Wakeup Call: Tavares can't wait to get going

Wakeup Call: Tavares can't wait to get going
August 8, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 8:

BASEBALL

Sources say it was the Cubs who put in the claim on Cole Hamels after the Phillies placed him on revocable waivers. (CSN Chicago)

More Cubs news: This Javier Baez thing is working out just fine. (AP)

He was joined by Adam Wainwright a few hours later, but the Brewers' Wily Piralta can always say he was MLB's first 14-game winner of 2014. (AP) 

So much for all that worrying about Bryce Harper. (AP)

Who's hotter than the Royals? (AP)

Maybe the Dodgers, who won three out of four in Anaheim. (AP)

Or the Yankees, who won three out of four from the Tigers. (AP)

Speaking of the Dodgers, they pick up a replacement for the injured Josh Beckett by acquiring the Pitcher Formerly Known As Fausto Carmona from the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

Beckett, in fact, is headed to the DL. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Antonio Bastardo wishes he was following Carmona, er, Roberto Hernandez out of town. (Hardball Talk)

To no one's surprise, Cliff Lee is done for the year. (Hardball Talk)

Old friend George Kottaras has more lives than a cat. (Hardball Talk)

Marlins left-hander Dan Jennings suffers a concussion when he's hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Pirates' Jordy Mercer. (Hardball Talk)

What's the world coming to when you can't turn on a bubble machine in the dugout to celebrate a home run? I mean, really. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The new Division I power structure shouldn't have much effect on college basketball. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The Falcons' Roddy White pays off -- with a pair of season tickets, a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl, sideline passes to a Falcons game and a pass to come visit training camp for a day -- on the Twitter bet he made with a 20-year-old fan that Mercer wouldn't upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Okay, The power conferences -- and Notre Dame -- got what they want. Let's see what happens next. (AP)

Maryland coach Randy Edsall thinks yesterday's moves mean they're one step closer to breaking off and playing an entirely different game from the rest of the college football and sports world. (NBC's College Football Talk)

If that's the case, you'll probably hear no complaints from Les Miles. (College Football Talk)

Old friend Charlie Weis knows that, after just four wins in his first two years at the helm, the heat may soon be on at Kansas. (AP)

GOLF

There are two ways to look at the first round of the PGA, but they both lead to the same conclusion: Rory McIlroy is on fire. (golfchannel.com)

So much for that Tiger-Phil pairing. (golfchannel.com)

The first-round line on Chris Wood: Five birdies, no bogeys, four pairs of pants. (Yahoo! Sports)

Johan Kok, a 34-year-old club pro from Temple Hills Country Club in Franklin, Tenn., makes his mark on the PGA Championships when he sinks a 100-foot eagle putt. (Yahoo! Sports)

HOCKEY

After missing the last 22 games of 2013-14 because of a torn ACL he suffered in the Olympics, the Islanders' John Tavares is chomping at the bit to get back out on the ice. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers sign ex-Canadien Ryan White. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant's withdrawal from the World Cup of Basketball leaves Team USA with a diminished roster and new worries. (Yahoo! Sports)

Durant's decision to drop out had nothing to do with his being injured -- he's fine -- but may have had something to do with his not wanting to risk injury heading into the 2014-15 season. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Even though there are still 15 players vying for 12 roster spots, there's a chance Team USA could bring in someone new to take Durant's place. (Yahoo! Sports)

It looks like the Cavs and Timberwolves pulled off the Kevin Love trade without a third team being involved. Even so, the Sixers should still try to convince Minnesota to send them Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young. (CSN Philly)

The NBA suspends the newest Maverick, Raymond Felton, for the first four games of next season after his guilty plea in a New York gun case. (AP)

The Heat are giving Reggie Williams one last shot. (Pro Basketball Talk)

President Obama sends congratulations to the Spurs' Becky Hammon on being named the NBA's first full-time female assistant coach. (Pro Basketball Talk)

This hiring doesn't have nearly as much buzz, but the Pistons bring Tim Hardaway on board as an assistant. (AP)

Just when you think he can't get any crazier . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

ESPN suspends Dan Le Batard for two days for putting up a billboard in Akron taunting LeBron James. (Yahoo! Sports)

Greg Oden is arrested on a battery charge after allegedly striking an ex-girlfriend in the face. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

The University of Minnesota -- which is where the Vikings will play their home games this year while their new stadium is being built -- doesn't want Washington to use the name "Redskins" when it comes to the UM campus to play the Vikes on Nov. 2. (AP)

In fact, the school wants the two teams to wear throwback uniforms that day so the Redskins' contemporary logo, deemed offensive by some in the Native American community, won't be on display. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Ray Rice is grateful for the loud ovation he received from Ravens fans in the team's exhibition opener. (CSN Baltimore)

Geno Smith didn't look 100 times better than last year in the Jets' loss to the Colts; in fact, he looked like the same old Geno. (Yahoo! Sports)

Even so, Geno, you didn't have as bad a night as Chris Rainey, who burns his bridges back to Indianapolis with an in-game Twitter rant. (Pro Football Talk)

Blaine Gabbert lays an egg in his 49ers' debut. (Yahoo! Sports)

The 'Niners are anticipating a six- to eight-game suspension for Aldon Smith. (CSN Bay Area)

Attention, all you DA Show listeners: Brandon Weeden's not a bum. (Pro Football Talk)

That Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl rematch last night was quite the flag fest. (AP)

SOCCER

Landon Donovan says he's looking forward to life after soccer. (Yahoo! Sports)

But the question nags: Did his World Cup omission prompt him to take an early retirement? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)