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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Flames, 10 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Harbaugh‘s breakup with the 49ers wasn’t pretty, and it’s getting uglier.

Harbaugh, now at the University of Michigan, alienated some players in his final season in San Francisco, leading at least one to question the coach’s sanity.

“I think he just pushed guys too far,” offensive lineman Alex Boone told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” “He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much. You know, ‘We’ve got to go out and do this. We’ve got to go out and do this. We’ve got to go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy.’ ”

Added Boone: “He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom. But after a while, you just want to kick his ass. … He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain, Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.”

Boone, who attended Ohio State, was one of Harbaugh’s most vocal supporters in the fall. Now he says Harbaugh will be a better fit at the NCAA level.

“I think he’s a better college coach than he would be as an NFL coach,” Boone said. “It’s different for college kids than pro players. I don’t think college kids can say, ‘Hey, Jim, you’re pissing me off today.”

Asked by HBO if he has a problem working with others, Harbaugh said: “It must be true. Because I’d wear out my welcome. People just don’t want to be around you for a while.”

— The Trail Blazers confirmed a report that they had a laminated card in their locker room before Sunday’s Game 1 of their series against the Grizzlies that included the line, “We don’t lose to Spanish players,” but they insisted it was not meant to be offensive.

The sign, which apparently was posted while the media was in the locker room before the game (it was referenced by The Oregonian’s John Canzano), included messages such as, “We will be tougher,” “Nobody can beat us eight times in one year,” and “Staying together through adversity.”

“First of all, that wasn’t the only thing that was on that [card],” said Blazers coach Terry Stotts, adding that the card should have been taken down when the media was in the room. “I wouldn’t classify that as the only message of the day. But that being said, it was a motivational thing, and I think the Spanish thing was a little lighthearted. It was the things we needed to do to win the series.”

After helping Memphis to a Game 1 win, Barcelona-born Marc Gasol said Monday he’s not concerned about Portland’s motivational ploys.

“I don’t know where it comes from, and I don’t know what it means,” Gasol said. “I have better things to think about than what they’re writing on the wall. They’ve had Spanish players on their team in the past. I can think of three in the recent past. I don’t know and I don’t care.”

— A woman was taken out of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on a stretcher after being hit by a foul ball while finding her seat behind home plate.

The fan had turned away from the field when Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back in the second inning. Although the ball was stopped by the protective netting, the woman was so close to the netting that it hit the side of her head as well.

She immediately collapsed to the ground before receiving medical attention. The game was stopped for 23 minutes until after she was carried out on a stretcher. The Pirates said she was taken to a hospital for testing.

“She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a ‘thumbs up’ gesture to nearby fans,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 21, 1990, in Game 2 of the Adams Division finals against the Canadiens, Garry Galley gave the Bruins a 5-4 victory when he scored 3:42 into overtime on a play that was reminiscent of the Bobby Orr tally that clinched the 1970 Stanley Cup finals. Which Bruin had four assists in the game, including on the game-winner?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I got to the last corner and I saw the finish line tape and I thought, ‘This is it, I’m not going to let it go,’ I was like, ‘No, not today.’ And I kept going.” – Boston Marathon women’s winner Carolina Rotich, after sprinting past Mare Dibaba to win by four seconds

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Errors committed by the Orioles on Monday, leading to five unearned runs in the Red Soxrain-shortened 7-1 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bulls guard Jimmy Butler throws down a two-handed dunk and draws a foul on Bucks forward Zaza Pachulia in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s win.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell redirects a shot from Francois Beauchemin past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in overtime to leave the Winnipeg crowd shocked.

Cubs rookie Kris Bryant hits a bases-loaded double and ends up scoring thanks to a couple of Pirates miscues.

Melky Cabrera wins the game for the White Sox with a walkoff single against the Indians.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Craig Janney

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Iggy Pop was born on this day in 1947.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics loss in game one, and whether or not they can steal game two before returning to Boston on Thursday.

