Wakeup Call: McIlroy's father earns $340,000 on son's win


Wakeup Call: McIlroy's father earns $340,000 on son's win

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, July 21:


The Cardinals and Dodgers continue their beanball war -- Hanley Ramirez, in fact, is hit twice and has to leave the game after being plunked in the hand -- but Los Angeles gets the last laugh as old friend Adrian Gonzalez singles home the winning run in the top of the ninth and L.A. beats St. Louis, 4-3. (AP)

Odrisamer Despaigne comes within four outs of the first no-hitter in Padres history. Instead, he doesn't even get the win . . . though his team does, pushing across a run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory over the Mets. (AP)

I bet 105-year-old Agnes McKee -- who threw out the first pitch before the game -- enjoyed it. (Yahoo! Sports)

Old friend Jacoby Ellsbury goes 4-for-4 and scores the winning run on Brian McCann's bloop single to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Reds. (AP)

Thanks to Drew Smyly, the Tigers avoid being swept by the Indians. (AP)

Sonny Gray is among the reasons why the A's will be a handful for anyone in the postseason this year. (AP)

Double win for the Angels on Sunday: They come from behind to beat the Mariners, and use the opportunity to rub Fernando Rodney's nose in that obnoxious bow-and-arrow bit he trots out whenever he gets a save. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Pirates apparently are looking for a reunion with A.J. Burnett. (Hardball Talk)

Other vultures circling around the carcass of the Phillies are the Blue Jays and Giants, who are interested in Chase Utley. (Hardball Talk)

And the Reds, who want Antonio Bastardo and Marlon Byrd. (CSN Philly)

The Cardinals would like David Price, but only if he agrees to a contract extension. (Hardball Talk)

Ozzie Guillen falls all over himself apologizing to general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura after mentioning that he'd like to manage the White Sox again someday, saying that he's not after anyone's job and that he wants the team to win. (CSN Chicago)

Most guys say the Home Run Derby screws up their swing. Giancarlo Stanton says it fixed his. (Hardball Talk)


Florida will be without guard DeVon Walker for the season after he tears the ACL in his right knee. (AP)

Four-star shooting guard Matt McQuaid de-commits from SMU, the second big recruiting loss for Larry Brown's Mustangs in the last week. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)


The next time you holler "Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks!", you'll be putting a little money in Arkansas' pockets. (NBC's College Football Talk)

There were rumors that the non-Power Five conferences -- AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt -- would move their games to the spring to have the field, both collegiately and professionally, to themselves, but the commissioners of those leagues couldn't be more emphatic in denying them. (College Football Talk)

Jameis Winston says he doesn't need to get paid for playing at Florida State, as "a free education . . . is enough for me." Make of that statement what you will. (College Football Talk)

Idaho's leading wide receiver last year, Dezmon Epps, is dismissed from the team. He was arrested for DUI in the spring, but the official release simply cites the standard "violation of [unspecified] team rules" as the reason for the move. (College Football Talk)


When Rory McIlroy is on, he's as good as it gets. And he was certainly on all weekend. (Yahoo! Sports)

And as a result, his father pockets $340,000 off a bet he made in 2004 that his son would win the British Open before he turned 26. (AP)

Hey, Rory: You won the Claret Jug in Liverpool. That ain't the place to be mentioning how much you love Manchester United. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

This is the new Sergio Garcia, so a fourth second-place finish at a major doesn't prompt him to throw a pity party. (Yahoo! Sports)

His numbers aren't going to do it for him -- after a promising first round, he wound up with a career-worst 72-hole total (6-over 294) in a major -- so now Tiger Woods starts publicly politicking for a spot on the Ryder Cup team. (AP)


In addition to all the goals he'll score, the Avs are looking forward to the leadership that Jarome Iginla will provide. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Outdoor games may be old hat to some, but not the Blackhawks. (CSN Chicago)

Cam Talbot's a big Ghostbusters fan, as you can plainly see. (Pro Hockey Talk)


Want to know why Jason Kidd bailed out after one season coaching the Nets? Andrei Kirilenko says it's because he couldn't handle the pressure of New York. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andrew Wiggins is about to sign with the Cavs. Will a trade to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love be far behind? (Pro Basketball Talk)

If you're looking to buy a LeBron James Cavaliers jersey, you're too late. IPro Basketball Talk)

Restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe may finally have a suitor: The Lakers. (Pro Basketball Talk)


A new book claims that Bernie Kosar's slurred and, at times, incoherent speech is caused by the use of oxycodone, which he became addicted to after it was supplied to him by the Browns during his playing days in order to keep him on the field. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar gets into a fight with NBA free agent Donte Greene at a Miami Beach nightclub, and both are facing charges of battery and disorderly conduct. (AP)

It appears the Giants' Chris Snee will announce his retirement today. (Pro Football Talk)

The Chiefs report to camp to a) get ready for the season and b) try and get past their stunning collapse in last year's wild-card playoff game, in which they blew a 38-10 third-quarter lead in a 45-44 loss to the Colts. (Pro Football Talk)

The saga of Marcell Dareus continues: The Bills' defensive lineman, whose string of troubles include drug possession and reckless driving charges in two separate arrests in May, fails his pre-camp conditioning test and is placed on the active/non-football injury list. (AP)

Chris Kluwe is ready for his legal fight with the Vikings, that's for sure: His latest statement is that the NFL "is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for driving drunk, for a whole variety of things, but when you speak out for civil rights" -- in particular gay marriage, his support of which is what he claims prompted Minnesota to release him -- "that’s the one thing you cannot get redeemed for." (Pro Football Talk)


The Germans partied so hardy with the World Cup that they broke it. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)


Her ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy had a big weekend, but so did Caroline Wozniacki. She wins the Istanbul Cup for her first WTA title of the year. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.