Wakeup Call: Sharks re-embrace Thornton, Marleau

Wakeup Call: Sharks re-embrace Thornton, Marleau
August 13, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, August 13:

AUTO RACING

Tony Stewart may still face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. (AP)

3M switches its sponsorship from Greg Biffle to Jeff Gordon. (AP)

BASEBALL

The ever-classy Buck Showalter wants the Orioles to give Derek Jeter a framed picture of the Jeffrey Maier home run -- which was hit in the 1996 ALCS against Baltimore, of course -- as a farewell gift. The best response to that is from old friend Craig Calcaterra: "I suppose that quip will make some Orioles fans happy. I suppose Jeter giving Showalter replicas of the five World Series rings he won since Showalter was fired as Yankees manager would make Jeter happy." (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Where can you find the best beer in baseball? Safeco Field. The worst? Yankee Stadium. And Fenway? It ranks 22nd among the 30 MLB teams in the Washington Post's "Best Beer In Baseball" study. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Tigers breathe a sigh of relief, as Justin Verlander's MRI shows, in the words of manager Brad Ausmus, "no surgical injury." He will, however, miss at least one start because of inflammation in his right shoulder. (AP)

Hurry back, Justin. The Tigers need you. (AP)

The Orioles announce Manny Machado has a sprained ligament in his right knee, and that the DL "is an option." (CSN Baltimore)

Who can slow down the Royals? Jon Lester, that's who. (AP)

Old friend Jed Lowrie's going to try and play through a hairline fracture of his right index finger. (CSN Bay Area)

The Astros' Chris Carter hit a pair of home runs last night . . . and the same fan caught them both. (CSN Houston)

George Springer suffers a setback in his recovery from that strained left quad and will be shut down for the next two weeks. (CSN Houston)

It took the Rochester Red Wings 18 days to complete a no-hitter against the Durham Bulls. What's more, the starting pitcher in the game -- Trevor May -- is currently in the major leagues with the Twins. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Now that's how you do an Ice Bucket Challenge. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Three-star recruit Ray Kasongo, denied admission to Oregon, has narrowed his choices for a new school to Indiana and LSU. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UCLA receiver Devin Lucien is taken off the field in an ambulance after hitting his head in practice. (AP)

BYU wide receiver Devon Blackmon is suspended for the season opener because he wore earrings. (College Football Talk)

Oklahoma files an eligibility appeal for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and is confident he'll be allowed to play this year because of a loophole in NCAA rules that it believes applies to his transfer from Missouri. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Frank Shannon continues to practice with the Sooners as he appeals his year-long suspension for a Title IX violation. (College Football Talk)

HOCKEY

Only the cynical would suspect that the Sharks' declaration that Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are "part of the solution" -- instead of the problem -- in San Jose is directly related to the two veterans refusing to waive their no-trade clauses. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

When contract talks between P.K. Subban and GM Marc Bergevin stalled, which could have left the Canadiens with a disgruntled superstar on a one-year contract, owner Geoff Molson stepped in and overruled his general manager, handing Subban his eight-year, $72 million contract. Makes you wonder about the relationship between Bergevin and Molson going forward, doesn't it? (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Now that Donald Sterling's gone, Doc Rivers reportedly will soon start talks on a contract extension with the Clippers. (Yahoo! Sports)

What's good for the goose is good for the gander: The NBA countersues the litigious Sterling for causing "devastating and incalculable harm” to the league. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

LeBron James is all right, I suppose, but Stephen Curry thinks he's the better offensive player. (Yahoo! Sports)

Greg Monroe tells the Pistons he'll accept their $5.5 million qualifying offer and then become a free agent next summer. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pacers believe Paul George will make a complete recovery from that gruesome leg injury. Just not this year. (AP)

The increasingly nasty Eric Bledsoe/Suns contract brouhaha is degenerating into a he said-he said exchange. (Pro Basketball Talk)

P.J. Tucker's guilty plea to "super extreme" driving while intoxicated earns him a three-game suspension from the NBA. (AP)

Getcha popcorn ready: The NBA schedule will be released today, and the Christmas Day schedule allegedly includes Heat-Cavs (of course) and Thunder-Spurs. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Robin Williams did many things during his brilliant career . . . including going onto the field at Mile High Stadium dressed as a Broncos cheerleader before a 1979 game against the Patriots in filming for an episode of Mork and Mindy. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Broncos lose linebacker Danny Trevathan for six to eight weeks after he fractures his left knee in practice. (AP)

Even the fans get involved when the Raiders and Cowboys brawl during a joint practice session. (CSN Bay Area)

That report of Orlando Scandrick being suspended for taking "Molly" -- the drug formerly known as Ecstasy -- isn't quite right, since Molly isn't a banned substance in the NFL. But the drug probably wasn’t pure and contained amphetamines, and amphetamines are a banned substance. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Texans bring in 10-year veteran Ronnie Brown to compete for a job in their offensive backfield, and he thinks he has "a lot" left in the tank. (CSN Houston)

Ex-Washington kicker Mark Moseley chimes in on Daniel Snyder's behalf -- with some spectacularly ill-chosen words -- in the Redskins name debate. (Pro Football Talk)

The Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch's back in his assault allegation. (AP)

Michael Vick knows what it is to be a national pariah, so he's urging Ray Rice to "make amends" and become "an advocate" for the prevention of domestic violence. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

Landon Donovan makes lemonade from the lemon of being cut from the World Cup team. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

The International Tennis Federation moves Davis Cup matches out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries. (AP)