Wakeup Call: Buffalo's becoming Montreal South

Wakeup Call: Buffalo's becoming Montreal South
July 2, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, July 2:

BASEBALL

In its time of woe, Red Sox Nation can at least take a little solace in the ongoing struggles of the Yankees . . . except that it's David Price and the Rays who are beating New York these days. (AP)

Rick Porcello didn't pitch a shutout the first 163 starts of his major-league career. Now he's thrown two in a row. (AP)

There's no no-hit hangover for Tim Lincecum: He pitches eight shutout innings in the Giants' 5-0 win over the Cardinals. (AP)

It took two replay reviews to confirm it but, yes, the Indians did turn a triple play against the Dodgers. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Bad news for the Twins: Joe Mauer suffers a strained left oblique and could be headed to the DL. (Hardball Talk)

And old friend Victor Martinez has something similar -- the Tigers are calling it "side discomfort," which is slightly more enlightening than "upper-body injury" -- which has kept him out of the lineup for the last two days.  (Hardball Talk)

Start lining up, all you Cliff Lee seekers: He's about ready to make a rehab start and, if all goes well, you have to think the floundering Phillies will slap a "For Sale" sign on him soon afterwards. (Hardball Talk)

Sign of the times: An opposing announcer (Chip Caray) trolls a star player (Bryce Harper) on Twitter. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kudos to Bill Self for canceling Kansas' workout to allow his players to watch U.S.-Brazil. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Purdue's Jay Simpson talks about the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyotrophy that ended his career. (College Basketball Talk)

If it's July, it must be time for a new logo. It is in the Atlantic 10 . . . (College Basketball Talk)

. . . and the Big 12, anyway. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

And if it's July, it must be time for new uniforms. It is at Oklahoma, anyway. (NBC's College Football Talk)

First victory of the 2014 season goes to Ohio State, which beats Penn State in total student ticket sales. (College Football Talk)

HOCKEY

The Sabres are turning into Montreal South: After trading for Josh Gorges, they sign Brian Gionta. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Blues land the premier center of the free-agent market in Paul Stastny. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Matt Niskanen does indeed get a seven-year contract. The fact that it's with the Caps -- who also signed Brooks Orpik to a five-year deal -- is a little surprising. (Pro Hockey Talk) 

Brad Richards wants to win, so he accepts less money to sign with the Blackhawks. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Brian Boyle also deserts the Rangers, as he joins old teammate Ryan Callahan in Tampa Bay. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Old friend Jim Benning was the Sabres' chief scout 15 years ago and was instrumental in the decision to draft Ryan Miller. Now the ex-Bruins front-office honcho is GM in Vancouver, and he's bringing Miller on board again. (Pro Hockey Talk)

With Jason Spezza and Alec Hemsky in tow, Stars GM Jim Nill says the team is putting hockey "back on the map" in Dallas. Was it ever on the map in Dallas?? (Pro Hockey Talk)

On the same day they signed Shawn Thornton, the Panthers -- apparently determined to gobble up all the 35-something vets with their names etched on the Stanley Cup that they can find -- agree to a two-year deal with Willie Mitchell. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Bulls roll out the red carpet for 'Melo as his free-agent tour begins. (CSN Chicago)

And Derrick Rose did participate in the recruitment. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Participate? He actually worked out for 'Melo to prove he's healthy. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Bet some people were surprised -- and confused -- when they saw the signs at the United Center. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Meanwhile, in Miami, Pat Riley woos Pau Gasol as he attempts to improve the Heat to the Big Three's satisfaction. (Yahoo! Sports)

But if wants Kyle Lowry he'd better hurry, because the Raptors and Rockets are in hot pursuit. (Yahoo! Sports)

As for the Big Three, word is LeBron James wants a short-term deal at max money, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will accept pay cuts to make it happen. Or not. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Marcin Gortat is staying in Washington. (Yahoo! Sports)

And since he is, Trevor Ariza may also return. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Warriors' signing of Shaun Livingston might make them more willing to part with Klay Thompson, which could pave the way for a Kevin Love trade, except they'll have to maneuver their way around the hard $81 million cap. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pacers' five-year, $44 million offer to Lance Stephenson has him looking elsewhere. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Andray Blatche is also looking elsewhere, but that's because the Nets have no intention of bringing him back. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Talk about bad timing: Patty Mills, who was expected to make a killing in free agency, needs shoulder surgery could be out until February. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

Rolando McClain's on-again/off-again NFL career is on again: He's being traded by the Ravens to the Cowboys, and says he'll come out of retirement to play for Dallas. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Old friend Pepper Johnson's new job as a Bills' defensive assistant just got a lot tougher, as one of Buffalo's best players -- linebacker Kiko Alonso -- suffers a torn ACL in workouts and may miss the entire season. (Pro Football Talk)

T.J. Ward hasn't been a Bronco for very long, but already he sees how different the culture is in Denver compared to Cleveland, where he spent the last four years. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

The quest is over and the postmortems have begun . . . and the consensus is that the U.S. is showing signs of progress on the international stage. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

And because of that, the Americans are leaving Brazil with their heads held high. (soccerly.com)

All but Chris Wondolowski, that is, who'll probably be thinking about that missed, straight-on chance at the end of stoppage time for the rest of his life. (Yahoo! Sports)

Landon Donovan's reaction spoke for all of us. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Of course, the referees -- who haven't exactly covered themselves in glory during this World Cup -- were poised, once again, to blow the call had Wondolowski scored, and let's just try and contemplate the controversy that would have ensued had that happened. (Yahoo! Sports)

On a scale of 1 to 10, Tim Howard's performance yesterday rates a 10. But if it were on a Buzz Lightyear scale, it would be to infinity and beyond. (Pro Soccer Talk)

From Drew Brees to Katy Perry, they were all singing the United States' praises on Twitter after yesterday's knockout defeat. (Pro Soccer Talk)

For a while there, however, it looked like Howard would break Twitter all by himself. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

A day of upsets at Wimbledon, as Rafael Nadal . . . (AP)

. . . and Maria Sharapova are ousted. (AP)

Maybe that's what made Serena Williams sick. (AP)