Wakeup Call: McGwire to Canseco -- get lost

Wakeup Call: McGwire to Canseco -- get lost
July 25, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, July 25:


Mark McGwire -- named as a PED juicer in former Bash Brother Jose Canseco's 2005 book -- wants no part of Canseco's increasingly desperate reconciliation attempts. "I don't care to ever speak to him again," says McGwire, who now serves as the Dodgers' hitting coach. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Yankees seem to have landed a winner -- at least so far -- in Brandon McCarthy. (AP)

And they need him, because it doesn't appear they're getting Masahiro Tanaka back any time soon. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Nor does it appear the Tigers will be getting much of a return from their investment in old friend Joel Hanrahan. (Hardball Talk)

Think Jon Lester's having a good walk year? How about Max Scherzer? (AP)

The Twins find a sucker, er, taker for Kendrys Morales, and it's someone who employed Morales back when he was, you know, good. (AP)

Those same suckers, er, takers are also trying to get Drew Stubbs from the Rockies. (Hardball Talk)

The A's had no such luck with Jim Johnson -- guess the Orioles don't want him back -- so they cut him loose. (CSN Bay Area)

A manager having to tell a once-great player he's lost it is an age-old story. So's the player blaming the messenger for something he doesn't want to hear, and probably doesn't believe. The principles in this latest version: Ryne Sandberg and Ryan Howard. (Hardball Talk)

They may not have a long-term problems, though, because the Phillies reportedly are trying to trade Howard. (Hardball Talk)

The Astros' Dallas Keuchel has the perfect response to a heckler in Oakland. (Hardball Talk)

Chuck Knoblauch's arrest in Houston on a charge of misdemeanor assault against his new wife -- after he was convicted in 2010 and served a year's probation for assault on his now ex-wife -- prompts the Twins to cancel a scheduled Aug. 23 ceremony in which he was to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. (AP)


The much-tainted Brandon Austin finally finds a new home: Northwest Florida State. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg is back to coaching, but not recruiting, after having a new pacemaker implanted. (College Basketball Talk)


Texas wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander are arrested and charged with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. First-year coach Charlie Strong says both have been suspended from the team. (AP)

Ex-Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for ABC this fall. (AP)

Speaking of the Longhorns, you'd really think they know how to spell "Texas". (NBC's College Football Talk)

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall pays $1,100 in fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation. (AP)

Washington suspends quarterback Cyler Miles for the season opener against Hawaii because of his role in two on-campus assaults during celebrations after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in February. (AP)

Notre Dame wide receiver Will Mahone will serve 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and aggravated menacing. Felony charges were wiped off his record as part of his plea. (College Football Talk)

Jonathan Waters, the director of the Ohio State band -- known as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" --- is fired amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues," some involving rituals where students were pressured to march in their underwear or participate in sexually-themed stunts. (AP)


The Tour de France won't end until Sunday, but, barring an unforeseen disaster, we have a winner: Vincenzo Nibali, who'll be the first Italian champion since 1998. (AP via nbcsports.com)


The Dick's Sporting Goods chain lays off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros, months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling. (AP)

Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam share the first-round lead in the Canadian Open. (AP)

Jarrod Lyle of Australia, playing in his first U.S. event since suffering a recurrence of leukemia in 2012, shoots a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic. (AP)

Bernhard Langer leads by two strokes after one round of the British Senior Open. (AP)


The Kings are being sued by two grandparents who say their sex life was ruined when the wife was hit in the head by a puck during a team practice. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Lightning are pushing back against that Steven Stamkos-to-Toronto talk. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Lars Eller is staying in Montreal for at least four more years, and he Tweets that he's "very happy" about it. (AP)

A few days ago, it was the Sharks saying they hoped to learn a lesson from a disastrous playoff collapse. Today, it's the Avs. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)


The Queen photobombs a selfie taken by an Australian field-hockey player at the Commonwealth Games. (NBC's Olympic Talk)


As the Donald Sterling mess slogs its way through the courts, Chris Paul issues a fresh warning: If Donald's not gone by the beginning of next season, the Clippers might refuse to play. (Yahoo! Sports)

Let 'em eat cake, eh, James? (CSN Houston)

But ex-Rocket Jeremy Lin agrees with Harden and doesn't think he meant his "everyone else is a role player" remark "in any derogatory or condescending way." (CSN Houston)

