Wakeup Call: Even the blogger's bailing on the 'Skins

Wakeup Call: Even the blogger's bailing on the 'Skins
July 9, 2014, 8:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, July 9:

AUTO RACING

Here's everything you need to know about Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 up the road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

Kurt Busch's wallet is $10,000 lighter after his car failed a post-race inspection Sunday at Daytona. (AP)

BASEBALL

Beware, Yankee Universe: Braves coach Terry Pendleton says New York's just too much town for Brian McCann and he'll never be comfortable there. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

McCann, however, begs to differ. Though what else would you expect him to say? (Hardball Talk)

The Yankees were in on Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but GM Brian Cashman thinks the talent haul the Cubs got from the A's was better than anything they could have gotten from the Yanks . . . or anyone else. (CSN Chicago)

More bad news in Y.U.: Looks like Masahiro Tanaka is coming back to Earth. (AP)

The Red Sox and Yankees are among nine teams Cole Hamels can be traded to without his permission. The Sox aren't interested, but the Yanks should be. (Hardball Talk)

Why are the Cardinals reportedly after Jake Peavy? Well, one of the reasons is Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet surgery Friday to relieve nerve issues in his pitching arm, shoulder and hand. (AP)

So that explains old friend Justin Masterson's recent troubles. (AP)

Old friend Josh Beckett hasn't had any recent troubles, on the field at least, but he's going on the disabled list anyway. (Hardball Talk)

As is Ricky Nolasco. (Hardball Talk)

And so is Joey Votto, whose nagging thigh injury may hamper him for the rest of the season. (AP)

Yoenis Cespedes will be back to defend his title at this year's Home Run Derby. (AP)

That guy suing ESPN for $10 million has a little problem: The announcers didn't say anything close to what he claims they said in his lawsuit. (Hardball Talk)

Hey, Ruben, take my advice: Stay off talk radio. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rashad McCants' ongoing rants against Roy Williams, North Carolina and the NCAA veer into the bizarre, as he claims he's getting a $10 million check from North Carolina "due to the exploitation of me as a player and the lack of education that I received," and one for $300 million from the NCAA "to help me facilitate these sports education programs across the country." (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Nebraska forward Leslee Smith tore the ACL in his left knee last week while playing for the British Virgin Islands in the FIBA Caribbean Championships, and is out indefinitely. (College Basketball Talk) 

Pitt's Jamie Dixon continues to whip up those November/December cupcakes. (College Basketball Talk)

Rick Brunson was up for an assistant's job at Temple, but that may be in jeopardy now that he's been arrested on charges of attempted sexual assault, sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

As long as felony charges are hanging over his head -- and he's facing a preliminary hearing on assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism -- wide receiver Will Mahone is not welcome back at Notre Dame. (AP)

It's a different U.: Miami immediately dismisses sophomore linebackers JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the team, and suspends them as students, after sexual battery charges are filed against them. (AP)

Robert Davis, a freshman redshirt running back at Memphis, throws a female academic adviser at the school to the ground while attempting to get at basketball player Dominic Woodson in a dispute over a girl. The adviser, Kristin Williams, was attempting to break up the altercation. No word on whether she was hurt, though the fact that her condition wasn't mentioned indicates she probably wasn't. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Even though James Franklin has yet to coach his first game at Penn State, the minor-league State College Spikes, Class A affiliate of the Cardinals, are planning a bobblehead night in his honor on Aug. 28. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Vols defensive lineman Charles Mosley is lucky he came away with a just a broken leg in an auto accident last weekend. (College Football Talk)

USC defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during non-contact drills in a voluntary workout. (AP)

Dottie Sandusky's repeated claims of innocence for husband Jerry will take a hit next week, when son Matt goes on Oprah and describes what he claims was sexual abuse by his father during his childhood. (AP)

GOLF

Tiger Woods may be healthy enough to participate in the Ryder Cup, but he has to improve his world ranking from No. 209 to somewhere in the top 125 to earn a berth. (AP)

One's an artist, the other's a technician. But no matter: Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis have become the best of friends. (AP)

HOCKEY

Turns out Sid The Kid's miserable playoff performance might have been the result of an "upper-body injury" -- sorry, force of habit; it was a bad wrist -- that requires surgery. He's expected to be recovered in time for next season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Red Wings need a defenseman and the Caps need to trade Mike Green to clear cap space. Sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn't it? (Pro Hockey Talk)

