Wakeup Call: Rex gets swagger back

Wakeup Call: Rex gets swagger back
May 16, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, May 16:


Now this is a graduation party! (AP)


You've all seen the video of Tara the cat's heroic rescue. Well, the Bakersfield Blaze was so impressed it's going to have Tara throw out the first pitch at a game next week. (First story today.com; second story, NBC's Hardball Talk)

Let the search for Bud Selig's successor begin. (Hardball Talk)

The Yankees win Derek Jeter's final Subway Series game. (AP)

But the victory had little to do with Jeter and everything to do with Dellin Betances. (Hardball Talk)

The Mets' parting gift to Jeter was pretty cool. (Hardball Talk)

Cross "hitting a walkoff home run" off Mike Trout's bucket list. (AP)

Add Martin Perez to the list of pitchers having Tommy John surgery. (Hardball Talk)

Bad day to be an outfielder: Heading to the DL are the Yankees' Carlos Beltran . . . (AP)

. . . the Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus . . . (AP)

. . . and the Indians' Nyjer Morgan. (AP)

Not a great day to be a catcher, either, at least if you're the Mets' Travis d'Arnaud. (AP)

Or a second baseman, if you're the Rays' Ben Zobrist. (Hardball Talk)

Or a starting pitcher if you're the Blue Jays' Dustin McGowan, but this has nothing to do with injury. (Hardball Talk)

The Rays may not want Heath Bell, but four other teams -- including the Mariners and Orioles -- do. (Hardball Talk)

Kevin Gausman's stay with the Orioles didn't last long. (CSN Baltimore)

Is Father Time catching up with Tim Hudson? (CSN Bay Area)


Kevin Ollie says he's "got two ears," so of course he'll listen to job offers. But he insists he's not leaving UConn. (AP)

No surprises on the list of college basketball's highest-paid coaches, which is topped by Mike Krzyzewski. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The ACC is going to experiment with a 30-second shot clock during exhibition games next year. (College Basketball Talk)

Oregon State names Doug Stewart, long-time assistant of the fired Craig Robinson, interim coach as it seeks a permanent replacement. (College Basketball Talk)


Hey, Nick: You can swear all you want, but that's still a non-denial denial. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The 'Ol Ball Coach sounds like he's looking forward to the challenge of Life Without Clowney. (AP)

If you're dying to see Jameis Winston steal that seafood, here's the security-camera footage. (College Football Talk)


Graeme McDowell is skipping next week's PGA Championship at Wentworth to be with his wife Kristen, who's pregnant with the couple's first child and isn't allowed to travel for the next three months. (AP)


P.K. Subban's challenge to Rangers Nation: Bring the hate. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Brad Richards is happy the Rangers are playing the Canadiens because he thinks the Bell Centre is the best place to play in sports, "and I was at Yankees-Red Sox at old Yankee Stadium Game 7, World Series." Um, Brad, I don't know what you think you were watching, but the Red Sox and Yankees are in the same league. It's impossible for them to meet in the World Series. (AP)

The Rangers will attend Sunday's funeral for Martin St. Louis' mother as a team. Fortunately for them, it's in Montreal. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Sid the Kid says the players are to blame for the Penguins' collapse. (AP)

The Sharks apparently believe the same thing in the wake of their collapse, because they're letting some of them go. (AP)

And there could be a lot more changes to come. (CSN Bay Area)

One Pittsburgh player, Beau Bennett, knows why he's to blame: A bum wrist that made him "useless out there, to be honest." So he's having an operation to get it fixed. (Pro Hockey Talk) 

The Blackhawks are happy the Kings and Ducks are headed to Game 7, because it'll give Andrew Shaw a little more recuperation time. (AP)

No, we're the underdogs. No, we're the underdogs. No . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

So pleased are they over their first playoff series win in 11 years that the Wild are extending the contract of coach Mike Yeo. (Pro Hockey Talk) 

It's widely assumed Ryan Miller isn't returning to St. Louis. But the Blues' other goalie, Brian Elliott, may not be back, either. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Lightning want Ryan Callahan to return to Tampa Bay. His agent, however, doesn't sound inclined to give up the chance to test the free-agent market. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sabres' Zenon Konopka insists it was an ingredient in an over-the-counter medication, and not a PED, that earned him a 20-game ban from the NHL. Nevertheless, he says he's not going to fight it. (AP)

The Canucks' dismissal of Torts is becoming very understandable. (Pro Hockey Talk)


So the conference finals are set, and they're what we expected. The Thunder knocks off the Clippers in six games, and advances to play the Spurs in the West . . . (AP)

. . . and the Pacers eliminate the Wizards in six and prepare for an Eastern Conference rematch against the Heat. (AP)

Despite the loss, Marcin Gortat would like to stay in D.C. (CSN Washington)

Legal experts say Donald and Shelly Sterling's lawyers may be able to slow down the process, but in the end the NBA is going to be able to take control of the Clippers. (AP)

And that slow-down process has begun. (Yahoo! Sports)

They're breathing a lot easier in San Antonio: Tony Parker's hamstring strain is a mild one and he thinks he'll be ready for Game 1 against Oklahoma City. (AP)

Still stunned over Steve Kerr's rejecting them to coach the Warriors, the Knicks are looking at new coaching candidates . . . and Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue and Derek Fisher are among them. The Zen Master may also try to convince the Nuggets to let him hire Brian Shaw. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Sorry, Kobe; the Lakers won't be consulting you during their coaching search. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Pistons want to bring Isiah Thomas back. But, having learned from watching him run the Knicks, they don't want him anywhere near basketball operations. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Portland's surprising season has earned Terry Stotts a contract extension. (AP)

The Nets' Deron Williams may have surgery on both ankles this offseason. (Pro Basketball Talk)


Good to see Rex has his swagger back! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Ex-NFL defensive back Wade Davis, who came out as gay after his football career ended, has been helping the Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam. (AP)

Hope Davis can also teach them how to handle publicity hounds, because at least one Ram is concerned about Sam's surprise reality show on the Oprah Winfield Network. (Pro Football Talk)

Looks like the Browns don't expect to have Josh Gordon this year. (AP)

One of the reasons the Browns are being so restrictive about access to Johnny Football is they saw how the RGIII circus disrupted everything in Washington. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Kelly not only vows to beat cancer, but says he'll help keep the Bills in Buffalo, too. (AP)

The Bills were so hot on Sammy Watkins, they were trying to trade for the overall No. 1 pick to make sure they got him. But they only needed to get to No. 4. (Pro Football Talk)

Peyton Manning knows how to play a crowd. (AP)

Greg Hardy's 911 call indicates his girlfriend may have been the aggressor in the domestic incident that landed him in jail. (Pro Football Talk)

But that's not what she says. (AP)

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper remains in jail on charges of rape in California and faces similar charges in Arizona, but no longer faces them in Florida. (Pro Football Talk)


The U.S. World Cup roster shows just how far MLS has advanced over the years. (Yahoo! Sports)

Missing out on the Champions League may cost Man U. $50 million. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Sepp Blatter comes to the realization that it gets hot in the Middle East in June and July. Better late than never, I guess. (Pro Soccer Talk)

This is supposed to be a compliment?? (Pro Soccer Talk)


A week after his wife gave birth to twins, Roger Federer's back on the job. (AP)