Wakeup Call: It's a devil of a time for Ray Lewis

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Wakeup Call: It's a devil of a time for Ray Lewis

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 31:

BASEBALL
MLB plans to interview all the players mentioned in the Miami New Times story about PED use, which could lead to suspensions for A-Rod, Gio, et al. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Joe Torre would have loved to have Andy Pettitte pitch for him again -- this time in the World Baseball Classic -- but Pettitte, perhaps influenced the Yankees' strong desire to protect his increasingly fragile health, said no. (Hardball Talk)

Um, Yanks? There are players out there under the age of 35, you know. And we don't just mean Kevin Youkilis. (AP)

There once was a time when Jose Contreras wouldn't have been such a welcome figure returning for a visit to Cuba. (AP)

Chase Headley gets rewarded for his breakout year with an 8.575 million contract. (AP)

Old friend Bill Hall lands on his feet again. (Hardball Talk)

As does old friend Andy LaRoche. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
It's so far, so good for Michigan as the nation's No. 1 team. (AP)

UCLA's upset over then-No. 6 Arizona seems far, far away now that the Bruins have lost two straight, including last night's overtime defeat, at home, at the hands of archrival USC. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Miami? Unbeaten in the ACC? Really? (AP)

Indiana hands Purdue its worst home loss ever. (AP)

Stanford just has it in for Oregon, doesn't it? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Dr. Phil's convinced: 1) Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was "deeply, romantically in love" with Manti Te'o; 2) Tuiasosopo concocted all the phony dead girlfriend stuff on his own, and 3) Te'o was a "victim" who had nothing to do with the hoax. (AP)

Jimmy Franklin tells Nicky Saban he's sorry. (AP)

Let me get this straight: The Big 12 wants to have a conference championship game but can't because -- despite its name -- it doesn't have 12 teams. So now it's going to ask the NCAA for permission to have one anyway. (AP)

No new trial for you, Sandusky. (AP)

GOLF
Deer-antler spray? Yeah, says Vijay Singh, I've done that . . . but I didn't know it was illegal. (AP)

HOCKEY
Can't win 'em all, right, Blackhawks? Although in the NHL, do shootout losses feel like real defeats? (CSN Chicago)

The Canadiens' four-game winning streak is over, thanks to the Senators. (AP)

Bobby Loo gets his first win of the season, and a shutout to boot, as the Canucks blank the Avalanche. (AP)

The Sabres' Patrick Kaleta will miss Buffalo's game against the Bruins tonight because of a neck injury he suffered Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. (AP)

And the Rangers' Ryan Callahan may miss as many as six games because of a shoulder injury that will sideline him for about two weeks. (AP)

Islanders forward Colin McDonald gets a two-game "vacation", courtesy of the NHL's discipline department, for boarding the Penguins' Ben Lovejoy. (AP)

The latest on trade updates in L.A.: Andrei Loktionov still wants out, but Jonathan Bernier's changed his mind. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If you really believe this, Hasso, you ought to sit down with Jeremy Jacobs for a few. (CSN Bay Area)

Looks like the Coyotes' ownership mess isn't settled, after all. (AP)

Athletes aren't the only ones who can make jackasses of themselves -- and get punished for things they say -- on Twitter. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
Because the Heat won their championship in a lockout-shortened season, the Nets' Reggie Evans sniffed that it "doesn't prove nothing." Sufficiently riled, Miami went out and proved something in, and to, Brooklyn. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Just when things were gong so well for the Lakers . . . (AP)

To make matters worse -- much worse, perhaps -- Dwight Howard re-injures his shoulder. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And then there's the ongoing Pau GasolMike D'Antoni melodrama. (Pro Basketball Talk)

'Melo sets a Knicks franchise record with his 30th straight 20-point game in New York's win over the Magic. (AP)

That's nine in a row for the Spurs. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Ray Lewis says the report linking him to performance-enhancers, including deer-antler spray, is a "trick of the devil". (AP)

Because there haven't been enough deer-antlerI'm-the-best-receiver-ever distractions at this Super Bowl, 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver goes all Fred Flintstone on the topic of having a gay teammate. It led to swift condemnation from his team and one of the most unique "apologies" -- "The deregatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of the thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel . . . I pledge to learn and grow from this experience" -- I've ever seen. (CSN Bay Area)

Justin Smith's playing with half-an-arm -- figuratively, that is -- and will have surgery immediately after the Super Bowl, but he says he's not retiring. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Ravens want nothing to do with the Lombardi Trophy until they win it. (AP)

The FBI says there are no credible terror threats for this year's Super Bowl and "there is no safer place to be this week than the city of New Orleans." (AP)

Brett Favre's been out of the spotlight long enough, so he's going to work for the NFL Network this week. (AP)

Jerome Boger's been picked as the referee for the Super Bowl. (AP)

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is arrested on domestic assault charges. (AP)

TENNIS
First Sloane Stephens beats Serena Williams in the Australian Open. Then she takes her spot on the U.S. Fed Cup team . . . though it's probably because Williams has a bad back. (AP)

This Rafael Nadal comeback isn't going very smoothly, is it? (AP)

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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