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Wakeup Call: At last, we hear from "Lennay"!

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Wakeup Call: At last, we hear from "Lennay"!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 25:

BASEBALL
Everybody's pretty excited about Justin Upton joining his brother B.J. in Atlanta. (AP)

Good thing the Orioles didn't trade Adam Jones for Jair Jurrjens last winter, as was rumored. By waiting a year, they got him for nothing. Of course, what they're getting is a matter for debate. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Remember Zack Stewart, whom the Red Sox acquired in the Kevin Youkilis trade and who pitched for them with varying degress of ineffectiveness? Traded to Pittsburgh in November, he's now back with the White Sox. (AP)

I've heard of weird injuries before, but rupturing your spleen when you fall while shoveling snow? Well, that will certainly dry up the free-agent market for Carl Pavano, don't you think? (Hardball Talk)

Pat White failed at baseball with the Royals, and failed at football with the Dolphins. So, naturally, the Marlins want him. (Hardball Talk)

You can go home again: Yorvit Torrealba's returning to the Rockies. (Hardball Talk)

Nyjer Morgan, meanwhile, is traveling far from home as he heads to Japan. (CSN Washington)

The good folks of St. Louis pay their respects -- and respect it is -- to Stan Musial. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
So which is it? Should we be impressed with UCLA or worried about Arizona after the Bruins' upset of the Wildcats? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

What with Duke certain to tumble out of the top spot in the rankings after its one-sided loss to Miami, Michigan started staking its claim for No. 1 with a workmanlike victory over Purdue. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
She speaks! Manti Te'o plays three voicemails he says were left for him by "Lennay Kekua" -- the girlfriend who died who never existed -- during his TV interview with Katie Couric, in which "Lennay" tells Te'o that she loves him. And if the voice actually belongs to Ronaiah Tuisasosopo, the alleged mastermind of this mess, he imitates women pretty well. (AP)

Meanwhile, Tuisasosopo supposedly confessed his guilt in the hoax to Diane O'Meara, the woman whose picture was stolen off Facebook and used as "Lennay's" portrait. (AP)

Rare that a head coach with a 10-40 record after four seasons gets to walk away by choice. But DeWayne Walker's doing just that, leaving New Mexico State to become an assistant on the Jacksonville Jaguars. (AP)

The exodus off Jimbo Fisher's Florida State staff continues, as offensive coordinator James Coley heads to Miami to take the same job. (AP)

Dennard Robinson's liking this wide-receiver stuff. (AP)

GOLF
Your first-round leaders at Torrey Pines: K.J. Choi and Brandt Snedeker. (AP)

Tiger's not in bad position after one round. (golfchannel.com)

Your second-round leaders in Doha, Qatar: Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Ricardo Santos and Marcus Fraser. (AP)

HOCKEY
Wayne Gretzky says this talk of his becoming president of the Maple Leafs is "news to me". (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers finally win their first, and a big one it is: A 2-1 victory over the arch-rival Rangers. (CSN Philly)

One man's ceiling is another man's floor: Mike Knuble's back in the NHL with the Flyers because Scott Harnell's out 4-6 weeks. (CSN Philly)

"Embarrassing" and "pathetic" are two of the words the Capitals are using to describe themselves this morning, as they sit as the only Eastern Conference team without a point after a somnolent 4-1 home loss to the Canadiens. (CSN Washington)

Bet they're saying the same thing in Los Angeles, where the Kings continue to stumble around with a Stanley Cup hangover. (AP)

But the Blackhawks? They just keep on rolling. (CSN Chicago)

As do the Sharks. (CSN Bay Area)

And the Senators. (AP)

The Stars bring All-Star center Jamie Benn, a restricted free agent, back into the fold with a five-year, 26.25 million contract. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
You could probably win the All-Star Game with the players who were snubbed. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And you could probably win it with thiis year's reserves, too. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Clippers' cry: Come back, Chris Paul! (AP)

