • Kevin Durant scores 48, but it's not enough to prevent the Thunder from losing by 11 in Utah. (AP)

  • If the Bulls are cleaning house, as the Luol Deng-to-Cleveland deal would indicate, the Warriors would like to bid on Kirk Henrich. (CSN Bay Area)

  • The Bulls win the first game of the post-Deng era. (CSN Chicago)

  • That victory may have been tainted, though, because their opponent -- the Suns -- weren't able to get into town until less than seven hours before tipoff due to the polar vortex. Yes, the polar vortex. (CSN Chicago)

  • Tom Thibodeau, for one, will miss Deng. (CSN Chicago)

  • The Lakers fall at Dallas, their eighth loss in nine games. Things don't look so bad in Celtics Nation now, do they? (AP)

  • If you've been wondering why you haven't heard from Shabazz Muhammad for a while, that's probably because you don't follow the Iowa Energy of the D-League. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • You figured that locker-room spat with Larry Sanders would pretty much guarantee Gary Neal's departure from Milwaukee, and it sure looks like that's what's going to happen. (Pro Basketball Talk)

  • Ryan Anderson suffered a herniated disk in that horrific fall he took last week at TD Garden and will be lost to the Pelicans indefintely. (AP)


  • Yes, our friend Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area was hugged and kissed by Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers' win at Green Bay last Sunday. Here's his first-person account. (CSN Bay Area)

  • Roger Goodell says there's a growing groundswell to expand the playoffs. It would involve adding a seventh team in each conference and having them play the No. 2 seed on Wild Card Weekend, meaning only the top seed would get a first-round bye. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

  • If you're one of those folks who takes offense at non-genuflection towards all things Patriots -- what Felger would call the "footie-pajama crowd" -- you're not going to like where the Pats are listed in this ranking of the remaining NFL playoff teams. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • We figured the Dolphins' blood-letting wouldn't end with Mike Sherman, so it was no surprise to hear GM Jeff Ireland was shown the door yesterday. (AP)

  • And here's why. (Pro Football Talk)

  • Not quite sure how painting the other's team logo on your practice field helps you prepare for hostile environs -- like Seattle -- but, hey, whatever floats your boat, Saints. (Pro Football Talk)

  • New Orleans reserve linebacker Parys Haralson is out for the rest of the playoffs because of a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in last Saturday's win over the Eagles. (AP)

  • Keenan Lewis, though, says he's playing. (Pro Football Talk)

  • New Bucs coach Lovie Smith was recharged by the year he took off after being fired by the Bears, and he "highly recommends" it to anyone. (CSN Chicago)

  • The Titans begin their coaching search by interviewing Jay Gruden. (AP)

  • The Browns plan to continue theirs by interviewing Ben McAdoo. Before you ask "Who??", I'll tell you: he's the Packers quarterbacks coach. (AP)

  • You want to know why things are, ah, messed up in Detroit? The Lions have Matthew Stafford interviewing potential coaches. Now there's a recipe for future success, where the coach is beholden to the quarterback for his job. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • The Raiders decide to keep Dennis Allen as head coach. (CSN Bay Area)

  • But not assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who's heading to Tampa Bay. (Pro Football Talk)

  • Another ex-head coach getting a job as an assistant: Ex-Vikings boss Mike Tice, who's joining the Falcons as offensive line coach. (Pro Football Talk)

  • DeSean Jackson is blaming the messengers for the uproar he caused Monday. (CSN Philly)

  • Ex-Titans, Bucs and Packers offensive lineman Todd Williams is found dead, at age 35, in a Tampa Bay area hotel. Foul play isn't suspected, but an autopsy will be performed. (AP)