Wakeup call: 'Little tear' for Ben; 'Farewell, my dear badminton'

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Wakeup call: 'Little tear' for Ben; 'Farewell, my dear badminton'

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 2:

BASEBALL
Shane Victorino says "Mahalo Philadelphia" with a full-page ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. (CSN Philly)

The trade deadline has come and gone and Matt Garza is still in Chicago. So what now? (CSN Chicago)

Ryan Dempster's catching some heat from Cubs Nation for refusing what seemed like a good deal (for the Cubs) to Atlanta, but Theo Epstein tells the critics to back off. (CSN Chicago)

Bryce Harper has lost that sweet spot at the plate, hitting just .214 in his last 40 games (and .171 since the All-Star break). So now he's just "trying to find some mellowness". (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Now that's how you win a game against your biggest division rival. (AP)

Josh Hamilton is not only slumping offensively, but he's making some cryptic, and disconcerting, comments. (Hardball Talk)

Temper, temper! (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jerry Sandusky, while continuing to maintain his innocence, says through his lawyer that the NCAA sanctions on Penn State are "unjust" and that it's "ridiculous" to think school officials would engage in a cover up. (AP)

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is hospitalized after being attacked by five men near campus early Wednesday morning. (AP)

A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has made the Clemson football team as a walk-on. (NBC's College Football Talk)

OLYMPICS
"Farewell my dear badminton." And with those words -- on Twitter, of course -- Yu Yang, one of the Chinese stars disqualified for throwing a match in an attempt to get an easier opponent later in the tournament, announces her retirement. (NBC)

Boxing referees are under fire in London. (NBC)

PRO FOOTBALL
Uh, Ben? Having "a little torn rotator cuff" is kind of like being "a little pregnant". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

That didn't take long: Discord resurfaces in Jets camp. (AP)

Ed Reed says he wants to stay with the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

The Giants aren't nibbling at Jerry Jones' bait. (AP) Well, maybe they're nibbling a little.

Damn media. A guy can't even say no one trusts the NFL commissioner without it being blown all out proportion these days. Isn't that right, Drew Brees? (Pro Football Talk)

Speaking of the commissioner, he's fine with the replacement refs. (AP)

Look out, Eagles: Asante Samuel will show you. (CSN Philly)

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.