Wakeup Call: LeBron's new Cavs life starts against Knicks

Wakeup Call: LeBron's new Cavs life starts against Knicks
August 14, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 14:

AUTO RACING

Kevin Ward Jr.'s father makes his first public statements since the death of his son, and he's not very forgiving to Tony Stewart. (AP)

BASEBALL

For the longest time it looked like the same old same old -- San Francisco trailed, 1-0, in the seventh -- but then the worm turned and old friend Jake Peavy is off the schneid at last, picking up his first victory since April 25 in the Giants' 7-1 win over the White Sox. (CSN Bay Area)

He had a little help, though, from Rule 7.13, and Robin Ventura isn't happy about it. At all. (CSN Chicago)

Mr. Pine Tar pitches well -- five innings, two hits, one run -- in his return to the Yankees, but it doesn't matter as the New York bullpen coughs up a late lead in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles that drops the Yanks eight games back in the A.L. East and 3 1/2 games out in the wild-card race. (AP)

Brian McCann will be ready to go when he becomes eligible to be activated off the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Jason Vargas shuts out the A's in a delightful 2 hours and 6 minutes, keeping the Royals in first place in the A.L. Central. (AP)

At least the Tigers don't lose any ground in their battle with Kansas City, as they snap their four-game losing streak with a victory over the Pirates. (AP)

Looks like Joe Nathan's just about had it with Detroit fans unhappy with his work. (Yahoo! Sports)

Javier Baez hits his first home at Wrigley Field. (CSN Chicago)

Our friend David Kaplan from CSN Chicago accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Theo Epstein -- of all people -- does the honors. (CSN Chicago)

See you next spring, Tulo. (AP)

See you in a couple of weeks, Manny . . . hopefully. (CSN Baltimore)

See you in your next start, Hyun-Jin . . . maybe. (AP)

The Rangers' incredible string of injuries -- they've used the disabled list 24 times this year -- hits the top of the roster, as Yu Darvish is sidelined because of right elbow inflammation. (AP)

Terry Collins should be back as Mets manager in 2015. (Hardball Talk)

Byron Buxton, one of the top prospects in minor-league baseball, is taken off the field in an ambulance after being knocked unconscious for 30 minutes in an outfield collision last night during his first game for the Twins' Double-A team in New Britain. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Caris LeVert, one of the nation's most improved players as a sophomore last year and a key to Michigan's success next season, is back playing again after surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. (AP)

Doug Wojcik may have a wrongful-termination case against the College of Charleston. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Coach K accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge from his grandkids. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin tells a Phoenix-based magazine that he's gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. (AP)

Meet the new Notre Dame quarterback, same as the old Notre Dame quarterback. (AP)

Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst expresses support for coach Bo Pelini. (AP)

Georgia fullback Merritt Hall is forced to retire because of concussion issues. (NBC's College Football Talk)

In today's edition of "What I meant to say was . . . " we have West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

The hobbling Tiger Woods succumbs to the inevitable and withdraws his name from Ryder Cup consideration. (AP)

That opens the door for others, making this weekend's Wyndham Championships pretty important. (AP)

You'll need a new PGA Tour calendar for 2015, because a lot of dates are changing. (AP)

Cristie Kerr is "definitely sad" this is the last LPGA Championship that will be held in the greater Rochester area, which has been a staunch supporter of women's golf since the 1970s. Next year it goes big time, down to Westchester Country Club and with national television coverage from the mother ship. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Blackhawks took heed of the #BanTheStripper movement and are banning The Stripper . . . the song the United Center organist has played whenever an attractive woman participates in a between-periods puck-shooting contest. I'd have banned the organist a long time ago, but that's just me. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

The second LeBron James Era in Cleveland starts with a home game against 'Melo and the Knicks on Oct. 30. (Yahoo! Sports)

We've given you 10 games to circle on the Celtics' schedule this year, and the five Celtic home games our own Kyle Draper can't wait to see. Now here are 10 games to watch league-wide. (Yahoo! Sports)

One thing to note about the schedule: Everybody gets a week off at the All-Star break. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Old friend Bill Simmons is leaving NBA Countdown to start The Grantland Basketball Show, an hour-long program that will run bi-weekly during the season on The Worldwide Leader. (Pro Basketball Talk) 

LeBron may have started a trend: Now Stephen Curry says he won't rule out returning home to play for Charlotte some day. (Pro Basketball Talk)

For the moment, though, Curry's staying with the Warriors. And so's Klay Thompson, who's happy he wasn't traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA told the Raptors it would rescind the $25,000 tampering fine if Drake -- who did the tampering -- was fired. But Toronto said no. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Maine's governor declares he is boycotting the NFL over its light punishment of Ray Rice . . . though what that exactly means, since the nearest franchise is two states away, no one is quite sure. (AP)

But the NFL apparently is taking the domestic-violence issue a lot more seriously than it has in the past. According to reports, the league is considering a four- to six-game ban for a first offense, and a year-long suspension for a second. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Seahawks' support of him proved justified, as police clear Marshawn Lynch in an ongoing assault and property-damage case. (AP)

With talks to keep the team in Oakland going nowhere, Raiders owner Mark Davis is getting serious about moving the franchise. (Pro Football Talk)

Tony Romo's getting ready for his first game since last December's back surgery. (AP)

These Packers are a little high-spirited: Not only do the players fight among themselves during practice, but the coaches do, too. (Pro Football Talk)

His rehab is over and Brian Cushing is delighted to be back on the field with the Texans. (CSN Houston)

The Browns are lining up support for Josh Gordon if, as expected, he's suspended by the NFL for his latest failed drug test. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Roger Federer records his 300th career victory during a Masters tournament with a first-round win in Cincinnati. (AP)