Wakeup Call: Sherman scoffs at the Madden curse

Wakeup Call: Sherman scoffs at the Madden curse
June 10, 2014, 9:45 am
Share This Post

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, June 10:

AUTO RACING

Danica Patrick took actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum on a pace-car ride at the Pocono 400 last weekend, and, ah, let's just say the two of them weren't exactly profiles in courage. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

R.I.P., Junie Donlavey. (Motor Sports Talk)

BASEBALL

When you're going as bad as the Rays, you'll try anything. (AP)

Alas, the Seminole medicine man had no effect, as Tampa Bay loses for the 13th time in 14 games. (AP)

Another loser in Tampa/St. Pete: Grant Balfour, who's out as the Rays closer. (AP)

Maybe that medicine man's magic accidentally touched down 1,000 miles West, because now it looks like Mitch Moreland will be back with the Rangers in about a month. (AP)

Or perhaps, when it got there, it went over into the visiting clubhouse, because the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall goes 5-for-5 with three homers and nine RBI in his team's 17-7 win at Texas. (AP)

And now they're starting to call him "Lonnie Baseball" in Cleveland. I like it! (Yahoo! Sports)

The Gregory Polanco Era begins in Pittsburgh. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Someone convinces Manny Machado to apologize for a weekend of choochdom against the A's. (CSN Baltimore)

Some of the Oakland players are buying Machado's apology, and some aren't. (CSN Bay Area)

The A's have bigger fish to fry at the moment: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri makes a pre-series vow that Los Angeles would beat Oakland this week . . . (CSN Bay Area)

. . . and then the Angels back it up with a 4-1 win on Monday night. (CSN Bay Area)

Bad injury news for the Astros: Rookie sensation George Springer sits out Monday night's game because of a sore right knee. (CSN Houston)

Even worse injury news for the Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez will undergo "exploratory surgery on [his] left index finger" . . . (Hardball Talk)

. . . and Michael Cuddyer goes on the DL because of a shoulder injury that could sideline him for a while. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

As the O'Bannon trial begins, the NCAA settles a different -- though similar -- lawsuit, agreeing to pay $20 million to former football and basketball players who had their images and likenesses used in video games. (Both stories AP)

Remember that seven-year, $52 million extension Coach Cal signed with Kentucky last week? It was apparently prompted by a seven-year, $60 million offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers that Calipari nearly accepted. (Yahoo! Sports)

The UConn men and women get their day at the White House with President Obama. (AP)

Bob Huggins has a hip replacement. (AP)

Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton recently expressed the hope that whichever team selected him in the baseball draft would allow him to return to school for his final basketball season. Well, that team was the Orioles, and they will. (AP)

Ex-Northeastern assistant and former URI star Antonio Reynolds-Dean is named an assistant coach at the College of Charleston. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tale of two programs: Florida State is sold out for the season, and Miami is hawking limited season-ticket packages in an attempt to lure fans to its games. (NBC's College Football Talk)

What?? No more Tostitos Fiesta Bowl?? (College Football Talk)

GOLF

So now it's the U.S. Open, and Jordan Spieth is hoping to avoid the Sunday collapse that cost him a chance to win both the Masters and The Players Championship. (AP)

HOCKEY

It was just too fat a pitch not to swing at: After Jonathan Quick pitches a 32-save shutout in leading the Kings to a 3-0 victory that simultaneously gave them a 3-0 lead over the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals, both New York tabloids scream "The Quick and The Dead" in their headlines. (Yahoo! Sports)

The glum Rangers are talking the talk about pulling off a miracle . . . but not very convincingly. (Yahoo! Sports)

I hate to tell you, boys, but you got no shot. Really. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Kings didn't need much help last night, but New York gave them plenty. (AP)

