Wakeup call: A good reason to flop; Ochojohnson clams up again

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Wakeup call: A good reason to flop; Ochojohnson clams up again

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 9:

BASEBALL
Old friend Marco Scutaro had a Giant night in St. Louis. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
BU's Jake O'Brien is headed to Temple. (CSN Philly)

Tubby Smith's off the hook. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UConn loses a quarterback. (AP)

HOCKEY
For as far apart as their positions are, the NHL players and owners have pretty much kept the labor rhetoric at acceptable levels. Then Scott Hartnell came along. (CSN Philly)

After two injury-aborted seasons, Taylor Hall -- whom the Bruins wanted over Tyler Seguin two years ago -- says he's finally healthy and rarin' to go. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) Yet another example of being careful what you wish for.

Ah, the dangers of being a 'human hockey puck'. (AP)

OLYMPICS
Yup, that was Frank Viola's daughter diving in the 10-meter platform preliminaries Wednesday night. (nbcolympics.com)

Quote of the Olympics: "I wanted to give them a good reason to flop." (AP) Yeah, I'd say the shot to the groin that France's Nicolas Batum gave Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro was a good reason.

PRO BASKETBALL
The next time someone goes off on selfish, clueless modern athletes, show them this story about Roy Hibbert. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Congratulations, Dirk and Jessica. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Andy Reid's return had a deep impact on the Eagles. (CSN Philly)

The Peyton Manning Era begins tonight in Denver. (AP)

Bad news for the Browns and their No. 3 overall draft pick, Trent Richardson. (AP)

Looks like Chad Ochojohnson (to coin a Tom E. Curran phrase) is going to emulate his Patriots persona, at least off the field, in Miami. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) The Dolphins better hope he's not his New England clone on the field, as well.

While waiting to hear from the commissioner on whether he'll be suspended for his eighth run-in with the law since 2009, Kenny Britt decided to give the Titans a piece of his mind on Twitter. (AP)

There's only one way to keep Steve Smith off the field: Hide his pads. (AP)

Once a Raider, always a Raider. (Pro Football Talk)

Do the Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver?

Do the Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver?

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry join SNC to give their opinion on whether or not they think the New England Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver, and which player will land the 5th receiver spot.

Deal is done: Patriots announce they've traded Stork for conditional 7th rounder

Deal is done: Patriots announce they've traded Stork for conditional 7th rounder

FOXBORO -- The Patriots didn't release third-year center Bryan Stork, though they informed him they would do so early on Wednesday. Instead, they traded him to the Washington Redskins. 

The deal was announced on Wednesday afternoon. In return for the former fourth-round pick out of Florida State, the Patriots received a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from Washington.

Stork is reportedly mulling retirement. If he does not report to the Redskins, and the conditions of the deal are not met, the Patriots would not receive compensation.

The seventh-round pick would provide the Patriots with a seventh-rounder in 2017 that they didn't have when the day began. The team traded its original seventh-rounder to the Lions last season in exchange for tight end Michael Williams.

(The Patriots could, in theory, receive a seventh-rounder from the Lions since they received a conditional seventh in a trade for linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who was sent to Detroit in May. But because Bostic is recovering from foot surgery, the conditions of that trade may prevent the pick from ever making its way to New England.)

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but before that move was processed, the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal. 

Stork has had difficulty staying healthy as a pro, his emotions sometimes got the best of him on the field, and teammate David Andrews had beaten him for the starting center role with the Patriots. Still, Stork's teammate and friend Jimmy Garoppolo said it was tough to see Stork move on.

Despite the question marks that accompany Stork's arrival in Washington -- that is, if he decides to report -- the Redskins were more than willing to pay the modest price to acquire him. They are desperate for help at the center position.