Wakeup Call: What, the Redskins worry?

Wakeup Call: What, the Redskins worry?
June 19, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, June 19:

AUTO RACING

Hendrick Motorsports holds the top three spots in the point standings halfway through the season, and there's no indication their domination is going to stop anytime soon. (AP)

BASEBALL

Comparisons to Sandy Koufax? Blashpemy! And yet Clayton Kershaw -- who strikes out 15 in a no-hitter that misses being a perfect game only because of a Hanley Ramirez error -- makes them unavoidable. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Royals make it three in a row over the Tigers, 10 in a row overall . . . where will it all end? (AP)

Brad Ausmas' off-the-cuff response to Detroit's loss yesterday might get him in hot water. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And where will it end for the A's, who, after beating the Rangers, have the best record in baseball? (AP)

Not quite as hot but almost as surprising: The Phillies, who complete a sweep of the Braves and are inexplicably inching closer in the N.L. East. (AP)

Brian McCann hasn't been hot at all . . . until last night. (AP)

Four weeks ago, the Yankees said CC Sabathia would be back in six weeks. But as we approach that deadline, the Yanks now say it'll be at least six weeks more. (Hardball Talk)

As for Adam Wainwright, he'll be back on Saturday. (Hardball Talk)

The National League has its first 10-game winner, and you'd have won a lot of money if you'd gone to Vegas in March and bet that it would be Alfredo Simon. (AP)

The Marlins sign old friend Brad Penny. (Hardball Talk)

Speaking of the Marlins and old friends, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is activated off the concussion DL. (Hardball Talk)

The A's picked up Brad Mills at the Dollar Store. (Yahoo! Sports)

Carlos Marmol's agent says his client needed "a mental break," which is why he went AWOL from Cincinnati's Triple-A team. Doesn't sound like the Reds are all that sympathetic. (Hardball Talk)

The Cardinals' TV outlet, Fox Sports Midwest, started preparing a rebuttal ad to the Brewers' humorous takeoff on negative political advertising that urged Milwaukee fans to vote Jonathan Lucroy, and not St. Louis' Yadier Molina, onto the All-Star tean, but the Cards nixed the idea. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall restocks his squad -- which lost 13 (!) players and recruits since the end of the season -- with eight signees, and now is trying to mold them into a team before he goes off to get married on Aug. 2. (AP)

Dalonte Hill, a former assistant at Kansas State and Maryland, gets seven days in jail for a DUI charge. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

On a less serious court charge, Nebraska coach Tim Miles is fined $100 for "negligent driving." (AP)

Forget about those plans to renovate Rupp Arena. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Those shouts of joy you hear are coming from Florida State, after Jameis Winston's father says his son plans to stay in school for two more years. (NBC's College Football Talk)

One of Georgia's incoming freshmen, tight end Hunter Atkinson, gives up football. (AP)

From Notre Dame to Ball State? That's the path Bruce Heggie's on. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

Rory McIlroy decides to play for Ireland, not England, in the 2016 Olympics. (AP)

Former President Bill Clinton is being given the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the first Democrat to be so honored. Previous Presidential winners of this award -- Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush -- were Republicans. (AP)

HOCKEY

Having failed to convince him to sign with the them, the Islanders are now shopping the rights to Dan Boyle. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Guy Lapointe last played for the Canadiens in 1982, and he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. He's currently a scout for the Wild. Why, exactly, are the Habs retiring his number now? Did it slip their mind for 32, or 21, years? (AP)

Montreal aims to re-sign captain Brian Gionta, whose three-year contract expired at the end of the season. (Pro Hockey Talk)

John Stevens was a hot item on the coaching carousel, but he's accepted a promotion to associate head coach and is staying in Los Angeles. (AP)

The Red Wings say goodbye to Jordin Tootoo. (AP)

