Wakeup Call: Habs' coach takes another swipe at Bruins

Wakeup Call: Habs' coach takes another swipe at Bruins
May 23, 2014, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, May 23.

AUTO RACING

Will winning the pole at Charlotte be the spark that turns around Jimmie Johnson's disappointing season? (AP)

Johnson is one of a number of drivers who haven't won a race this season, but they're not panicking . . . yet. (AP)

BASEBALL

Prince Fielder was one of the most durable players in baseball . . . until he got to Texas. Now? See you next year. (AP)

What is it about the Rangers and injuries? (Yahoo! Sports)

And what is it about Ryan Braun and injuries? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Orioles probably aren't heartbroken about this injury: Closer Tommy Hunter and his 6.06 ERA are headed to the DL. (Hardball Talk)

But they will be if this one is serious: Manny Machado hurts his groin and has to leave the O's 13-inning loss to the Indians. (CSN Baltimore)

Fatherhood first: Chris Davis may miss two games to be with his wife when she gives birth to their first child. (CSN Baltimore)

Just one question, Dodgers: What took you so long? (AP)

The Royals finally throw up their hands and send Mike Moustakas back to the minors. (AP)

Chris Sale knew he wasn't to go nine innings, not in his first start back from the disabled list, so he was actually happy when the Yankees broke up his perfect-game bid with two outs in the sixth. He was even happier when it was over, as he picked up the victory in the White Sox' 3-2 triumph. (CSN Chicago)

Welcome back, Alex Cobb. (AP)

When it comes to the long-planned and long-awaited -- and much-needed -- renovations of Wrigley Field, Cubs players will believe it when they see it. (CSN Chicago)

Norman Rockwell's famous painting "The Rookie" -- which features the Red Sox -- sells for a cool $20 million. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Billy Donovan says, yeah, he's been contacted by a couple of NBA teams. But he insists he's "very happy" at Florida. (AP)

He's probably even happier now that former South Florida center John Egbunu has transferred to the Gators. (AP)

South Florida's consolation: It landed Jaleel Cousins, the younger brother of the NBA's DeMarcus Cousins.  Hope he's wound a little tighter than Big Bro. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid leave Kansas, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk -- one of the top players in Ukraine -- arrives to bolster what was already a Top 10 recruiting class. (AP)

Former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo is suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault in 2012. (College Basketball Talk)

C. Vivian Stringer -- remember her? -- signs a four-year contract extension with Rutgers. (AP)

Pat Summitt is having knee-replacement surgery. (AP)

Kansas State, convinced there was outside tampering in her decision to leave, continues to deny talented guard Leticia Romero's request to transfer. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

It certainly took long enough, but the late Derrick Thomas has finally made it to the College Football Hall of Fame. (AP)

The top five conferences keep beating the drum for more autonomy from the NCAA. (AP)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thinks his team is getting the short end of the stick in the school's decision to join the ACC. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Yet more proof that breaking up is hard to do: The AAC and Boise State are heading to mediation over Boise State's accepting, and then backing out of, a chance to join the old Big East. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

In an effort to be ready for the U.S. Open, Sergio Garcia withdraws from the BMW PGA Championship, after shooting an opening-round 73, because of an injured left knee. (AP)

No matter; he was already 11 strokes behind Thomas Bjorn. (AP)

Rory McIlroy, still dealing with the fallout of his breakup with Caroline Wozniacki, shoots a 68. (AP)

Notah Begay will return to the broadcast booth next week, one month after suffering a heart attack. (AP)

HOCKEY

For a guy who's all about respect, Michel Therrien sure isn't showing much to the Bruins. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Taking a swipe at the B's, beating the Rangers in overtime to narrow your deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals to 2-1 . . . big day for you, eh, Michel? (AP)

Except you may have lost Brandon Prust for a while. (Yahoo! Sports)

And the Rangers may have lost Daniel Carcillo. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Alain Vigneault thinks the Rangers wouldn't have lost Carcillo except the refs didn't call a penalty on the play for which Prust could get suspended. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Blackhawks attempt to regroup after their horrific Game 2 meltdown against the Kings. (AP)

