Wakeup Call: A record-setting run

Wakeup Call: A record-setting run
June 9, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, June 9:


Dale Earnhardt Jr. prevails at Pocono, which -- coupled with his Daytona 500 victory -- gives him his first multi-win season since 2004. (AP)


Manny Machado channels his inner Bert Campaneris in response to what he thought was a brushback pitch from the A's Fernando Abad. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Yeah, yeah, I know: A lot you never heard of Bert Campaneris, or certainly have no idea why what happened yesterday in Baltimore has any connection to him. Well, watch this. Two thoughts: 1) Campy's aim was a lot better than Machado's, and 2) Manny should be thrilled Billy Martin's been dead for 25 years. (youtube.com)

The modern-day A's weren't happy -- at all -- with Machado's antics. (CSN Bay Area)

Kind of tough to get a no-decision when you strike out 15 over seven shutout innings, but King Felix can at least be comforted by the knowledge the Mariners actually won the game. Of course, beating the Rays is no big trick these days. (AP)

The Rangers' first-base jinx, having already claimed Prince Fielder earlier this year, strikes Mitch Moreland. (AP)

As Kendrys Morales arrives, Jason Kubel departs. And he's sad to leave Minnesota. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

That wrist is still bothering Mark Teixeira. (AP)

Nick Swisher should be back with the Indians later this week. (Hardball Talk)

Ditto Mat Latos with the Reds. (Hardball Talk)

Bad news for the Pirates: Phenom Gerrit Cole goes on the DL because of "shoulder fatigue." (Hardball Talk)

Turning down the Tigers' six-year, $144 million offer wasn't as risky as it might first have seemed, because Max Scherzer took out an insurance policy to cover potential lost earnings in case he gets hurt. (Hardball Talk)

The Bridgeport Bluefish and Pete Rose: Really, why has it taken so long for this to happen? (Hardball Talk)


Oscar De La Hoya is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (AP via nbcsports.com)


Roy Williams is going on the offensive against Rashad McCants' allegations that Williams knew of bogus courses McCants says he took to stay eligible at North Carolina. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Nebraska coach Tim Miles goes one-on-one with . . . Ndamukong Suh?? Thank God it was basketball and not football. (College Basketball Talk)

Duquesne guards Jeremiah Jones and Micah Mason are arrested after a Saturday night fight in Pittsburgh. (College Basketball Talk)

Former Oklahoma State forward Gary Gaskins, who left the program in February, is missing. (College Basketball Talk)


The Pete Carroll Era at USC finally comes to an end, as the Trojans are off NCAA probation at last. (NBC's College Football Talk)

But Carroll claims had he known the NCAA was going to come down so hard, he'd have stayed: "I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Pac-12 is going to start some of its games earlier -- as early as 11 a.m. Pacific time -- in order to avoid running up against prime-time programming in the East, but it may present other, unanticipated problems. (College Football Talk)

You may not think of the program at Rose-Hulman, but the Fightin' Engineers beat a Spanish All-Star team, 73-0. (College Football Talk)

Monte Harrison, who'd accepted a scholarship offer as a wide receiver for Nebraska, decides to play baseball with the Brewers instead. (CSN Chicago)

Louisville wide receiver James Quick and Kentucky defensive end Jason Hatcher, former high school teammates, were cited for possession of marijuana on May 26. (College Football Talk)


Inbee Park responds to losing the No. 1 women's ranking by firing a course-record 61 in the final round and winning her first LPGA tournament in more than 11 months. (AP)

Ben Crane's won five PGA titles? Where have been? (AP)

Now that's a playoff! (AP)

Jeff Sluman, Fred Funk, Jim Colbert, Jim Thorpe . . . I don't mean to be rude, but are they really legends of golf? (AP)

The Curtis Cup is back in the United States. (AP)

And now the countdown to the U.S. Open begins. (AP)


If you're thinking all these Kings comebacks -- from in-game deficits, from series deficits -- are reaching historic levels, you're right. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

That's twice now the Rangers have blown a two-goal lead and lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. (AP)

