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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Suns at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Yale at Harvard, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Akron at Kent State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Morehead State vs. Murray State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Minnesota at Ohio State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: North Dakota at Miami (Ohio), 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Denver at Saint Cloud State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. Norway, noon (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling acknowledged he was concerned how his daughter would feel when he decided to go after the Twitter trolls who made vulgar comments about her. Any hesitation on her part, however, appears to have subsided.

“It means a lot that [my dad] defended me, but that’s just what father do for their daughters,” Gabby told People.com. “He has been, and always will be, there for me no matter what.”

Schilling’s wife, Shonda, said it was “devastating” to see Gabby return home from school in tears Monday after learning of the comments.

“I was stunned that anyone would say these things, knowing people would see them,” Shonda told People.com. “Then angry they ever felt it was OK to ever say those things to my daughter. … No one deserves this! It’s never OK to speak to anybody like that, especially a 17-year-old girl.”

The backlash against the Twitter harassers has been severe, with suspensions and widespread humiliation for the offenders, allowing the Schillings to take some solace that a strong message has been delivered.

“I’m very glad that this all happened,” Gabby said. “The amount of awareness that’s being spread right now about cyberbullying and bullying in general from this situation is incredible. I’ve had girls and parents and adults reaching out to me saying, ‘Thank you so much for what you and your dad are doing, spreading awareness to these kids about what their words can do and what consequences they have.’ ”

Gabby said she has mixed feelings about how much the harassers have been punished.

“I do and I don’t feel bad,” she said. “It’s really sad that one thing they said could cost them their entire career on a sports team or their job, but I think it’s even sadder that they don’t think that should have happened. … They think, ‘Oh, it’s just social media. It’s just a tweet.’ People don’t realize how serious social media is.”

— The NBA acknowledged Thursday that its on-court officials erred in not calling a foul with four seconds remaining in Wednesday’s game in Houston, when Rockets guard James Harden was hit on the arm as he drove to the basket by Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph.

On the Grizzlies‘ ensuing possession, Marc Gasol hit a 10-footer with less than a second remaining to give his team a two-point victory.

Rockets coach Kevin McHale was incensed after the game, yelling at the officials at midcourt and then slamming a water bottle against a table during his postgame press conference.

“We drove hard to the basket,” McHale said. “We did what we wanted to do. We wanted to get to the rim, and they didn’t call a foul.”

Harden said he was “grabbed on my arm and nothing was called.”

“At the end of the game, I think everybody is watching the ball,” Harden added. “Everybody in the entire crowd, everybody in the gym is watching the ball. I don’t know what to say. It’s frustrating, man, when you fight so hard to come back and you have an opportunity to win the game and it’s frustrating.”

— Longtime TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager returned to the air Thursday night after receiving treatment for leukemia for almost a year.

“I’m 60 yards shorter off the tee, but I fee good,” he told The Associated Press upon arriving at the United Center for the Bulls’ game against the Thunder.

The 63-year-old Sager, known for his loud outfits, has been with the network for 34 years and hopes to resume his busy workload.

“It’s not just the games. It’s the people,” Sager said when asked what he missed most. “The NBA is such a family. I try to get there three hours before the game, talk with the ushers and the security guards, the coaches and the fans. … I just missed the whole atmosphere. I like being there.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 6, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his 600th NHL point with two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nordiques at Boston Garden?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m in a good place. I will take my time think things through take into consideration many things but mainly my family and see where life goes from there. … But regardless remember I will always remain a New Englander a Patriot forever.” Vince Wilfork, announcing that the Patriots will not pick up his option for 2015, making him eligible to become a free agent

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Years since the Flames had last scored a goal in Boston, before they scored in the first period Thursday night en route to a 4-3 shootout victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Former Celtic E’Twaun Moore hits a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to give the Bulls a 107-105 victory over the Thunder.

A Trail Blazers fan wins a car by hitting a halfcourt shot during Thursday’s game.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler offers to donate an additional $10,000 to Chicago’s Phoenix Military Academy if student Jabaree White can hit a one-handed 3-pointer, which he does.

MMA star Ronda Rousey delivers a crushing blow to web show host Aaron Tru after he asks to be thrown.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Charlie Simmer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mary Wilson, best known for her days with the Supremes before she went solo, was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.

