Wakeup Call: Drones -- unarmed, of course -- in the NFL?

Wakeup Call: Drones -- unarmed, of course -- in the NFL?
June 11, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, June 11:

BASEBALL

Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are returning to the Yankees. For their Old-Timers Game. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Maybe it's time to start taking the Angels seriously. Right, A's? (AP)

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are coming back to Earth. (AP)

The National League has its first nine-game winner: Adam Wainwright. (AP)

Manny Machado has more than a suspension to worry about: The Orioles apparently are thinking about sending him back to the minors. (Hardball Talk)

The Phillies say Cliff Lee, sidelined for about a month because of elbow pain, is "very close to picking up a ball." Great. Then we'll see how long it takes him to throw one. (Hardball Talk)

R.I.P., Bob Welch, gone far too soon at age 57. I still think his 1990 Cy Young Award was undeserved -- yes, he won 27 games that year; still, he wasn't half as good as Roger Clemens -- but he had a great career and an even greater triumph over alcohol addiction. (AP)

His legacy, though, will live on. (CSN Bay Area)

Present and former A's react to Welch's death. (CSN Bay Area)

BOXING

Manny Pacquiao's becoming a coach in the Philippines Basketball Association. And Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino-American who has close ties to his mother's homeland, says he might check out a practice when he's visiting this summer. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

North Carolina is supporting Roy Williams against Rashad McCants' allegations. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

All you old Big East fans, rejoice: Syracuse and Georgetown will resume their rivalry in 2015. (AP)

And all you old Big 12 fans, rejoice: Baylor and Texas A&M will resume their rivalry in 2014. (College Basketball Talk)

That Coach Cal-to-Cleveland business was even zanier than we first thought. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Hawaii coach Gib Arnold is on the radar of NCAA investigators, for reasons unknown. (College Basketball Talk)

Jarvis Threatt, one of Delaware's top players, is kicked off the team, also for reasons unknown. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

USC running back Ty Issac, who says he needs to be closer to his family in the Midwest, is transferring to Michigan. (AP)

GOLF

One day away from the start of the U.S. Open, and we have Justin Rose thinking about a repeat. (AP)

And Bubba Watson seeking his second straight victory in a major. (AP)

And Erik Compton using his celebrity as a pro golfer and Open participant to promote organ donation, which he knows something about since he's had two heart transplants. (AP)

And Phil Mickelson trying out a new putting stroke. Hey, not every task is lofty. (AP)

FYI, here's a Q&A on Lefty and insider trading. (AP)

HOCKEY

Old friend Joe Thornton says his first choice is to stay with the Sharks. But if he's not wanted in San Jose, where he's become a symbol for the team's postseason failures, he's willing to move on. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Now this is a glass-is-half-full way of looking at things: Marty St. Louis says there are "28 teams that would love to be in the [Rangers'] place right now." Maybe, Marty, but trailing 0-3 in the Stanley Cup Finals means you're probably going to be where they are very soon. (Pro Hockey Talk)

No one's really surprised that the Rangers -- an underdog from the weaker Eastern Conference -- has lost the first three games of the Finals to the stronger Kings from the better conference. It's the way they've lost that's been so frustrating. (Yahoo! Sports)

Being down 0-3 is a buzz-kill in New York, especially for the scalpers. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Panthers say they've gotten a "fair offer" for the No. 1 overall pick, which means it could be headed to Calgary. Or Toronto. Or . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

Former Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay joins Dallas Eakins' staff in Edmonton. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Tomas Vokoun, who didn't play in the NHL this year because of a blood-clot issue, wants to resume his career next season at age 38. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Tim Duncan? Manu Ginobli? Tony Parker? Nope. Last night it was Kawhi Leonard who put the Spurs back in command of the NBA Finals. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Heat had been undefeated at home in these playoffs. They were 12-0 in the postseason during the Big Three Era when they made at least 10 3-pointers in a game. In that same span, they were 18-0 when they shot at least 48 percent from the floor. No more. (AP)

