Wakeup Call: Can anyone stop the Spurs?

Wakeup Call: Can anyone stop the Spurs?
May 22, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, May 22:


The five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame's sixth induction class are announced. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)


No surprise here: Miguel Olivo is suspended indefinitely after biting off part of the ear of Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero in a dugout fight. (AP)

Can you believe that Olivo, in a spring-training interview, said that if he weren't a baseball player he'd be a boxer "like Mike Tyson, but without the ear thing"? I mean, can you believe it? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Guerrero, a Cuban defector who is hitting .376 with a 1.152 OPS for the Dodgers' farm team, could miss as much as five weeks recovering from surgery. (Hardball Talk)

So much for Joey Votto making a quick return from that leg injury: He's placed on the 15-day DL. (AP)

Prince Fielder's not going on the disabled list, but the herniated disc in his neck will keep him in Texas when the Rangers make their first visit of the year to his old stomping grounds in Detroit. (AP)

The already banged-up Giants lose Matt Cain to a hamstring strain. (CSN Bay Area)

At last, some good injury news: The Pirates are about to get Jason Grilli back. (Hardball Talk)

Ditto the White Sox and Chris Sale. (CSN Chicago)


He's been gone for a while, but Charlie Weis is still cashing checks from Notre Dame. (NBC's College Football Talk)


Rory McIlory gets cold feet and breaks off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki. (AP)

Jack Nicklaus still thinks Tiger Woods will break his record for most victories in major tournaments. (CSN Washington)


The Blackhawks had won Game 1 and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 2. And then the Kings demonstrate, once again, just how resilient they are . . . and how tough its going to be for anyone to beat them. (Yahoo! Sports)

And why's that? Well, they just "don't like to lose." So there. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

'Disaster' is a good word for it, Joel. (CSN Chicago)

The Canadiens are sticking with Dustin Tokarski in goal as they face a must-win situation tonight in Game 3 against the Rangers, (Pro Hockey Talk)

They're also sticking with Thomas Vanek . . . though he was demoted to the fourth line in practice yesterday. (Pro Hockey Talk)

They say Ryan Miller wants to play on the West Coast, but two potential landing spots -- Anaheim and San Jose -- close their doors on him. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Shoulder surgery's all the rage in Pittsburgh: Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta are both going under the knife. (Both stories Pro Hockey Talk)


Can anyone stop the Spurs? (Yahoo! Sports)

Not the Thunder, it doesn't appear. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Especially if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren't on the same page. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And especially since Serge Ibaka confirms he won't be able to come back in this series. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Thankfully for the Pacers, Game 3 in their series against the Heat isn't until Saturday. That might give Paul George enough time to recover from his concussion . . . because Indiana would be in trouble without him. (Yahoo! Sports)

Stand proud, Lance Stephenson. You're the first player to be fined for flopping in this postseason, the first-ever repeat offender for playoff flopping fines, and the first player ever to receive three flopping fines. (Yahoo! Sports)

Remember when Cavs GM David Griffins was yucking it up with Dr. J on TV after Cleveland got the No. 1 pick in the draft? His phone was going off while he was still on the air, as he received calls and texts from teams wanting to trade for the selection. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Sixers, owners of the third and tenth picks, probably got some texts and calls, too. They'll listen, but . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

If the Cavaliers keep the pick, it appears they'll take Andrew Wiggins. (Pro Basketball Talk)

With the Grizzlies' front office in turmoil, the Timberwolves have been given permission to talk to Memphis coach Dave Joergher, a Minnesota native, about their vacant head coaching position. (AP)

In other coaching news, it looks like one of Doc's assistants, Alvin Gentry, is a hot item. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Have no idea why Mike Dunleavy -- who hasn’t coached in four years, hasn’t had a winning record in eight years, and who has a career losing record in 16 season -- would be considered a hot item, but the Lakers and Knicks reportedly are interested. (Pro Basketball Talk)


Adrian Peterson gets a good laugh out of LeSean McCoy's claim that he, and not AP, is the best running back in the NFL. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And President Obama has lots of laughs with the Seahawks during their visit to the White House. (CSN Baltimore)

Robert Mathis basically tells his agent -- who's been blasting the NFL for Mathis' PED suspension -- to shut up, as he admits his mistake and apologizes for it. (Pro Football Talk)

When it comes to pain-killing drugs, John Madden says it's not just players who get them before a game. (Pro Football Talk)

Bad apple in the clubhouse? Pshaw! DeSean Jackson says the other Eagles loved him. (Pro Football Talk)

The Browns aren't joking around in their attempts to tamp down the Johnny Football frenzy. GM Ray Farmer says that, right now, Brian Hoyer is better than Manziel "by a substantial margin". (Pro Football Talk)

The 49ers' Aldon Smith pleads no contest to three felony counts of illegal possession of assault weapons and two misdemeanor DUI counts and could face jail time, though -- judging by the facts that he's been participating in the team's offseason workouts and his contract option was picked up by the club last week -- probation seems a more likely option. (CSN Bay Area)


Uruguay may be without star striker Luis Suarez for the World Cup. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

The Brazilian players' union sues FIFA to change the starting times of some World Cup matches due to the heat and humidity in Brazil, but the organization is standing firm. (Pro Soccer Talk)

"We're not going to a party," warns Mexican coach Miguel Herrera, who is prohibiting his players from drinking alcohol or having sex during the World Cup. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Why didn't someone give the New England media pointers like this on dealing with Bill Belichick? (Pro Soccer Talk)