The Flames are talking to the Panthers about trading for the No. 1 overall pick. (Pro Hockey Talk)

New Penguins GM Jim Rutherford pumps Marc-Andre Fleury's tires. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The reason the Hurricanes haven't hired a new coach yet? The season hasn't yet ended for two of their candidates. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The NHL can claim success in reducing the number of concussions -- there were only 53 this year, compared to 76 in 2011-12, the last full season -- but the league admits it still hasn't found a way to prevent players from hiding head injuries in order to stay on the ice. (AP)


Some people think California Chrome's failure to win the Triple Crown is a good thing for horse racing. If you say so . . . (Yahoo! Sports)


Remember Rulon Gardner, who won a wrestling gold medal in 2000? He's working toward a berth on the 2016 team, which, if he succeeds, would make him the oldest Olympic wrestler ever at age 44. (NBC's Olympic Talk)


The LeBron James haters are forced to swallow their bile, as King James does it all in the Heat's Game 2 victory that ties the NBA Finals at 1-1. (Yahoo! Sports)

As are the Chris Bosh haters. (Yahoo! Sports)

After Gatorade gleefully joined the piling-on when cramps forced LeBron out of Game 1 -- for which it later apologized -- Powerade swipes back after Game 2. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Spurs are lamenting about lost opportunity . . . specifically, the four free throws they missed in a critical nine-second stretch of the fourth quarter. (AP)

The Heat, by the way, have now played 47 straight postseason games without consecutive losses, which is seven short of the record of 54, set the Celtics from 1962-66. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Old friend Al Jefferson was named third-team All-NBA, which is nice but not worthy of parades or anything. But his new employers in Charlotte were so thrilled they took out a full-page newspaper ad to congratulate him. (AP)

If you want to talk about acquiring the 11th overall pick from the Nuggets, Denver's more than willing to listen. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Jerry Stackhouse is looking to be an assistant coach with the Knicks, even though they haven't hired a head coach yet. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If it's Monday, there must be a new twist in the Sterlings-sell-the-Clippers saga. (Pro Basketball Talk)

But Adam Silver's confident the end is in sight. (AP)

Boy, will she be upset if the Rockets actually get rid of Chandler Parsons. (CSN Houston)

Grizzlies forward James Johnson is arrested on a charge of domestic assault. (AP)


Here's a glimpse into life in the NFL: The tab for a recent Eagles dinner paid for by the rookies comes to $17,747. Which, by my calculations, means the waiter/waitress got a cool $3,500 tip. (Yahoo! Sports)

Want to host the Super Bowl, do you? Well, just make sure your city meets the NFL's 153-page list of requests and demands, all of which come "at no cost to the NFL." (Yahoo! Sports)

Jim Irsay's DUI arrest may have a cost: Six- to eight-game suspension and a $1 million fine, according to Adam Schefter. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi had had their way, Josh Gordon would be somebody else's problem right now. (Pro Football Talk)

Michael Sam's early thoughts on being with the Rams: So far, so good. (AP)

The Dolphins and Miami-Dade County are closing in on a stadium renovation deal, but it's nothing close to what the 'Fins originally wanted. (Pro Football Talk)

The Bears? Best offense in the league? Sorry, Matt; I'll believe it when I see it. (Pro Football Talk)

Momentum is building for the NFL to reinstate a developmental league in the spring. (Pro Football Talk)


Good news: The U.S. is headed to Brazil with plenty of confidence. Now we'll see if that translates into World Cup victories. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

It might, because -- all of a sudden -- the Group of Death isn't looking so deadly. (Yahoo! Sports)

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Noyes wants to stay in the Champions League, understandably, but David Beckham's trying to lure him to his MLS franchise in Miami. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)


Rafael Nadal wasn't the only winner at the French Open yesterday. Taking the women's doubles crown are Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan. (AP)

And France's Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are the men's doubles champion. (AP)

With this year's French Open championship under her belt, Maria Sharapova sets her sights on Wimbledon. (AP)

Having parted ways with Ivan Lendl in March, Andy Murray surprises everyone with his choice of a new coach: Amelie Mauresmo, the 2006 women's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion. (AP)