Wakeup Call: Sapp explains why he stiffed the waitress

Wakeup Call: Sapp explains why he stiffed the waitress
July 3, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for  Thursday, July 3:

AUTO RACING

NASCAR Nationwide driver Brendan Gaughan plans to swim with the sharks at the Tennessee Aquarium next Tuesday, saying "I feel much safer next to a sand tiger shark than I do next to some of my competitors." (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

The National Dirt Racing League ceases operations midway through its second year. (Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

"He hanged it, I banged it." And that's how the poetic Edwin Encarnacion described his walkoff, game-winning homer for the Blue Jays against the Brewers. (AP)

Kim Ng -- who cut her baseball teeth in the Yankee and Dodger front offices, and currently is MLB's senior VP for baseball operations -- may soon make history: She's apparently being considered for the vacant Padres' general manager's position, which would make her the first female GM in any major American sport. (Hardball Talk)

While very little about Alex Rodriguez surprises me anymore, this does: He used PEDs with MLB's permission during his MVP season of 2007. (Hardball Talk)

MLB's answer to this rather startling piece of information: We changed the rules in 2008. (Hardball Talk)

With news like this, any wonder Barry Bonds keeps trying to clear his name? (Hardball Talk)

If you want to trade for Seth Smith, you'll have to commit to him until 2017 as the Padres sign him to a two-year, $13 million extension. (Hardball Talk)

The Marlins say -- yet again -- that Giancarlo Stanton ain't available. (Hardball Talk)

Wasn't it just three years ago that Jair Jurrjens was an All-Star? Now he's being traded for Double-A first basemen. (Hardball Talk)

Sign of the times: The Syracuse Chiefs give tickets for life to 36 fans who agreed to get a tattoo of the team's logo. One of those fans: A 72-year-old grandmother. (CSN Washington)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former Providence College guard Josh Fortune lands at Colorado. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The College of Charlestown is investigating a verbal-abuse-of-players charge against coach Doug Wojcik. (College Basketball Talk)

Grambling State's new interim president fires coach Joseph Smith and AD Aaron James after the team went 5-52 in the last two seasons. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UMass adds running back Drew Harris, a four-star prospect in 2012 who failed to qualify academically at any of the schools that recruited him, and quarterback Aaron Whipple, a transfer from Penn State and son of Minutemen coach Mark Whipple, to its roster. (NBC's College Football Talk)

North Texas suspends linebacker Sed Ellis and tight end Chris Loving after their arrests for stealing TV sets from a Denton, Tex., Walmart. (AP)

And Central Michigan suspends wide receiver Andrew Flory and dismisses defensive back Ryan Oruche from the team for another Walmart robbery, this one in Mount Pleasant, Mich. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

Tom Watson's getting one more shot to win at the Home of Golf. (AP)

Until Tiger Woods completely recovers from back surgery and gets his game back, the excitement over his return will revolve more around his past than the future. (AP)

Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball, who played in the first Masters in 1934, dies at the age of 103. He finished tied for 38th, incidentally, 25 shots behind winner Horton Smith. (AP)

HOCKEY

From the Ottawa Sun: Although few details were immediately available, a source said [Flyers captain Claude] Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. Alcohol is believed to have been involved. Well, duh . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Coyotes wouldn't give Radim Vrbata the no-trade or no-movement clause he wanted, so he signs with the Canucks . . . who presumably did. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Predators land a center, though not the big name Nashville fans had been hoping for. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Agitator Steve Downie agitates Flyers Nation by signing with the arch-rival Penguins. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sharks raise their goon quotient by signing John Scott. (CSN Bay Area)

The Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi civil case, which began in 2006, is finally approaching trial, and Moore attends a hearing for the first time since proceedings began. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Rick Jeanneret, who has been broadcasting Sabres games either on radio or television for 43 years, is diagnosed with throat cancer. But he says doctors tell him he has an 85 percent chance of recovery and has "every intention of coming back." (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

Oscar Pistorius has a good day in court. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

Now we're hearing that even Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are in the dark as to what LeBron James intends to do. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Heat are getting competition in their pursuit of Pau Gasol from the Bulls and Thunder. (Pro Basketball Talk)

'Melo's Tour Across America hits Houston. (AP)

Part of the Rockets' pitch was putting up a poster showing Anthony wearing his familiar No. 7 in a Houston uniform. Trouble is, the Rockets already have someone -- Jeremy Lin -- wearing No. 7, and Lin says on Twitter that he feels "disrespected," though he's quick to add "point is love unconditionally/as jesus loved me". (Pro Basketball Talk)

Now it's on to Los Angeles, even though more and more teams believe Anthony will eventually wind up back in New York. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Cavs may be backing off their pursuit of Gordon Hayward, fearing the Jazz will match any offer they extend. (Pro Basketball Talk) 

Sources say Manu Ginobli has a stress fracture in his right leg, but he should be fully recovered in time for training camp. (Yahoo! Sports) 

Even though Patty Mills will be out until January because of shoulder surgery, the Spurs still sign him to a three-year deal. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Two days after losing Jason Kidd to the Bucks, the Nets hire Lionel Hollins as coach. (AP)

As for Kidd, he holds his introductory press conference in Milwaukee, where ownership admits it didn't handle the clumsy courtship very well. (AP)

Kyle Lowry's staying put. (AP)

The Clippers are dangling Jamal Crawford in trade talks, but his agent warns any potential buyers that a contract extension has to be part of the deal. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Lakers say their No. 1 pick, Julius Randle, doesn't need surgery on his foot -- as was rumored before the draft -- and will be participating in the Las Vegas Summer League. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Greg Monroe wants Josh Smith off the Pistons, and is trying to pull a power play to make it happen. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Two years, $9 million for Ben Gordon? Really, Magic? (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

Warren Sapp says on Twitter that he was justified in stiffing the waitress at the sports bar in Florida where he went to watch U.S.-Brazil because the food was "horrible and the service was worst" and that she kept "calling us boys." So there. (Yahoo! Sports)

Chris Johnson fires a warning shot across the bow of those Jets coaches who want to monitor his workload. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Jimmy Graham and the NFLPA lose their grievance against the Saints, as an arbitrator rules he can be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation. (AP)

The union says it will "carefully determine [its] next steps" in the matter. (Pro Football Talk)

Sean Payton testified for the team in the grievance hearing, and some of his players apparently are none too happy about that. (Pro Football Talk)

The Bills are trying to make chicken salad out of Kiko Alonso's season-ending injury, as they hope rookie Preston Brown can step in and do what Alonso did in his first season last year. (Pro Football Talk)

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith won't face any charges after his arrest earlier this year at LAX. (AP)

Johnny Football partying with Justin Bieber isn't a problem, legally. Bieber's penchant for having underage girls at his parties could be. Put two and two together, Johnny. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

It's gone now -- those Wikipedia editors have no sense of humor -- but for a few minutes there, the doctored Secretary of Defense page was just part of the Internet love being showered on Tim Howard. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

As the dust settles, we're reaching the realization that the U.S. still has a ways to go before it can be considered among the world's elite. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Americans' loss gives Eric Wynalda the opportunity to resume ripping Jurgen Klinsmann. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Also chiming in is Landon Donovan, who certainly has an axe to grind against Klinsmann. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Well, guys, I have to tell you: You're in the minority on this one. (Yahoo! Sports)

John Henry's Liverpool club is nearing agreement on a deal that would send pariah Luis Suarez to Barcelona. (Pro Soccer Talk)

For the second time in a year in the United States, a referee in an amateur soccer league is killed by a player over a call. This time the victim was a 44-year-old father of two in Michigan. (Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champ is over. (AP)