Wakeup Call: From devastation to domination

Wakeup Call: From devastation to domination
June 16, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, June 16:

AUTO RACING

Jimmie Johnson can cross "Winning at Michigan" off his bucket list. (AP)

Michael Schumacher, the retired Formula One superstar who suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in December, is out of a coma and in a rehab center, where his manager says he will "continue his long phase of rehabilitation . . . away from the public eye." (nbcnews.com)

BASEBALL

The Jeff Samardzija Sweepstakes apparently have begun, and -- even though the Giants are thought to be the favorites -- the Red Sox are in the mix. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hey, Yasiel: Enough with the bat flips, okay? (Hardball Talk)

But Puig's choochery is nothing compared to the Mariners' Logan Morrison, who began slamming his bat against the dugout wall after popping out in a crucial situation . . . at which point the bat shattered and a piece of it richoched back and hit him above the eye, opening a five-stitch cut that forced him out of the game. (Hardball Talk)

Old friend Bronson Arroyo's got elbow issues, and he may miss a start for the first time in 19 years. (Hardball Talk)

The Rockies sweeping the Giants? In San Francisco? Well, that's why they play the games. (AP)

The Giants breath a sigh of relief, though, as Buster Posey passes the concussion test after taking a hard foul tip off the mask. (CSN Bay Area)

Matt Adams' father came to town for Father's Day weekend, and his son gave him three games to remember. (AP)

The Nationals will get Gio Gonzalez back on Wednesday. (Hardball Talk)

Wade LeBlanc's time with the Yankees didn't last long. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Steve Masiello makes his first public comments since actually earning his college degree at Kentucky and being reinstated as head coach at Manhattan. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Jamal Jones, who announced his intention to leave Texas A&M last month after assistant coach Glynn Cyprien was dismissed from the staff by head coach Billy Kennedy, starts to lose it on Twitter, saying, among other things, "if you dumb ppl knew wat was going on inside of the program you would've left too." But apparently Cyprien convinces him to shut up, and the incident seems to have blown over. (College Basketball Talk)  

Scottie Wilbekin, for one, thinks Billy Donovan will stay at Florida. (College Basketball Talk)

Jeremy Miller, who backed out of his commitment to Boston College when the Eagles fired Steve Donahue, is a hot item on the recruiting trail. (College Basketball Talk) 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Notre Dame wide receiver Will Mahone is arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism of a government entity in his hometown of Austintown, Ohio. Three of the charges are felonies. (CSN Chicago)

Also arrested last week: Nebraska cornerback Boaz Joseph and wide receiver Jariah Tolbert in unrelated incidents. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The college equivalent of free agency is graduated players with eligibility remaining spending their final year at another school. Today's "free agent" signing: Ex-Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps by Miami. (AP)

GOLF

Martin Keymer takes the trophy, but it was Zach Johnson who aced the U.S. Open. (AP)

And it was two-time heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton, finishing tied for second behind Kaymer, who authors the feel-good story of the tournament. (AP)

Poor Kaymer. He's the seventh player to go wire-to-wire in winning the Open, and all this guy can talk about is how much we miss Tiger Woods. (Yahoo! Sports)

This was the mother ship's last U.S. Open -- Fox's 12-year contract with the USGA starts next year -- and long-time NBC analyst Johnny Miller says there's "[no] way [Fox] can step in and do the job we were doing. It's impossible. There's just no way." (AP)

Now it's the women's turn at Pinehurst No. 2. (AP)

HOCKEY

Drew Doughty utters the 'd' word -- dynasty -- in discussing the Kings. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Bovada doesn't agree: The Blackhawks are their early favorite to win next year's Stanley Cup. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Jason Spezza doesn't just want out of Ottawa. He wants out of Canada. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The NHL's compliance buyout window -- allowing teams to terminate contracts signed before Sept. 15, 2012 and not have them count against the salary cap -- opens today. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL

Sometimes a devastating defeat will destroy a team, the way it did the 1986 Red Sox. Sometimes it will spur them to greater heights, the way it did the 2003 Red Sox. The Spurs emulate the '03, and not the '86, Sox in rebounding from their soul-crushing Game 6 loss in last year's Finals to rout the Heat in five games -- capped by last night's 104-87 victory -- for their fifth NBA championship since 1999. (Yahoo! Sports)

And a rout it was: The Spurs outscored Miami by 70 points in the five games, the largest Finals point differential in history. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Gregg Popovich tells his players he's "never been more proud of a team, nor have I ever gotten as much satisfaction from a season, in all the years I've been coaching. To see the fortitude you guys displayed in coming back from that horrific loss last year and getting yourself back in the position of doing what you did in the Finals . . . I just can't tell you how much it means." (Yahoo! Sports)

Kawhi Leonard says being named MVP of the NBA Finals "is just surreal to me." (AP)

Probably surreal to LeBron James and the Heat, too. (AP)

One of the reasons for Miami's defeat: Dwyane Wade, according to one advanced statistical metric, was the worst player on the court in the Finals. (Yahoo! Sports)

Now comes the question of the offseason: What will LeBron do? But a source close to James indicates that opting out of his contract might not happen, because "[where] is he going to go that is as good or better than Miami?" (Yahoo! Sports)

The question of the offseason for the Spurs: Will Tim Duncan call it quits? (Pro Basketball Talk)

After he heard the Clippers are fetching $2 billion -- once the NBA can disentangle itself from Donald Sterling's legal web, that is -- Mikhail Prokhorov began thinking about slapping a "For Sale" sign on the Nets. (Yahoo! Sports)

'Melo's probably out the door, but Amar'e Stoudemire's reportedly returning to the Knicks. (CSNNW.com)

PRO FOOTBALL

Rex Ryan doesn't believe "one guy up in New England’s got all the answers,” which is why he's optimistic Belichick castoffs -- or, if you prefer, draft busts -- Jermaine Cunningham and Ras-I Dowling will help the Jets. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Daniel Snyder continues to shut his eyes, stick his fingers in his ears and scream, "Blah, blah, blah, I'm not listening, I'm not listening," but the anti-Redskins-nickname pressure keeps building: The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the team until the name is changed. (AP)

At first, Vernon Davis claimed he was staying away from the 49ers' OTAs because "[everything] I do is in the best interest of building my brand." But now he admits, well, yeah, I just want more money. (Pro Football Talk)

Former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is out of jail after serving his sentence for intoxication manslaughter in the crash that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown. (AP)

And now he's headed to rehab. (Pro Football Talk)

R.I.P., Rodney Thomas. (AP)

SOCCER

As the U.S. gets ready for its World Cup opener tonight against Ghana, Clint Dempsey's prepared to weave his magic and get his team on the good side of the referees. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here. You have about nine hours to practice the new American anthem. (Yahoo! Sports)

These 20,000 fans might be singing it. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Or maybe not: Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan says his team is better than the Americans. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Cristiano Ronaldo is in pain because of his knee injury, but he'll play for Portugal against Germany today. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Some paparazzi took photos of the Croatian players swimming nude at their team pool in Brazil. So now the players are refusing to talk to the media. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Your weekend winners: Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open . . . (AP)

. . . Ana Ivanovic at the Aegon Classic . . . (AP)

. . . and Grigor Dimitrov at Queen's Club. And now it's onto Wimbledon for all three. (AP)