Wakeup Call: Lackey blames the ballpark

Wakeup Call: Lackey blames the ballpark
August 11, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, August 11:

AUTO RACING

Prior to Saturday night, very few of us had ever heard of Kevin Ward Jr. But he deserves to be remembered as more than just a name in a famous driver's tragic story. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ward's family says it "appreciates all the prayer and support," but "would like time to grieve" before speaking publicly. (AP)

Regan Smith's substitute appearance for Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen ends in a crash. (Yahoo! Sports)

BASEBALL

After a tough outing at Camden Yards on Saturday night -- 13 hits and 9 runs allowed in 5 innings -- old friend and new Cardinal John Lackey blames the ballpark for at least part of his problems, calling a fifth-inning homer by rookie catcher Caleb Joseph "a Baltimore home run." (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Respect the 'A', Bryce. Respect the 'A'. (CSN Washington)

And Alex Wood shows the Nats why. (AP)

Yes, the Tigers are in first place. And, yes, they just added David Price. But a leaky bullpen and a surprisingly anemic offense means their troubles are hardly over. (Yahoo! Sports)

Injuries are a problem, too, as Joakim Soria and Anibal Sanchez head to the DL. (AP)

Like the Red Sox on Saturday, the Tigers and Jays play 19 innings on Sunday. But at least they do so in the daytime. (AP)

The Royals' winning streak reaches seven. (AP)

Hanley Ramirez is going to have to sit for a while. (Hardball Talk)

As are Nick Swisher and Daniel Murphy. (Hardball Talk)

And Tyler Skaggs? He's going to have to sit until 2016. (Hardball Talk)

But Andrew McCutcheon may not have to sit much longer, as the Pirates say he's making "remarkable" progress from his rib injury. (Hardball Talk)

Jenrry Mejia doesn't want to sit, even though he has a hernia. He says he wants to "take some pills and keep pitching." (Hardball Talk)

Would that all our opportunities be as bountiful as Jerome Williams'. (Hardball Talk)

The Rymer Liriano Era starts today in San Diego. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kentucky starts its six-game exhibition tour of the Bahamas on a good note. (AP)

NBA veteran Anthony Johnson, a College of Charleston alumnus, is considered to be the frontrunner to replace the fired Doug Wojcik as coach at his alma mater. He's in a group of candidates that reportedly includes former Boston College and University of Rhode Island coach Al Skinner. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Matt Derenbecker, who played parts of three seasons at LSU, Dayton and New Orleans, was found dead Saturday in a swimming pool at a home he was house-sitting in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He was 22. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Hey, Jameis Winston: Unmoderated Twitter Q-and-A's are never a good idea . . . though they're certainly fun for the rest of us. (Yahoo! Sports)

Florida State sophomore defensive back Jalen Ramsey may have fallen through thin ice with coach Jimbo Fisher when, after being involved in several physical plays, he knocks Winston to the ground. Fisher kicks him out of practice -- berating Ramsey publicly as he leaves the field in front of media and fans -- and then unloads to reporters afterwards, saying: "He was told not to do something and he defied me . . . You're going to do things my way or [you're] not going to play here. When I tell somebody to do something and they don't do it, it's serious. That's how you have problems." (AP)

Jalen Mills -- reinstated by LSU after a felony charge for hitting a woman and knocking her unconscious was reduced to a misdemeanor -- says he's happy to be back, though he doesn't exactly apologize for anything that happened. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF

Now that was a major statement by Rory McIlroy. (golfchannel.com)

Here are the winners and losers from the PGA Championship. (Yahoo! Sports)

He didn't win -- at 10 strokes back, he didn't come close -- but Kenny Perry celebrates his 54th birthday with a final-round 68. (AP)

HOCKEY

And the highest-rated players in NHL 15 are . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Now that the contract's signed and he's had some time to think about it, Dan Boyle realizes there's "going to be some pressure" in joining the Rangers. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps look like the rivals of old, at least for a day. (NBC's Olympic Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Don't feel bad for Andrew Wiggins, having to leave Cleveland -- where, with LeBron James, the Cavs are one of the favorites for the NBA title -- for the vast wasteland of Minnesota. He tells his former colllege coach, Bill Self, that he welcomes the trade, because he didn't want to play where "I’m forced to be something as opposed to going [to a place] where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.” A piece of a perennial non-contender? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

John Wall doesn't think he got a fair shot at making Team USA: "I guess I’m overlooked again. I guess have to prove myself one more time." (CSN Washington)

Sure looks likes Roy Hibbert's on the block. It's rumored the Pacers offered him to the Pistons for Greg Monroe . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

. . . and to the Suns for Goran Dragic. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

The Harbaughs give reporters a little lesson in journalism. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Martellus Bennett is back with the Bears. But has he learned his lesson? (CSN Chicago)

Cam Newton's been cleared to play. (Pro Football Talk)

Linval Joseph is back with the Vikings after suffering only a minor injury to his leg after a gunman opened fire and wounded nine people in a downtown Minneapolis bar after the team's first exhibition game. (AP)

Old friend Matt Cassel continues to hold off Teddy Bridgewater. (Pro Football Talk)

We're one exhibition game into the season, and the Jets' defensive backfield is already decimated by injury. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

Diego Maradona defends his girlfriend's honor by slapping a reporter whom he thought had winked at her. (soccerly.com)

TENNIS

We anticipated being able to say Roger Federer and Venus Williams were your Rogers Cup winners. But no, it's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Agnieszka Radwanska. (Both stories AP)