Since the present is so bad, let's look to the Lakers' future. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Ricky Rubio's not so warm and cuddly now that his playing time's been cut as he struggles to return from knee surgery. (AP)

It's official: The Hornets become the Pelicans, starting next year. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
All Ma and Pa Harbaugh know about the Super Bowl is that they're going to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on the same day. (CSN Chicago)

It's the Super Bowl, after all, so Ray Lewis says he isn't thinking about the fact that he's about to play his last game. (CSN Baltimore)

It won't be Ed Reed's last game . . . though it might be his last as a Raven. (CSN Baltimore)

Brandon Jacobs and the 49ers didn't part on the best of terms, but he says he's rooting for them against Baltimore. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Steve Spagnuolo, who concocted the defensive plan that helped the Giants upset the Patriots in the 2007 Super Bowl, is out of work again. (AP)

Worried about the potential for cold, snow and generally nasty conditions at next year's Super Bowl in New Jersey? Hah! Bring it on, says Roger Goodell. (AP)

Congratulations, John Idzik. And good luck. You'll need it. (AP)

Unlike many -- most? all? -- of his peers, Andrew Luck's all business at the Pro Bowl. (AP)

TENNIS
Sloane Stephens' strong showing in the Australian Open will lift her up in the player rankings. (AP)

We have our first Australian Open champions: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in women's doubles. (AP)

Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

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Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates. 

 

*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations

 

*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them. 

 

*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.

 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.  

 

*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas

 

*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name. 

Postcard From Camp, Day One: Gronk puts on a show

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Postcard From Camp, Day One: Gronk puts on a show

FOXBORO -- Day 1 of Patriots training camp practice featured a little bit of Rob Gronkowski news before the session. During the session, Gronkowski put on a show.

In shells and shorts, the Patriots tight end put his trademark style on display by catching touchdown passes during 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work and then hamming it up -- perhaps practicing for the regular season when the restrictions on celebrations have been pulled back a bit by the NFL.

Before the session, Bill Belichick said that Gronkowski had "no limits" in practice. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder certainly seemed to be feeling just fine.

WHAT WE SAW
* Rob Ninkovich, Kony Ealy and Joe Cardona were not spotted at practice. Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch began camp on the PUP list and did not participate Thursday.

* With two of the roster's perceived top defensive ends not present, the representatives for that edge group on Day 1 were Trey Flowers, Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise, Geneo Grissom and Shea McClellin.

* During 3-on-4 drills at the goal line, Gronkowski put on a show. The drill may have been only semi-competitive at times but when Gronk caught a touchdown, he celebrated with gusto and the crowd ate it up.

* Jimmy Garoppolo took off for an early lap alongside backup center Ted Karras after a fumbled quarterback-center exchange. Working out the kinks. It's early yet.
 
* Austin Carr had a good release and then caught the "period-winner" to make defensive backs do pushups at the end of a 2-on-2 drill at the goal line. The undrafted rookie receiver from Northwestern earned plaudits from Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of his offensive teammates for his performance. Even receivers coach Chad O'Shea was fired up, telling the rookie to celebrate after the fact. Carr's in the running for more reps with Andrew Hawkins now out of the mix.

* Justin Coleman made a nice pick with his hands to start things in a positive direction for the defensive backs during 2-on-2 work. Undrafted rookie Kenny Moore also made an impressive pass breakup while in coverage of Malcolm Mitchell.

* Cyrus Jones dropped a kickoff very early in the practice. He looked more smooth during punt-return work. He worked alongside undrafted rookie Will Likely during a punt-return drill.

* During kickoff work later in the session, Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola were the first two returners taking reps. Matthew Slater was also back there in his traffic-cop role. Rex Burkhead, James White, Jones and Likely also took part.

* Cooks ran one around the edge off of motion during 11-on-11 work. It'll be interesting if the Patriots try to implement him in that fashion during the season. He took occasional sweep handoffs while with the Saints with varying levels of success.

* Following the first 11-on-11 period of the day, Tom Brady and Garoppolo worked a side-session with Josh McDaniels and Dion Lewis. Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman also had a quick conversation with Brady.