Lin hopes to recapture "Linsanity" by wearing the same number, 17, in Los Angeles that he wore in New York. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Another of those ex-"role players" -- Chandler Parsons -- says the Rockets told him they'd match whatever offer he received in free agency. And then they didn't. No wonder he was upset. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Dwight Howard to Parsons: Who needs you? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Like Parsons, Isaiah Thomas felt "disrespected" by his original team . . . which is why he left the Kings for the Suns. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Is Paul George about to become PG-13? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Broken leg or not, Manu Ginobili is "optimistic" he'll be able to compete in next month's World Cup of Basketball. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Blake Griffin, however, is choosing not to play in the World Cup, saying he wants to focus his attention on getting ready for next season. (AP)

R.I.P., Dale Schlueter. (AP)

If you were in Concord, N.H., the other day, you might have seen Matt Bonner walking around with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Imagine, if you will, LeBron James' I'm-going-back-to-Cleveland letter read in Morgan Freeman's voice by Frank Caliendo. On second thought, why imagine? Click here and listen. (Pro Basketball Talk)


How bad did the NFL botch the Ray Rice case? Let us count the ways. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome calls the two-game suspension "fair," which is probably an indication it's a little lighter than he'd expected. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Another indication that Team Rice is relieved, rather than chastened, about the penalty: Rice has no plans to appeal. (Pro Football Talk)

Jim Harbaugh still has Rice's back. (CSN Baltimore)

Jason Collins, the first player to come out as openly gay while active in one of the four major American sports, isn't pleased with Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam. (Yahoo! Sports)

David Tyree, the Giants' new director of player development, is no Dungy: He says he'd support a gay player on his team. (Pro Football Talk)

Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer, facing a three-game suspension for homophobic remarks that ex-punter Chris Kluwe is threatening to sue the team over, speaks publicly for the first time and apologizes, saying, "I didn't just go below the bar. I went way below the bar." (AP)

The Falcons sign Roddy White to a four-year extension. (AP)

And that may raise the price tag for Jordy Nelson, who's looking for at least $10 million a year from the Packers. (Pro Football Talk)

Justin Blackmon -- suspended without pay indefinitely last November for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy -- is arrested for possession of marijuana in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Even so, the Jaguars say they have no plans to cut him. (AP)

Another troubled wide receiver, the Browns' Josh Gordon, will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. He has a suspension hanging over his head for a failed offseason drug test and a recent DUI arrest. (AP)

Some good news at last regarding Gordon: He apparently is -- finally -- taking his addiction problem seriously, as he reportedly checked himself into a rehab center after his arrest. (Pro Football Talk)

Also headed to New York to discuss a possible suspension: 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. (AP)

But Smith, too, is working on his demons, and says his new-found sobriety has him in the best shape of his life. (CSN Bay Area)

RGIII takes another shot at Mike Shanahan. (AP)

I don't know what it is with NFL cornerbacks and their leviathan egos, but now it's DeAngelo Hall saying he'd "take myself in a heartbeat" if asked to name the league's best corner. (CSN Washington)

Peyton Manning thinks training camp isn't the same without the fans, who can't attend Denver's workouts because of construction at the Broncos' facilities. (Pro Football Talk)

Cam Newton and Greg Hardy are medically cleared to begin practicing with the Panthers. (AP)

If Jon Bon Jovi's successful in his attempt to buy the Bills, he may move them to Toronto. (AP)

Antonio Gates says he finds relief on the field with his teammates, which is why he was practicing with the Chargers a day after his 22-year-old sister died after a long battle with lupus. (Pro Football Talk)

Looks like Marshawn Lynch is going to be a holdout. (Pro Football Talk)

Unfortunately for him, the Seahawks don't seem inclined to give him a raise. (Pro Football Talk)

The Lions and Ndamukong Suh appear headed for a breakup. (Pro Football Talk)


Want to know the difference between the Premier League and MLS? How about Manchester United 7, Los Angeles Galaxy 0? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Frank Lampard, the highest scorer in Chelsea’s history, is coming to MLS: He signs with the New York FC team that will begin play next year. (Pro Soccer Talk)

So where does this signing rank in the MLS history of megadeals? (Pro Soccer Talk)

One-time phenom Freddy Adu is about to join his 10th team in 11 years, this one in Serbia. (Pro Soccer Talk)