Wakeup Call: A bunch of good old boys

Wakeup Call: A bunch of good old boys
May 5, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, May 5:


Denny Hamlin finally wins a race that counts. (AP)

Triggering a 14-car pileup with aggressive driving when you have no chance to win . . . that's not playing well with others, Brad Keselowski. (AP)

Don't click on this. Really. Don't. (Yahoo! Sports)


I doubt Peyton and Eli Manning -- who were there to watch Derek Jeter in his final season -- booed him, but just about everybody else at Yankee Stadium let CC Sabathia have it when he allowed 10 hits and 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Yanks lost to the Rays, 5-1. (AP)

Wonder if the Mannings liked with they saw while watching The Captain. Because a lot of scouts don't; they feel age and injury have not only caught up with Jeter, but have tackled him for a loss. (Yahoo! Sports)

Attention, Yankee Universe: Phil Hughes won again. That's three straight victories for Hughes, if you're keeping track. (AP)

And if you're keeping track of that, take note of this: The Braves have now lost six in a row. (AP)

Yasiel Puig's head-first collision with first the ball and then the wall on the Marlins' game-winning hit yesterday may keep him out of the lineup for a bit. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Ryne Sandberg not only got to watch his Phillies beat the Nationals yesterday, he got in a little run, besides. (CSN Philly)

Prince Fielder lives! (AP)

The Rays pull the plug on the Heath Bell experiment. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

In something of a surprise, the Giants place Matt Cain -- who was seemingly well on the road to recovery from that cut finger -- on the disabled list. (CSN Bay Area)

Jair Jurrjens says he's healthy again and looking for a job. Since he's only 28, odds are someone will give him a chance. (Hardball Talk)

Thanks to the Jumbotron, I've seen plenty of proposals in the stands. (I even saw one in person once, a few rows down from me in 1997; wonder if the couple is still married?) But never have I seen one on the field. (Hardball Talk)


The Big East is ready to announce a scheduling agreement with the Big Ten. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)


Guess Jameis Winston has paid his debt to society, at least by Florida State's standards. (AP)

Nick Saban's decision to bring in Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator didn't sit well at first with Alabama AD Bill Battle, but Kiffin's grown on him. (NBC's College Football Talk)


J.B. Holmes has been through a lot these last few years -- brain surgery, broken foot, bum elbow -- so it probably makes yesterday's win in the Wells Fargo that much sweeter. (AP)

Over on the LPGA side, Stacy Lewis posts her ninth tournament victory. (AP)

May as well just change the name from the Insperity Invitational to the Bernard Langer Open. (AP)


The city has a long history of hockey-sparked violence -- remember the riots of 2008 to celebrate the top-seeded Canadiens' Game 7 escape against the eighth-seeded B's? -- so les gendarmes are preparing for more hooliganism in Montreal now that the Bruins are in town for Games 3 and 4. (AP)

Yeah, they blew a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes to go in Game 2. Nonetheless, the Habs are looking at the glass as half-full and claim to be delighted to be heading home with the series tied at 1-1. (AP)

In that spirit, we must assume the Rangers are equally delighted with their 3-0 loss last night in Pittsburgh since, hey, they're going home tied at 1-1, too. (AP)

They may be too tired to be delighted, since tonight's Game 3 will be the sixth time they've played in the last nine days. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Sidney Crosby may not have any goals so far in the postseason, but coach Dan Bylsma couldn't praise Crosby enough for his overall performance in Game 2. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals wasn't very Wild . . . and that's just the way the Blackhawks like it. (CSN Chicago)

Minnesota says its sticking with Ilya Bryzgalov in goal as the series heads home. (Pro Hockey Talk)


Old? Hah! These Nets are experienced. Their Game 7 win over the Raptors was living proof. (Yahoo! Sports)

Another team that continues to defy Father Time: The Spurs . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

. . . who sure took the suspense out of this Game 7 pretty quickly. (AP)

With traffic to the Air Canada Centre at a standstill because of the Toronto Marathon, Raptors coach Dwane Casey took the subway to work. (AP)

He may be a free agent, but Kyle Lowry sounds like he wants to stay in Toronto. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And old friend Jermaine O'Neal sounds like he's about ready to call it a career. (CSN Bay Area)

Zack Randolph still can't believe the NBA suspended him for the seventh game of the Grizzlies-Thunder series, just because he punched Steven Adams in the head in Game 6. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Take a look at Doc' Rivers brief but passionate postgame speech to the Clippers after their Game 7 victory over the Warriors on Saturday. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Apparently, Donald Sterling's racism goes in all directions: Now it's being reported he almost scuttled the J.J. Redick-to-L.A. deal last summer because he didn't want to pay all that money to a white guy. (Pro Basketball Talk)


His team may not have won the Super Bowl in a while, but Rotoworld still ranks Robert Kraft as the best owner in the National Football League. (rotoworld via Yahoo! Sports)

The Packers and Mike McCarthy are working on a contract extension. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If Michael Sam helps whatever team drafts him, then he'll be accepted just fine by his new teammates. At least that's what several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame think. (AP)

Wow, did the 49ers get this wrong. (Pro Football Talk)

To Bears GM Phil Emery, Tom Brady is the exception that proves the rule: Drafting quarterbacks in the late rounds to develop into starters down the line doesn't usually work. (Pro Football Talk)

The Bills may have a buyer not named Donald Trump or Jeremy Jacobs . . . (Pro Football Talk)

. . . and the state of New York is working to make sure the new buyer, whoever it ends up being, keeps the team in Buffalo. (Pro Football Talk)


Elena Baltacha, a former Top 50 player who was diagnosed with a chronic liver condition at age 19 that eventually developed into liver cancer, dies at age 30. (AP)

Novak Djokovic pulls out of the Madrid Open because of the same right-arm injury that limited his performance at the Monte Carlo Masters last month. (AP)