Wakeup Call: Wainwright's elbow gives pain to Cards

Wakeup Call: Wainwright's elbow gives pain to Cards
June 12, 2014, 9:00 am
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Adam Wainwright missed the Cards' World Series appearance in 2011 and was their closer in 2006.

(AP Photo)

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, June 12:

BASEBALL

One day after recording his ninth victory, Adam Wainwright has an MRI on his right elbow. Old friend Craig Calcaterra puts it best: "Cardinals fans: set sphincters to 'clench'." (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Thankfully for Yankee Universe, Masahiro Tanaka's elbow feels fine. Imagine where the Yanks would be if it didn't. (AP)

Maybe down with the Red Sox and the Rays, though there's hope the Rays yet: Unlike the Sox, they actually scored some runs last night, for the first time in four games. (AP)

Old friend Jonathan Papelbon records his 300th save, and says it means more to him than "what most people would probably think." (CSN Philly)

First Carl Pavano, now Phil Hughes. What is it about Yankee busts becoming good pitchers in Minnesota? (AP)

Sorry, Mets Nation: Matt Harvey won't be back this year. (Hardball Talk)

Francisco Liriano is placed on the DL by the Pirates because of a strained oblique. (Hardball Talk)

Carlos Marmol leaves the Reds' Triple-A team without permission and is placed on the restricted list. Considering how you've pitched these last few years, Carlos, I wouldn't call that an enlightened career move. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rashad McCants doubles down on his assertion that Roy Williams knew he was taking phony courses to stay eligible at North Carolina. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The non-Catholic former Big East schools -- or at least West Virginia AD Oliver Luck -- apparently discussed merging with the Big 12 into one big super-conference a few years ago. But, obviously, it didn't happen. (College Basketball Talk)

John Thompson III, actor. (College Basketball Talk)

On the second day of the O'Bannon trial, economist Roger Noll calls the organization a cartel that profits off its athletes without giving back enough in return. (NBC's College Football Talk)

There's something about Oklahoma: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Most players make announcements via Twitter. But Nico Law told the world he was leaving Iowa on Facebook. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Mark Emmert continues whistling through the graveyard. (College Football Talk)

Tre Roberson has decided to transfer from Indiana. (AP)

Texas and Oklahoma like the Cotton Bowl so much, they've decided to keep meeting there yearly until at least 2025. (AP)

Sorry, BYU; the Big 12 doesn't want you. (College Football Talk)

Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips resigns "for personal reasons," and the Gators give the job to one of their ex-quarterbacks, Chris Leak. (AP)

Those "personal reasons" might involve NCAA violations. (College Football Talk)

Jalen Mills, a starting safety at LSU, is suspended by coach Les Miles after his arrest on a battery charge. (AP)

GOLF

It's actually the U.S. Open, but the way they've re-done Pinehurst No. 2 makes it look like the British Open. (AP)

Lefty, however, likes it just fine. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY

With what the Yahoo! headline writers describe as a little luck and a lot of Lundqvist, the Rangers stay alive in the Stanley Cup Finals. (Yahoo! Sports)

A little luck, a lot of Lundqvist, and some soft ice. (Yahoo! Sports)

Don't forget a lot of Lundqvist. (Yahoo! Sports)

Still, the Kings can't be too discouraged as they head home: They absolutely dominated play -- including a 15-1 shots advantage in the third period -- and seem poised to close things our Friday night. (AP)

There's a pretty strong rule on the book regarding embellishment, and the NHL may resurrect it next year. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Jason Spezza wants out of Ottawa, and if the Senators comply it sounds like they'll trade him to someone in the West. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Brooks Laich's agent says he has no reason to believe his client's about to be bought out by the Caps. (CSN Washington)

The NHL apparently wants to jump on the NFL/MLB "coach's challenge" bandwagon, but how it would work in hockey is something that no one can quite figure. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

LeBron James took the Heat's Game 3 blowout loss in stride . . . but not Ray Allen. (Yahoo! Sports)

