Wakeup Call: Rangers lose their heads, and the game

Wakeup Call: Rangers lose their heads, and the game
May 28, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, May 28:

AUTO RACING

Welcome back, Tony Stewart. (AP)

BASEBALL

Yet another example of why singers sing and ballplayers play ball, and never the twain shall meet. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Somebody get Jonathan Singleton off TwitterNow. (Hardball Talk)

Today's injury report is a long one, and it starts with Yu Darvish being scratched from last night's start because of a stiff neck. (AP)

Then we have the Indians placing both Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana on the disabled list. (AP)

Yordano Ventura doesn't have ligament damage in his elbow, but he'll still miss his next start . . . at least. (AP)

More bad news for the Royals: Top prospect Kyle Zimmer will be out six to eight weeks because of a strained lat. (Hardball Talk)

Mark Teixeira, meanwhile, is feeling pain in his surgically repaired wrist. (Hardball Talk)

Mark Buehrle becomes baseball's first nine-game winner, the Blue Jays win their eighth in a row, they're now 19-7 in the month of May . . . everything's coming up roses in Toronto. (AP)

Oh, and did we mention Edwin Encarnacion hits his 14th homer in May, tying a franchise record for most home runs in a month? (Hardball Talk)

Man, the Phillies aren't getting much back on their investment in Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. (Hardball Talk)

But there is some good news for the Phils: After 384 games and 1,466 at-bats, Ben Revere finally has a major-league home run. (CSN Philly)

Dave Hudgens, the fired Mets' hitting coach, doesn't have many good things to say about Keith Hernandez. (Hardball Talk)

Xavier Nady refuses to give up the ghost. (Hardball Talk)

The Brewers' Khris Davis says he recently received a death threat on Twitter. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Naadir Tharpe, the point guard from Worcester who's transferring out of Kansas, is being wooed by Providence and UMass. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Billy Donovan continues to chant his "never say never" mantra when asked if he'd leave Florida for the NBA. That way, he says, no one can accuse you of being a liar. (AP)

The heartbreak of Memphis' Darius Washington Jr. in the 2005 Conference USA championship game is remembered by Phish on their latest album. (College Basketball Talk)

Kansas State wipes the egg off its face and allows Leticia Romero to transfer, ending an embarrassing episode that brought national attention -- none of it good -- to the school. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Yeah, they lost to Georgia Southern last year. But the Florida Gators insist that's not the reason they won't be playing any more Football Championship Subdivision teams in the future. (AP)

Ohio State is losing a potential starter, as defensive end Jamal Marcus decides to transfer. (AP)

If you think Jacob Coker is a lock to be Alabama's starting quarterback next year, you haven't talked to Nick Saban. (AP)

It'll be at least 12 years before the College Football Playoff will expand beyond four teams. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Former Missouri wide receiver Dorian Green-Beckham may sit out the entire 2014 season and enter the NFL Draft in 2015. (College Football Talk)

HOCKEY

Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien thinks the Rangers failed "to walk the line between intensity and buffoonery" in their 7-4 loss to the Canadiens in Game 5, and are going to have to regroup if they want to end this thing in six. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

What kind of buffoonery? Well, John Moore's check on Dale Weise, for starters. And Derek Dorsett's headbutt of Mike Weaver, for another. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Yes, that was King Henrik getting pulled when the Rangers fell behind, 4-1, in the second period. But both he and coach Alain Vigneault insist it was performance-, and not injury-, related. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Duncan Keith doesn't mind that the Blackhawks trail the Kings 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, because "it wouldn’t be worth winning the Stanley Cup without going through adversity." (Pro Hockey Talk)

Bruce MacLellan had an interesting strategy when he went in to interview for the Caps' open G.M. position: Tell owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick everything the team was doing wrong. And -- miracle of miracles -- it worked! (CSN Washington)

The Blue Jackets reward coach Todd Richards with a two-year contract extension after the team made the playoffs this year for the second time in history. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finally break through, and that allows the Thunder to even the Western Conference Finals at 2-2. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And now it's yet another moment of truth for the Spurs. (Yahoo! Sports)

I'm sure Paul George feels better after unloading on the refereeing in the Pacers' Game 4 loss to the Heat. And all it cost him was $25,000. (AP)

For what it's worth, Paul, your coach agrees with you. I don't see him running to pay part of your fine, though. (AP)

Miami may be without two key pieces -- old friend Ray Allen, and Birdman -- in Game 5. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The latest interviewee in the Cavs' coaching search: Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin. (AP)

The Wizards are close to a contract extension with coach Randy Wittman. (CSN Washington)

The Lakers tap into their glorious past by interviewing Kurt Rambis for their coaching job. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Conventional wisdom is that 'Melo will stay with the Knicks, but not until he sees what's out there in free agency. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

A great headline in a Dallas newspaper -- Ugh-Lee -- sums up sentiment in Cowboys Nation after Sean Lee suffers a season-ending ACL tear in the team's first offseason practice. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Cowboys and Zach Martin could be in trouble over Lee's injury, because OTAs are supposed to be contact-free and the injury occurred when Martin was blocking Lee and wound up on top of him. (Pro Football Talk)

Bears wide receiver Domenik Hixon also tears his ACL during OTAs -- though his definitely was a non-contact injury -- and is also out for the year. (CSN Chicago)

Broncos safety Rahim Moore reveals he nearly lost his leg last year because of acute compartment syndrome, but says he's back to normal now. (Pro Football Talk)

Pressure continues to mount on the Redskins to change their name. (Pro Football Talk)

Ah, self-awareness: Mike Pouncey says he has no regrets about his participation in last year's Dolphins bullying scandal, claiming "it's all about 2014 for me." (AP)

Ben Roethlisberger was unhappy with the Steelers' draft at first, so, of course, he blames the media. (Pro Football Talk)

Since the Seahawks are paying Earl Thomas $40 million, they plan to get their money's worth: In addition to his free-safety duties, he may also return punts. (AP)

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith undergoes surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his right ankle but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. (AP)

Johnny Football's back from Vegas. (AP)

As expected, Andre Johnson's a no-show as the Texans open OTAs. (CSN Houston)

The Donald reiterates that he's still trying to buy the Bills. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

The U.S. needs Clint Dempsey -- as evidenced by a lackluster 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in a friendly that Dempsey sat out because of tightness in the groin -- so the Americans' fears are eased when he insists he's fine and will be ready when the World Cup starts. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

Rory McIlroy celebrated his breakup with Caroline Wozniacki by winning a tournament last weekend. Wozniacki, on the other hand, loses her first-round match in the French Open. (AP)

Another first-round loser at Roland Garros: Australian Open women's champ Li Na. (AP)

Andy Murray missed the French Open last year because of a bad back. He's back this time around, and makes a winning return. (AP)