Wakeup Call: If you want Clowney, Texans will listen

Wakeup Call: If you want Clowney, Texans will listen
May 2, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, May 2:

AUTO RACING

Marcos Ambrose may understand the $25,000 fine he received for punching Casey Mears in the face, but the owner of his car, Richard Petty, doesn't. (AP)

BASEBALL

A businessman prevented from naming his New Brunswick, N.J., bar "Buck Foston" in 2011 -- because, he says, the Mayor is a Red Sox fan -- wins a $1.5 million damage suit against the city for denying him that right. The jury called the license denial "an outrageous First Amendment violation." (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Robinson Cano sure got the last laugh this time around. (AP)

The Diamondbacks may be 9-22, but Miguel Montero says not to worry; they're going to "shock the world." (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Attention Holy Cross, or Boston College, or any New England school within a stone's throw of central Massachusetts: After three years at Kansas, during which time he helped the Jayhawks to three Big 12 championships and contributed to the graying of Bill Self's hair with multiple off-court distractions, point guard Naadir Tharpe announces plans to transfer to a school closer to his home in Worcester for his final season of eligibility. He wants to be closer to his 2-year-old daughter, who has been dealing with medical issues. (AP)

If you've had success in the college game, the Lakers are interested in you for their vacant coaching job. So, John Calipari and Kevin Ollie, expect a call from L.A. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

But Calipari, who danced deftly around the topic of his interest in the Laker job when asked last month, states more firmly that he's staying in Kentucky. We shall see . . . (College Basketball)

Besides, what's the big deal about the NBA? Right, Frank Kaminsky? (College Basketball Talk)

The game of musical realignment has changed the face of both the ACC and the Big Ten, but it'll be an old-school showdown -- Duke vs. Wisconsin -- highlighting the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December. (AP)

North Carolina State guard Tyler Lewis is headed to Butler. (AP)

And Kevin Ware, who suffered that gruesome broken leg in Louisville's 2013 run to the national championship, is headed to Georgia State. (College Basketball Talk)

Doc Sadler has a message for Golden Eagles Nation after taking over as coach at Southern Mississippi: "[We're] going to the NCAA Tournament, dude." (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Didn't take long for Jameis Winston King Crab Legs to hit the shelves in Southern cities where they're not real big Florida State fans. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Those sighs of relief you're hearing are from Happy Valley, as a Tennessee prosecutor absolves new Penn State coach James Franklin of any wrongdoing in the Vanderbilt rape investigation. (AP) 

Nick Saban says something nice about the Big Ten. So get off your high horses, SEC fans. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

It's a good time to be Donald Trump, at least as far as golf is concerned: One day after buying Turnberry, the 2022 PGA Championship is awarded to Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. (AP)

Lefty really wants to win the Wells Fargo, and he's off to a good start. (AP)

HOCKEY

It was obvious very early on that John Tortorella and the Canucks weren't a good fit. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Torts wasn't the only one to get the axe in Vancouver; also gone is one of his assistants, former Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan. (AP)

Jaroslav Halak is on the move again, as he's traded from the Caps to the Islanders. (AP)

Tom Poti's calling it quits after 14 years in the NHL. (Pro Hockey Talk)

HORSE RACING

Hoppertunity is out of the Derby. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

Just to make the Donald Sterling situation even more muddled, word is out that the banned Clippers owner is suffering from prostate cancer. (Yahoo! Sports)

Regardless, the other NBA owners -- or at least those on the advisory/finance committee -- hold their first meeting to begin strategizing how to get him out of the league. (AP)

Giving Sterling an award for promoting civil rights is akin to giving Felger an award as Canadiens Fan of the Year, yet that's what the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP was prepared to do. So the president of the chapter falls on his sword and resigns for coming up with such a disastrous idea. (AP via nbcsports.com)

Doc Rivers is rethinking the love he was showing to Sterling's wife Shelly, now that he's learning what she's all about. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

For his decisive handling of the Sterling affair, Adam Silver gets a big thumb's up from his predecessor, David Stern. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Not decisive enough for the Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack, though, who apparently thinks a billion-dollar asset can be forcibly removed from someone's control in a matter of minutes . . . and who says he's prepared to stomp his feet and hold his breath until it happens. (Yahoo! Sports)

It was seventh heaven last night for the Thunder . . . (AP)

. . . the Warriors . . . (AP)

. . . and the Pacers, as they all won to force a Game 7 in their respective series. (AP)

Jermaine O'Neal and Big Baby were teammates on the Celtics in 2010-11. But whatever friendship they might have had is apparently out the window after Davis, in what O'Neal described as a "dirty play," plowed into Jermaine and caused an apparent serious knee injury during Golden State's win over Los Angeles last night. (CSN Bay Area)

You'd think Bradley Beal would be interested in the outcome of the Indiana-Atlanta game, since the Wizards play the series winner in the second round. But, no, he planned to spend last night watching cartoons instead. (CSN Washington)

An Oklahoma newspaper apologizes for a headline critical of Kevin Durant that it says was "critical and unduly harsh." The headline? It called Durant "Mr. Unreliable." That's the new standard for critical and harsh?!? If so, why isn't the New York Post apologizing every day? (AP)

If those college guys we talked about before turn them down, the Lakers are prepared to reach out to Tom Thibodeau and George Karl. They'll need the Bulls' permission to talk to Thibodeau, of course. (Pro Basketball Talk)

But even if they ask, they're probably not going to get it. (CSN Chicago)

Some guy who was Tweeting threats to the Wizards during their first-round series with the Bulls gets a visit from the authorities. (AP)

'Melo and the Zen Master have a sit-down. (Pro Basketball Talk)

As you'd expect, Dr. Jack's funeral was a gathering of basketball royalty. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

According to reports, the Texans don't want Jadeveon Clowney and are prepared to trade down to give the top overall pick to someone who does. But that someone won't be the Falcons . . . again, according to reports. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Okay, okay, Teddy Bridgewater knows he had a bad Pro Day. But he implores everyone to watch his game tapes to see what kind of a quarterback he is. (Pro Football Talk)

Game tapes or not, some pro scouts simply believe he lacks the physical attributes -- size, speed, arm strength -- to start in the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

Now Jeff Van Gundy -- Jeff Van Gundy? -- is joining the chorus urging the NFL to force the Redskins to change their nickname. (CSN Houston)

It appears Ray Rice's not going to jail. (AP)

That ankle surgery's going to keep Eli Manning out of action until the start of training camp. (AP)

Just in time for Mother's Day: Michael Vick -- whose traditional No. 7 is worn by Geno Smith in New York -- has settled on No. 8, so go out and get that Vick Jets jersey for Mom. (Pro Football Talk) 

SOCCER

Seth Rogen insists "I follow the outcome of no sporting events on the planet," yet thinks it would be "cool" to "smoke a joint with David Beckham." (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)