One piece of good news: It looks like Andrew Shaw, sidelined since the beginning of the second round, will return for Game 3. (CSN Chicago)

After splitting this year between St. Louis and Washington, Jaroslav Halak finds a home -- at least for the next four years -- on the island. (AP)

Tim Thomas and the U.S. team are eliminated from the World Hockey Championships. (Pro Hockey Talk)

For all the panic about Alex Ovechkin's knee injury, he was back on the ice yesterday for Russia's 3-0 win over France. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL

Mark Cuban says we're all prejudiced in one way or another, but he felt bad enough about some of the words he used to apologize to the family of Trayvon Martin. (AP)

Dan Wetzel says Cuban's admission of his own faults is the kind of honesty that can spark real progress. (Yahoo! Sports)

Remember 2012. That's the Thunder's mantra after two desultory performances in San Antonio. (AP)

Paul George is feeling better, but he was limited to non-contact drills yesterday after suffering a concussion in the Pacers' Game 2 loss to the Heat. (AP)

The Nets' Deron Williams will have surgery on not one, but both ankles. (AP)

The Zen Master would like to have either Brian Shaw or Derek Fisher coaching the Knicks. But he may not be able to get either one. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If Denver's team president is to be believed, he definitely won't be able to get Shaw. (Pro Basketball Talk)

After interviewing Mike Dunleavy for their vacant coaching position, the Lakers continue their pursuit of retreads by talking to Byron Scott. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Hey, L.A.; why not speak to Alvin Gentry? The Cavaliers are. (AP)

The Grizzlies' generosity in letting the Timberwolves speak to their coach, Dave Joerger, only goes so far: They want a second-round draft choice to let him go to Minnesota. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Warriors may be lowering their asking price on David Lee. (Pro Basketball Talk)

People are putting in an awful lot of effort to find out whether or not interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons played JV basketball at the University of Hawaii in 1964-65. (AP)

After sitting out his entire rookie season as he recuperated from a serious knee injury, the Sixers' Nerlens Noel will apparently return to the court in the Orlando Summer League. (CSN Philly)

Andrew Wiggins to Cleveland? Maybe not. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Um . . . what? (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Lots of people think Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in football . . . but not Patrick Peterson. Ball's in your court, Richard. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If two Friends of Belichick, John Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin, come to the defense of Rex Ryan, can we assume that Bill is also in Rex's corner? (Yahoo! Sports)

Michael Vick says he's not in competition with Geno Smith for the No. 1 quarterback spot on the Jets. He says Smith's the starter and he's the backup, and he'll just try to get himself ready to play whenever he's called upon. (AP)

Smith -- or Vick -- won't be able to hand off to Chris Johnson in OTAs. (Pro Football Talk)

Cowboys to Kyle: Please come back! (Pro Football Talk)

No one's going to have to convince Drew Brees to come back. In fact, it sounds like they'll have to tear the uniform off him. (Pro Football Talk)

Marc Trestman gets some high praise. (Pro Football Talk)

The man who gave that high praise, Brandon Marshall, can be forgiven for the hyperbole, since he thinks being on the Bears saved his career. (AP)

Brian Cushing is "pretty damn confident" he'll be back on the field in 2014. (CSN Houston)

Son of a Gun: Ed Hochuli's son is one of 12 new officials signed by the NFL. (AP)

New Broncos safety T.J. Ward is being sought by Denver police over an assault in a nightclub. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

We all know Landon Donovan didn't make it. But here's an analysis of all Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster choices for the U.S. World Cup team. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Donovan takes the high road in discussing his omission. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

More on the Wozniacki-McIlroy breakup: Caroline's getting her revenge by turning on Rory's favorite soccer team. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Novak Djokovic achieves what no politician has managed since the bloody Balkan wars in the 1990s: He's gotten the former wartime enemies to pull together, in an effort to support the flood victims. (AP)