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Daily Jolt, January 29: Jameis Winston favored to be FSU's closer

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Jameis Winston wrapped up the college football season by leading the Florida State Seminoles to a BCS National Championship, but now he will be turning his attention to the baseball diamond. Last week, Winston said that his new goal is to win a baseball national championship and he is currently favored to earn the team's closer role. Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin said that Winston is a "very dominating pitcher," but he would like to see the Heisman Trophy winner add another pitch to his repertoire before taking the mound so that he can keep opposing batters guessing. Winston possesses a 95 mph fastball and an effective slider, but working a change up into his arsenal will allow him and the Florida State baseball team to have the most success. (FanSided.com) Comment

Patriots interested in Cards' Fitzgerald

Another offseason brings with it familiar elements in New England. Irritation over Bill Belichick shutting out the media at the NFL Combine. Draft day trades galore. Rumors about deals for Larry Fitzgerald. Speculation about Fitzgerald has been rife for year, but I've never seen any smoke. Or even smelled it. And the finances involved rarely made it seem reasonable. But Tuesday in New York, a source told me that last offseason the Patriots were indeed interested in acquiring Fitzgerald and sent out feelers to gauge the feasibility. The source didn't share the timing of the interest -- whether it came before or after Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, released and jailed is germane -- or the level to which talks proceeded. But the source is very well-placed. (CSNNE.com) Comment

Magic can't stand watching Lakers

Magic Johnson went back to a familiar place earlier this week and on no small stage. [Johnson] torched his favorite team again, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on Monday night the Lakers were in a bind because of "some critical mistakes." The biggest of those mistakes, according to Johnson? Hiring Coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson early last season. "He don't teach defense," Johnson said. "I can't stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers -- pick and roll and the guard goes all the way in for a layup. What are we, 40-something games into the season? The teams run the same play on us. We haven't stopped it yet. Uh, duh." D'Antoni, whose team has given up at least 100 points in 12 consecutive games, declined to address Johnson's comments Tuesday morning. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka takes his trophy for a stroll along ... a river with some pigeons? (Rick Rycroft/AP)

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In hopes of finding what Super Bowl Media Day is all about, Colts tight end and TheMMQB.com correspondent Coby Fleener grabs the mic and enters the chaos.

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  • 1936 -- The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its first class: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth.
  • 1996 -- Magic Johnson played his first game after coming out of retirement at age 36, coming off the bench to collect 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Warriors.
  • 2012 -- Novak Djokovic became just the fifth man in the Open Era to win three straight major titles after beating Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.
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