[0:00:31] ... None of us thought that the patriots were gonna we're gonna have Vince Wilfork on the roster under the contract. That was currently in place. But I think it's it's two different things are in the right thought he was gonna play forward and eight million dollar plus I kept it. For the from the picture right respect he would have done at the patriots say no way but. If you didn't think he was gonna play for that maybe you thought a nice restructuring was in place but not a good bye letter that was goodbye from from Vince Wilfork. Well and what we don't know it's heeded necessarily Telus was whether they had offered exactly what you just. Offered up you ...
[0:01:38] ... this tip number one tip number two major right now. And so Vince Wilfork is not gonna say. C'mon say hey they wanted me to do this they wanna do that because that that turns it. ...
[0:02:39] ... and he's back here. I think that there will be suitors for Vince Wilfork absolutely positively he had a very very good year this past year. The question is gonna become whether you know it's worth ...
[0:05:41] ... was a Teddy bear said this before. You if you don't know Vince Wilfork you actually do know that's what you probably have somebody in your life. Who was a Vince Wilfork tight fisted all around. It. Affected you need it he joked. It's been cold weather lately. Cars in the driveway won't turn ...






Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.

[0:00:31] ... None of us thought that the patriots were gonna we're gonna have Vince Wilfork on the roster under the contract. That was currently in place. But I think it's it's two different things are in the right thought he was gonna play forward and eight million dollar plus I kept it. For the from the picture right respect he would have done at the patriots say no way but. If you didn't think he was gonna play for that maybe you thought a nice restructuring was in place but not a good bye letter that was goodbye from from Vince Wilfork. Well and what we don't know it's heeded necessarily Telus was whether they had offered exactly what you just. Offered up you ...
[0:01:38] ... this tip number one tip number two major right now. And so Vince Wilfork is not gonna say. C'mon say hey they wanted me to do this they wanna do that because that that turns it. ...
[0:02:39] ... and he's back here. I think that there will be suitors for Vince Wilfork absolutely positively he had a very very good year this past year. The question is gonna become whether you know it's worth ...
[0:05:41] ... was a Teddy bear said this before. You if you don't know Vince Wilfork you actually do know that's what you probably have somebody in your life. Who was a Vince Wilfork tight fisted all around. It. Affected you need it he joked. It's been cold weather lately. Cars in the driveway won't turn ...






Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.

[0:08:05] ... went up 66 games decades you've got Ray Allen got Paul Pierce. Eddie House James Posey with those deep hugs and see how that deep says Roger Goodell I mean just really. Powerful hugs for James Posey and whispering guys' ears I am in Bluetooth and all that stuff. And they should be blowing out the hawks and they ...
[0:13:47] ... stars and then he also brought the bench you know mr. Posey. Eddie House. Big baby. And PJ brown. Sampras Stamkos cells late in the year. I mean there were guys who are home some place warm and contributed to. That ...




Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.

[0:08:05] ... went up 66 games decades you've got Ray Allen got Paul Pierce. Eddie House James Posey with those deep hugs and see how that deep says Roger Goodell I mean just really. Powerful hugs for James Posey and whispering guys' ears I am in Bluetooth and all that stuff. And they should be blowing out the hawks and they ...
[0:13:47] ... stars and then he also brought the bench you know mr. Posey. Eddie House. Big baby. And PJ brown. Sampras Stamkos cells late in the year. I mean there were guys who are home some place warm and contributed to. That ...




Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.

