Wakeup Call: Don't get excited, Blackhawks

Wakeup Call: Don't get excited, Blackhawks
May 19, 2014, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, May 19:


For a part-time driver, Sam Hornish Jr. does okay. (AP)

Ed Carpenter gets the pole at the Indy 500 for the second year in a row. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)


The Tigers showed up at Logan Airport last night after completing their sweep of the Red Sox looking like . . . this. Call it coincidence or call it karma, but their plane broke down and they had to spend an extra night in Boston. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Tony La Russa's taking on quite the challenge in Arizona. (Yahoo! Sports)

First the Giants blocked the A's attempts to move to San Jose. Now they may steal their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. (Hardball Talk)

When Cody Asche made three errors the other night, an ex-Phillies third baseman -- none other than Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt -- reached out with a "Don't worry, I've done that too" consolation message. And Asche's been on fire, offensively and defensively, ever since. (CSN Philly)

Jose Abreu won't be hitting any more home runs for a while; ankle tendinitis lands him on the DL. (AP)

Where he joins Gio Gonzalez, who has left shoulder inflammation. (AP)

Old friend Marco Scutaro's been on the DL for a while, and now he trying what Giants manager Bruce Bochy describes as "a blood-spinning thing" to ease the pain in his lower back. (CSN Bay Area)

Albert Pujols continues his climb up baseball's all-time home-run ladder. (Hardball Talk)


Looks like Oregon State has found its replacement for Craig Robinson: Current Montana coach Wayne Tinkle. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Either Tom Izzo really wants to stay at Michigan State or he really doesn't want to coach the Pistons, because he apparently turned down the same five-year, $35 million offer that Detroit eventually gave Stan Van Gundy. (College Basketball Talk)

After losing it more than 30 years ago, former Alabama forward Charles "Boonie" Russell gets his 1974 SEC championship ring back from a woman who bought it for $50 at a pawn shop. (College Basketball Talk)

R.I.P., Don Meyer. (AP)


The family of Issac Kolstad, whom former Minnesota and Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson is accused of assaulting, says the former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker -- married and the father of a young daughter -- had to have part of his brain removed and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma. (NBC's College Football Talk)


Brendon Todd wins his first PGA Tour event. (AP)

And Lizette Salas wins her first LPGA Tour event. (AP)

And Miguel Angel Jiminez becomes the first 50-year-old ever to win a European Tour event. (AP)

No firsts for Kenny Perry, though, as he wins his third Champions Tour title in the last calendar year. (AP)


Don't get too excited, Blackhawks; if these Kings have proven anything over the first two rounds, it's that they know how to rebound from defeat. (CSN Chicago)

Why do I think this never happened when Bernie Geoffrion's Canadiens met Ted Lindsay's Red Wings in the playoffs? (CSN Chicago)

The Rangers attend Martin St. Louis' mother's funeral, and coach Alain Vigneault describes it as "a very emotional, very moving time." (AP)

Now it's back to hockey, and the Rangers say they expect to see a different Canadiens team tonight in Game 2. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Watch it, Chris Kreider. They'll be calling 911 on you before you know it. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Uh oh. (AP)

But Alex Ovechkin says -- via Twitter, of course -- that he's okay. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Relax, Red Wings Nation; Mike Babcock's not going anywhere. (Yahoo! Sports)

A disturbing pattern is emerging in Bruce Boudreau's coaching career: Outstanding regular seasons followed by crushing Game 7 defeats. (Pro Hockey Talk)

R.J. Umberger and the Blue Jackets agree that it's time to say goodbye. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Adam Oates is campaigning for the Canucks' coaching job. (CSN Washington)


It's been a strange, up-and-down year for the Pacers. But they look every bit like the championship contender they were touted to be as they defeat Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. (AP)

And if Roy Hibbert continues playing like this, the Heat's trouble. (Yahoo! Sports)

They're also in trouble if LeBron James continues to play like this. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The question for Game 2, as least for Miami: Will Mario Chalmers, ejected for a flagrant-1 on C.J. Watson, be eligible to play? (Yahoo! Sports)

They better hope so, because Indiana will have Evan Turner back. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Age battles youth when the Spurs and Thunder begin the Western Conference Finals tonight. (AP)

One of San Antonio's graybeards, Tony Parker, should be good to go in Game 1. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Knicks want to at least talk to Derek Fisher about their open coaching position, and they're willing to wait until Oklahoma City's season is finished. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Thunder coach Scott Brooks thinks Fisher-to-the-Knicks is a good idea. (Pro Basketball Talk)

With all this Kevin Love speculation stirring, people forget the Timberwolves are also in the middle of a coaching search. And it appears Sam Mitchell is emerging as the favorite. (Yahoo! Sports)

Secretary of State John Kerry throws a jab at Donald Sterling in his commencement speech at Yale. (AP)


Draft news: According to Peter King, it's moving out of New York -- reportedly to Chicago -- and it won't be held on Mother's Day weekend again. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Will Ndamukong Suh -- who skipped voluntary minicamp last month -- be on hand when the Lions start organized team activities? Coach Jim Caldwell doesn't sound like he's sure, but he's hopeful. (AP)

Talk about setting the bar high . . . (Pro Football Talk)

The Cardinals are optimistic Honey Badger will be ready for the season opener. (Pro Football Talk)

An eyewitness says Jets assistant coach Dennis Thurman, accused of battery in an incident with a woman at a New Jersey club, did nothing wrong. (Pro Football Talk)

Andrew McDonald, who was also bullied by Richie Incognito in Miami, is reaching out to help rookies as a member of the Panthers. (Pro Football Talk) 

J'Marcus Webb lands in Kansas City. (Pro Football Talk)

The 21-year-old brother of the Falcons' Roddy White is shot and killed in an altercation outside an Charleston, S.C., nightclub. (AP)


Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win the Italian Open. (AP)

Victoria Azarenka will miss the French Open because of a left foot injury. (AP)