Wakeup Call: 'Skins use some Thunder to snare Jackson

Wakeup Call: 'Skins use some Thunder to snare Jackson
April 2, 2014, 6:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, April 2:

BASEBALL

Derek Jeter's last season gets off to a rather inauspicious start. (AP)

As The Captain begins the farewell tour, Jeff Passan urges you to focus on his greatest achievement: "Jeter has lived in New York for 20 years and never once found himself in the crosshairs of tabloids or ex-girlfriends or waitresses who got stiffed on a tip or cabbies who saw him drunk or George Steinbrenner back when he played The Boss with comical overzealousness . . . [he has] an image beyond pristine because he never did anything to sully it." (Yahoo! Sports)

Eduardo Nunez won't be around to share Jeter's last ride. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

If you've got Clayton Kershaw on your fantasy team . . . sorry. (AP)

And if your closer is Bobby Parnell . . . sorry again. (AP)

Parnell's injury means Kyle Farnsworth's quest to play for all 30 MLB teams continues. (Hardball Talk)

This is why the Dodgers put up with Yasiel Puig. (AP)

And this is the risk they run with the fragile Brian Wilson. (AP)

The new replay system helps the Rangers beat the Phillies. (AP)

But it may have contributed to San Francisco's loss in Arizona. (AP)

Still, to their credit, the Giants aren't complaining. (CSN Bay Area)

You really can't cry if you go nearly 16 years between rainouts. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Our own Eric Frede, along with old friend Donny Marshall, will be part of the Final Four "teamcasts," team-specific broadcasts of the Final Four games available on TNT and truTV as an adjunct to the main broadcast on TBS. You can watch TBS for the national feed, or you can turn one of other channels to hear an announcing group tied to one of the teams. Freedo and Donny, naturally, are UConn broadcasters, and their call of the Huskies-Florida game will be on truTV. (AP)

Here are the reasons why each of the Final Four teams can win the national championship . . . and the reasons why they can't. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Looks like the academic hammer that took Connecticut out of postseason play last year is about to fall on San Jose State. (AP)

As rumored, Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski takes over at Marquette. (AP)

Turning down the Marquette job got Cuonzo Martin a nice little contructual thank-you from Tennessee. Only you cynics would think Martin used the Golden Eagles as leverage to get a raise. (AP)

In today's installment of Declaring For the NBA Draft, we have LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III. (AP)

We don't have Michigan State's Gary Harris yet, but it sounds like Tom Izzo (!) is urging him to go. (AP)

And in today's version of I'm Transferring . . . Somewhere, we have BYU's Matt Carlino. (AP)

SMU and Minnesota advance to the finals of the N.I.T. (Both stories AP)

The women's Final Four is set. (AP)

One of the teams there is Maryland, led by freshman Lexie Brown. She's the daughter of former Celtic Dee Brown, who's one proud papa. (AP)

The slim chance that someone will knock off UConn get even slimmer: Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa tore the ACL in her left knee in the Lady Irish's 88-69 Elite Eight win over Baylor on Monday and will miss the Final Four. (College Basketball Talk)

Pat Summitt's son Tyler is only 23, but he'll be named women's coach at Louisiana Tech today. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

More anti-union talk, this time from Texas AD Steve Patterson. (AP)

Meanwhile, back at union headquarters, Northwestern resumes spring practice. (AP)

UCLA offensive tackle Torian White, who broke an ankle in October and then was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in November, is "no longer with the team," according to coach Jim Mora. (AP)

GOLF

Nobody beats Father Time, Tiger. Nobody. (Yahoo! Sports)

And a timeline of Woods' recent injuries proves that. (Yahoo! Sports)

Doesn't quite command the same headlines as Tiger Woods dropping out of the Masters, but Suzann Pettersen withdraws from the Kraft Nabisco Championship because of an aggravated disk in her back. (AP)

HOCKEY

Whaddya know? Martin St. Louis finally scores a goal as a Ranger! (AP)

Worried, Penguins Nation? (AP)

You know how the Bruins feel about the hit-and-run Brooks Orpik, right? Well, after the blow he delivered to Jonathan Toews, which knocked the Blackhawks captain out of the game and out of the lineup, some -- like ex-Hawk Jamal Mayers -- wonder why there was no retaliation from Toews' teammates. (CSN Chicago)

The Lightning beat the Canadiens, but both still manage to clinch playoff spots. (AP)

The Stars look like a team determined to qualify for the postseason. The Capitals? Not so much. (AP)

The Maple Leafs may not make it after losing eight in a row, but at least they can "feel good about" themselves -- Dion Phaneuf's words -- after busting their streak by beating the Flames. (AP)

T.J. Oshie says the Blues brought in Ryan Miller to "[stand] on his head," and that's just what Miller does in St. Louis' 1-0 shootout win over the Flyers. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Great night for the Nets: They set a franchise record with their 14th straight home victory -- and over a quality opponent, to boot -- and clinch a playoff spot. (AP)

Things are going so well that Jason Kidd showing up late for practice -- which would have prompted tabloid calls for his firing not very long ago -- is now just fodder for a Paul Pierce joke. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Nights like this will make the Warriors forget all about their Mark Jackson issues. (CSN Bay Area)

Once again, the NBA publicly admits that the refs screwed up. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers are on the cusp of their first 50-loss season in 39 years. Try to reign in that schadenfreude, Celtics Nation.  (AP)

The Rockets are being sued by a former food server at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, who says he was harassed by Houston players last year -- and given fewer hours after he complained about it -- because he's gay. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

DeSean Jackson trumpets "ITS GOIN DOWN.!!" between him and the Redskins. (CSN Washington)

And the 'Skins may have Kevin Durant, of all people, to thank. (CSN Washington)

As if things aren't bad enough in Buffalo . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

Remember that gruesome knee injury NaVorro Bowman suffered in the waning moments of the 49ers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks? Well, he's off crutches and on the slow road to recovery. (CSN Bay Area)

Shelley Smith took time off from his wedding weekend to sign with the Dolphins. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Serena Williams, who says she feels "really just dead" after her victory in the Sony Open, is upset in the first round of the Family Circle Cup by Jana Cepelova. (AP)