Wakeup Call: Can't dog Kopitar about his day with the Cup

Wakeup Call: Can't dog Kopitar about his day with the Cup
July 14, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, July 14:

AUTO RACING

New Hampshire is Brad Keselowski's kind of place: He wins the Nationwide race on Saturday and the Sprint Cup race yesterday. (AP)

72-year-old Morgan Shepherd takes out contender Joey Logano in the second half of the Sprint Cup race, raising questions again about whether there should be an age limit for drivers. (AP)

Logano certainly thinks so. As does Tony Stewart. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

The last seven races before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins could be wild, because a lot of drivers are in desperate positions. (Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

The Phillies' goal is to get Cliff Lee back in their rotation on July 21 . . . just in time for the trade deadline. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

There is free pitching available to those who need it. Chien-Ming Wong opts out of his minor-league deal with the Reds, though rumor has him going to the White Sox . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . and Randy Wolf opts out of his minor-league deal with the Orioles. (Hardball Talk)

The Brewers, still reeling from the death of shortstop Jean Segura's 9-month-old son, nonetheless snap their seven-game losing streak with an 11-2 rout of the Cardinals. (AP)

David Price loses his spot on the All-Star team by pitching yesterday, but at least he makes it worthwhile. (AP)

Even though the Athletics have had a pretty storied history, in both their Philadelphia and Oakland incarnations -- we'll ignore those 13 miserable seasons in Kansas City -- no bunch of A's ever won 59 games before the All-Star break until now. (Hardball Talk)

It's hard to break your thumb and your nose on the same play, but the Angels' Collin Cowgill somehow managed. (Hardball Talk)

Rangers prospect Joey Gallo hits a mammoth home run that breaks the windshield of a Chevy truck parked in the right-field pavilion at Target Field as he leads the U.S. to a 3-2 victory over the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game. (AP)

Things are getting ugg-ly between Dan Uggla and the Braves. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Troubled Georgia forward Brandon Morris is arrested on a felony drug charge. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tough weekend in the SEC. Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed is arrested on suspicion of DUI . . . (AP)

. . . and Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is cited for possession of marijuana. (AP)

Just for that, Marshall won't be allowed to participate in SEC Media Day. (NBC's College Football Talk)

At least he feels bad about it. (College Football Talk)

Jeremy Hill might have left LSU early, but he'll remember his days there forever: His back is now completely covered with a giant tattoo of Tiger Stadium, complete with helicopters (?) hovering over the field. (College Football Talk)

Sports Illustrated is being sued over last year's expose of the Oklahoma State program. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

Justin Rose, fresh off a victory at the Quickens Loan National, makes it two in a row by winning the Scottish Open. (AP)

But Phil Mickelson -- the guy Rose dethroned as Scottish Open champ -- is confident that streak will end next weekend at the British Open, and that he'll be the guy to end it. (AP)

Mo Martin makes an eagle in the 18th hole, and that's enough to carry her to victory in the Women's British Open. (AP)

On the other side of the pond, Colin Montgomerie wins the U.S. Senior Open in a playoff. (AP)

HOCKEY

No one can dog Anze Kopitar about the way he spent his day with the Stanley Cup. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Rick Nash hasn't been the offensive force the Rangers were hoping for when they acquired him from Columbus, but they're not looking to trade him. Good thing, too, because he has no intention of waiving his no-movement clause. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirms that he's gay during a television interview yesterday, ending years of speculation about his sexuality. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

So who wins the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte duel in Athens? Yannick Agnel, that's who. (NBC's Olympic Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Ah, these sentimental softies. Chris Bosh says his family has "built a life in South Florida," which is why he chose to remain with the Heat . . . (AP)

. . . and 'Melo, saying "I am a New York Knick at heart," also stays put. (AP)

Bosh will have a new teammate in Miami this year in Luol Deng. (AP)

And an old one in Mario Chalmers. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And another old one in Birdman. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Rockets are letting Chandler Parsons go to the Mavs. (AP)

Also arriving in Dallas: Richard Jefferson. (Yahoo! Sports)

Someone else is leaving Houston, too, as the Rockets deal Jeremy Lin to the Lakers. (AP)

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt says there's no way Andrew Wiggins is going to be traded, throwing at least a little cold water on the Kevin Love-to-Cleveland speculation. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Cavs' No. 1 overall pick from 2013 -- the much-maligned Anthony Bennett -- is looking good in the Summer League. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Stan Van Gundy begins putting his imprint on the Pistons by signing Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin. (AP)

The Hornets bring in Brian Roberts to serve as Kemba Walker's backup. (AP)

The Bulls' No. 1 draft choice in 2011, Spanish forward Nikola Mirotic, is finally coming stateside. (CSN Chicago)

Las Vegas Summer League fans are finding out what we all already knew: Doug McDermott can flat-out score. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Starting in about 10 days, he'll be stuck in Foxboro for the foreseeable future. So Tom Brady takes advantage of the end of his vacation and attends the World Cup final with his wife Gisele Bundchen. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jimmy Smith becomes the fifth Raven to be arrested this offseason. (AP)

One of the four before him, Ray Rice, is still facing a suspension. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Somehow, there's something wrong about Eddie DeBartolo Jr. being the guy to score the last touchdown at Candlestick Park. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

In the end, the best team -- Germany -- won the World Cup. (soccerly.com)

German coach Joachim Loew had a message for Mario Goetze when he put him in the match in the 88th minute yesterday: "OK, show to the world that you're better than [Lionel] Messi, show that you can decide the World Cup." And you know what? He did! (Yahoo! Sports)

So who is Mario Goetze, anyway? Well, here's his fact file. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Messi still was given the Golden Ball as the best performer in the World Cup, but it's small consolation. (Yahoo! Sports)

Move over, Chris Wondolowski. Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain squandered a bigger scoring opportunity against Germany yesterday than you did in the U.S.'s loss to Belgium in the Round of 16. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tom and Gisele weren't the only celebrities watching Germany and Argentina yesterday. Also on hand was the unlikely trio of LeBron James, Shakira, and Vladimir Putin. (Yahoo! Sports)

Think of how you'd feel if the Yankees played the World Series at Fenway Park and lost. Now you understand how the Brazilians felt watching Argentina lose yesterday. (Yahoo! Sports)

Some media outlets call him Luiz Felipe Scolari, and some call him Luis Felipe Scolari. Whatever his name is, he's apparently out at Brazil's coach. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

David Beckham apparently didn't talk to Jurgen Klinsmann, because he thought the U.S. would advance farther in the World Cup. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

The third time is the charm for Lleyton Hewitt at Newport. (AP)