Wakeup Call: Lasorda hopes V. Stiviano 'gets hit by a car'

Wakeup Call: Lasorda hopes V. Stiviano 'gets hit by a car'
May 8, 2014, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, May 8:

AUTO RACING

Kyle Busch is nailed again for speeding, and his "disrespectful attitude" is duly noted by the ticketing officer. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

Derek Jeter, in his last regular-season visit to Anaheim, thanks the Angels for the 12-foot-long pinstriped paddleboard they gave him -- adorned with his No. 2 and the Yankee logo -- by hitting his first home run in 161 at-bats and leading the Yanks to a 9-2 victory. (AP)

In best John Sterling "IT IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS . . . caught!" tradition, Yasiel Puig does a nice bat-flip on a fly ball that doesn't even reach the warning track. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Jeff Samardzija threw 126 pitches against the White Sox the other night, and has two words -- buzz off -- to people who think that was too many. And that especially applies to Theo and the Cubs' front office. (CSN Chicago)

Looks like Ryan Braun will be good to go when he's eligible to come off the DL next Tuesday. (AP)

Not Aroldis Chapman, though, if you judge by his first two rehab appearances. (Hardball Talk)

Good news for the Orioles: Matt Wieters doesn't need elbow surgery. (Hardball Talk) 

Hat tip to the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League. Trailing 17-1 after five innings against the Burlington Bees, they rallied for a 20-17, 12-inning victory. (AP via nbcsports.com)

Here's something you don't see every day. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Preseason "challenges" are all the rage, so the SEC and Big 12 get in on the fun. (AP)

And this one has two sensational matchups. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA wouldn't be a bad Final Four. We'll get to see a potential preview when they participate in the CBS Sports Classic, which will be held in December in each of the next three years. (AP)

Must be nice to have enough money in your program to pay your assistant coaches $1 million annually. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Most people think it's ridiculous the Braves are abandoning 20-year-old Turner Field for a newer stadium in the 'burbs. So Georgia State would like to make lemonade out of these lemons: The Panthers, who currently play their home games in the Georgia Dome, would like to convert The Ted into a 30,000-seat football stadium. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Garrett Gilbert might have stayed at Texas if the fans had been nicer to him. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

There was a chance Adam Scott could have sat out this weekend's Players Championship and still moved into the world's top ranking. But he's playing, in an attempt to get to No. 1 honestly. (AP)

The Match Play Championships, if they're held at all, won't be held in the spring anymore. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Penguins complete their sweep of the two games at Madison Square Garden with a 4-2 victory, and now hold a 3-1 series lead over the Rangers. (AP)

Rangers Nation has apparently decided that Rick Nash is to blame, and is treating him accordingly. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Alain Vigneault finds it necessary to remind those folks that "we're trying our guts off here," even though it "may not look it." (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Martin St. Louis trade didn't surprise a lot of people when it went down in March . . . except in the Tampa Bay locker room. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Matt Cooke's suspension is over and he's ready to rejoin the Wild in their playoff series against the Blackhawks. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers continue their tradition of hiring ex-players to be their GM, as they elevate Ron Hextall to the post. (AP)

The Blues' disappointing first-round playoff exit didn't cost Ken Hitchcock his job; he got a contract extension. But two members of his staff aren't so lucky. (AP)

The Sharks' Logan Couture hasn't gotten over blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Kings, and doesn't think he ever will. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Thomas Steen, who played 14 years for the old Winnipeg Jets and whose son Alex was the Blues' leading scorer this year, is facing assault charges in Winnipeg, where he's now a city councilor. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

The mother ship will be your home for the Olympics through 2032. (NBC's Olympic Talk)

Oscar Pistorius' big mouth may have undone all the good work done by his lawyers yesterday. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

Tommy Lasorda says he's been Donald Sterling's friend for 30 years and he's not surprised by the comments he heard on the tape. But he saved his real vitriol for V. Stiviano: "[I] don't wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit by a car." (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Now Shelly Sterling says she's entitled to own the Clippers, even though Adam Silver says she -- or any other members of her family -- isn't. So we could have legal war breaking out on another front. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA may actually have some more ammunition in its fight against Sterling . . . Donald, that is. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Silver gets some love from an unlikely source: Richard Sherman says he doesn't think the NFL would have banned Sterling in a similar circumstance. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Michael Jordan admits he was "a racist . . . against all white people" when he was in elementary school. The difference between MJ and Sterling: Jordan grew up. (Pro Basketball Talk)

All even: The Thunder beats the Clippers to tie their series at 1-1 . . . (AP)

. . . and the Pacers beat the Wizards to knot their series, too, thanks to a big game from the heretofore invisible Roy Hibbert. (AP)

Nothing like a day of fishing to get you ready for the game, eh, Roy? (Yahoo! Sports)

Little embarrassing when the Chesapeake Energy Arena loses power. (Yahoo! Sports)

Think of it this way, Pacers: Andrew Bynum actually played two games for you after you acquired him in February. That's two more than he played for the Sixers all last season. (AP) 

For all the success the Spurs have had over the years, precious little credit has gone to general manager RC Buford. But that's not true anymore. (AP)

Mark Jackson tells Dan Patrick that if the Warriors hadn't fired him, he might've quit anyway. (Pro Basketball Talk)

One of the reasons: Golden State's management, in his view, has unrealistic expectations. (CSN Bay Area)

Golden State may give the Zen Master some competition for Steve Kerr. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

If you want the No. 1 overall pick from the Texans, you'd better be prepared to make an RGIII-type offer. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Jadeveon Clowney thinks Houston will hold onto the choice, and will use it to select him. (Pro Football Talk)

You're tired of it, Jadeveon? Think of how the rest of us feel. (AP)

Johnny Football's agent denies that his client doesn't want to play in Jacksonville. (Pro Football Talk)

Turns out the Rams' "interest" in Manziel was a smokescreen to get other teams interested in trading for their No. 1 pick, and Sam Bradford knew about it all along. (Pro Football Talk)

Teddy Bridgewater's stock may be falling, but he may still be a first-round pick since the Browns apparently plan to take him at No. 26 if he's still on the board. (Pro Football Talk)

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is begging the Eagles to draft him. (CSN Philly)

The Seahawks clearly think Richard Sherman's the best corner in the game, because they're sure paying him as if he is. (AP)

Jimmy Graham and the NFLPA finally file that long-anticipated grievance over his franchise-tag designation. (AP)

Roger Goodell takes advantage of the Bills' ownership uncertainties to beat the drum for a new stadium in Buffalo. (AP)

Don't look for the Giants on Hard Knocks(Pro Football Talk)

Colin Kaepernick is happy that details of the incident in Miami are finally coming to light -- police have released tapes of 911 calls of a man saying a naked woman identifying herself as "Jesus" was in a bed in a hotel room and wouldn't leave -- and says that he'll be fully exonerated once all the details are known. (CSN Bay Area)

Jim Irsay should be out of rehab in time to make Indianapolis' pitch for the 2018 Super Bowl. (AP)

Michael Sam will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Four people are killed in a fire at the St. Petersburg, Fla., house owned by former tennis star James Blake. (nbcnews.com)