Wakeup Call: Devils shrug off 0-13 shootout record

Wakeup Call: Devils shrug off 0-13 shootout record
August 1, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 1:

AUTO RACING

Be careful if someone offers you memorabilia from Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Dale Earnhardt Jr.: It's probably stolen. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

Okay, A's. Now that you've added Jon Lester to a starting staff that includes Jeff Zamardjiza and Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, the pressure's on. (CSN Bay Area)

Even Billy Beane admit that Oakland has an All-Star rotation. (CSN Bay Area)

After he'd both acquired his own ace -- David Price -- at the trade deadline, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski texted a little good-natured smack to Mr. Moneyball. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

So who won and who lost yesterday? Take a look here. (Hardball Talk)

Or here. And yes, the Red Sox are on both lists. (Yahoo! Sports)

Nothing's worse than getting shut out at the deadline and then having one of your key players get injured. But that's what happened to the Royals, as they lose Eric Hosmer. (Hardball Talk)

And to the Phillies, who may be without Cliff Lee for the rest of the season. (CSN Philly)

Maybe even to the Angels, whose Tyler Skaggs had to leave last night's game in Baltimore after 4 2/3 no-hit innings because of left forearm tightness. (Hardball Talk)

There is some good injury news for the Halos: They figure to get C.J. Wilson back this weekend. (Hardball Talk)

They're not too happy in Phillies Nation that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. wasn't able to unload any of the team's aging and highly paid stars, but he says, hey, don't blame me: Other teams wouldn't offer me what these guys are worth. (CSN Philly)

Andy Marte is still playing?? (Hardball Talk)

Clayton Kershaw goes the distance in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Braves. (AP)

Maybe instead of these pictures, that Tampa Bay news station could have contrasted the full houses at Comerica Park to the empty mausoleum known as The Trop. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

His timing is off -- most guys announce their intentions to leave school immediately after the season ends -- but Marquette guard Todd Mayo, the younger brother of O.J. Mayo, says he's leaving the program to turn pro. To turn pro with who is another question. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

If the pundits are right, Florida State will repeat as national champion. (AP)

Joseph Grosso, a starting linebacker at Penn who was attempting to earn a roster spot at Miami as a fifth-year walkon, dies in a scuba-diving accident in Pompano Beach, Florida. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

Tiger Woods shows some positive signs in the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. (golfchannel.com)

Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from the PGA "to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced." No word as to what those challenges are. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY

Lou Lamoriello shakes off the Devils' 0-13 record in shootouts last year as just one of those things. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) 

Flyers goalie Steve Mason breaks his finger while playing hockey -- of all things -- but should be good to go by training camp. (CSN Philly)

#hartnelldown is becoming all the rage in Columbus. (Pro Hockey Talk)

If you think Ottawa's had a tough offseason, think again: Sens assistant GM Pierre Dorion is confident they're a playoff team. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant says he "ain't need the stress" of all this talk of him going home to Washington when he becomes a free agent in 2016, so he's deleting Twitter from his phone. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Another sign that this isn't Red Auerbach's NBA anymore: The league is putting its Twitter handle -- @NBA -- on all its basketballs. (AP)

Problem between Derrick Rose and the Bulls? What problem between Derrick Rose and the Bulls?? (CSN Chicago)

Having hired one of their ex-players, Byron Scott, as head coach, the Lakers are now reaching out to hire another, Robert Horry, as an assistant. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Hey, Magic. Mike D'Antoni's gone. Lighten up, will ya? (Yahoo! Sports)

Mocking someone's selfie may cost Shaq a little money. (AP)

Chris Bosh says he nearly left Miami, too. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Longtime NBA referee Violet Palmer, the first woman official in the NBA, comes out as gay as she announces she'll marry her long-time partner, though she says she's never tried to keep her sexual orientation secret. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

In his first public statements since arrest for domestic violence, Ray Rice speaks for 17 minutes about what he calls "the biggest mistake of my life." (AP)

Marshawn Lynch ends his holdout . . . (AP)

. . . probably because the Seahawks bumped up his salary a bit. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Johnny Football's hitting the books at Browns training camp. (AP)

Days after he claimed he probably wouldn't get the team, Donald Trump advances to the next round in his attempt to purchase the Bills. (AP) 

Even though he's still battling cancer, Jim Kelly plans to be in Canton for Andre Reed's Hall of Fame induction this weekend. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers agree to table contract talks until after the season. (CSN Bay Area)

SOCCER

A Rhode Island man claims he owns the CR7 trademark and is suing Christiano Ronaldo, who wants to launch his "CR7" underwear brand in America. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Li Na, a former Australian Open and French Open champion, is withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a knee injury she says has bothered her for several months. (AP)

How she finds the time to train -- since she's a full-time player on the WTA tour -- I don't know. But Caroline Wozniacki plans to run the New York City Marathon this fall. (AP)