Mario Chalmers isn't living up to his big-game reputation so far in these Finals. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Tim Duncan acknowledges he's thinking about the end of his career, but he's not ready to call it quits yet. (AP)

With the Heat-are-interested-in-'Melo rumors raging, now we find out Anthony has until June 23 to tell the Knicks whether or not he's coming back. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Greg Oden isn't playing much -- understandably -- for the Heat right now, and he'd like to go to a place next year where he can get more court time. (CSN Northwest)

Joel Embiid works out for the Cavs, who may very well take him with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. (AP)

European sharpshooter Damjan Rudez is starting to draw some attention. (Yahoo! Sports)

Derek Fisher is welcomed to New York by . . . Bill Clinton? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Okay, now we know why the Zen Master hired the neophyte Fisher as coach: It may help the Knicks snare Kevin Durant in free agency in 2016. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Speaking of Durant, he and The Game are haggling over a $20,000 bet. (Pro Basketball Talk)

One of Fisher's old teammates says he could be a bit too talkative to hold his new players' attention. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Danilo Gallinari is still recovering from his January knee surgery and might not be ready when the Nuggets start training camp. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers may stay in the family for their new coach, as they give a second interview to Byron Scott. (Pro Basketball Talk)

He may be a free agent, but Dirk Nowitzki assures one and all he's staying in Dallas. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Sterlings are being sued by an intern who wants to get paid for the two months he worked for the Clippers in 2012. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

The bad news continues for the Redskins: Now it's one of their former players, Champ Bailey, saying publicly they should change their name. (Yahoo! Sports)

If you didn't see the anti-Redskins ad that ran during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, here it is. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ron Jaworski wouldn't have drafted Johnny Football until the third round, so it's hardly a surprise he thinks Brian Hoyer will beat out Manziel for the Browns' quarterback job. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Doesn't sound like Josh Gordon is impressing his new coach. (Pro Football Talk)

Manny Ramirez says he's not letting that wild snap on the first play of the Super Bowl -- which set the tone for the Broncos' crushing defeat -- bother him. (AP)

Jerome Simpson says he's worth more than the $1 million the Vikings are paying him. But two arrests in less than two years made him something less than a hot item in free agency. (Pro Football Talk)

Tony Scheffler suffered three concussions in the last four years, so he's decided to call it a career. (AP)

Knowshon Moreno acknowledges he's hasn't dazzled anyone so far with the Dolphins, but says not to worry: "[Once] camp comes, it'll be good." If you get to camp, Knowshon. (Pro Football Talk)

The Edward Jones Dome is running out of money, which may make the Rams' decision whether or not to stay in St. Louis a no-brainer. (AP)

Jonathan Martin's over his bout with mono and has starting working out again with the 49ers. (Pro Football Talk)

The Seahawks don't expect to see Marshawn Lynch, said to be unhappy about his contract, at mini-camp. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tyrann Mathieu puts aside the "Honey Badger" persona and admits he contemplated suicide while sitting in jail on a marijuana charge two years ago. Now, though, he wants to start a foundation to give help to people who need it. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

We told you yesterday that Nate Silver calculates the U.S. has a 4 percent chance of winning the World Cup. But the American public is more optimistic: 14 percent of our citizens pick us to prevail. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jurgen Klinsmann to the American public: Get real. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

The U.S. was scheduled to play Belgium in a friendly today, but the Belgians canceled due to their fear of a Sao Paolo transit strike. (Yahoo! Sports)

You'll be seeing plenty of Landon Donovan at the World Cup, after all: He'll be doing studio work for ESPN. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

The Vikings want to bring an MLS team to Minnesota to share the new stadium they're building. (AP)

TENNIS

Amelie Mauresmo is 1-0 as Andy Murray's coach, as her new player wins in straight sets at the Queen's Club grass tournament. (AP)

Victoria Azarenka will return after sitting out three months because of a foot injury when she plays in the Eastbourne grass-court tournament next week as a warmup to Wimbledon. (AP)

Martina Hingis, who ended her retirement last year, gets a wild-card doubles berth at Wimbledon, the first time she'll play at the All-England Club since 2007. (AP)