Wakeup Call: Nice try, Lance, but the contrition's not taking

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Wakeup Call: Nice try, Lance, but the contrition's not taking

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 18.

BASEBALL
Five days after Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told him he was "never going to trade" him, Jose Reyes was dealt to the Blue Jays. Not that he minds . . . (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Michigan bounced back from its first loss by beating No. 9 Minnesota on the road. (AP)

Hope No. 23 Illinois enjoys its next three days in the Top 25 because, after losing their third straight last night, the Illini don't figure to rank when the next poll is released. (AP)

Maybe Kansas was right. Maybe Ben McLemore's ankle injury is nothing serious. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Now begins the Manti Te'o spin, with the first surrogate being his great uncle. (CSN Chicago)

It's going to get tougher since the Associated Press discovered that Te'o -- who claimed he learned on Dec. 6 that his supposedly dead girlfriend didn't exist -- mentioned her in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and a newspaper interview on Dec. 10. (AP)

Can't tell the players without a scorecard. (CSN Chicago)

Johnny Football says his "mind was blown" when he heard of the hoax . . . but he was probably a little relieved, too, since it knocked his little controversy, about his Tweeting out a picture of him holding cash in a casino, right out of the public consciousness. (CSN Houston)

From Michael Corleone and Tony Montana to JoePa . . . now that's acting range! (AP)

Paterno's successor, Bill O'Brien, wins the Bear Bryant Award as college coach of the year. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong said all the right things in his confession to Oprah . . . (nbcsports.com)

. . . but the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency isn't impressed. At all. (AP via nbcsports.com)

Nor is tennis star Novak Djokovic. (AP)

Oprah was hardly her usual warm-and-fuzzy self in grilling Armstong. (Reuters via nbcsports.com)

GOLF
Those Abu Dhabians must be surprised that, in a field with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson are the first-round leaders. (AP)

As surprised as those La Quintans are that Phil Mickelson is nine strokes behind Jason Kokrak, Roberto Castro and James Hahn. (AP)

Lanny Wadkins is back in the broadcast booth, this time for the Champions Tour. (AP)

HOCKEY
I guess it never hurts to say you're sorry. (AP)

Old friend Mike Knuble is in Detroit as a tryout player with the Red Wings, attempting to extend his career at 40, but he has a lot of supporters back in D.C. (CSN Washington)

New York pressure? What New York pressure? Right, Rick Nash? (AP)

The Rangers part ways with Wade Redden. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
The Heat finish off their nine-game road trip, and the Lakers, in style. (AP)

Kobe Bryant, though, can take consolation in his NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star start. (AP)

On the other side of the world, 'Melo was having some Olympic flashbacks as the Knicks beat the Pistons in London. (AP)

Whoa. Big brother really is watching. (AP)

An eight-month review of NBAPA president Billy Hunter uncovered no criminal wrongdoing but plenty of irregularities, and the players were urged to consider whether or not they want to keep him as the union chief. Hunter, naturally, views the report as vindication. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo admits his anti-Patriots Tweets Sunday night "bit me in the butt" -- being called in on the carpet immediately by coach John Harbaugh may have been his first clue -- and that he learned "I can't Tweet like a fan". (CSN Baltimore)

Now it's Bed Bath & Beyond dissing the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

Chip Kelly's yes-I-willno-I-won'tyes-I-will-after-all dance with the Eagles was prompted, he says, by his love of Oregon and his reluctance to leave. (CSN Philly)

During the "no-I-won't" phase, his fan base was screaming for him to interview Jon Gruden. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie explains why he didn't. (CSN Philly)

The coaching dominoes have all fallen at last. It's Bruce Arians to Arizona . . . (AP)

. . . and Gus Bradley to Jacksonville. (AP)

At the ex-head coach level, it's Ken Whisenhunt to San Diego as offensive coordinator and Norv Turner to Cleveland in the same job. (AP)

The Jets may soon have a new GM, as well. (AP)

Is this the end of Bountygate? If there's a God in heaven . . . (AP)

Hard to believe that John Abraham will play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. (AP)

Turns out Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can talk to the alligators. Make of that what you will. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
That Maria SharapovaVenus Williams match didn't turn out to be much. (AP)

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way. 

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