Wakeup Call: Vigneault has out-of-town fans

Wakeup Call: Vigneault has out-of-town fans
May 21, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, May 21:


Can't win 'em all, Masahiro. (AP)

The Phillies say they're relieved Cliff Lee has only a "mild" elbow strain. As they should be, since a) a healthy Cliff Lee is imperative to whatever chance they have of contending this year, and b) he's their biggest trade chip should they decide to go into rebuilding mode. (CSN Philly)

The Yankees are widely expected to make a run at Lee, what with their avalanche of pitching injuries. But they also may be interested in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, whom they'll get to see up close this week at Wrigley Field. (CSN Chicago)

In other medical news, Chris Sale looks about ready to rejoin the White Sox. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

President Obama will soon become the first sitting President to visit the Hall of Fame. (Hardball Talk)

Old friend Coco Crisp's neck injury, which had sidelined him for seven straight games last week, recurs, but not until he drives in a pair of runs and leads the A's to a 3-0 win over the reeling Rays. (CSN Bay Area)

Chris Davis finally flashes a little of that 2013 form with three home runs. (CSN Baltimore)

Old friend Brandon Lyon opts out of his minor-league deal with the Angels. (Hardball Talk)

But Jair Jurrjens signs one with the Reds. (Hardball Talk)

Former big-leaguer Jorge Cantu, now playing in Korea, gets himself in hot water by Tweeting some variation of the "All Koreans look alike" joke. Smart move, Jorge. (Hardball Talk)

Veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, who's played for seven big-league teams and is currently with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, allegedly bites off part of teammate Alex Guerrero's ear in a dugout fight during a game. (Hardball Talk)


Now it's the Memphis Grizzlies sniffing around Coach Cal. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Louisville's Akoy Agau fires the latest shot in the civil war against Kentucky: He says the Cardinals' fans "are more mature" than the Wildcats' fans. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)


Houston went 8-5 with a bowl appearance last season, earning coach Tony Levine a new five-year contract. (CSN Houston)

Two players, Chris Casher and Ronald Darby, meet with a Florida State discipline board over alleged violations of the school's Code of Conduct in the Jameis Winston incident of December 2012, in which the Heisman Trophy winner was accused of rape but not charged with a crime. (AP)


The LPGA's Safeway Classic will hereafter be known as the Portland Classic. (AP)


Even though the Rangers are only two wins away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 20 years, they're still preaching the "one shift at a time, one game at a time" mantra. (AP)

Alain Vigneault has more than the fans of New York cheering him on. Some of his ex-Canucks are rooting for him, too. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Speaking of Vancouver, the Ducks apparently may make another run at Ryan Kesler. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Blackhawks and Kings face off in Game 2 tonight and a rivalry is developing between the two teams . . . slowly. (CSN Chicago)

The KHL is wooing the Senators' Stephane Da Costa. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Slava Fetisov's groundbreaking career -- from Olympic medal-winner in the Soviet Union to Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings to assistant coach in the NHL to Minister of Sport in Russia -- is chronicled in a movie. (AP)


What's the latest on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, you ask? It's on hold until June 30 while he undergoes mental evaluation as an outpatient at a psychiatric hospital. (NBC's Olympic Talk)


Dr. J wasn't aware the Sixers had two lottery picks last night, so he looked stunned when their logo came up at No. 10; he thought that was going to be their only first-round selection. (CSN Philly)

So whaddya think? Now that Cavs have the No. 1 overall pick -- again -- can LeBron be convinced to return to Cleveland? (AP)

As of right now, the exhilarated Cavaliers, still lightheaded after moving from No. 9 to No. 1 in the draft, have no idea who they'll select. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade return to form and so do the Heat, who even the Eastern Conference Finals at 1-1 with a come-from-behind 87-83 victory over the Pacers. (AP)

And it was an inside job. (Yahoo! Sports)

It sounds like Paul George played the last seven minutes of the game with a concussion, which could be a reason why Miami was able to take control at the end. (Yahoo! Sports) 

The Timberwolves say "it's not our plan" to trade Kevin Love. So why do I think the plan will change? (Pro Basketball Talk)

The legal battles are about to get underway, but Adam Silver remains convinced the NBA did the right thing in trying to oust Donald Sterling. (AP)

Silver's NFL counterpart, Roger Goodell, agrees. (AP)

Approval for a new arena clears its final hurdle, meaning the Kings are definitely staying in Sacramento. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Steve Kerr chose the Warriors over the Knicks for many reasons, but the biggest one was simple: Golden State has a better chance to win. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And I had just gotten used to Bobcats . . . (AP)

But the good news is, the new Hornets get to claim the records of the old Hornets . . . which means the Pelicans' history, which had started with the first year of the Charlotte franchise in 1988, now begins in 2002, when the team moved to New Orleans. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Looks like Derrick Rose will begin his comeback from his latest knee injury with Team USA. (Pro Basketball Talk)


A lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 600 former NFL players -- including Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears -- accuses the league's teams of handing out powerful narcotics and controlled substances "like candy at Halloween" to help players mask pain, resulting in permanent health issues later in life. (AP)

The Vikings say the 2018 Super Bowl, which they were awarded yesterday. will be a "celebration of winter" in Minnesota. Not much else it could be, since they've torn down the Metrodome and the game will be played outdoors. (AP)

Ray Rice is entering a pre-trial intervention program that'll probably keep him out of jail on his domestic-assault charge, but that doesn't mean he still won't be punished by the NFL. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley will miss the team's OTAs because of a "medical issue" for which he "had a procedure". (Pro Football Talk)

One of the hosts of a morning TV talk show called "Ladies of Dallas" wasn't pleased that ESPN showed Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being chosen in the NFL Draft. saying she didn't like such public displays of affection. That led CNN's Anderson Cooper -- who, like Sam, is gay -- to show footage of the host, Amy Kushnir, sitting in the arms of, and kissing, two male strippers on her show. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Raiders say negotiations over a new stadium in Oakland have reached "the 11th hour" . . . whatever that means. (Pro Football Talk)

Hall of Fame coach Don Shula and many of Earl Morrall's former teammates on the Dolphins and Colts honor the late NFL quarterback at a memorial service in his honor. (AP)


Way to go, Revs! New England makes it to the top spot in Pro Soccer Talk's weekly MLS rankings. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

The Group of Death? Hah! Clint Dempsey scoffs at the Group of Death. (Yahoo! Sports)