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Wakeup call: Reggie skips Cooperstown; T.O. avoids the slammer

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Wakeup call: Reggie skips Cooperstown; T.O. avoids the slammer

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, July 20:

BASEBALL
Nick Swisher apparently still doesn't understand that most people hate the Yankees. (CSN Bay Area)

Not a surprise that after naming -- and, we assume, insulting and infuriating -- all those he deemed not worthy to be enshrined with Himself, Reggie Jackson is skipping the Hall of Fame ceremonies this weekend and is instead with the Yankees in Oakland. But if you want to know how he feels about the whole thing, he ain't talkin'. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And speaking of the Yankees, Brett Gardner's done for the year. (NBC's Hardball Talk) Very little surprise there; he hasn't played since April 17.

The Ryan Dempster Watch is on. (CSN Chicago) He claims it's "business as usual," though how often do trade rumors swirl around you 247?

BASKETBALL
Dennis Rodman's father skipped out on him 42 years ago, but the other day they had a brief meeting. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) You know the old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree . . . ?

Wonder if Chico's Bail Bonds ("Let Freedom Ring") is still looking to advertise? (AP)

COLLEGE
The latest on Joe Paterno: Ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson calls him "a damn good man" (NBC's College Basketball Talk), while Grambling -- the college where Eddie Robinson won 408 games, a total that was passed by Paterno less than two weeks before he was fired in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal -- wants at least some of JoePa's victories vacated and their man returned to the top of the NCAA record book. (AP)

FOOTBALL
It wasn't a Leviathan ego that brought Brett Favre back for his disastrous 2010 swan song. It was the money. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The joy in Baltimore over Ed Reed deciding not to hold out has been tempered by his decision to hit free agency at the end of the year. (CSN Baltimore)

When Luis Castillo was a free agent this spring, he visited both the Patriots and the Chiefs before re-signing with San Diego. Yesterday, the Chargers released him. (AP)

The NFL hit Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins with a one-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse program. (AP) Don't ask what substance, because they didn't say.

What a relief: T.O.'s not going to jail. (AP)

Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

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Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed. 

The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month. 

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.” 

Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player. 

“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”    

Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

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Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots. 

The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message. 

Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.

Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.