Wakeup Call: Stiviano 'devastated' about Sterling's ban

Wakeup Call: Stiviano 'devastated' about Sterling's ban
May 1, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, May 1:

AUTO RACING

Juan Pablo Montoya is adding two NASCAR races -- Indianapolis and Michigan -- to his full-time IndyCar schedule. (AP)

Pretty soon, drivers will be competing on "The Alabama Gang Superstretch" at Talladega. (AP)

BASEBALL

Yogi Berra's house in Montclair, N.J., is on the market, and -- since you all know he wore Number 8 -- you can't really be surprised that the asking price is $888,000. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Mets are raising this "true New Yorker" thing to a new level . . . which again makes me wish that George Steinbrenner were still with us. He wouldn't take it sitting down, believe me. (Hardball Talk)

If you remain surprised that the Brewers came into Fenway and swept the Red Sox on opening weekend, be advised that Milwaukee finished April with the best record in baseball. (Yahoo! Sports)

Hard to believe the Cubs have more all-time victories than the Dodgers, but it's true; L.A. won for the 10,000th time in franchise history last night in Minnesota and join Chicago, the Giants and the Braves as the only teams with 10,000 or more wins. If you're wondering where the Yankees or Red Sox are on this list, remember the National League, which began play in 1876, had a 25-year head start on the American League. (AP)

Billy Hamilton's more than just a speed merchant. (Yahoo! Sports)

Looks like Clayton Kershaw is ready to rejoin the Dodgers. (Hardball Talk)

Ditto Gavin Floyd to the Braves. (Hardball Talk)

Yeah, I can see where being 9-19 -- on the heels of seasons in which they've gone 51-111, 55-107 and 56-106 -- is getting old. (CSN Houston)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

James Dickey, who resigned as head coach at Houston because of what he and the school described as a family matter, resurfaces as an assistant at Oklahoma State. (AP)

Associate head coach Tim Fuller survives the coaching change at Missouri. (AP)

Tom Izzo assures us all he's staying at Michigan State. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NCAA is throwing as many boulders as it can find into the path of the landmark antitrust suit brought against it by former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon and others. (AP) 

Today's police log includes Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash . . . (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

. . . and Pittsburgh's Derrick Randall. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Jameis Winston avoided problems with the law when prosecutors declined to pursue a sexual-assault charge against him last year. Now the Heisman Trophy winner is back in it -- on a far less serious matter, but one that raises questions about judgment and overall character -- when he's nabbed for shoplifting $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a Tallahassee supermarket. He blames it on "a moment of youthful ignorance." (AP)

Dan Wetzel says Winston "needs to grow up" because -- due to the lack of a "the kind of pro-style throwing motion or velocity to assure anything about his [professional] future" -- he "isn't good enough that this stuff doesn't matter" to NFL coaches and personnel directors. (Yahoo! Sports)

The incident did lead to some pretty good photoshops, though. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Vanderbilt rape case that's drawn new Penn State coach James Franklin into its orbit is getting nasty. (AP)

New Mexico cornerback SaQwan Edwards, running back Crusoe Gonbay and a former student at the school are arrested on a rape charge. (AP)

North Carolina A&T linebacker Jermane Darnell Clark was shot and killed in front of his Greensboro home Tuesday night. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

The Donald may be disappointed to know that even though he's bought Turnberry, he ain't getting his name on the claret jug, which is golf's oldest trophy. He usually slaps it on all the courses he buys, so the Brits may soon be playing on Trump Turnberry. (AP)

HOCKEY

The 1942 Maple Leafs. The 1975 Penguins. The 2004 Yankees. The 2010 Bruins. And now the 2014 Sharks: The only five teams in sports history to blow a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. (AP)

It culminates a decade of postseason underachieving in San Jose, and now even the players are having a difficult time fending off the critics. (CSN Bay Area)

Don't see how they can, since this one was the worst of them all. (CSN Bay Area)

On the other side of history, the Kings are thrilled to join the 1942 Red Wings, the 1975 Islanders, the 2004 Red Sox and the 2010 Flyers as the only teams to come back from an 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series . . . but they admit they don't want to make a habit of it. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Lost in the excitement -- if you want it call it that; I'm sure northern Californians would describe it differently -- of the San Jose collapse was the Wild's thrilling overtime victory over the Avalanche in their Game 7, enabling Minnesota to move on to a second-round series against the Blackhawks. (AP)

And so ends the uplifting, if ultimately unsuccessful, first season of Colorado coach Patrick Roy. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Early in the night, the Rangers' 2-1, Game 7 victory over the Flyers looked like a classic. Turns out it was just a warmup. (AP)

Now that it's over, Steve Mason admits that "upper-body injury" was, indeed, a concussion. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Firing Torts is beginning to become a rite of spring. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Well, V., you should have thought of all that before you taped him. (AP)

Speaking of Donald Sterling, Oprah Winfrey may throw her hat into the ring to purchase the team. (AP)

Doc Rivers, meanwhile, is expressing sympathy for Sterling's wife Shelly. "She didn't do anything wrong either," she said. "You have compassion for her." (Yahoo! Sports)

Um, Doc? Careful who you're embracing there. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

At last, some Clippers news that doesn't involve Donald Sterling: Jamal Crawford wins the NBA Sixth Man Award. (AP)

The Spurs regain control of their series with the Mavs by posting a 109-103 victory in Game 5. (AP)

As do the Raptors against the Nets, though they nearly didn't; after building a 26-point lead, they hang on for a 115-113 win and a 3-2 series lead. (AP)

Toronto's fans were championship-caliber, though, and the Nets -- through their official Twitter account -- advised their Brooklyn supporters to take a lesson. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here's your lesson, Nets: Follow the Raptors' lead and give your fans OVO x Bounce-branded lint rollers, inspired by none other than Drake. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Rockets beat the Blazers and live to play another day. (CSN Houston)

You can't fire me! I quit! (AP)

Didn't take long for Magic Johnson to dance on Mike D'Antoni's grave, did it? (Yahoo! Sports)

If the Lakers want to think out of the box, how about Derek Fisher as their new coach? (Yahoo! Sports)

Here are seven more likely candidates. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pistons may be looking at Bryan Colangelo to be their new GM. (Pro Basketball Talk)

How else to honor Dr. Jack but with a plaid patch? (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Mike Holmgren compares Johnny Football to Brett Favre . . . and not in a good way. At least that's what the Sports Illustrated cover would lead us to believe. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Desmond Bryant is back with the Browns after undergoing a procedure in December to correct an irregular heartbeat, and offers the following medical report: "So far, so good." (AP)

Sen. Harry Reid calls on Daniel Snyder to do "what is morally right" and change the Redskins' nickname. Yeah, that'll convince him . . . (AP)

The Seahawks expect Sidney Rice to be ready to play by the season opener. (AP)

Three men charged with stabbing Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams last June are found not guilty. (AP)

Ray Rice goes to court today to face aggravated assault charges stemming from the incident with his then-girlfriend, and now wife, in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February. (AP)

SOCCER

Can't blame Landon Donovan for speaking the truth, can you? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Don't know that I've ever heard any mothers, anywhere, being thanked for this. (Pro Soccer Talk)