Wakeup Call: One computer didn't watch the BCS title game . . .

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Wakeup Call: One computer didn't watch the BCS title game . . .

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 11:

AUTO RACING
Danica Patrick wants to focus her attention on her first full season in NASCAR, so she's skipping the Indy 500 this year. I wish she'd skip those insufferable godaddy.com Super Bowl ads, but that's just me. (AP)

BASEBALL
Justin Upton says thanks, but no thanks, to a trade from Arizona to Seattle. (AP)

Pete Rose may be banned from baseball and forbidden from being elected into the Hall of Fame and all, but that doesn't stop him from getting on the moral high horse about steroids use. (AP)

Kerry Wood believes everyone -- including himself -- who played in the Steroids Era is under suspicion, so he isn't the least bit surprised that former teammate Sammy Sosa didn't get elected into the Hall of Fame. (CSN Chicago)

Craig Biggio "cracked jokes and waxed philosophic" about falling 39 votes short of induction. (CSN Houston)

Most everybody takes to Twitter these days to get their message across. Not Mike Piazza; he's writing a book that will tell everyone he never took steroids. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Phillies insist Cole Hamels' shoulder soreness isn't "an issue at all". (CSN Philly)

Theo gives another chance to old friend Darnell McDonald. (Hardball Talk)

Kosuke Fukudome's heading home to Japan. (AP)

The Pirates' deal with Francisco Liriano is on hold because of an issue with his right -- i.e., non-throwing -- arm. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
You can take Arizona off your list of unbeatens, thanks to Oregon. (AP)

Remember the kid from Grinnell who scored 138 points in a game in November? He's out for the season after breaking his wrist. (AP)

Sign of the armageddon: Miami beating North Carolina in Chapel Hill. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Take heart, Notre Dame: At least one computer still thinks you're the best. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Brian Kelly's sudden interest in the NFL makes sense. (CSN Chicago)

So does the Bears' interest in him. (CSN Chicago)

In today's installmant of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins, Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle and Georgia's Kwame Geathers. (AP)

Johnny Football's learning about life in the spotlight. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky won't give up. (AP)

HOCKEY
At last, the Kings get to focus on defending the Stanley Cup. (AP)

Some unfinished business for Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk: Playing in the KHL All-Star Game on Sunday before returning to the NHL. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
We've been ragging -- and delightfully so -- on the Lakers, but Miami isn't doing so hot, either. (AP)

Take away 'Melo, and the Knicks stop scoring. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Rob who? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And that makes eight: The Jaguars finally fire Mike Mularkey, the eighth NFL coach dismissed since the end of the season. (Pro Football Talk)

Lovie Smith is a perfect fit for the Eagles. At least that's what Tony Dungy thinks. (CSN Philly)

Monte Kiffin may have been a big disappointment on his son Lane's staff at USC, but Jerry Jones still wants him in Dallas. (Pro Football Talk)

On Wednesday, Jay Gruden said he would remain an assistant at Cincinnati. On Thursday, he interviewed for the head job in Arizona. And next week, he may interview in Philadelphia. (AP)

The 49ers are sticking with David Akers. For now. (AP)

The Steelers release running back Chris Rainey after the latest in a series of off-field incidents. (AP)

TENNIS
Looking forward to a Victoria Azarenka-Serena Williams final in the Australian Open? Sorry; they're in the same draw. (AP)

Cassidy: Rask 'needed to be better' . . . and Rask agrees

Cassidy: Rask 'needed to be better' . . . and Rask agrees

BOSTON -- It's the wrong time of year for the No. 1 goaltender to struggle. 

But that's what's happening with Tuukka Rask and the Bruins. The former Vezina Trophy winner allowed five goals, including a couple of softies, on 28 shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning, which extended Boston's losing streak to four games. Rask is 3-6-0 in the month of March with a 3.01 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in nine games.

Rask had some good stops early in the game Thursday as the Bruins slogged their way through a slow start, but began to break down at the end of the second period while playing his third game in four days and 59th of the season. Still, interim coach Bruce Cassidy didn't seem inclined to use overwork as an excuse. 

"He needed to be better tonight," Cassidy said of Rask. "We needed to be better in front of him, and he needed to be better on some of those goals, It's March 23, so really, our focus needs to be there. You'd hope it's more fatigue than focus at this point in the year, but I can only speculate."

Tampa Bay's third goal was an odd-man rush with clear breakdowns in front of Rask, but he was also beaten high short side on his glove hand by Anton Stralman while squared to the shooter. Then in the third period Jonathan Drouin uncorked a shot from the face-off circle that beat Rask far-side under his glove hand for the game-winning goal. 

It was a soft goal any way you break it down, and it had Rask accepting responsibility postgame with a voice that softened and trailed off as he copped to his culpability. 

"You have to [pick up your team]," he said. "A lot of the time that's the case, the goalie has to make a couple extra stops there. [On Thursday] I didn't. That's part of my job to accept the fact that sometimes it's your fault. There were a couple of times I should've made the save but it happens sometimes . . .

"We're fighting for that last [playoff] spot, it doesn't matter who you play against. There are no easy games and everybody should know that. But, then again, look how we started the game, I don't think that was the plan. We got the late lead [in the second period], but then they came back every single time. Then they extended the lead there and got the win. It was just embarrassing."

The Bruins only hope is that Rask gets it back together and provides the brick-wall goaltending Boston is going to need to prevail in the next eight games. There's a good chance that Boston will be riding him the rest of the way, given Boston's currently narrow hold on a wild-card spot with just a couple of weeks to go. 

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.