Wakeup Call: Welker videobombed at Knicks game

Wakeup Call: Welker videobombed at Knicks game
January 31, 2014, 8:15 am

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 31:

AUTO RACING

Winning is all that matters under the latest and most radical change to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. (AP) 

Here's a breakdown of the new system. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

Brian Vickers, who missed the last five races of 2013 because of a blood clot in his right leg, has been cleared to resume a full racing schedule. (AP)

Doctors are trying to bring Michael Schumacher out of the medically induced coma he's been in since suffering a serious head injury in a skiing accident last month. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

BASEBALL

At age 80, Bob Uecker thinks it's time to "kick back and relax a little bit." So he's cutting back on the number of Brewers' road games he'll broadcast. (AP)

Nelson Cruz may find work, after all. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Remember the other day when Michael Young said it was the Dodgers or retirement for him in 2014? Well, the verdict is in: It's retirement. (AP)

If the Cubs' renovation plans for Wrigley Field are actually torpedoed by the rooftop owners, they're always welcome in Rosemont. (CSN Chicago)

Andrew Albers had a promising enough rookie season with the Twins, but -- with Minnesota stockpiling starting pitching this winter -- he's off to South Korea. (AP) 

The Mets, handcuffed financially by Bernie Madoff for the last several years, may actually have some money to spend soon. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 13 Cincinnati stays atop the American Athletic Conference with a three-point win over No. 12 Louisville. (AP) 

That's 12 in a row for No. 3 Florida. (AP)

And 10 in a row for No. 10 Michigan. (AP)

Notre Dame forward Austin Burgett has been released from the hospital after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. No word as to when he'll return, though. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Warren Sapp turns his bile from Michael Strahan to The U. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Ohio State's success in football and men's basketball puts money in AD Gene Smith's pocket. But so does success in fencing, rifle, track, swimming . . . (AP)

GOLF

Great headline from the Associated Press: Lefty's back is better than his game in Phoenix. (AP)

HOCKEY

Jonathan Quick flunks the audition: The Kings goalie loses to the Penguins and coach Dan Bylsma, who'll soon be Quick's coach on the U.S. Olympic Team. Bylsma, though, has Quick's back, saying, "[he's] got a body of work that's more than just this game." (AP)

Semyon Varlamov gets a five-year contract extension from the Avalanche, and celebrates with a 35-save performance in Colorado's 5-4 win over the Wild. (AP)

Wasn't exactly the homecoming Ben Bishop had in mind as he plays his first game in Ottawa since the Senators traded him to the Lightning. (AP)

Cam Ward's lower body is getting better, so the Hurricanes are sending him to Charlotte to get back in playing shape. (AP)

But Shea Weber's upper body has him day-to-day in Nashville. (AP)

Our very own Haggs had this a few weeks ago, and yesterday Jay Pandolfo made it official: He's retiring. (AP)

One of next year's outdoor games could be at The Cell. (CSN Chicago)

OLYMPICS

A concussion will prevent the Red Wings' Johan Franzen from playing for Sweden in Sochi. (AP)

Who'll win the hockey gold? See what The Great One thinks. (nbcolympics.com)

Irina Starykh, the sixth-ranked women’s biathlete in the world this season, will likely not be representing Russia after saying she was told she failed a drug test. (nbcolympics.com)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Cavaliers could be major players at the trade deadline. Why? Because they need to convince Kyrie Irving to stay. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

But Irving says, nah, he loves it in Cleveland and plans to be there "for a long time." (nbcsports.com)

Lance Stephenson heads the list of All-Star snubs as the East and West rosters are finalized. (Yahoo! Sports)

But there may be another opening yet, since Chris Paul isn't sure he'll play. (Yahoo! Sports)

John Wall will be there, and he says he almost cried tears of joy when he heard he'd been selected. (CSN Washington)

What's up with the Pacers? (AP)

First they were cold, and then they were hot, and then they were cold. Now the Knicks are hot again. (AP)

And here's a trade that would keep them hot. Not that's it going to happen, mind you. (Yahoo! Sports)

The NBA needed a deputy commissioner now that Adam Silver is taking over for the retiring David Stern, and Mark Tatum's getting the job. (AP)

So who should Stern be thanking as he walks out the door? Here's a list. (CSN Bay Area)

Across the state from Weber and the NHL Predators, the Grizzlies' Mike Miller has his own upper-body issue -- an injured thumb -- and is also day-to-day. (AP)

The Pistons-Hawks game that was postponed by the ice storm in Georgia is rescheduled for a time when the weather should be nicer: April 8. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Some clown at Madison Square Garden -- a Giants fan, no doubt -- videobombs Wes Welker during the Knicks-Celtics game the other night. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Broncos are the betting favorite in Sunday's Super Bowl, and some think it's because people don't like Richard Sherman and are wagering with their hearts instead of their heads. (Yahoo! Sports)

Sherman makes more friends by insulting Peyton Manning's passes. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Manning was whimsical in deflecting Sherman's comments. But Colin Kaepernick -- still fuming over the NFC Championship Game -- blasts away at the mouthy cornerback. (Pro Football Talk)

Kaepernick, however, has his own enemy -- Cam Newton -- to worry about. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Seahawks may be not be Las Vegas' choice, but at least there'll be more of their fans in the stands Sunday. (Yahoo! Sports)

Johnny Football won't be there, though. He's still in San Diego, working out and getting ready for the draft. (Yahoo! Sports)

The NFL says its campaign to reduce head injuries is working: There were 13 percent fewer concussions this year than in 2012, according to the league's report. (AP)

Troy Aikman says that despite however many concussions he suffered during his playing days, his cognitive function is perfect now. And he has the test results to prove it. (Pro Football Talk)

Richie Incognito hires a PR firm to help convince people he's not a bully. (Pro Football Talk)

He may need it, too, since Jonathan Martin says he wasn't the only Dolphin who was a target in the Miami locker room. (AP)

Eli Manning and the Giants plan to fight that memorabilia lawsuit. (Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick says that, come September, he'll be a starting quarterback. Somewhere. (CSN Philly)

Is it possible the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles? (Pro Football Talk)

So why aren't they testing yet for HGH in the NFL, something the league and the union agreed to in 2011? Well . . . (AP)

SOCCER

Thinking about going to that U.S.-South Korea friendly tomorrow in L.A.? Sorry, too late. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Donald Young, the 79th-ranked player in the world, says beating Andy Murray at Indian Wells in 2011 was "the biggest win of my career." He'll get another shot at the two-time Grand Slam champion today: He's replacing the injured John Isner and will face Murray in a first-round Davis Cup match between the United States and Great Britain. (AP)