Wakeup Call: Presidential sendoff for Jeter in Texas

Wakeup Call: Presidential sendoff for Jeter in Texas
July 31, 2014, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, July 31.

AUTO RACING

Greg Ives, the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships, will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP)

Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill, the crew chief and car chief for Denny Hamlin, are suspended for six races by NASCAR after Hamlin's car failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (AP)

BASEBALL

Former President George W. Bush makes a surprise appearance as the Rangers honor Derek Jeter in his final game at Globe Life Park -- I think that's what they're calling Arlington Stadium these days -- and then Texas spoils the night for Jeter and the Yankees by beating them, 3-2. (AP)

Looks like David Price is staying put, but he celebrates the news with a pretty mediocre outing against the Brewers. (AP) 

The Marlins' winning streak is snapped at six by the Nationals. (AP)

Want to know why the Mariners are seeking more bats? Because they were shut out by Corey Kluber last night, wasting a King Felix start. (AP)

Even so, they've decided to pass on Marlon Byrd. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

In other trade-deadline news: The Twins are "really" trying to move Josh Willingham . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . as are the Astros with Chris Carter . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . the Marlins and White Sox are talking about a John Danks deal . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . and the Dodgers are having no luck convincing the Padres to trade them Joaquin Benoit. (Hardball Talk)

The Dan Uggla Era in San Francisco lasts four games. (Hardball Talk)

Also leaving baseball, but on his own terms, is Eric Chavez. (Hardball Talk)

His mother must be so proud. (Hardball Talk)

Tigers reliever Evan Reed, now with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 45-year-old woman he met at a Detroit-area hotel last spring. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Good news: UCLA thinks it'll be able to play at Pauley Pavilion this year despite the damage from Tuesday night's flood. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Bad news: Oregon -- which already dismissed three players from the team due to a sexual-assault allegation, had two others transfer, and graduated five -- loses three-star recruit Ray Kasongo as he's denied admission to school. And four-star recruit JaQuan Lyle is still waiting to be admitted. (Yahoo! Sports)

The NCAA grants a medical hardship waiver to UConn women's forward Morgan Tuck, who underwent two knee surgeries and missed most of last season's national championship run. (AP)

Grant Hill, who led Duke to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and '92, donates $1.25 million to his alma mater. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Interesting to learn, via USA Today, that Jameis Winston and a Florida State teammate, Chris Casher, were held at gunpoint by campus police in November 2012 while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun. More interesting was their reaction when contacted by a reporter: Both declined comment, and Casher -- who originally hung up on the reporter -- later called back demanding to know why the story was running now, and used obscenities in criticizing the newspaper for printing it. (AP)

HOCKEY

Teemu Selanne’s NHL career may be over, but that doesn't mean he's done with professional hockey. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

P.K. Subban's agent says his client's goal is to stay in Montreal, and not necessarily become the league's highest-paid defenseman . . . even though the figure he filed for in arbitration would make him just that. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

You could see this one coming a mile away: The NBA's Christmas Day package of games reportedly will be highlighted by the Cleveland-at-Miami matchup, featuring the return of . . . ah, do I have to say it? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

After watching the Sixers shamelessly tank the 2013-14 season in an unsuccessful effort to get the No. 1 draft pick, the NBA is proposing rules changes for the lottery to discourage such behavior. Unsurprisingly, Philly -- which has all its ducks lined up for another tankapalooza in 2014-15 -- is against them. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a change of heart after selling a bunch of memorabilia to a Beverly Hills auction house -- including a poster from a movie he did with Bruce Lee -- but the auction house won an arbitration hearing and  declares it has the right to sell it all. (Yahoo! Sports)

Magic Johnson says the late Jerry Buss always wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Tommy Heinsohn's summer just got a lot better: Dick Bavetta is retiring. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Even though the Mavs voided the free-agent contract they'd agreed to with Rashard Lewis because of his bad knees, they may still bring him on board once he has his operation. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Metta World Artest in China? Save us . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

Try as Dan Le Batard might, Cleveland's not falling for his LeBron James trolling. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

Emmanuel Sanders, who left Pittsburgh for Denver, calls Peyton Manning "a far better leader" than Ben Roethlisberger, and that has the Steelers up in arms. Sanders then puts out a feeble attempt at a "What I meant to say was . . . " explanation, but only makes it worse. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Jim Harbaugh goes all Bill Belichick when asked about Aldon Smith. (Pro Football Talk)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Patrick Peterson's contract with the Cardinals is the spark for a Twitter war between Peterson and Richard Sherman. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Cowboys sign left tackle Tyron Smith for how much?? (Yahoo! Sports)

The San Antonio Raiders? Could be . . . (AP)

The Packers sign GM Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension. (AP)

Alex Smith isn't close to a contract extension with the Chiefs, and it sounds like he's about to stop negotiating. (AP)

Former Patriot Donald Thomas, who missed the last 14 games of 2013 because of a quad-muscle injury, re-tears the muscle at Colts camp and will probably miss all of 2014. (Pro Football Talk) 

Another blow for the injury-riddled Bills defense, though this one is self-inflicted: Linebacker Nigel Bradham is suspended by the NFL for the team's regular-season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy. (AP)

Maybe they'll turn to Jajuan Harley, a (now) penniless former Florida State prospect who's given up a job at Walmart to pursue his NFL dream . . . and who's being given a chance by Buffalo. (Yahoo! Sports)

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, looking to resume his NFL career after spending 180 days in jail for his conviction on an intoxication-manslaughter charge in the accident that took the life of teammate Jerry Brown, will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell next week in hopes of being reinstated. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal withdraws from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his chance to defend his Open title. He says, though, he'll be recovered in time. (AP)

Tommy Haas is out of the Open because of surgery on his right shoulder, opening up a spot in the main draw for Marcos Baghdatis. (AP)

She loses the match, but she makes history: Sabine Lisicki hits the fastest record serve ever in women's tennis, reaching 131 mph in her first-round loss to Ana Ivanovic in the Bank of the West Classic. (AP)

Serena Williams looks healthy and plays sharp in her first action since the viral illness that knocked her out at Wimbledon: She beats Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2 in the Bank of the West tournament. (AP)