Wakeup Call: James' legacy cramps up in the heat

Wakeup Call: James' legacy cramps up in the heat
June 6, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, June 6:

AUTO RACING

Joey Logano thinks NASCAR is safer than the NFL. Since you weigh 140 pounds, Joey, yeah, I'd say that's true. (AP)

BASEBALL

Laugh all you want at some of the Yankees' signings, now and over the years, but you can't say they're not getting their money's worth out of Masahiro Tanaka. (AP)

Believe in the Blue Jays yet? (AP)

So, uh, what's up with Justin Verlander? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Rays hold a moment of silence prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins for Don Zimmer, the legendary baseball icon who died Wednesday in his 66th season in the game. Zimmer's son Tom, a scout for the Giants, says his father's health had deteriorated greatly in the last few years and the family is "grateful the suffering has ended". (AP) 

Many people are relating their memories of Zim these days. Among them: Ryne Sandberg. (CSN Philly)

Donnie Baseball doesn't mince any words about his Dodgers. (Hardball Talk)

The Nationals hope Bryce Harper will be back by July 1. (CSN Washington)

Now that the draft has finally arrived, expect Kendrys Morales to sign with someone in the next few days. (Hardball Talk)

And in the draft, the Astros take a high school pitcher with the top overall pick. Hope he works out better than the other two high school pitchers (David Clyde and Brien Taylor) who were selected first. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The woman who accused three Oregon players of sexually assaulting her writes a letter to the school newspaper in which she says she's "angry with the culture that appears to exist in our athletic department that prioritizes winning over safety of our students," and is incredulous that one of her alleged attackers -- Brandon Austin -- was recruited by the school after being accused of a sexual assault at Providence College. (AP)

An All-Conference USA point guard, UAB's Chad Frazier, is arrested on a charge of third-degree domestic violence. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Guess Coach Cal really is staying at Kentucky . . . for now. (AP)

Sophomore guard Aubree Butts and junior guard Devin Oliver, members of the women's team at Texas A&M-Commerce, are killed in a car crash in Paris, Tex. Two other team members, junior forward La'Tisha Hearne and sophomore guard Zenobia Winbush, are treated and released for injuries suffered in the accident. (AP) 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The NCAA grandly declares that any players who receive money in the $40 million settlement agreed to by EA Sports for use of their likenesses in video games -- a separate suit on the same charge is pending against the NCAA itself, by the way -- won't be penalized for accepting outside payments. Man, talk about a tin ear for public relations . . . (AP)

The Big Ten championship game will remain in Indianapolis through 2021. (AP)

BYU, which left Mountain West to become an independent four years ago, is now batting its eyes at the Big 12. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The Northwestern case continues to reverberate: The Ohio legislature passes a law saying college athletes are not public employees. (AP)

GOLF

It appears Lefty's put his problems with the FBI in the rear-view mirror. (AP)

HOCKEY

A look at the film of Game 1 was all Alain Vigneault needed to confirm his opinion that the Kings are "one of the best teams I've seen in a long time." Careful, Alain; that's not showing respect to the Canadiens, and Michel Therrien's going to be mad at you. (AP)

The Rangers rally around Dan Girardi after his giveaway led to L.A.'s game-winning, overtime goal in Game 1. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Ryan Callahan -- wonder how he feels, watching his old team in the Finals? -- is talking with the Lightning about a contract extension. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Speaking of the Lightning, Ben Bishop says he'll be 100 percent recovered from wrist surgery by training camp. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Islanders acquire Dan Boyle from the Sharks, and will now try to sign him before he becomes a free agent on July 1. (CSN Bay Area)

Penguins assistant Jacques Martin may interview for the Hurricanes' coaching job. (Pro Hockey Talk)

And Ron Wilson -- ex-coach of the Ducks, Caps and Maple Leafs -- may be on the Panthers' radar. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The GM of the Baltimore Arena isn't surprised that the Capitals won't be playing any more exhibition games there, as he admits his staff's preparation for the games was "embarrassing." (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

How many other all-time greats had to miss the end of a close NBA Finals game because of cramps? That's the charge that's now being leveled at LeBron James after he's forced from Game 1 with four minutes to go -- unable to walk after his leg cramped up in the 90-degree heat of the un-air-conditioned AT&T Arena in San Antonio -- and the Spurs pull away to a comfortable 15-point victory. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here's why it was so hot in there. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The sporting world reacts -- via Twitter, of course -- to King James' abdication. Some are sympathetic; some call him LeCramp. And some, like Magic Johnson, take the opportunity to launch a "Why, in my day . . . " rant. (Yahoo! Sports)

An angry and frustrated James vows he'll be good to go in Game 2. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Shane Battier makes it official: He's calling it quits to join ESPN after the Finals are over. (AP)

Looks like Doc's giving Delonte West another chance. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Flip Saunders taking over as Timberwolves' coach probably won't be enough to keep Kevin Love on board. But Ricky Rubio's happy. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Mark Jackson played both collegiate and professional ball in New York, and he knows: Coaching there is "a different animal." Not that he's going to get the chance, since he and the Zen Master are totally different people, but . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

So, in the end, Donald Sterling agrees to leave without a fight. Let's see if he changes his mind tomorrow. (AP)

Michael Carter-Williams has heard the somewhat baffling talk, but he's confident the Sixers won't trade him. (CSN Philly)

Thunder coach Scott Brooks gets an actual vote of confidence from GM Sam Presti. (AP)

The ring's the thing for Shawn Marion. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Boy, Kobe Bryant's just a prince of a teammate, isn't he? (Pro Basketball Talk)

That's not stopping Andrew Bynum from wanting to go back to L.A., though. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Jazz apparently have decided Jim Boylen's not the guy to be their new coach. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Warriors, meanwhile, are looking to Israel to help fill out Steve Kerr's staff. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

We don't know where next year's NFL Draft will be, but if it's in New York, it won't be at Radio City Music Hall. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

From the courts: Colts owner Jim Irsay loses his license for a year after his DUI charge . . . (AP)

. . . and John Elway's son Jack pleads not guilty to assault. (AP)

Pete Carroll throws another log on the fire of his feud with Jim Harbaugh. (Pro Football Talk)

Enjoy it why you can, Pete; Jim may not be in San Francisco much longer. (Pro Football Talk)

One of the potential buyers of the Bills thinks a domed stadium is what the team needs to stay in Buffalo, and he claims the politicos are on board with his idea. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Maria Sharapova earns her third consecutive berth in the French Open finals. (AP)

In the meantime, Rafael Nadal makes it to the semifinals for the ninth time . . . (AP)

. . . and Andy Murray gets there for the second time. (AP)