Wakeup Call: LeSean McCoy reiterates: 'I'm No. 1'

Wakeup Call: LeSean McCoy reiterates: 'I'm No. 1'
June 3, 2014, 9:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, June 3:

AUTO RACING

NASCAR is having attendance problems, and the Associated Press' Jenna Fryer thinks there's only one solution: Blow up the schedule. (AP)

BASEBALL

So which piece of schadenfreude makes you happier? The dastardly Rays losing their seventh straight game . . . (AP)

. . . or the Yankees getting clobbered by the Mariners in the Bronx? (AP)

Me, I have to admit I smiled a little at this. Only because what Joe Posnanski delightfully describes as "Jeteration" gets so completely over the top in Yankee Universe that it's nice to show them even as great a player as Jeter can make mental mistakes sometimes. (First story NBC's Hardball Talk, second story joeposnanski.com)

If Mark Teixeira's wrist pain is serious, the Yankees may sign Kendrys Morales. (Hardball Talk)

But they might have to outbid the Royals. (Hardball Ralk)

Being a self-proclaimed marijuana addict isn't so bad: The Astros still sign prospect Jon Singleton to a historic contract that guarantees him $10 million before he ever plays a game for them. (Yahoo! Sports)

And now Singleton's on his way to The Show. (CSN Houston)

Not everyone, however, is pleased with Singleton's contract. Bud Norris thinks Singleton buying out his arbitration years and three seasons of free agency sets a bad precedent. (Hardball Talk)

Kevin Gregg -- remembered recently as the last pitcher before David Price to mix it up with David Ortiz over Big Papi's leisurely home-run trots -- signs with the Marlins. (Hardball Talk)

Don Mattingly says his dugout spat with Andre Ethier was nothing, nothing. (Hardball Talk)

Luis Ayala decides Mexico is better than bouncing around in Triple-A. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Having secured the 2018 Super Bowl, Minnesota now sets its sights on a Final Four. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Kansas coach Bill Self -- with one-and-dones Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid out the door -- is among those who thinks the NBA should raise the age limit for entering the league to 20. (College Basketball Talk) 

Once the Heat's season is over, Shane Battier plans to hang up the jersey and become part of ESPN's college basketball broadcast team. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Looks like Battier will be joined at the Worldwide Leader by ex-Texas coach Mack Brown. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The first of the preseason predictions are out, and Alabama is favored to regain the SEC title from Auburn in a poll of the conference's sports-information directors. (College Football Talk)

GOLF

Justin Leonard's back -- finally! -- in the U.S. Open. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Kings and the Rangers haven't met in the playoffs in 33 years . . . but the last time they did, they had a brawl to remember. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

It's The King vs. the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. (AP)

We're the underdog in this series. No, we're the underdog. No, WE'RE the underdog. No . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals was a ratings winner for the mother ship. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Disappointed? Yes. Failures? Hardly. (CSN Chicago)

Early indications are the Capitals won't use their buyout on Brooks Laich or Mike Green. (CSN Washington)

Looks like Carter Hutton will be the Preds' backup goalie for at least the next two years. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Sharks expect to host an outdoor game at AT&T Park next year. (CSN Bay Area)

HORSE RACING

Want to know just how improbable California Chrome's quest for the Triple Crown actually is? Take a look. (AP via nbcsports.com)

PRO BASKETBALL

I wonder if her attackers knew it was V. Stiviano they were punching in the face as she left a New York restaurant. (nbcnews.com)

Someone else has filed a racism/sexism lawsuit against Donald Sterling. Why do I think this won't be the last? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

LeBron to the Spurs: You want us? Well, we want you! (Yahoo! Sports)

Here are five things that'll be different from last year's Miami-San Antonio matchup. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

This'll teach the Zen Master to keep his mouth shut: Saying last week that Derek Fisher is "on my list of guys that could be very good candidates" to coach the Knicks -- while Fisher was still playing with the Thunder -- is going to cost him $25,000 for tampering. (AP)

But it looks like the road is clear if the Knicks want to hire Fisher, because the Lakers don't appear that interested in him. (Yahoo! Sports)

The reason they're not interested? They want someone with coaching experience. And who has more experience than Larry Brown, I ask you? (Pro Basketball Talk)

Alvin Gentry, Adrian Griffin and Quin Snyder are all getting second interviews with the Jazz. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Now Larry Bird says he wants Lance Stephenson back with the Pacers . . . but at the right price. (AP)

Before he reached agreement to purchase the Clippers, Steve Ballmer was part of a group working to bring pro basketball back to Seattle. And he's so rich, it's going to take at least a couple of new investors to replace him. (AP)

Even more than his money, Ballmer's going to bring enthusiasm to L.A. (AP)

Joakim Noah and Paul George are the lead vote-getters on the NBA All-Defensive Team. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

LeSean McCoy doubles down on his I'm-the-best-running-back-in-the-NFL talk. (CSN Philly)

Cris Carter -- who's been there, and who knows -- says he thinks drugs and alcohol "are more important to [Josh Gordon] than anything else," and until Gordon wants to get sober there's nothing anybody can do . . . least of all him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Cardinals are distancing themselves from another substance abuser, Daryl Washington, who's been suspended for the 2014 season. (Pro Football Talk)

Will Hill's six-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy is the last straw for the Giants. (AP)

Even though he was absent as he continues to battle sinus cancer, Jim Kelly's presence resonates at his annual charitable golf tournament just outside Buffalo . . . which is headlined by friend and former foe Dan Marino. (AP)

That's the feel-good news for the Bills. The feel-bad news: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is arrested again. (Pro Football Talk)

Marino, incidentally, is one of the 15 former players who file another concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL . . . which, strangely, could be an indication that a settlement is near. (Pro Football Talk)

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway rescues a couple from a disabled boat on Lake Minnetonka. (Pro Football Talk)

Knowshon Moreno's not making a very good first impression in Miami. (Pro Football Talk)

Charles Woodson may be 38, but retirement's not on his horizon. (CSN Bay Area)

Or Jeff Reed's, even though he hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since 2010. (Pro Football Talk)

The first dark cloud appears in the blue skies of Seahawks Nation, as linebacker Bruce Irvin undergoes hip surgery. He says, via Twitter, that he'll be ready by the time training camp starts. (AP)

According to Denver police, John Elway's son Jack's arrest for assault came after he pulled his girlfriend out of a car by her hair and pushed her to the ground when she tried to get back in the car. (AP)

SOCCER

Pele's son is headed to jail for 33 years after being convicted of laundering money for a drug gang in Brazil. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

SWIMMING

Chuck Wielgus withdraws his name from consideration for induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame after 19 women send a petition to the Hall -- a petition that now has 700 signatures -- claiming Weigus did too little to prevent sexual abuse by U.S. coaches. (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

That's 32 straight wins at the French Open for Rafael Nadal, if you're counting. (AP)

Sloane Stephens' defeat means there are no more Americans in either men's or women's singles at Roland Garros. (AP)

TRACK AND FIELD

His one-year suspension ends June 23, so Tyson Gay plans to return to competition in early July. (NBC's Olympic Talk)