Wakeup Call: Words of wisdom cost money, you know

Wakeup Call: Words of wisdom cost money, you know
April 18, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, April 18:

AUTO RACING

Is Swan Racing about to shut its doors? (AP)

BASEBALL

When President Clinton visited Shea Stadium in 1997, the Secret Service told Mr. Met they'd "go for the kill shot" if the mascot approached him. And that was before 9/11 . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Yeah, they lost two of three. But the White Sox are encouraged by the way they played against the Red Sox. (CSN Chicago)

Donald Jones, the former Bills wide receiver who was forced to retire after signing with the Patriots because of kidney disease, is trying his hand at baseball. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

After last night's win over the Rays, the Yankees are 10-6 after 16 games for fourth straight year. But this 10th victory might have been more special than the others, what with CC Sabathia easily outdueling David Price. (AP)

They even turned a triple play. (Hardball Talk)

The Brewers finally lose on the road. (AP)

The Phillies and Braves play their second consecutive 1-0 game, only this time -- thanks to A.J. Burnett, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon -- it's Philadelphia that comes away with the victory. (AP)

Papelbon's rebounded nicely from his horrific start, and one of the reasons is he's throwing harder. Don't ask him why, though. (CSN Philly)

At the other end of the bullpen spectrum, we have the Blue Jays. They cough up a 5-3, eighth-inning lead to the Twins when their relievers surrender six runs on one hit and eight -- that's eight, 8, E-I-G-H-T -- walks. (Hardball Talk)

The Cardinals will be without Joe Kelly for a while; he's got a bad hamstring. (AP)

This is how they used to fight in the old days. But what I like most about this clip of a 1974 brawl between the Cardinals and Cubs is that it started when the umpires were attempting to speed up the game. And I also like the fact that none of the participants were thrown out. (Hardball Talk)

We used to call it Moneyball. Maybe now we should call it The A's Way. (Yahoo! Sports) 

Yasiel Puig says his focus is on baseball -- at least at the ballpark -- amid reports that he's received death threats from the smugglers who brought him out of Cuba to the United States. (AP)

A fan throws a firework into a crowd of people at AT&T Park during Wednesday night's Giants-Dodgers game, injuring five. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan State holds a memorial for Lacey Holdsworth, the 8-year-old Spartan fan who died of cancer after inspiring the team during its run to the Elite Eight. And there isn't a dry eye in the house. (AP)

Jabari Parker, you already know about. (CSNNE.com) But also declaring for the NBA draft yesterday was Kentucky guard James Young. (AP)

And Duke forward Rodney Hood. (Yahoo! Sports)

UCLA's Jordan Adams, though, is staying in school. (AP)

Going from Missouri to Tulsa is an upgrade? Apparently, Frank Haith thinks so. (AP)

Star freshman Diamond DeShields -- the daughter of former major-leaguer Delino DeShields -- is transferring out of North Carolina, and coach Sylvia Hatchell, who missed last season because she was being treated for leukemia, doesn't know why. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Well, now the Mankato State players say they will indeed play for Todd Hoffner. So it looks like this long, strange tale is reaching a conclusion. (AP)

Montell Cozart is named starting quarterback at Kansas by old friend Charlie Weis. (AP)

Wait a minute. I thought Dan Dierdorf was retiring. (AP)

I knew President Obama -- all Presidents, actually -- invites teams from pro and major college sports to the White House for a ceremony after they win a championship. But I didn't know he also invites the winner of the football competition between the nation's three service academies each year. And today, for the ninth time in 11 seasons, Navy is headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (CSN Baltimore)

GOLF

Matt Kuchar and Jordan Speith were still in the mix on Sunday at the Masters, and they're in the mix now after one round of the RBC Heritage. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Blackhawks' defense of their Stanley Cup championship gets off on the wrong foot, as they lose to the Blues in triple overtime. (AP)

The Avalanche and Wild are pikers by comparison, only going one extra period before Colorado pulls out the victory. (AP)

