MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBC) MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2) College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Soccer: U-20 World Cup, France vs. United States, 10:45 a.m. (ESPN2) Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has missed the entire season while rehabbing following hip surgery in January, got clearance from his doctors to return to game action a week from Monday and is expected to join the team’s Single-A affiliate in Tampa, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
“It sounds like it’s on schedule,” general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News, without pinpointing a date for A-Rod’s return. “He’s been running, throwing, fielding, and I know it’s approaching. It’s coming.”
Cashman said he expects Rodriguez will move up through the team’s minor league system over the course of about 20 games.
Meanwhile, A-Rod still has the cloud of the Biogenesis PED investigation hanging over his head. Rodriguez has denied being treated or advised by controversial “biochemist” Anthony Bosch, despite documents linking the player to Bosch’s since-closed facility.
Cashman said the team will let the league determine what happens next.
“All we can do is rehab the player,” Cashman said. “We 110 percent support the commissioner’s efforts. Their efforts are our efforts. Anyone guilty of cheating the game needs to go down, whether they’re a Yankee or not a Yankee. It’ll get resolved one way or the other. We’re waiting. All we can do is play the players we have.”
♦ The family of an inebriated man who was ejected from a Bills game last November and then drowned after falling into a creek near the stadium disclosed plans to sue Erie County, the County Sheriff’s Office and Orchard Park police. The family claims the county was negligent for letting David Gerken Jr. walk away from the stadium while he was drunk.
The 26-year-old was at the Bills-Dolphins game on Nov. 15 with family when he was ejected for disorderly conduct and escorted from the stadium. Police say that around 1 a.m. he fell on a slope and into a stream, where he drowned.
The Bills were not named in the Notice of Claim filed by the family.
♦ Miami will celebrate its NBA champion Heat on Monday with a parade that ends in front of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat beat the Spurs in Game 7 on Thursday night. An estimated 400,000 fans turned out for the team’s 2012 championship parade.
Fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks, a trend for major events following the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 24, 1995, the NBA held an expansion draft for the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies. The Celtics lost which player, a center drafted 19th overall in 1993 who went on to play 1 1/2 seasons for the Raptors and nine games for the Bucks before dropping out of the NBA?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s not the best situation for either team. But it’s a tough sport, and injuries happen. When you leave it all out there to help your team win, that’s all part of the game.” – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, on injured stars Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews
STAT OF THE DAY: 11 – Consecutive wins for the Blue Jays, a team record, after Sunday’s 13-5 rout of the Orioles
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): At Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic does his Maria Sharapova imitation while warming up with Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Acie Earl
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeff Beck was born on this day in 1944.
Butch and Tom discuss Tom's Top 50 Pats of the Bill Belichick era feature as he nears his top 10. They also get into more Deflategate talk on the heels of Mike Florio's report this morning that Goodell's decision will be announced this coming week.
Butch and Curran get into the latest on Deflategate and when the decision may come down. Tom gives his take on what Goodell will do, how many games Tom may miss and how Brady will react to particular scenarios.
Butchie and CSNNE's Tom E. Curran are filling in on NFL Sunday this week and kick things off discussing the contract extension of Stephen Gostkowski. The boys talk about Gostkowski's legacy in relation to Adam Vinatieri's. They also get into Dan Connolly retiring and what it means for the Patriots OL.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
The Rocket joined the broadcast for an inning in Houston. He talked about Pedro going into the Hall of Fame and of course the Red Sox pitching
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The Mayor joined us to discuss the cities failed bid.
Unfortunately no member of D&C was nominated for a Globie.
Conan steals jokes.
According to ColdHardFootballFacts.com, the Patriots are the smartest team in the NFL in 2014, and the Rex Ryan-led Jets were the dumbest.
A cheating girlfriend is exposed at a baseball game. Christian struggles to host the show on Friday. A newscaster offers an interesting hypothesis as to why sales on Amazon are better than those at Target.
The NFL attempts to put the toothpaste back in the tube by laying out specific instructions for the handling and preparation of the game balls.
Collin McGregor gets weird and wild with Tigers
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss Boston sports icons that could someday be in the Hall of Fame
Dale and Michael go all over the map on a Friday. Cowherd out at ESPN, Patriots Camp opening with the NFL still dragging its feet, Ortiz and Pedroia out of the line-up and more.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
With the transfer window open and active in the world of soccer, David Amoyal joins Ben & Alex to talk transfers, transfers and more transfers
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable talk all things Red Sox prospects, joined this week by WEEI.com's Rob Bradford as well as affiliate eyes Mike Antonellis (Pawtucket), Mark Perlman-Price (Portland), Kevin Burke (Salem), Cameron White (Greenville), and Jon Boswell (Lowell)
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the induction of Pedro Martinez into the Baseball Hall of Fame.More from this show