Wakeup Call: Another Team USA injury

Wakeup Call: Another Team USA injury
August 15, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 15:

BASEBALL

In the end, Bud Selig got the man he wanted -- Rob Manfred -- to succeed him as commissioner . . . his last in a series of quiet triumphs during his time at the helm of MLB. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And Manfred absolutely was the right man for the job, says Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan; the attempt by a cabal of owners (including John Henry) to force Tom Werner into the big chair was, writes Passan, a case of "Billionaire Myopia". (Yahoo! Sports) 

They've now won 18 of their last 22 -- and, were it not for Jon Lester, it might have been 20 of 22 -- so is it time to take the Royals seriously? (AP)

The Tigers are doing their best to stay on Kansas City's heels . . . and Max Scherzer's best is pretty good. (AP)

Joe Nathan -- saying he needs to set a better example for his children -- apologizes for the semi-obscene gesture he made to booing Detroit fans the other day. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Matt Harvey is determined to pitch in the major leagues before the end of the season, and Terry Collins is doing his best to show Harvey -- in the words of Aaron Sorkin -- what a galactically stupid idea that is. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

But the Mets have their own galactically stupid ideas. (Hardball Talk)

Citi Field is the Nationals' kind of town. (CSN Washington)

Nice try, Jed, but you can't play with a fractured finger. (Hardball Talk)

Kyle Hendricks looks like a keeper for the Cubs, and they have old friend Ryan Dempster to thank: Dempster vetoed a trade to the Braves in 2012, prompting Chicago to send him to the Rangers -- for Hendricks -- instead. (CSN Chicago)

Since Ernesto Frieri didn't work out . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . the Pirates are turning to John Oxford for relief. (Hardball Talk)

Bad news for the Reds' playoff hopes: Homer Bailey's headed to the DL. (Hardball Talk)

This would be even worse news for the Rockies' playoff hopes -- Carlos Gonzalez joins Troy Tulowitzki on the out-for-the-season list -- but since they don't have playoff hopes, it's not that big a deal. (AP)

The rooftop owners are determined to get a chunk of the Wrigley Field renovation pie. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Larry Brown says he's "still close" with Emmanuel Mudiay, the five-star recruit who bailed out of a scholarship with SMU and instead will play professionally in China. But Brown still thinks "it was a bad decision" by Mudiay, on any number of levels. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Defending Big East champion Providence College begins defense of its crown -- sort of -- with a resounding 135-50 victory over Nelson Basket in Milan, Italy. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Chip Serafin figured that since so many had come out before him -- Jason Collins, Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon -- his announcement that he's gay wouldn't draw much attention. It did, which surprised him . . . but the Arizona State offensive lineman knows "there still needs to be role models" for young gay athletes and he's happy to be one. (AP)

Oregon's former point guard, Johnathon Loyd, is switching to football for his fifth and final year of collegiate eligibility . . . but it hasn't been a smooth transition. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Tennessee has its new quarterback. (AP)

Vince Young may have been a bust in the pros, but he was great in college and Texas hasn't forgotten: The school creates a $100,000-a-year community relations-and-fundraising job for him that wasn't posted to other applicants. (AP)

HOCKEY

Sad news: Al Arbour, who coached the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s, is suffering from dementia. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Red Wings extend GM Ken Holland's contract through 2018. So will coach Mike Babcock, whose deal expires at the end of 2014-15, be next? (AP)

The Predators' Mike Fisher is on target for a late November/early December return from his torn Achilles. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

For a second, it looked like another Team USA injury disaster when DeMarcus Cousins hurt his right knee after getting tangled with Anthony Davis during a scrimmage. But an MRI shows no structural damage and Cousins is listed as day to day. (AP)

The victim of the first injury disaster -- Paul George -- will be honored by his teammates when Team USA plays Brazil on Saturday: They'll wear uniform patches in his honor. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Remember E'Twaun Moore, who was a Celtic for a couple of minutes way back when? He's expected to sign with the Bulls. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And Chauncey Billups, whose stay with the Celtics wasn't much longer than Moore's? He may actually play for the Cavs. (Pro Basketball Talk)

This'll teach Stephen Curry to go without his ID: He was carded at a pizza place and, since he couldn't prove he was over 21, wasn't allowed to buy a beer. (CSN Bay Area)

Isaiah Thomas undergoes wrist surgery, but his new team, the Suns, assures us he'll be recovered by the beginning of training camp. (Pro Basketball Talk)

That was a nice story about the Raptors standing up for Drake, but the NBA says that's all it was, a story: The league insists it never said it would rescind Toronto's $25,000 tampering fine if the team fired the rapper. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Sneaker deals make strange bedfellows . . . like Derrick Rose and Kanye West. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Jason Collins may retire. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

A tale of rookie quarterbacks: Brian Hoyer is getting the nod over Johnny Football again as the Browns get ready for their second exhibition game . . . (AP)

. . . and part of the reason may be that Manziel and some other rookies were fined for being late to a meeting the other day. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles is making a strong case to be the Jaguars' starter. (Pro Football Talk)

The Redskins are appealing the ruling that stripped them of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise's attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur. (AP)

Bill Belichick would be oh so proud, Arian. (Pro Football Talk)

More and more, it looks like Jon Bon Jovi's group would indeed move the Bills to Toronto if it purchases the team. (AP)

Here's how you stop fights at practice. (Pro Football Talk)

John Abraham finally reports to the Cardinals after a three-week absence because of "personal stuff." (AP)

Andy Reed says Dwayne Bowe's mediocre camp is the result of a finger injury that he's attempting to play through. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

If you're in Hartford on Oct. 10, stop in to see the U.S. National Team's first home match since the World Cup: The Americans are hosting Ecuador at Rentschler Field. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic is upset by Tommy Robredo in the second round in Cincinnati. (AP)

And now vacation beckons! Sleep in for the next two weeks; you'll resume getting Wakeup Calls on Tuesday, September 2.