Reaction to the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory in Vancouver was not positive, to put it mildly. Cars and garbage cans were set on fire, store windows were smashed and department stores were looted. There were unconfirmed reports of four stabbings.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who, like LeBron James, went from an admired young player to a reviled superstar, encouraged people to lighten up on the NBA standout. "Winning a championship is not an easy thing to do regardless of talent," Rodriguez said Tuesday night. "LeBron is a once-in-a-lifetime player, especially the last year. ... We need to remember this kid is 26 years old and admire his talent."

Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra, who has tried to pass himself off as a financial guru but has run into numerous problems over the past decade, pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court to embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. Represented by a federal public defender, Dykstra was asked if he understood the charges and he responded: "I don't understand it, but I understand them." Dykstra has been in jail since being arrested last month on charges of grand theft auto and drug possession.

The city of Cleveland is smirking Monday, following LeBron James' latest failed effort to win an NBA title. About 15 minutes after the Mavericks knocked off the Heat in Game 6 Sunday night, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent a congratulatory tweet to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and it included this line obviously intended as a shot at LeBron: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.

NHL.com ran a bracket-style poll in which fans voted for their favorite Stanley Cup playoffs moment in history, and the two finalists were familiar to Boston fans. The winner was Bobby Orr winning the 1970 Cup with his overtime goal in Game 4 and then flying through the air. Coming in second was Ray Bourque celebrating a title with the Avalanche in 2001 after his long and distinguished career in Boston.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was asked about former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who was released from prison Monday. Vick said he hopes Burress follows his example of how to turn your life around. "Just take your time coming back and getting acclimated. Think family first and football second and it'll all work out," Vick said Wednesday. "It's great that he'll get a second chance. We'll pray for him, we're going to support him 100 percent and we're in his corner and we just want him to excel."

In the seventh round of the amateur draft Tuesday, the Cubs drafted Southern California high school player Trevor Gretzky, son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Gretzky is a first baseman who has committed to San Diego State. Gretzky said he was introduced to baseball when his father was playing in New York for the Rangers. "I remember him taking me to a Yankee game, and ever since then I wanted to play, and it's been my dream to be in the major leagues since then," he said.

Tiger Woods will not play in this year's US Open as a result of injuries to ligaments in his left knee and his left Achilles. He announced the decision on Twitter.

"Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain," he wrote.

Woods will have gone 12 straight majors without a victory after the Open. This will be the first time that he has missed the major since 1994, the year between high school and college.

The Mavericks are down 2-1 to the Heat in the NBA finals, but they apparently aren't afraid to speak their mind and criticize their opponent — and each other. On Monday, DeShawn Stevenson revealed to the media that one of the Mavs' strategies is to transition to offense quickly after a Dwyane Wade drive because of his "overreacting" in an attempt to draw foul calls.

Struggling outfielder Jason Bay, whose average is down to .216 (with two home runs and 10 RBIs) after going hitless in his last 17 at-bats, was benched Sunday by Mets manager Terry Collins. "Judging by my results lately, I couldn't say no," the former Red Sox slugger said. "Obviously, I want to play. I like playing. But ... I don't think it could hurt."