Wakeup Call: Cavs hope to show LeBron some Love

Wakeup Call: Cavs hope to show LeBron some Love
July 10, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, July 10:

BASEBALL

If the Phillies decide to trade old friend Jonathan Papelbon to a contender, he's more than ready to go. (CSN Philly)

Pitchers' injuries have become the scourge of baseball, and the Yankees -- who've already lost CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova this year -- now get hit with the biggest blow of all: Mashiro Tanaka heads to the DL with a bum elbow. (Yahoo! Sports)

But don't give up hope, Yanks, or anyone else in their division. A foot fracture will sideline Adam Lind for six to eight weeks, so the A.L. East is still there for the taking. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

A thumb cramp -- thumb cramp?? -- cuts short Jason Hammel's first start with the A's. (CSN Bay Area)

Here's what's known as not being on the same page: While the A's and the Oakland City Council work out details of a 10-year lease to keep the team in The Stadium Formerly Known As The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum -- I've given up trying to keep track of what they're calling it these days -- the Raiders are making their own plans: To blow the place up and build a new stadium on the same site. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Missouri Valley Conference's "Arch Madness" is staying in St. Louis. (AP)

CYCLING

Defending champ Chris Froome drops out of this year's Tour de France due to injuries and crashes. (AP via nbcsports.com)

GOLF

The Scottish Open has had star-studded fields in recent years and defending champ Phil Mickelson thinks he knows why: It's a great tuneup for the British Open. (AP)

The women's British Open is being held this week, and Michelle Wie's looking for her second major championship. (AP)

HOCKEY

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are Blackhawks For Life . . . or at least for the next eight years. (CSN Chicago)

Will these contracts hamstring the 'Hawks financially? (CSN Chicago)

The Devils say they're going from "one great goalie to another" as they sign Cory Schneider to a seven-year, $42 million deal and ask him to replace Martin Brodeur. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

The decision is imminent . . . (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And if that decision takes LeBron back to Cleveland, the Cavs plan to make a big push to get Kevin Love. (Yahoo! Sports)

One of 'Melo's friends says Anthony "wants to get it done in New York," so it looks like he's headed back to the Knicks. Maybe. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Kobe Bryant's sorry to hear that. (AP via CSN Bay Area)

Bryant also sends word to the L.A. front office: He wants Byron Scott to coach the Lakers. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Chandler Parsons agrees to an offer sheet with the Mavericks . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

. . . but even the loss of Parsons, if it happens, won't be enough to allow Houston to offer a max contract to Chris Bosh. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Rockets are trying to move Jeremy Lin to create more cap space, but those Lin-to-the-Sixers rumors may not pan out. (CSN Philly)

Mike Miller is reportedly close to signing with the Nuggets. (rotoworld.com)

Doc Rivers adds former Hawks and Knicks coach Mike Woodson to his Clippers' staff, and is also looking to bring one of his ex-Celtics assistants, Lawrence Frank, and one of his ex-Celtics players, Sam Cassell, on board. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Gregg Popovich signs a multiyear contract extension with the Spurs. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

This Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree feud has the potential to hit Hatfield-McCoy territory. (Yahoo! Sports)

In other Sherman news, he thinks the Seahawks can be even better this year than they were last season . . . and they were, ah, pretty good last season. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Andre Johnson finally verbalizes what everyone suspects: He doesn't know if he'll ever return to the Texans. (Pro Football Talk)

The Redskins' Tanard Jackson is suspended indefinitely for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. (Pro Football Talk)

But this one, he claims, is "totally different" than any of his three previous suspensions and he plans to appeal. (Pro Football Talk)

The Lions aren't too good at walking the walk but, man, can they talk the talk. (Pro Football Talk)

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett thinks the NFL's treatment of players regarding concussions was "inhumane." (Pro Football Talk)

Now it's Charles Barkley, of all people, warning Johnny Football to watch himself. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

Neymar's agent rips into the "arrogant, repulsive, ridiculous" Luis Felipe Scolari for Brazil's embarrassing semifinal loss. No word from Neymar . . . yet. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Lionel Messi's stinker of a performance in Argentina's win over The Netherlands may be explained, at least partially, by the fact that his friend Jorge Lopez, an Argentine journalist, was killed in a car crash hours before the match. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Holland's coach, Louis Van Gaal, was unable to put in backup goalie Tim Krul for starter Jasper Cillessen in the shootout -- as he'd done successfully against Costa Rica on Saturday -- because he had to use his last substitution to replace an exhausted striker in extra time. (Yahoo! Sports)

Next up for The Netherlands is the consolation game against Brazil . . . and Van Gaal, like most everyone, wants no part of the meaningless exhibition. Difference is, he's expressing his displeasure to FIFA in no uncertain terms. (Yahoo! Sports)

Well, it wasn't like they weren't warned: FIFA does indeed suspend the Nigeria Football Federation. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

The winner's purse for the U.S. Open is at a record $3 million, for both men and women. (AP)