Wakeup Call: Clippers do as Doc ordered

Wakeup Call: Clippers do as Doc ordered
May 12, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, May 12:

BASEBALL

Old friend Jonathan Papelbon declared himself unavailable for the Phillies' series-ending game yesterday against the Mets because of "general soreness," and the Phils paid the price as their undermanned bullpen blew a 4-1, ninth-inning lead en route to a 5-4, 11-inning loss. (CSN Philly)

The Yankees lose a third member of their starting rotation -- Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda are the others -- as CC Sabathia heads to the disabled list because of inflammation in his right knee. (AP)

Don't expect Pineda back anytime soon, by the way. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Someone want to tell the Dodgers that the season started five weeks ago? (Yahoo! Sports)

Aroldis Chapman makes a dramatic return. (AP)

It's a zero-sum game for the Orioles, who get Chris Davis back but lose Matt Wieters at the same time. (AP)

Mike Moustakas' days with the Royals -- or, to be more specific, his days in the major leagues -- appear to be numbered. (Hardball Talk)

They're tried Kyle Farnsworth; they've tried Dice-K. Now it appears the Mets may be turning to Jeurys Familia as their closer. (Hardball Talk)

MLB may be in some hot water over its actions in the A-Rod case. (AP)

Hard to believe the Braves and Phillies lost 10,000 games before the Cubs, but you have to remember the Cubs were good for a large part of the 20th century while the Braves, especially during their time in Boston, and Phillies were awful. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Jameis Winston's father wants to know why Florida State doesn't have a 24/7 babysitter, er, bodyguard around his son. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The answer: 1937. The question: When was the last time Texas had no players selected in the NFL draft? (College Football Talk)

Phillip Robert Nelson, the Minnesota quarterback who transferred to Rutgers four months ago, is in jail following an altercation that left a former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker in critical condition. (AP)

GOLF

Martin Kaymer defeats Jim Furyk by a stroke in The Players Championship. (AP)

Surprised to know that Adam Scott is married? Join the crowd. (AP)

Some European Tour players are upset that the Madeira Islands Open, won by Daniel Brooks in a playoff, wasn't halted after 52-year-old caddie Ian MacGregor collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the ninth hole during play on Sunday. But officials say they consulted with the golfers and other caddies before making the decision to continue. (AP)

HOCKEY

Martin St. Louis -- continuing to play despite the death of his mother three days ago -- scores the game's first goal with his entire family in the stands and sparks the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Penguins that ties their best-of-seven series at 3-3. (AP)

St. Louis says "my mom would want me to play this game. She'd be proud of me coming here and help as much as I can." (Yahoo! Sports)

Doesn't appear Mario Lemieux was too proud of the way Sidney Crosby seem to become unhinged as the game progressed, and had a chat with Sid The Kid afterwards. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

A lot of the Penguins are coming unhinged, and Marc Staal thinks that's good for the Rangers. (Pro Hockey Talk) 

The Blackhawks grind their way to a 2-1 win over the Wild and a 3-2 lead in their series. (CSN Chicago)

The Ducks rolled the dice with rookie goalie John Gibson in Game 4, and came away a winner. Now they're letting it ride on Gibson as they prepare for Game 5 against the Kings. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Sterling family is starting to fight back -- more on that in a moment -- but the Clippers don't let it distract them, as they rally from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit and defeat the Thunder, tying their series at 2-2. (AP)

Anatomy of a miracle: Here's how the Clips pulled it off. (Yahoo! Sports)

One of the main reasons they were able to stay focused is that Doc Rivers simply refuses to let them use the Sterling Circus as an excuse. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka says that shot to Blake Griffin's groin was an accident, but the NBA still plans to investigate. (Yahoo! Sports)

On the other front, Donald Sterling -- finally -- starts his Contrition Tour. (AP)

And Shelly Stirling doesn't agree with the NBA's ruling that she can't take control of the team from her husband . . . which means a lot of lawyers figure to get awfully rich. (AP) 

Meanwhile, LeBron James steps up and sends a loud-and-clear message: The NBA players don't want any of the Sterlings -- Donald, Shelly, you name it -- involved with the Clippers. (AP)

It's been an up-and-down season in Indiana, but now the Pacers are up again after a thrilling victory in Washington that gives them a 3-1 series lead. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Michael Sam landed in perhaps the perfect spot to try and carve out an NFL career: The Rams are in Missouri, where most fans rooted for him in college; there are three of his ex-Tiger teammates on the St. Louis roster; and coach Jeff Fisher has the endorsement of a gay player whom he coached twice. (AP)

And then the Dolphins' Don Jones slithers along and shows that the road to acceptance for Sam isn't always going to be smooth. (AP)

Jones is paying the price for his "OMG" and "horrible" Tweets about Sam -- he's been fined and suspended and will have to undergo "educational training" before he'll be allowed to return -- as the league sends an unmistakeable message to the rest of the players about what types of public comments will be tolerated. (Yahoo! Sports)

But Mike Florio wonders if it's right "to punish a player for views expressed on his own time via his own Twitter page while away from the workplace regarding someone who isn’t even on his team." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Jason Collins sends along his congratulations to Sam. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Back on the field, Fisher says Sam won't get preferential treatment and he'll be released if he doesn't play well enough to earn a spot. (Pro Football Talk)

Mike Zimmer sure sounds like he wants Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, doesn't he? (Pro Football Talk)

Johnny Football or no Johnny Football, Jerry Jones insists the Cowboys are a better team today than they were prior to the draft. (Pro Football Talk)

Instead Manziel is in Cleveland . . . and LeBron James seems happy about that. (Pro Football Talk)

A minor heart abnormality may be the reason Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard went undrafted. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The end of the draft means the book is finally closed on the Alex Smith-to-Kansas City deal, and the 49ers got quite the haul. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic has been pain-free for 10 days and is ready to return from the right wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Open a week ago. (AP)

Andre Agassi says Rafael Nadal, and not Roger Federer, is the greatest player ever . . . with all due respect to Roger. (AP)