Wakeup Call: Theo's anniversary toast? 'Losing sucks'

Wakeup Call: Theo's anniversary toast? 'Losing sucks'
April 23, 2014, 7:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, April 23:

BASEBALL

There's something fitting about Theo Epstein declaring that "losing sucks" on the 100th anniversary of the day Wrigley Field opened its doors, because losing is all the Cubs have done at Wrigley. (CSN Chicago) 

As promised, Carlos Gomez appeals the suspension -- a three-game ban -- he receives for his part in Sunday's Brewers-Pirates brawl. Also appealing are the Pirates' Travis Snider, who got two games, and teammate Russell Martin, who got one. Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado, however, immediately begins serving his five-gamer. (AP)

Albert Pujols hits a pair of bombs in Washington and becomes the 26th member of the 500-homer club. (AP)

And the Angels insist he called both shots. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here's a pleasant switch: The guy in the stands who caught No. 500 didn't want anything in return for giving the ball back to Pujols. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Braves play their third 1-0 game in a week. and this one's a doozy: They strike out 14 times against Jose Fernandez, who, according to manager Ferdi Gonzalez, had them "shaking their heads", and lose to the Marlins. (AP)

Not quite as dominant -- but almost -- is David Price, who fans 12 in a complete-game 7-3 victory over the Twins. (AP)

Adam Wainwright insists "all is good" despite suffering a knee injury that forces him out of last night's game against the Mets after seven shutout innings. (AP)

Manny Machado moves a step closer to returning to the Orioles. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Lost in the hoopla of Julius Randle's "I'm heading to the NBA" declaration was a similar decision by Clemson's K.J. McDaniels. (AP)

And Baylor's Isaiah Austin. (AP)

UTEP coach Tim Floyd may be headed to Missouri. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Illinois sophomore Darius Paul is arrested on charges of resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol. Judging by his laissez-faire reaction, it doesn't appear coach John Groce believes it's too serious. (AP)

Auburn says it won't ask the NCAA to lift a show-cause penalty against new coach Bruce Pearl, stemming from actions during his time at Tennessee, that prohibits him from recruiting until Aug. 24. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Charlie Strong has a message for Longhorn Nation: Lower your expectations. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Jim Tressel -- he of the memorabilia-and-tattoo scandal that forced him out as Ohio State's coach two years ago -- is a finalist for the president's job at the University of Akron. Yes, that's president of the school. (AP)

Wyoming loses yet another player for "personal reasons." (College Football Talk)

GOLF

Attention, local amateurs: The Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton is one of eight courses that will host the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs, a series for recreational golfers that stretches over five months and rewards the best players and fundraisers with a final event in Orlando at the end of the year. (AP)

HOCKEY

I don't know what was more painful for the Flyers: Their 4-1 home loss to the Rangers, which put them in a 2-1 hole in the series, or that fact that one of their former rats, Dan Carcillo, scored one of New York's goals. (AP)

Flyers Nation responds to Carcillo's goal exactly as you'd expect Philadelphia fans to respond, and Carcillo returns the sentiment .  . . metaphorically, of course. (CSN Philly)

As did the rest of the Rangers, who -- according to their coach -- "thrived on" the vitriol and abuse heaped upon them by the home crowd. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Regardless, Flyers captain Claude Giroux guarantees a Philadelphia victory in Game 4. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Bruins can only hope the Canadiens get rusty during the extended time off they received by completing a four-game sweep of the Lightning. (AP)

Now that's it over, Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop confirms that the "upper body" injury that sidelined him for the series was a dislocated elbow. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sharks may soon join the Habs in the waiting room after their overtime victory over the Kings puts them up 3-0 in their series. (CSN Bay Area)

But Darryl Sutter warns San Jose that Los Angeles "won't go away quietly." (Pro Hockey Talk)

Matt Cooke's heading to New York for a meeting today with NHL disciplinarians, and they don't make you fly halfway across the country to slap you on the wrists, if you know what I mean. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

The Wizards are certainly making the most of their first trip to the playoffs since 2008: They win their second straight in Chicago, this one in overtime. (CSN Washington)

They've made a believer of Charles Barkley, that's for sure. (Yahoo! Sports)

Beating their team is bad enough. But bad-mouthing their pizza, too? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pacers were staring into the abyss of an 0-2 series hole, but came out in the second half and outscored the Hawks by 20 as they pulled away to a series-tying Game 2 victory. (AP)

The fight that Indiana showed actually first manifested itself before the series began . . . only it was directed at each other and not Atlanta. (Yahoo! Sports)

Like Atlanta and unlike Washington, the Nets can't pull off the winning-the-first-two-on-the-road trick as they fall to the Raptors, 100-95. (AP)

Now it looks like Al Jefferson may not play in Game 2 against the Heat. (AP)

If you're old enough, you remember John McNamara telling the 1987 Red Sox to "forget about" their epic collapse in the final two games of the '86 World Series . . . which, of course, is impossible. They finished under .500 in '87, and McNamara was gone by July of '88. The Spurs suffered a similar meltdown in last year's NBA Finals, but -- unlike Mac -- Gregg Popovich decided "we needed to just face that right off the bat at the beginning of the season and get it out of the way." They did, going on to a league-best 62-20 record, and earning Popovich his third NBA Coach of the Year award. (AP)

The Cavs say they're out of rebuilding mode and into "targeted acquisition mode". Oh. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If you to sign 'Melo as a free agent, be prepared to recruit him. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

It turns out ex-Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen had a concussion and a stroke during a game last December, and he's telling his story via Facebook "so athletes understand you can't ignore head injuries." (AP)

Sounds like Phil Costa heeded Allen's warning. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Giants safety Will Hill may be facing his third substance-abuse suspension, which could be for as long as a year. (AP)

New Bills coach Doug Morrone says he's fine after having a cancerous mole removed, and the only follow-up requirement is to be checked every three months. (AP)

The newest Raider, LaMarr Woodley, pronounces Oakland to be a "playoff team." If only wishing made it so, LaMarr. (Pro Football Talk)

The Falcons announce Julio Jones, whose 2013 season was ended in Week 5 because of a broken foot, is "progressing well", but they're not ready to give a timetable for his return. (AP)

Will the Texans, who may not actually want or need Jadeveon Clowney, put together a draft-and-trade package on Draft Night? (Pro Football Talk)

If you have plans for 8 p.m. tonight, cancel them: The NFL is releasing the 2014 schedule. (AP)

TENNIS

Good news for Novak Djokovic: His right wrist isn't hurt as badly as he feared, and he probably won't miss the French Open. (AP)