The Rangers break a 1-1 tie with two goals during a four-minute power play in the third period and coast to a 4-1 win over the punchless -- in a goal-scoring sense -- Flyers. (AP)

That four-minute power play was the result of a Jason Akeson high stick to the face of Carl Hagelin, and Akeson says "nothing good" was going through his mind as he sat in the penalty box and watched New York score twice. (CSN Philly)

If Jonathan Quick's going to be surrendering five goals in two periods throughout the playoffs, as he did last night against the Sharks, it's going to be an awfully short run for the Kings. (AP)

And it may be an awfully short run for San Jose without a three-period effort every night. (CSN Bay Area)

MEDIA

TNT'S Craig Sager -- he of the brightly colored sports coats -- is suffering from "acute leukemia," according to his son. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

OLYMPICS

You know how the NHL won't commit to allowing its players to participate in the 2018 Games? It may be because its preparing to resurrect its own World Cup of hockey, which would be held before the regular season begins. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

'Melo reaches free agency at last, and says he'd like to stay in New York. He also says he wants to win. That being the case, it doesn't sound like he's staying in New York. (AP)

But as one door closes, another opens. Pau Gasol also hits free agency, and sounds like he'd love to reunite with the Zen Master. (Yahoo! Sports)

News item: An injury will keep Andrew Bynum out of the Pacers' first-round playoff series. News item: Sun rises in East. News item Dog bites man. News item . . . (AP)

Yeah, they only won 54 games. Yeah, they were 11-14 down the stretch. Yeah, they're only the second seed in the junior-varsity Eastern Conference. But make no mistake: The Heat fully expect to three-peat. (AP)

And when Miami gets to the finals, the Rockets will be waiting for them. At least that's what Jeff Van Gundy thinks. (CSN Houston)

Okay, Lakers. You've hit rock bottom. Now what? (AP)

Relying on Steve Nash to help bring you back isn't an option . . . and that's straight from the horse's mouth. (Yahoo! Sports)

Blake Griffin prepares for life after basketball. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And it can't come too soon for the Warriors' Klay Thompson. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA wants to raise the age limit to enter the league, and is prepared to make the following proposal: Players entering the draft would have to spend at least three years in college, but salaries in the 'D' League would be raised, giving high school players who don't want to go to school the option of making a living wage while performing in what would become a true minor league prior to becoming eligible for the draft at age 20 or 21. (Pro Basketball League)

PRO FOOTBALL

Oklahoma State gives Peyton Manning $105,000 to speak at a Q-and-A for an hour. According to reports, he imparted such gems of wisdom as "This is your world. Own it.", and "Enjoy the journey, not the destination." Money well spent, wouldn't you say? (Yahoo! Sports)

Don't know how much Nick Saban paid him, but Peyton visits Alabama for a football-only meeting with the coaches, too. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Teddy Bridgewater's agents can spin that bad workout all they want, but apparently it was bad enough that Bridgewater fell to the second round in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft. (Pro Football Talk)

I'd take D.J. Swearinger's scouting report on Jadeveon Clowney a lot more seriously if the two hadn't been college teammates. (CSN Houston)

No one knew it at the time, but Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI in Arizona last December. Everyone found out because yesterday the ex-Eagles QB spent the day in jail. (AP)

Most athletes say they don't listen to the critics. Chris Johnson, though, listens closely . . . and the newest Jet vows to make them eat their words. Words like he's lost a step, and will never again be the dominating back he was at Tennessee. (AP)

Even after that bad workout, the Ravens decide to reinstate Rolando McClain. (Yahoo! Sports)

Russell Allen, who missed the last two games of the 2013 season because of a concussion, is released by the Jaguars after failing a physical. (AP)

Jacksonville receiver Tandon Doss is arrested on a disorderly-conduct charge in his home town of Indianapolis, but officials have decided not to prosecute. (AP)

SOCCER

Old friend Landon Donovan says he's happy with whatever role he's asked to fill on the U.S. World Cup team. (Yahoo! Sports)