Wakeup Call: A little late for that, Joe

Wakeup Call: A little late for that, Joe
February 21, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, February 20:


Ryan Braun says that if "[I knew] then what I know now," he never would have held that defiant, chest-pounding 2012 press conference in which he gloated over an arbitrator using a letter-of-the-law technicality to overturn his first 50-game PED suspension. So let's get this straight, Ryan. You mean if you knew you were going to get caught again 18 months later -- and that there was no microlegal escape hatch this time -- you wouldn't have stood there and lied through your teeth about not using performance enhancers? Okay, gotcha. (AP)

Mark Teixeira will sit out at least the first week of spring games as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired wrist. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Justice prevails for Tim Lincecum, to the tune of $100,000. (CSN Bay Area)

Imagine the kind of contract Andrelton Simmons could have gotten if he had more than 206 major-league games under his belt. (AP)

If Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, why not Paul Konerko? (CSN Chicago)

Jesus Montero is how many pounds overweight?!? (Hardball Talk)

Matt Harvey is about to begin the (comeback) journey of a thousand miles with the single step of playing catch. (AP)

The Orioles hope Ubaldo Jiminez can pick up where he left off after posting a 1.82 ERA in the second half of last season for the Indians. And his old pitching coach in Cleveland thinks he will. (CSN Baltimore)

Uh oh. Matt Harrison's back is acting up again. (AP)

I'm sure the Rangers' minor-leaguers are hoping Russell Wilson brings his Super Bowl ring with him. (AP)

At least Baseball America likes what Theo's doing with the Cubs. (CSN Chicago)

But owner Tom Ricketts thinks an increasingly antsy Cubs Nation will like it, too . . . and maybe as early as this year. (CSN Chicago)

If I'm the Marlins, I'm pretty worried about Giancarlo Stanton's "I'm not a loser" speech . . . because that's all they've been during Stanton's time in Miami, and he's not far from free agency. (AP)


It's Rivalry Week -- that's what the Worldwide Leader tells us -- so can anyone be surprised that suddenly surging North Carolina knocked off No. 5 Duke? (AP)

But if teams keep throwing zone defenses at the Blue Devils, rivals or no rivals, they won't be ranked fifth much longer. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

No. 13 Michigan State drains a school-record 17 3-pointers in its win over Purdue. (AP)

Say goodbye to No. 25 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are sure to drop out of the AP poll after last night's loss to Brigham Young. (AP)

Been a long time since Seton Hall swept a season series from Georgetown, but that's what the Pirates did this year. (AP)

Call it the Marcus Smart Rule: If you're a player and you go into the stands and commit "an unsporting act" -- that could leave a little wiggle room for interpretation, eh? -- you're out of the game. (AP)


Alabama is suing former assistant Mike Groh, who left the Crimson Tide with a year to go on his contract to become receivers coach of the Bears, for $57,000, which is the total of his contract buyout. Stay classy, Nick. (AP)


The winner of today's U.S.-Canada showdown gets a berth in the gold-medal game. The loser gets . . . Justin Bieber?? (Yahoo! Sports) 

A few NHL general managers -- especially the Islanders' Garth Snow, who lost star winger John Tavares for the year and asks if the IOC or the IIHF are "going to reimburse our season-ticket holders" -- reiterate: They don't like sending their players off to the Olympics. (CSN Washington)

Alex Ovechkin's father apparently suffered a heart attack after Russia's Olympic loss to Finland. He's in stable condition now, but his illness will delay his son's return to the Capitals. (AP)

That puck to the face may wind up costing David Poile the sight in his right eye. (AP)


There's no silver lining around the dark cloud of the American women's shocking collapse against Canada in the gold-medal hockey game. (Yahoo! Sports)

Well, one silver lining: Hockey player Julie Chu is chosen to be the U.S. flag bearer at the closing ceremonies. (nbcolympics.com)

The U.S. wasn't too happy with the officiating yesterday . . . particularly the call that led to Canada's game-winning, power-play goal. (Yahoo! Sports)

Nor was U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner about the officiating in her own sport. (Yahoo! Sports)

And there are a million people who agree with her. (nbcolympics.com)

Yuna Kim of South Korea sails off into the retirement sunset with a silver medal around her neck. (nbcolympics.com)


Yawn. (Yahoo! Sports)

There weren't any blockbusters at the trade deadline yesterday, but some teams were busy. Like the Sixers, who sent Spencer Hawes to the Cavs . . . (AP)

. . . and Evan Turner to the Pacers. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

They were also part of a three-team deal with Denver and Washington that saw disgruntled Nuggets guard Andre Miller shipped to the Wizards. (AP)

The Wizards, incidentally, say they aren't worried in the least about Miller's dustup with Brian Shaw, calling it an "isolated incident." (CSN Washington)

The Bobcats bolster their 3-point shooting for the stretch run by acquiring Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from the Bucks. (AP)

And the Hawks get reinforcements for their playoff push in the person of Antawn Jamison, who comes to them from the Clippers. (AP)

Roger Mason Jr. goes from the Heat to the Kings to the waiver wire. (AP)

So, in the end, here are the trade deadline winners and losers. (Yahoo! Sports)

The newest Warrior, Steve Blake, is grateful that Kobe Bryant will miss him. (CSN Bay Area)

The Thunder bloody, but don't beat, LeBron James. (AP)

The Rockets see their eight-game winning streak come to an end . . . (CSN Houston)

. . . and, more seriously, they may also have lost James Harden. (AP)

The doctors say Iman Shumpert will be out two weeks. (AP)

Jason Collins, who's been out of work since announcing he was gay last summer, is working out with the Nets. (AP)

Maybe this year Kevin Durant should go to H&R Block. (AP)


Joe Philbin locks the barn door after the horse galloped away. (AP)

It just keeps getting worse for Ray Rice: Now it appears that police actually have video from a surveillance camera showing Rice knocking out his fiancee. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Ditto for the Redskins' Fred Davis: On the same day he receives a four-game PED suspension, he's arrested for DUI. (CSN Washington)

Marshawn Lynch is going to plead to a lesser charge of reckless driving in his DUI case. Not because he thinks he's guilty -- his lawyer claims he would have won had they gone to court -- but because, says the lawyer, Lynch didn't want to damage his post-Super Bowl profile with a public trial. (AP)

These guys like Johnny Football a lot more than Greg Cosell does. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Combine's about to begin, and both Michigan's Taylor Lewan . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

. . . and Oregon's Colt Lyerla try to get ahead of questions about their character. (Yahoo! Sports)

Give it up, T.O., please. Give it up. (AP via CSN Philly)

You want Kirk Cousins? Sorry; he's not going anywhere. (CSN Washington)

The Bucs adapt a bottle-of-iodine look for their new helmets. (AP)

Bills coach Doug Morrone throws a little love Stevie Johnson's way. (Pro Football Talk)


Sister act: Both Venus and Serena Williams advance to the semifinals of the Dubai Championships. (AP)