[0:01:17] ... like you would say a disinterested. Holy crap we better wake up Cleveland Cavaliers team is to go. Oh yeah that first thing you steal at first when because you know you've got things going pretty ...
[0:06:19] ... five games if they lose that sixty. If they lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers they're supposed to do right yeah this is still a wildly successful season. For the Celtics this is a big step forward ...
[0:07:10] ... of these guys. In the playoffs this week. All right you know Chris Paul was great for the clippers not available. You know Yonder Jordan got your creative but I'll that he wants to come above. ...
[0:08:36] ... win like there is the player out there. It is short of LeBron James almost you can get a couple of minutes on the way they thought you know what they do you think your gallery ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics loss in game one, and whether or not they can steal game two before returning to Boston on Thursday.

[0:01:17] ... like you would say a disinterested. Holy crap we better wake up Cleveland Cavaliers team is to go. Oh yeah that first thing you steal at first when because you know you've got things going pretty ...
[0:06:19] ... five games if they lose that sixty. If they lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers they're supposed to do right yeah this is still a wildly successful season. For the Celtics this is a big step forward ...
[0:07:10] ... of these guys. In the playoffs this week. All right you know Chris Paul was great for the clippers not available. You know Yonder Jordan got your creative but I'll that he wants to come above. ...
[0:08:36] ... win like there is the player out there. It is short of LeBron James almost you can get a couple of minutes on the way they thought you know what they do you think your gallery ...






We wrap up the day with some of the best sound you may have missed.

[0:02:58] ... asleep with a time you know that was Larry Bird bulletins alone. Jon Lester struggled on the mound in Chicago have been putting well documented his problem throwing to bases have been talked about even more ...
[0:03:55] ... Anthony Rizzo credit for being clever fine. Just ignore the fact that Jon Lester somehow felt compelled to throw its lot ample all the president's death. To think the reflexive dissipated that was that would have ...
[0:05:44] ... go with that. So what the CMA awards last night cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made a guest appearance to present an award. Before Romo could beginning with begged by hosting country singer Blake Shelton. To throw ...
[0:06:47] ... this is legit. Doesn't want this and want them. Deflated ball. Why Dallas Cowboys. We have real balls. Up and I already know rams' walk tackle pat and I wanna Seattle at this century. That voted the playoff games as Pro Bowl wanted his career. Well well yeah football politically he killed that's real threats like that it's a blatantly somebody's mentioning deflate gave them the it believes each guilty that I'm wondering the NFL isn't. GMC has released video and audio Warren Sapp to arrest for assault and solicitation that occurred the night at the Super Bowl now. The audio it's a little Dicey we'll get into the gory details on tomorrow's final drive when we're back in studio and can cover our butts. But for today here's a preview clip from this this is Warren Sapp winding. He complete this bully and his arrest in the fact that he's going to jail. We have to put it intentionally ...






We wrap up the day with some of the best sound you may have missed.

[0:02:58] ... asleep with a time you know that was Larry Bird bulletins alone. Jon Lester struggled on the mound in Chicago have been putting well documented his problem throwing to bases have been talked about even more ...
[0:03:55] ... Anthony Rizzo credit for being clever fine. Just ignore the fact that Jon Lester somehow felt compelled to throw its lot ample all the president's death. To think the reflexive dissipated that was that would have ...
[0:05:44] ... go with that. So what the CMA awards last night cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made a guest appearance to present an award. Before Romo could beginning with begged by hosting country singer Blake Shelton. To throw ...
[0:06:47] ... this is legit. Doesn't want this and want them. Deflated ball. Why Dallas Cowboys. We have real balls. Up and I already know rams' walk tackle pat and I wanna Seattle at this century. That voted the playoff games as Pro Bowl wanted his career. Well well yeah football politically he killed that's real threats like that it's a blatantly somebody's mentioning deflate gave them the it believes each guilty that I'm wondering the NFL isn't. GMC has released video and audio Warren Sapp to arrest for assault and solicitation that occurred the night at the Super Bowl now. The audio it's a little Dicey we'll get into the gory details on tomorrow's final drive when we're back in studio and can cover our butts. But for today here's a preview clip from this this is Warren Sapp winding. He complete this bully and his arrest in the fact that he's going to jail. We have to put it intentionally ...






