Wakeup Call: Bulls want in on the Love action

Wakeup Call: Bulls want in on the Love action
July 23, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, July 23:

AUTO RACING

Tony Stewart says everybody "loves good juju," and what's better juju than winning your first race back after breaking a leg last August? (AP)

BASEBALL

Chase Headley, acquired by the Yankees from the Padres yesterday, arrives at Yankee Stadium about 30 minutes before game time. Five-and-a-half hours later, he's the hero. (AP)

Meanwhile, Derek Jeter continues his assault on the Yankee record book. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf will never forget the abuse Harry Carey heaped on Tony La Russa, then the Chisox manager, over the airwaves when Reinsdorf first bought the team. That's why Reinsdorf wishes Carey were alive today, so he could rub his nose in La Russa's Hall of Fame induction this week. He also wishes he could go back in time and not give Hawk Harrelson -- "a general manager that shouldn’t have been a general manager" -- the GM's job, since it was Hawk who fired La Russa. (CSN Chicago)

There was a walkoff in Milwaukee, too, thanks to Jonathan Lucroy. (AP)

Yes, that was Tim Lincecum who got the save in the Giants' 14-inning win over the Phillies. (CSN Bay Area)

Hey, Pap: If you want to get traded to a contender, you can't afford many more of these. (CSN Philly)

The Red Sox haven't picked up any ground during their recent hot streak because the Rays have been hotter . . . and they stayed hot last night. (AP)

The good news is, the A's aren't leaving Oakland. The bad news is, they're staying in that wretched dump of a stadium. (CSN Bay Area)

It's looking more and more like Rob Manfred, MLB's Chief Operating Officer, will replace Bud Selig as commissioner. (Hardball Talk)

A left hip flexor strain sends Troy Tulowitzki to the disabled list. (Hardball Talk)

Giants broadcaster and former big league pitcher Mike Krukow reveals that he has a non-fatal degenerative muscle disease that may eventually force him to use a walker or a scooter. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Emmanuel Mudiay, the five-star guard who backed out of a commitment to SMU, has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association, the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player. (Yahoo! Sports)

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell says he'd love to play "one possession of defense a game" for the school's football team. Sorry, Montrezl, but I doubt Rick Pitino would go for that. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Point guard Austin Chatman, the only returning starter from last year's NCAA tournament team at Creighton, has surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb, but should be recovered in time for the start of the season. (AP)

The College of Charleston may finally be deciding the fate of coach Doug Wojcik, who's being investigated for alleged verbal abuse of his players. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The 'Ol Ball Coach takes a little shot at Clemson's Dabo Sweeney, whose knowledge of the cosmos is lacking. (NBC's College Football Talk)

But when it come to trash talking, Spurrier's got nothing on Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. (College Football Talk)

During his anti-NCAA diatribe the other day, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said enforcement of the rules is so toothless that "cheating pays." Well, Nick Saban begs to differ. (College Football Talk)

Duke defensive back Hud Mellancamp, son of rocker John Mellancamp, is arrested for illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, his second arrest in two years. (College Football Talk)

Two years after the fact, Joe Paterno's son Jay -- along with another former assistant -- sues Penn State over how they were dismissed from the staff when Bill O'Brien was hired as head coach, saying they were unfairly linked to the Sandusky scandal and have been unable to find new jobs. (AP)

TCU suspends defensive end Devonte Fields pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!" (AP)

Georgia reserve defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor is arrested for the second time this offseason and charged with aggravated assault, a felony. (College Football Talk)

Shawn Afryl, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman who recently transferred from Illinois to Winona State, dies during an on-field workout with his new teammates. Cause of death is as yet unknown. (AP)

CYCLING

Now here's how you deal with a heckler. (Yahoo! Sports)

GOLF

So is Rory McIlroy the new Tiger Woods? (AP)

He's not the new Phil Mickelson, which is how Tiger described him . . . and Woods, who's coming to grips with the notion that he'll never dominate world golf again, knows it in his heart of hearts. (nbcsports.com)

McIlroy's British Open victory did feel like a milestone moment, didn't it? (golfchannel.com)

Speaking of Tiger and Lefty, they're still on the outside looking in as far as the Ryder Cup is concerned. (AP)

HOCKEY

The last team to blow a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- the 2010 Bruins -- won the Stanley Cup the next year. The Sharks' Logan Couture, still reeling from San Jose's "devastating" series loss to the Kings in which they, too, squandered a 3-0 lead, hopes history repeats itself. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Rangers sign Mats Zuccarello to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, which is $1 million less than his reported asking price. (Pro Hockey Talk)

There are stat geeks in hockey, too, and the Leafs just hired one of them as an assistant GM. And he's only 28. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The mothership will carry more than 100 regular-season games next season. Here's the schedule. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Kevin Love-to-Cleveland path seems clear, but the Bulls are trying to horn their way in and convince the Timberwolves to send Love their way. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Cavs are about to sign Andrew Wiggins. But -- with the Love trade becoming more and more likely -- how long will he stay a Cav? (AP)

Isaiah Austin, the Baylor center forced out of the NBA draft after being diagnosed with career-ending Marfan Syndrome, says he's been offered a job by the NBA as soon as he graduates college. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Will the Mavs void Rashard Lewis' free-agent contract now that a routine physical disclosed a knee problem that will require surgery? (Yahoo! Sports)

Sasha Vujacic, who's basically been out of the NBA since 2011, may resurface with the Zen Master in New York. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Now it's Kevin Durant hanging around with Justin Bieber. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Gail Goestenkors resigns as an assistant coach with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks out of loyalty to head coach Carol Ross, who was fired, but the day wasn't a total loss: She was one of six people named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame for her work as head coach at Duke. (AP)

Maya Moore comes within three points of the single-game WNBA scoring record, as she scores 48 in Minnesota's double-overtime win over Atlanta. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Maybe Andre Johnson's going to play for the Texans after all. (CSN Houston)

Michael Sam's response to Tony Dungy's assertion that he wouldn't have drafted Sam if he were a coach: "Thank God he wasn’t a St. Louis Rams coach." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Old friend Danny Woodhead gets a two-year contract extension from the Chargers. (AP)

Wait a minute, wait a minute: I thought they told us yesterday that Marcell Dareus was going to rehab? (Pro Football Talk)

Doug Morrone and EJ Manuel aren't exactly on the same page in Buffalo. (AP)

Think the Giants would have hired David Tyree as their director of player development if he hadn't made that miraculous helmet catch? (AP)

Coming off one of the worst years of his career, Eli Manning's a little nervous as camp opens. (Pro Football Talk)

And the pressure's on, Eli, because Antrel Rolle -- who was in the Super Bowl with the Cardinals in 2008 and won it with the Giants in 2011 -- says this year's Jints are "one of the most talented teams I have ever been on, if not the most talented." (Pro Football Talk)

Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders tells reporters he's about to get hit with a four-game suspension, but he won't say why. (AP)

R.I.P. Robert Newhouse, the ex-Cowboys running back who dies at 64 of heart disease. He'd also suffered a stroke in 2010. (AP)

SOCCER

David Beckham visits Manchester United, and the players must have set some sort of record for selfies. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Brazil is turning back to Carlos Dunga, who was its manager from 2006-10, to run the national team. (Pro Soccer Talk)