Wakeup Call: These two want to stay in a world without Love

Wakeup Call: These two want to stay in a world without Love
July 28, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, July 28:

AUTO RACING

Twenty years after his first Brickyard 400 victory, Jeff Gordon wins the race again . . . for the fifth time. (AP)

As if the Red Sox' problems weren't bad enough, there's more bad news for John Henry: Carl Edwards is ending his 11-year run with the Roush Fenway Racing Team. (AP)

BASEBALL

Jake Peavy's first start as a Giant doesn't go as either he or the team had hoped, as he suffers a 4-3 loss that enables Los Angeles to complete a three-game weekend sweep and take a 1 1/2-game lead in the N.L. West. (CSN Bay Area)

Joe Torre is sorry he didn't say more about George Steinbrenner in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. (Yahoo! Sports)

But the best speech of all -- certainly the most emotional -- may have been delivered by Frank Thomas. (CSN Chicago)

The Blue Jays win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time in two years. (AP)

I doubt reports that the Yanks are eyeing Josh Willingham have hearts in Yankee Universe all a-flutter. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Adam Wainwright becomes MLB's first 13-game winner as he pitches the Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs. (AP)

The struggling Ryan Howard is the hero of the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Diamonbacks, momentarily silencing his growing number of critics. But he says he still has love for the haters because "I'm a positive guy." (CSN Philly)

Ian Kennedy's oblique injury couldn't have come at a worse tine for the Padres, since he's one of their prime trade chips. (Hardball Talk)

Troy Tulowitzki may have a sports hernia. (Hardball Talk)

Old friend Coco Crisp's got a bad neck. (CSN Bay Area)

Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is promoted by the Astros from High-A Lancaster to Double-A Corpus Christie despite a 9.74 ERA and 1.94 WHIP at Lancester. Not only that, he was invited to Minute Maid Park over the weekend to throw a bullpen session for Houston executives and coaches. And that has some of the current Astros grumbling -- in expletive-laden terms -- about special treatment and not earning what you're given. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Montrezl Harrell gets ready for Louisville's season by breaking his second backboard of the summer. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Urban Meyer's decision to leave Florida for Ohio State still rankles some in Gators Nation, and Meyer's wife Shelley has three words for the haters: Get over it. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has four words for Nick Saban, who continues to try and institute rules changes that would slow offenses: Cry me a river. (College Football Talk)

The Big Ten is determined to expand its expand its footprint eastward: In addition to getting a berth in the Pinstripe Bowl and opening a league office in New York City, the conference is contemplating scheduling regular-season games in New York and Washington, D.C. (College Football Talk)

Penn State reportedly is hiring ex-Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour as its new AD. (College Football Talk)

CYCLING

Vincenzo Nibali says he couldn't have won the Tour de France without the sport's improved anti-doping tests. (Velo News via nbcsports.com)

GOLF

Tim Clark birdies five of the last eight holes and overtakes Jim Furyk -- who entered the final round with a three-stroke lead -- to win the Canadian Open. (AP)

Nobody was overtaking Bernhard Langer yesterday: He coasts to victory in the Senior British Open by a record 13 strokes. (AP)

HOCKEY

P.K. Subban says he wants to "be a lifer" in Montreal. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Derick Brassard's big season with the Rangers earns him a big deal. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Former NHL goon Patrick Cote, who played for the Stars, Predators and Oilers between 1995 and 2001, will spend 30 months in jail for his role in a pair of Quebec bank robberies. (Pro Hockey Talk) 

PRO BASKETBALL

Kevin Love's going somewhere -- that's all but certain -- but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson don't think it'll be Golden State, because they don't think the Warriors want to break them up. (Yahoo! Sports) 

Not so fast with that Byron Scott-is-going-to-coach-the-Lakers talk. (AP)

Lance Stephenson, or someone he hired, does a nice Photoshop job of using fire to turn his Indiana uniform into a Charlotte uniform. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Love and Blake Griffin dropped out on purpose, but it's injury -- a groin problem -- that causes the Bulls' Jimmy Butler to withdraw from USA Basketball. (Pro Basketball Talk)

So the Americans turn their lonely eyes to the Hawks' Paul Millsap. (Yahoo! Sports)

But Derrick Rose? He can't wait to play in the World Cup of Basketball. (CSN Chicago)

Looks like the NBA wants to have an FInals rematch of sorts to open the 2014-15 season: Rumor has it the first game will San Antonio at Cleveland, for LeBron James' first game back with the Cavs. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Ben Roethlisberger's tired of playing at discount rates, and sends a veiled warning to the Steelers: Pay up. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Greg Hardy's in Panthers' camp and not talking about his conviction on two domestic-violence charges, except to say that he "[hates] that I have distracted my team." (AP)

The Vikings are already letting Teddy Bridgewater split the snaps with old friend Matt Cassel, and camp is just two days old. (Pro Football Talk)

Whichever one wins the job will have Kyle Rudolph to throw to for the next five years. (AP)

The Dolphins' offensive line wasn't exactly a point of pride last year: It allowed a league-high 58 quarterback sacks and was embroiled in a nasty bullying scandal. They've overhauled it this season . . . but so far, not so good. (AP)

It appears Patrick Peterson's electrifying punt returns are a thing of the past. (Pro Football Talk)

The Chargers are doing their best to throw cold water on that NFL-back-to-L.A. fire. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

If Michael Bradley's complaining about MLS officials, you can be sure that people are going to sit up and take notice. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

The next president of the  Italian Soccer Federation steps in it with racially insensitive remarks about African players. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

John Isner wins the Atlanta Open for the second year in a row. (AP)