Wakeup Call: Eagles' starting tackle suspended for PED use

Wakeup Call: Eagles' starting tackle suspended for PED use
July 1, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, July 1:

AUTO RACING

Saturday night's victory in Kentucky has Brad Keselowski aiming to get back on top. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

The Astros admit they're embarrassed that their internal communications about trade negotiations with other teams was stolen from their internal servers and leaked to Deadspin, but say "a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.” Wonder if the part about them demanding one from the group of Xander Bogaerts, Allen Webster, Jackie Bradley Jr. or Garin Cecchini from the Red Sox as part of a package for Bud Norris was among the stuff that was fabricated. If not, it should have been. (CSN Houston) 

The Yankees say Michael Pineda is taking "baby steps" in his comeback from a strained back muscle. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Joe Maddon has a theory that "to win on the road in extra innings really is good for a team's morale." If that's the case, the Rays must be flying high. (AP)

Every time the Tigers hold an anniversary celebration for their 1984 World Series championship team, one of their present-day players hits a walkoff grand slam. Or so it seems. (AP)

Sean Doolittle isn't living up to Eck's "Gas Masterson" nickname. (CSN Bay Area)

Bryce Harper's back . . . and it shows. (CSN Washington)

Bad day for Joel Pineiro. He gets released by the Angels' Triple-A team -- justifiably, considering his 7.48 ERA -- and gets hit with a 50-day suspension for PED use. (Hardball Talk)

Sorry, Manny. No, not that Manny . . . (CSN Baltimore)

That Manny's drawing nothing but raves for his work in Iowa. (CSN Chicago)

Raul Ibanez gets yet another shot, this one with the Royals, but his arrival means old friend Pedro Ciriaco is out of a job. (AP)

The Phillies hit June with a 36-46 record and reach the inevitable conclusion: They're sellers. (CSN Philly)

Oscar Tavares is back with the Cardinals. (Hardball Talk)

Jerome Williams gets emotional when talking to reporters about being DFA'd by the Astros. (CSN Houston)

During his rehab at San Jose, the Giants' Brandon Belt told 12-year-old Lyndsey Dworkin, a brain cancer survivor, that he'd hit a home run for her. And he did. (nbcbayarea.com)

R.I.P., Frank Cashen. (AP)

And R.I.P., Bobby Castillo. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The NCAA is reopening a 2011 investigation into academic misconduct at North Carolina because "additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff." (AP) 

The O'Bannon case is nowhere near its conclusion, and yet Sonny Vaccaro -- who recruited former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon and others to file the lawsuit -- already feels like a winner, as the NCAA is instituting changes in its mode of operation. (AP)

Sam Cassell Jr. is heading to UConn. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

If John Calipari were Willie Cauley-Stein, he'd have left Kentucky long ago. But Willie Cauley-Stein is not John Calipari. (College Basketball Talk)

Jay Bilas has been quoting Young Jeezy forever. Well, they meet at last. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The 'Old Ball Coach is mellowing. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Maryland proudly enters the Big Ten. (CSN Baltimore)

Jameis Winston's decision to stay at Florida State for at least two more years may sound financially risky, and he apparently agrees: He's reportedly taken out an insurance policy on himself that will pay him between $8 million and $10 million if he's injured and unable to play in the NFL. (Yahoo! Sports)

Yesterday we told you Nigel Bethel II was kicked off Texas Tech's team for allegedly striking one of the school's women's basketball players. Today comes word that he's going to face felony assault charges over the incident. (AP) 

Police suspect alcohol, and the fact that he wasn't wearing a seat belt, were key factors in the death of former Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen in a one-car crash. (College FootbalL Talk)

GOLF

Tom Lehman is skipping this year's British Open -- a tournament he won in 1996 -- to go on vacation with his family. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Canadiens send Daniel Briere to the Avalanche for P.J. Parenteau and a fifth-round draft choice. (AP)

Montreal's also preparing to deal off Josh Gorges, who's "deeply disappointed" to be leaving town. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Matt Niskanen may be the most attractive defenseman on the free-agent market -- because of his age (27) if nothing else -- and his agent, Neil Sheehy, doesn't "think there's any question I can get a seven-year contract for Matt." (Pro Hockey Talk)

Ed Jovanovski may not be as attractive a prize, but he's also available. (AP)