Times are good in the NHL: With revenues approaching $4 billion, the salary cap may rise to $70 million next season. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Aaron Ekblad likes sunshine, so he and the Panthers should be a good match. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Be forewarned, Habs: The NHL feels embellishment is "out of control" and they plan to do something about it. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Penguins will interview their AHL coach, John Hynes, for their vacant coaching position. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Nice try, Isles, but Dan Boyle wants no part of you. (Pro Hockey Talk)

HORSE RACING

In today's version of "What I meant to say was . . . ", we present Steve Coburn. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

OLYMPICS

Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severs her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend in Arizona, telling emergency workers she couldn't move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. Incidentally, she's the wife of former Broncos punter Tom Rouen. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

I give the floor to Dan Feldman, who sums it up perfectly: "You thought Donald Sterling would go quietly? Why? Just because he said he would? Ha!" (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

LeBron James -- accurately, now that A-Rod's out -- describes himself as "the easiest target that we have in sports." (Pro Basketball Talk)

One of the reasons you might be such an easy target, LeBron? Pushy agents. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers apparently are dragging their feet on their coaching search because they still have hopes of luring James to L.A. and don't want to hire someone he might not like. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Dwyane Wade? A flopper? Well, that's what the NBA says. (AP)

That $5,000 fine probably barely registered with Wade; he's too worried about the Spurs. (AP)

So far, TV ratings for the 2014 version of Spurs-Heat are up slightly over the 2013 matchup. (AP)

New York seems like a tough place to make your coaching debut, but that's not stopping the Knicks and Derek Fisher. (Yahoo! Sports)

Cleveland would be a little easier, which might make former All-Star guard Mark Price a good fit for the Cavs. (AP)

Used to be you actually had to win something in order to make a good salary as a coach. Now, however, you merely have to get the Zen Master to like you. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Thankfully for the Wizards, he didn't like Randy Wittman. (CSN Washington)

PRO FOOTBALL

Madden curse? Richard Sherman laughs at your Madden curse. (AP)

In fact, he wants the whole Legion of Boom on the Madden cover. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has plenty of teams he should root for: The Giants and Jets, who actually play in his state, or the Eagles, who are the team of choice by his southern border. Instead, he's a Cowboys fan . . . and it's going to cost him at least one presidential vote. (700level.com via CSN Philly)

For a mere $12,500 per game, you and 49 of your closest friends can watch the Jaguars at an in-stadium cabana in Jacksonville. And you better hurry: 65 percent of the cabanas have already been sold. (Pro Football Talk)

DeSean Jackson apparently thinks the NFLPA is siding with his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, in their dispute. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Broncos hope to sign both Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas to contract extensions before the season begins. (Pro Football Talk)

Um, all you listeners of the great D.A. Show on CBS Radio overnight? Dez Bryant begs to differ with you: Brandon Weeden's not a bum. (First story Pro Football Talk, second story da.radio.cbssports.com)

Santana Moss says the departed Mike Shanahan was like an old girlfriend who "got on your nerves," and new Redskins coach Jay Gruden is like a new girlfriend "who ain't gonna get on your nerves until down the road." (Pro Football Talk)

The flap over the team nickname has been on Daniel Snyder's nerves for a long time now, so he's hired a lobbyist to defend it. (Pro Football Talk)

And here comes the lobbyist's first P.R crisis. (Pro Football Talk)

As long as we're talking defense, Broadway Joe defends Johnny Football. (Pro Football Talk)

Andre Johnson's boycott of the Texans is about to start costing him some money. (CSN Houston)

Eli Manning says he's completely healthy and rarin' to go. (Pro Football Talk)

Lane Johnson should have known what happens at DelFrisco's stays at DelFrisco's. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

When you're watching the World Cup, you won't have to look at Jermaine Jones' uniform to know what team he's on. Just check the tattoo on his kneecap. (Yahoo! Sports)

Sepp Blatter plays the race card in attempting to deflect criticism of FIFA's choice of Qatar as host for the 2022 World Cup. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

Like women's champ Maria Sharapova, men's French Open champion Rafael Nadal is quickly turning his attention to Wimbledon. (AP)