[0:00:34] ... his leadership and his contribution in terms of along long defensive front. Tedy Bruschi on with a guys on ESPN earlier today talking about Vince Wilfork is former teammate. They were champions together here. A techsters Sid didn't Vince with a three rings now he won two the he won his first one his rookie season. The he won his last one apparently in his last season with the patriots denied he was on two championship teams that he played with a on the first. Yet and the whole circle of life played out then too because he was replacing Ted Washington who was a guy that we felt was indispensable. And Mike my first memory events with the patriots was watching the draft that year. Tom everyone expected him to go to number nine Jacksonville. And you know what they did instead Michael. They took a wide receiver a guy named Reggie Williams. Rule finish his career with a ball 53 catches I think if if I'm not mistaken oh yeah and Vince and I remember watching that going OK the patriots listed a 21. You could look at the teams that were ahead of the Mike double the five teams in front of them. None of them were expected to look for a defensive tackle they'll had people in a and that quarterbacks started to go get my daughter's Larry's guidance and our civic board. The patriots could actually sit at 21. And get Vince Wilfork and they got up and it was one of the probably the top ten. Best value picks there remains. There there was ...
[0:03:22] ... around 4425. And and try to get an imagine that you get Vince Wilfork and Stephen Jackson the same draft. And you know this is the ultimate rarity too he was at a guy coming out ...
[0:15:08] ... families one person at a time did you guys have. Think that Vince Wilfork was an untouchable in Foxborough did you ever allow yourself to think that that he was one of the guys yet edit ...
[0:16:06] ... Dottie when those guys who get it. Move on. Mike Vrabel. And Tedy Bruschi. Troy Brown. Willie mcinnis. Vince Wilfork. Rodney Harrison Eric you know Kevin Faulk and those guys. When it's time to say OK see you later and yet you ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.

[0:00:34] ... his leadership and his contribution in terms of along long defensive front. Tedy Bruschi on with a guys on ESPN earlier today talking about Vince Wilfork is former teammate. They were champions together here. A techsters Sid didn't Vince with a three rings now he won two the he won his first one his rookie season. The he won his last one apparently in his last season with the patriots denied he was on two championship teams that he played with a on the first. Yet and the whole circle of life played out then too because he was replacing Ted Washington who was a guy that we felt was indispensable. And Mike my first memory events with the patriots was watching the draft that year. Tom everyone expected him to go to number nine Jacksonville. And you know what they did instead Michael. They took a wide receiver a guy named Reggie Williams. Rule finish his career with a ball 53 catches I think if if I'm not mistaken oh yeah and Vince and I remember watching that going OK the patriots listed a 21. You could look at the teams that were ahead of the Mike double the five teams in front of them. None of them were expected to look for a defensive tackle they'll had people in a and that quarterbacks started to go get my daughter's Larry's guidance and our civic board. The patriots could actually sit at 21. And get Vince Wilfork and they got up and it was one of the probably the top ten. Best value picks there remains. There there was ...
[0:03:22] ... around 4425. And and try to get an imagine that you get Vince Wilfork and Stephen Jackson the same draft. And you know this is the ultimate rarity too he was at a guy coming out ...
[0:15:08] ... families one person at a time did you guys have. Think that Vince Wilfork was an untouchable in Foxborough did you ever allow yourself to think that that he was one of the guys yet edit ...
[0:16:06] ... Dottie when those guys who get it. Move on. Mike Vrabel. And Tedy Bruschi. Troy Brown. Willie mcinnis. Vince Wilfork. Rodney Harrison Eric you know Kevin Faulk and those guys. When it's time to say OK see you later and yet you ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry take a moment to recount some of the powerful testimony coming out of the Tsarnaev trial in Boston.

[0:00:00] ... The big sports story today clearly is that's what Vince Wilfork. Captain been around for eleven years. One a couple of Super Bowls the patriots really popular player another thing happening today. Has nothing to do with sports but it's happening in our city and it's very significant. Bill Richard and follow the the father of young mark Richard eight years old. When he lost his life at the finish line of the Boston Marathon build Richard is on the on the stand right now testifying. In in this bombing. That the trial of aren't there. And ...
[0:03:24] ... cannot be changed as a person. Big Bruins fan favorite player was Patrice Bergeron and the other iconic picture of Martin is at Bruins game. Pan and the players are warming up in the background and ...




Dale, Michael and Jerry take a moment to recount some of the powerful testimony coming out of the Tsarnaev trial in Boston.

[0:00:00] ... The big sports story today clearly is that's what Vince Wilfork. Captain been around for eleven years. One a couple of Super Bowls the patriots really popular player another thing happening today. Has nothing to do with sports but it's happening in our city and it's very significant. Bill Richard and follow the the father of young mark Richard eight years old. When he lost his life at the finish line of the Boston Marathon build Richard is on the on the stand right now testifying. In in this bombing. That the trial of aren't there. And ...
[0:03:24] ... cannot be changed as a person. Big Bruins fan favorite player was Patrice Bergeron and the other iconic picture of Martin is at Bruins game. Pan and the players are warming up in the background and ...