Wakeup Call: 66 years and counting for Scully

Wakeup Call: 66 years and counting for Scully
July 30, 2014, 8:30 am
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Vin Scully may be 85, but he's still calling games for the Dodgers, a gig he started in 1950.

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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, July 30:

AUTO RACING

When John Henry recovers from the public-relations beating he's justifiably taking over the Jon Lester fiasco, he'll have the Roush Fenway Racing problem to deal with. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

Vin Scully's consecutive-season streak in the Dodger broadcast booth will reach 66 -- that's years, folks -- in 2015, as he announces plans to stay on the job. (AP)

Shades of 2012: The Orioles are now 12-3 in extra-inning games after pulling out a 7-6, 12-inning win over the Angels. (AP)

Why do they need Lester? Francisco Liriano is filling the role of Pirate left-handed ace just fine, as he fans 11 in beating the Giants. (AP)

You know how the Red Sox are looking for one of the Dodgers' top prospects -- Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias -- for Lester? The Phillies want all of them for Cole Hamels. L.A., not surprisingly, says no. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hamels sure looked worthy of such a haul last night. (CSN Philly)

Matt Cain -- whose bad elbow is the reason San Francisco sent a couple of prospects to the Red Sox for Jake Peavy -- is going to see Dr. Andrews. (AP)

This isn't your normal oblique strain or pulled hammy: Rays reliever Joel Peralta is on the DL because he contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus while he was home in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break. (Hardball Talk)

Mr. Pine Tar is ready for a rehab assignment at last. (Hardball Talk)

The Nationals and Orioles are headed to court in their dispute over TV revenue. (Hardball Talk)

I wish someone had thought of this for Butch Hobson back in 1978. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

A water break on the UCLA campus floods Pauley Pavilion, just two years after completion of a $132 million renovation to the iconic building. School officials say they will assess the damage today, but it's possible contingency plans for the upcoming season may be necessary. (AP)

He's no Vin Scully, but Coach K -- about to enter his 40th season of coaching -- sees no end in sight to his career. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Willy Cauley-Stein reportedly had a metal plate and three screws inserted into the ankle he injured during the NCAA Tournament last March, which may be the reason he passed up the NBA Draft . . . despite his allegedly telling Coach Cal he returned because he just enjoyed playing for Kentucky so darn much. (College Basketball Talk)

And if you believe that, you might also believe that Calipari is back with the Wildcats "solely" because of the loyalty he has to his players. (College Basketball Talk)

Selling booze at its games was a $350,000 windfall for SMU. (College Basketball Talk)

Can't say I've ever heard of Henderson State, let alone their women's basketball program, but the NCAA sheriff has: The Division II women's team been placed on on two years of probation, and the school is fined $2,500, for rules violations that included a coach offering a loan to a prospective athlete, exceeding phone contact limits and holding impermissible tryouts and practices. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UCLA's football field is flooded, too. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Urban Meyer plans to leave a sideline pass for LeBron James at every Ohio State game this year. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini hints that Ole Miss is cheating, though he won't come out and directly accuse anybody of anything. (College Football Talk)

The NCAA agrees to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. (AP)

GOLF

The next two tournaments will make -- or break -- Tiger Woods' season. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Hurricanes announce Eric Staal had surgery to repair "a core muscle injury" but should be recovered in time for training camp. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Brian Elliott, now the Blues' starting goalie with Ryan Miller gone, is taking his "lunch pail and [getting] ready to work" with increased enthusiasm. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Mikael Samuelsson -- the ex-Shark, Ranger, Panther, Red Wing, Penguin and Canuck -- is taking his talents back to Sweden. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

If you want another reason to believe Kevin Durant will head to home to Washington when he hits free agency in 2016, there's this: He thinks LeBron James' return to Cleveland was "a class act." (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Selling the Clippers for $2 billion is going to make it hard for the NBA owners to cry poverty -- as they're wont to do -- during their next labor negotiation with the players. (Yahoo! Sports)

The husband of Tanganyika Williams, aunt of the Clippers' Matt Barnes, is arrested and charged with her murder. (AP)

There are 9,701,000 reasons why Steve Nash isn't retiring next season. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And you may even be on a championship team, Steve, if Byron Scott's rose-colored optimism is to be believed. (AP)

Both Scott's Lakers and Jason Kidd's Bucks want to hire Gary Payton as an assistant next season. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Hawks may lose Mike Scott to a Russian team, of all things. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And all this time I thought old friend Chris Wallace already was the Grizzlies' GM. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Dion Walters is the latest to utter "What I meant to say was . . . " (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Rex Ryan loves that the Jets are once again talking the talk . . . even though they've yet to walk the walk. (AP)

His "commentary" on the Ray Rice situation has earned Stephen A. Smith a one-week suspension from ESPN. (Yahoo! Sports)

Donald Trump says he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to win the bidding to buy the Bills, and therefore doesn't think he'll wind up owning the team. (AP)

Jon Bon Jovi might -- do something totally stupid and win the bidding, that is -- and people in Buffalo aren't real happy, because there's a perception he'll move the team to Toronto. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

But nobody expressed their displeasure as, ah, colorfully as ex-Bill Andre Reed. At least not publicly. (Pro Football Talk)

Patrick Peterson gets a leg up on Richard Sherman and Joe Haden and all the rest in The Battle Of Cornerback Egos as he signs a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cardinals, making him the highest-paid corner in the NFL. (AP)

Drew Brees must have raised some eyebrows somewhere when he said he wanted to play until he's 45, because right after he did he was drug tested. (Yahoo! Sports)

NFLPA president Eric Winston has been out of work since being cut loose by the Cardinals. But now he's employed again, and with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, to boot. (AP)

Maurice Suh was a good enough lawyer for Richard Sherman, so he's also a good enough lawyer for Josh Gordon. (AP)

New Redskins coach Jay Gruden says he loves Santana Moss. He just doesn't know what he's going to do with him. (CSN Washington)

Never forget, never forgive: A Browns fan takes a video of himself urinating on the grave of Art Modell, who moved the team from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1995. It got him arrested, in case you're wondering. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard will rejoin the mothership for its Premier League broadcasts this season. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

It was a not-so-friendly between AC Roma and Real Madrid in Dallas, as Roma's Seydou Keita refused to shake hands with Real Madrid's Pepe and then threw a water bottle at his head before the match. This prompted a standoff between the two teams, but, after a bit of discussion between Keita and Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid, the match went ahead. It all stemmed from Keita accusing Pepe of calling him a monkey during the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa in 2011. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ex-Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari has a new job. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Ronaldinho may be headed to MLS. (Pro Soccer Talk)