Ethiopia’€™s Lelisa Desisa won his second Boston Marathon men’€™s race on Monday, finishing with a time of 2:09:17. Desisa also won the race in 2013. The top American finisher was Dathan Rizenhien in seventh. Last year’€™s winner, Meb Keflezighi, finished eight.

Ethiopia’€™s Lelisa Desisa won his second Boston Marathon men’€™s race on Monday, finishing with a time of 2:09:17. Desisa also won the race in 2013. The top American finisher was Dathan Rizenhien in seventh. Last year’€™s winner, Meb Keflezighi, finished eight.

On the women’€™s side, Kenya’€™s Caroline Rotich (2:24:55) beat Ethiopia’€™s Mare Dibaba by four seconds in an exciting finish that featured multiple lead changes in the final mile. Desiree Linden was the top American finisher, coming in fourth. Marblehead’€™s Shalane Flanagan finished ninth.

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Patriots’ Day is special for a lot of reasons. It commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. It’s a state holiday. It’s Boston Marathon Day. The Red Sox play their annual 11 a.m. game.

But the 2015 Patriots’ Day is extra special because it marks the three-month anniversary of the Deflategate investigation. Specifically it was late in the evening of Jan. 20 when Chris Mortensen sent out his now infamous and inaccurate tweet about 11 of the 12 balls being underinflated by 2 pounds (the ball itself weighs about 1 pound) that made the entire country lose its damn mind.

To put Deflategate in perspective, the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial started on March 4and had a verdict on April 8. Aaron Hernandez‘s trial had opening statements on Jan. 29 and was decided on April 15. But the NFL’s investigation into the possible underinflation of some unknown number of footballs by as much as an alleged 2 pounds per square inch in a blowout victory now has entered its fourth big month.

In honor of this occasion, I went to the authority on all guy-related issues, Ask Men, to find out the proper way to celebrate. Here’s what Ask Men says:

1- The three-month anniversary (dating)
What it means: For most couples, the three-month mark is the time to realize that they’re headed for a committed relationship. So, you can approach this celebration as your opportunity to mutually acknowledge your commitment to each other. 

What you should do: You can opt for the traditional meal out. Pick a snazzy place and get yourself looking sharp. Remember: Play this celebration as a toast to the future rather than one to the past. Or as an alternative to the regular dinner, consider planning a fun event. Take her to a comedy show or a concert that she’ll like; this way, you can spend time together without too much seriousness. (Note: Three months is the earliest you should celebrate. Celebrate any earlier and you may come off as a little overeager.)

So that’s what I’m going to do. I want Deflategate to know that I’m all about having committed relationship. Since this is our opportunity to mutually acknowledge our commitment to each other, I’m dressing sharp and going to a snazzy place where we can spend time together without too much seriousness. Because it’s a day all about the future, not the past.

So to that end, I’m celebrating with a live remote of the Dale & Holley show from the Marathon finish line, a couple of beers and a terrible, outdated Deflategate joke from a quarterback who’s never won a thing:

Deflategate and I have had a great start, and I know we’ll be together a long, long time. At the risk of seeming overeager, Happy Anniversary, beautiful.

@JerryThornton1

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This past week might have been the greatest collective Nerdgasm the world has experienced since George Lucas murdered our childhoods with the “Star Wars: Episode I” crapfest back in 1999. In the span of just a few days we got the first “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer, another look at “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and even an extended preview of  “Ant-Man” which looks surprisingly good.

But of course nothing could compare to the epic “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” trailer that brought the Internet to its knees. I watched it and had the exact same reaction as Mathew McConaughey does in this video, right down to the tears when we finally get to see Han Solo and Chewbacca getting the band back together. I might as well have been back in my room in Weymouth playing with my Millennium Falcon model and dreaming of rescuing princesses from space stations that look like tiny moons. J.J. Abrams better not screw this up, because he’s got the hopes of billions of geeks riding on it. Let’s hope the Force is strong with him.

P.S. By way of full disclosure, while I did sob a little watching the new trailer, it was nothing like the all-out, full-blown crying jag I went on seeing Julian Edelman‘s “Star Pats.” When his football career is over Minitron needs to go straight to Hollywood.

P.P.S. Is he saying Tom Brady is his sister, or Han? Either way, I’m confused.

@JerryThornton1

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