And Todd Bertuzzi. And Mikael Samuelsson. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Dan Bylsma may resurface in Vancouver. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Old friend Gord Murphy is hired by the Flyers as an assistant coach. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Now the word is LeBron James will stay in Miami. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Sure looks like Gregg Popovich was poking a little fun at LeBron's "Not one, not two, not three, not . . . " pronouncement during the Spurs' victory party yesterday. (Pro Basketball Talk)

What victory party? Well, the Spurs took a ride down San Antonio's River Walk -- with 100,000 on the banks, cheering -- in celebration of their title. (AP)

Popovich is entitled to take his shots; Jerry West thinks Pop is the best coach he's ever seen. And he's seen quite a few. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Like Red Auerbach, who reportedly forced the Celtics to draft Joe Forte instead of Tony Parker in 2001. No wonder West thinks Popovich is better. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Old friend Kendrick Perkins has some advice for teammate Kevin Durant: Hit the weights. (Pro Basketball Talk)

We have our first opt-out: Josh McRoberts declines his contract option with the Hornets, though Charlotte hopes to keep him. (AP)

Kobe Bryant pronounces himself to be "100 percent" recovered from the fracture in his left knee. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Nick Young says he'll take a hometown discount to stay with the Lakers. Question is, will they give him one? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Speaking of the Lakers, it looks like they're going to hold onto the No. 7 overall pick in the hopes of getting Marcus Smart. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Marc Gasol is a potential member of what's shaping us a star-studded 2015 free-agent class, but he wants to stay in Memphis. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Today's Sterling update: Shelly and her attorneys are asking a judge to stop Donald and his attorneys from threatening, harassing or intimidating both her legal team and the doctors who determined Donald is mentally incapacitated. Man, these guys are just a lawyers' employment service, aren't they? (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

What, the Redskins worry about losing the trademark of their nickname and logo? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Phil Bates is an undrafted free agent wide receiver in camp with the Seahawks. You have to figure he won't be there much longer if he keeps fighting with Richard Sherman. (AP)

When Curtis Martin joined the Patriots as a rookie in 1995, he wanted to wear No. 29. But that was taken. So after talking to his pastor, he took No. 28 -- after Deuteronomy 28 -- when it became available. (Pro Football Talk) 

Mike Goodson's boycott of mini-camp was the last straw for the Jets; they've released the troubled running back. (AP)

They can't afford to waste time on head cases like Goodson because the heat is on this season. (Pro Football Talk)

Panthers offensive lineman Andrew McDonald -- one of the bullying victims in Miami -- was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May, but surgeons think they got it all and he's confident he'll be back in time for training camp. (AP)

Steve Smith is feeling feisty in Ravens camp. (CSN Baltimore)

The Jaguars say goodbye to Jason Babin . . . again. (Pro Football Talk)

The Cardinals are putting Kurt Warner in their Ring of Honor. (Pro Football Talk)

The Falcons say thanks but no thanks to Jonathan Vilma. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Harbaugh thinks he's being badgered by the 49ers' media. (CSN Bay Area)

Terry Bradshaw's failure to attend Chuck Noll's funeral, or to contact Noll's family to express sympathy about his death, ruffles some feathers in Pittsburgh. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

If your team wins the World Cup this year, enjoy it now, because they're almost certain to be ousted in group-stage elimination of the next Cup. Just ask Spain, the latest victim of the Cup curse. (Yahoo! Sports)

Want to know why Spain is out? Here are five reasons. (soccerly.com)

Lack of tickets wasn't going to stop these Chilean fans from seeing yesterday's match. Or trying to see it, anyway. (soccerly.com)

Before you even think it, the United States can't replace the injured Jozy Altidore with Landon Donovan. (Yahoo! Sports)

The guy who set up John Brooks' game-winning goal against Ghana, Graham Zusi, doesn't like talking about himself. So others do the talking about him. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ronaldo's left knee is getting better, and a teammate says he's good to go for Portugal in its crucial meeting with the U.S. on Sunday. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Of course, he could be threatening his career if he plays. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)