A sign of the times, on I don't know how many different levels: Norris Cole's private chef is shot and killed in a dispute inside a popular South Beach nightclub. (AP) 

Another sign of the times: Starz releases the trailer for the sitcom on which LeBron James serves as executive producer. (AP)

Donald Sterling's threats to hold up the Clippers' sale may be meaningless, if Shelly Sterling is correct. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Donald Sterling's courageous fight against the evil NBA makes him the hero America needs . . . says Donald Sterling. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Cavs are getting calls about trading the No. 1 pick. Latest to inquire: The Bulls and Sixers. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Sixers want to move up because they're afraid Andrew Wiggins will be gone by the time they select at No. 3 (CSN Philly)

Derek Fisher certainly talks the talk on his first day as Knicks coach. (Yahoo! Sports)

It was a gamble by the Zen Master, hiring a novice coach, but it's a good gamble. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Okay, Derek: Here's your first problem. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And this could be your second. (Pro Basketball Talk)

An emergency appendectomy will keep Rudy Gobert -- the Jazz' 7-foot-1 big-man project from France -- out of the Summer League. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Drones -- yes, drones -- may soon be coming to the NFL. Unarmed, of course. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Nick Foles is looking good so far as the Eagles' OTAs. Which is a good thing, because his two backups -- Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley -- aren't. (Pro Football Talk)

The Falcons were counting on the return of Sean Weatherspoon, who missed half of last season because of a foot injury, to help spark their comeback from 2013's 4-12 disaster, Alas, he tore his Achilles tendon on Tuesday and will miss all of 2014. (AP)

Browns coach Mike Pettine says he's "not concerned" about Johnny Football's behavior. (Pro Football Team)

If that's the case, Mike, why are you putting the wraps back on Manziel, at least as far as the media are concerned? (AP)

The NFL feels very strongly about the strength of its position in the Jimmy Graham grievance. Still, Mike Florio thinks the league could lose. (Pro Football Talk)

Romeo Crennel displays his Bill Parcells/Bill Belichick pedigree -- he was an assistant on both their staffs -- by declaring Jadeveon Clowney has to earn his playing time. (Pro Football Talk)

Cortland Finnegan's new to Miami, but he's glad he's there because he thinks the Dolphins' offense is the fastest thing he's ever seen. (Pro Football Talk)

But Knowshon Moreno isn't keeping up, apparently. (Pro Football Talk)

It took 6 1/2 years for this guy to have his day in court? I mean, I'm grateful Sean Taylor's murderers are finally getting their just punishments, but why so long to go to trial? (Pro Football Talk)

With Bountygate behind him, Gregg Williams is said to be changing the defensive culture on the Rams. (Pro Football Talk)

The Ravens couldn't be happier with Steve Smith. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Irsay says a lot of things in his first interview since his arrest and rehab, but "I'm sorry" isn't among them. (Pro Football Talk)

Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith is arrested for DUI. (AP)

Texans second-year offensive lineman David Quessenberry has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but GM Rick Smith says the team is looking "forward to his full and complete recovery." (CSN Houston)

SOCCER

Nate Silver was pretty darn accurate in the 2012 elections, so I believe him when he concludes the U.S. has a 36 percent chance to get out of the Group of Death and a 4 percent chance of winning the World Cup. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

One thing working in the Americans' favor: They don't mind the heat of Brazil. (soccerly.com)

Portugal heads into the World Cup with a full head of steam, thanks to Ronaldo. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

When the Philadelphia Union come back from their World Cup break, they'll have a new manager. (CSN Philly)

David Beckham's plans to bring the MLS to Miami hit a snag. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Russia's Andrey Kumantsov is banned for life for breaking rules on betting and match-fixing. Never heard of him? Not surprised; his career-high ranking was No. 261 in 2010. (AP)

If you're planning on attending the New Haven Open this year, take note: It's now the Connecticut Open. (AP)