* Another side session came later that featured Edelman, Cooks, Dwayne Allen, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Devin Lucien.

* Grissom appears to be one of the primary beneficiaries when it comes to playing time with Ninkovich and Ealy out. Rookie Derek Rivers also saw work with regulars. At the linebacker level, Jonathan Freeny appear to be one of the first off-the-ball options, along with Shea McClellin.

* Late in the practice, Brady and Garoppolo worked with a group of centers that included Karras, David Andrews, Joe Thuney and Jamil Douglas. Douglas spent much of last season on the Patriots practice squad.

11-on-11
* Brady incomplete for Cooks down the middle. 0-for-1.
* Brady complete for Gronkowski short. 1-for-2.
* Brady incomplete for Cooks. Broken up by Butler. 1-for-3.
* Brady complete to Gronkowski in the back of the end zone with Freeny on him. 2-for-4.

* Garoppolo complete to Gillislee short. 1-for-1.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Edelman. Broken up by Rowe. Thrown behind a bit. 1-for-2.
* Garoppolo complete to Edelman with Cyrus Jones in coverage. 2-for-3.
* Garoppolo complete to Mitchell. 3-for-4.

* Brissett complete to Foster. 1-for-1.
* Brissett complete to Cody Hollister. 2-for-2.
* Brissett complete to Lucien. 3-for-3.
* Brissett complete to LeShun Daniels. 4-for-4.

* Garoppolo complete to Allen down the seam. 4-for-5.
* Garoppolo complete to Allen with Harris in coverage. 5-for-6.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Edelman with Butler in coverage. 5-for-7.
* Garoppolo complete to White with McClellin in coverage. 6-for-8.

* Brady complete to Cooks deep with C. Jones in coverage. 3-for-5.
* Brady complete to Burkhead with Van Noy in coverage. 4-for-6.
* Brady complete to White. 5-for-7.
* Brady complete to Edelman with C. Jones in coverage. 6-for-8.

* Brissett complete to Foster deep with Thompson in coverage. 5-for-5.
* Brissett incomplete to Lucien. Pass breakup by Kenny Moore. 5-for-6.
* Brissett incomplete. 5-for-7.
* Brissett complete to Lucien. 6-for-8.

11-on-11 HURRY
* Brady complete to Cooks. 6-for-9.
* Brady complete to Cooks. 7-for-10.
* Brady complete to Cooks. 8-for-11.
* Brady complete to Burkhead. 9-for-12.
* Brady complete to Burkhead. 10-for-13.
* Brady complete to Hogan. 11-for-14.
* Brady complete to Hogan. 12-for-15.

7-on-7 HURRY-UP
* Brady complete to Cooks on low throw. 1-for-1.
* Brady incomplete for Gronkowski. Broken up by Van Noy. 1-for-2.
* Brady complete for Gronkowski. 2-for-3.
* Brady complete for Edelman. 3-for-4.
* Brady incomplete for Hogan in back of the end zone. Broken up by J. Jones. 3-for-5.
* Brady incomplete for Edelman. 3-for-6.

* Garoppolo complete to Mitchell. 1-for-1.
* Garoppolo complete to Carr. 2-for-2.
* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 3-for-3.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Mitchell. Broken up by Ebner. 3-for-4.
* Garoppolo intercepted by Richards. Intended for Develin on scramble drill. 3-for-5.
* Garoppolo intercepted by Rowe. 3-for-6.

* Brissett incomplete for Slater. 0-for-1.
* Brissett complete for Slater. 1-for-2.
* Brissett complete to Lucien. 2-for-3.
* Brissett incomplete. Broken up by...the paddle guy. Defense loves it. 2-for-4.

LATE 11-on-11
* Brissett complete to Foster.
* Brissett incomplete to Washington.
* Brissett complete to Jacob Hollister.
* Brissett incomplete out of the back of the end zone.
* Brissett incomplete. Batted down by Wise . . . and Wise wasn't trying.