Evander Kane doesn't sound like he's putting down roots in Winnipeg, does he? (Pro Hockey Talk)

Devils coach Peter DeBoer didn't get along with Scott Clemmensen when the two were in Florida. Now Clemmensen's back with DeBoer in New Jersey, but both blame their previous problems on the fact that the Panthers were struggling and say everything's fine. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

The defense rests in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (NBC's Olympic Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Looks like old friend Delonte West is getting another chance thanks to old friend Doc Rivers: West is on the Clippers' Summer League roster. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Today's the day LeBron James meets Pat Riley in Las Vegas. Stay tuned . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

LeBron's already had his meeting with Dwyane Wade. (Pro Basketball Talk)

So what's going to happen? Well, Chris Sheridan -- a former ESPN reporter who's launched his own Web site -- says a) odds are 90-10 that James will return to Cleveland, and b) the "decision" -- sorry, couldn't resist -- will be announced on lebronjames.com. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Luol Deng's exploring all his options . . . and that includes returning to Chicago. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Sixers reportedly will take Amare Stoudemire off the Knicks' hands if Iman Shumpert is part of the deal. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Even though he may not be there, Shumpert wants 'Melo to return to New York. (CSN Chicago)

Your move, Jazz: The Hornets sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $63 million max deal. (Yahoo! Sports)

LaMarcus Aldridge is turning down an offer to sign a three-year extension with the Blazers now so he can get a max five-year deal with Portland next offseason. The gamble is that, at 29 going on 30, his value may never be higher; the payoff is that he can earn $109,106,328 if he waits and gets the max deal, compared to $55,490,801 if he signs now. (Pro Basketball Talk)

You think this offseason is crazy? It's nothing compared to 1996. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

The Redskins figured they were in good shape when they hired noted liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to defend their nickname. But he's caught so much grief from his progressive friends that he's quitting. (AP)

Amanda Blackhorse, the Native American activist who served as the lead plaintiff in the case that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided against the Redskins, wants fans of both Washington and the Kansas City Chiefs to stop wearing head dresses and war paint -- stereotypical Indian costumes that many Native Americans find offensive -- at games. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The auction house that's selling Jim Brown's 1964 championship ring vehemently disputes that Brown's ring is stolen . . . and says Brown knows it isn't. (Pro Football Talk)

What's Emmanuel Sanders' idea of heaven? Playing with Peyton Manning. That that, Ben Roethlisberger. (Pro Football Talk)

Former Redskin, Oiler and Titan tight end Frank Wycheck says he suffered between 15 and 25 concussions during his 11-year NFL career, which ended in 2004, and now has migraines, memory loss and depression. But because he doesn't have any of the cognitive impairments that make players eligible to collect from the new concussion settlement while they’re still living, he -- and others like him -- won't be getting any money out of the case. (Pro Football Talk)

Tyrann Mathieu has had his own drug-related issues, and he says -- based on his experience -- that Josh Gordon isn't going to listen to advice from anyone and may have "to hit rock bottom" before he starts turning his life around . . . if he ever does. (Pro Football Talk) 

SOCCER

Gerald Ford once called the tortured final days of Richard Nixon's presidency "our long national nightmare." That's kind of how they're feeling in Brazil today. (Yahoo! Sports)

Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari takes the blame for his team's devastating 7-1 defeat, calling it "the worst day of my life." (Yahoo! Sports)

But really, Luiz, it's all Mick Jagger's fault. (Yahoo! Sports)

As you might expect, Germany set all kinds of records yesterday. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jurgen Klinsmann, for one, was impressed. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Twitter reacts the way you might expect -- fawning over the Germans, snarky to the Brazilians -- after yesterday's rout. (soccerly.com)

So where did yesterday's match rank on the all-time list of World Cup shocks? Well, maybe not as high as the U.S.'s 1-0 win over England in 1950, or North Korea's 1-0 upset of Italy in 1966, but it's up there. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semifinal against Argentina because of a stomach problem. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Set your DVRs: Clint Dempsey will be on Letterman tonight. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

John Isner, the top-ranked American male player in the world at No. 12, gets off to a good start in his quest for a third Hall of Fame championship at Newport, but then gets his real thrill of the day: Throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park. (AP)