Wakeup Call: Talk about seventh heaven . . .

Wakeup Call: Talk about seventh heaven . . .
June 2, 2014, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, June 2.


Slump? What slump? Right, Jimmie Johnson? (AP)

More and more, drivers -- like Brad Keselowski -- are blaming their pit crews when they don't win. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

Nice to know there are potholes in more places than just my street. (AP)


Heads explode throughout Yankee Universe as Phil Hughes returns to town and pitches eight strong innings -- without allowing a single home run! -- and gets the victory as the Twins rally for six runs in the ninth and beat the Yanks, 7-2. (AP) 

Orioles Nation breathes a collective sigh of relief at word that Nelson Cruz' hand is bruised, not broken, after he was hit by a pitch yesterday. (CSN Baltimore)

The injury news on Matt Wieters, though, isn't as good. (CSN Baltimore)

Old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia is on the seven-day concussion DL. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Mark Buehrle, Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays pick up in June where they left off in May. (AP)

Everyone's due for a bad day once in a while, and Jeff Samardzija had a doozy. (AP)

Yu Darvish, though, had a good one in Washington: Eight shutout innings, 12 strikeouts. And the Nationals were impressed. (CSN Washington)

In the end, though, yesterday's Nats-Rangers game will be remembered for having two replay challenges on the same play. (Hardball Talk)

Mike Moustakas' stay in the minors didn't last long. (Hardball Talk)


EA Sports reaches a $40 million settlement with present and former college athletes suing over the use of their likenesses in video games. Next up: The O'Bannon suit against the NCAA over the same issue. (AP)

Florida's president looks a gift horse in the mouth. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The Gators may soon be playing a home-and-home series against Miami. (College Basketball Talk)


It's looking like the big five conferences plan to form their own little world if they don't get the concessions they want from the NCAA. (NBC's College Football Talk)


Hideki Matsuyama wins the Memorial on the first extra hole of a playoff against Kevin Na. (AP)

If you're looking for the PGA's next "mega-star," Matsuyama might be it. Just ask Jack Nicklaus. (Yahoo! Sports)

Lefty figures his 49th-place finish isn't all that bad, considering he had to deal with the FBI between the first and second rounds. (AP)

There was a playoff on the Champions Tour, too, and Tom Pernice Jr. takes it on the second extra hole. (AP)

After her victory in the ShopRite Classic, Stacy Lewis is once again the top-ranked player in the LPGA . . . and she's ready to stay there for a while. (AP)


The Chicago-Los Angeles Western Conference Final was one of greatest series of all time, and it ended the only way it should have: With an overtime instant classic. (Yahoo! Sports)

These Kings may not be as good as the 2012 version that won the Stanley Cup, but, man, are they resilient. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Or maybe they are as good: They never doubted they'd win the series because they felt they were better than the Blackhawks. (CSN Chicago)

Dustin Brown says this latest seven-game triumph -- L.A.'s third straight in these playoffs -- was the most emotional series he's ever been a part of. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Blackhawks agree: Coach Joel Quenneville says he's lost some tough games in his career "but nothing like" the Game 7 o.t. defeat. (CSN Chicago)

Welcome to the Finals, Kings. The Rangers say they're ready for you. (AP)

They may be facing them without Cam Talbot, at least for a little while. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Most of the Rangers are newcomers to the Finals, but not Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis: They won the Cup together with the Lightning 10 years ago. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Don't try and tell Richards that New York is the underdog in this series. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Peter Laviolette excites Predators fans with talk of more offense. (Pro Hockey Talk)


So it's another San Antonio-Miami matchup in the NBA Finals. And -- after last season's excruciating defeat -- Tim Duncan says the Spurs wanted another shot at the Heat. (Yahoo! Sports)

But will they have to play them without Tony Parker? (AP)

Maybe not, if Adrian Wojnarowski's sources are correct. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Thunder's loss to San Antonio is going to stick with Kevin Durant for a while. (AP)

Once Oklahoma City begins looking forward to next year, Reggie Jackson says he hopes the teams considers making him a starter. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And it might happen, since it appears Thabo Sefolosha will be moseying on down the road. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Now that his career is over, Derek Fisher's ready to discuss coaching opportunities. (Yahoo! Sports)

There won't be an opening in Indiana, Derek. (Yahoo! Sports)

But there are with the Lakers, where Fisher used to play, and the Knicks, who are run by his ex-coach. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If Fisher does take over the Knicks, he may have ex-L.A. teammate Lamar Odom playing for him. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Zen Master and the coach who spurned him, Steve Kerr, are getting into a little he-said-he-said. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pistons are still looking for a GM, and they're reportedly considering Scott Layden and Jeff Bower. (Pro Basketball Talk)


Ed Reed -- 36 years old, dumped by three teams in the last year, currently employed -- is the latest, but certainly not the last, athlete to refuse to acknowledge what's staring back at him in the mirror. (AP)

But I'm sure Ed is thinking that if the Cowboys are actually contemplating Brian Urlacher as a replacement for Sean Lee, there's hope for him yet. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Most NFL fans blanch at the idea of one team in London. But Falcons owner Arthur Blank thinks there'll be two. (Pro Football Talk)

Aaron Berry winds up in Cleveland. (Pro Football Talk)

For all the talk of potential owners promising to keep the Bills in Buffalo, there are also bidders who'd like to move them elsewhere. (Pro Football Talk)

John Elway's 24-year-old son is arrested in Denver on charges of assault and disturbing the peace. Police say the victim was a female. (AP)


The U.S. beats, and impresses, Turkey . . . but the Americans still have issues as the World Cup draws closer. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here are three things we learned about the U.S. team yesterday. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

The 2022 World Cup may not be going to Qatar, after all. (Pro Soccer Talk)


Roger Federer losing to Ernests Gulbis? Really? (AP)

John Isner's loss means there are no U.S. men left in the French Open. (AP)

That was quite the in-match turnaround for Maria Sharapova. (AP)