As is Willie Mitchell, who compares his release by the Kings as being akin to "one of those girlfriends you had before you got married who just kind of rejected you." (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Stars and the Blues are in hot pursuit of Jason Spezza. Thing is, they'll have to trade for him. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Getting traded from the Penguins to the Predators convinces James Neal that he has to change his ways. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Vinny Lecavalier is still a Flyer . . . but he almost joined Neal in Nashville. (CSN Philly)

Cory Conacher's homecoming in Buffalo didn't last long. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Improving the Canucks' depth? Check. Now, beefing up the second line is next on old friend Jim Benning's to-do list. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Bad news for Oscar Pistorius: The insanity defense is out. (NBC's Olympic Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Now that free agency is here, here are the top 50 names on the market. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

You know who the biggest name is, of course. Well, he's probably going to stay in Miami . . . but only if Pat Riley fleshes out the Heat's roster. And he and his cohorts -- Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- are giving Riley a little time to do so. (Yahoo! Sports)

So who you gonna get, Pat? Steve Blake? Shawn Marion? Vince Carter? Marvin Williams? Trevor Ariza? Kyle Lowry? DeJuan Blair? Spencer Hawes? Channing Frye? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Or maybe Luol Deng? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Good luck with Lowry; the Raptors are going all out to keep him. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If LeBron wants to go home to Cleveland -- chortle, chortle -- he'll have Kyrie Irving as a teammate; Irving signs a five-year extension with the Cavs moments after free agency begins. (AP)

Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports sums it up: "[Why] all the hand-wringing about Jason Kidd replacing Larry Drew as Bucks head coach? Because Jason Kidd is the worst, mostly." And he explains why. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Nets aren't going to let Kidd's seat get cold, apparently; sounds like they're prepared to offer the job to Lionel Hollins. (Pro Basketball Talk)

George Karl wishes Brooklyn would call him. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Someone leaks the Rockets' plans to recruit 'Melo. And, contrary to what we heard yesterday, James Harden will be part of it. (Yahoo! Sports)

On April 25, the University of Arizona's Nick Johnson said on Twitter: “James Harden plays noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo defense”. (The Tweet's since been deleted.) Then he was drafted by -- who else? -- Harden's Rockets. But all sides say the two are cool. (CSN Houston)

Houston's also going after Lowry. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Rockets don't pick up the option on Chandler Parsons' contract, making him an restricted free agent. (CSN Houston)

The 10-year Jameer Nelson Era in Orlando is over. (AP)

As is the 1-year Doron Lamb Era. (AP)

And it looks the Chauncey Billups Era is over, as well: The Pistons aren't picking up his option and, unlike Nelson and Lamb, he's likely going to retire. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Lane Johnson, the Eagles' No. 1 draft choice in 2013 and their starter at right tackle in all 17 games last season, is suspended for four games because of a positive PED test. (CSN Philly)

Why didn't Maurice Jones-Drew wear his favorite number, 21, when he joined the Jaguars? Because the guy who had it, Terry Cousin, wanted $200,000 for it. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Chris Kluwe's allegations against the Vikings apparently will be vindicated. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The NFL is cracking down on non-standard face masks. (Pro Football Talk)

Brandon Flowers' proclamation that he's "the best corner in football" might carry more weight if he hadn't been released by the Chiefs, sat unemployed for a while, and finally signed a one-year deal with the Chargers. (Pro Football Talk)

Tony Romo's back injuries have forced him to give up golf. (Pro Football Talk)

Sorry, but Joe Namath is still unimpressed with Geno Smith. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

The U.S.-Belgium match hasn't started yet, and Jurgen Klinsmann is already working the referees. (Yahoo! Sports)

Add Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi to the list of coaches unhappy with the officiating. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

If Luis Suarez wants to get around his four-month suspension, there's a team in Kosovo -- not a member of FIFA or UEFA and thereby not bound by their rulings -- willing to bring him on board for 1,200 pounds a month. It's a bit of a pay cut from his current Liverpool salary of 200,000 pounds a week, but beggars can't be choosers. (Yahoo! Sports)

If you think there've been more goals than usual scored in this year's World Cup, you're right. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

The last time there were no Americans in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon -- men or women -- the President was William Howard Taft, there were 46 states in the union, and radio had yet to be invented. (AP)

John Isner was the last U.S. men's hope and he lost to 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez despite 52 aces. (AP)